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Kayla Stucki is one of 8 kids and grew up in Arizona. Loves reading, started at an early age. Always been interested in books. Volunteered at local library all through high school. Studied early childhood education. Newly married. She is working to become a librarian.
“Provide positive reading experiences for kids.”
Create a literacy rich environment.
Make it a part of your everyday lives.
Read to kids, even when they’re older in a fun voice. It’s as interesting and fun for them at an older age as it was when they were younger. Continue to read aloud with your kids as they grow.
The voice-Adds to reading experience and connection
Audio books are known for their voices, and make it come alive.
Alter voice strategically to create character voices: speed, pitch, register (nasally, making it further down in your chest). These make it come alive!
As you read, use body language to bring the character to life. (slumped or prim and proper) Those subtle changes tell your kids a lot about what is happening in the story. They’re a good way, especially for younger kids to help them start to detect the nuances in characters, attitudes, personalities and things like that.
Singing and chanting nursery rhymes helps develop aural skill that children need to read. Repetition helps learning rhymes. Helps them identity similar and different sounds. Use word play, like using words that don’t rhyme. Do your kids pick up on it?
Helps them process the sounds that make the words, that we speak, and that will help them identify the same thing in written words.
As a parent, the most important thing about choosing a book is that your kids like them! If it’s something that they chose, they’ll be excited about it! One of the most important things is that your kids are excited about the books you are reading.
Even if you don’t read the text word for word, they are still learning the elements of story.
Kids will want to read the same books over and over and over again… That repetition can be so, so good for kids because they start to connect the words that they’re hearing with the words that they’re seeing on the page. They learn how to tell a story for themselves. You might come in one day and see your three year old, who definitely does not know how to read, reciting a book almost word for word as they go through the pages, They’re learning the elements of a story.