Pathways to Wellness

conversation • connection • commitment

Reading to older kids

As children grow and learn new words, there are more opportunities to have a conversation about what you are reading.  You can ask your child what they think will happen next.  It doesn't matter if you've read the book many times, children still enjoy "predicting" what's going to happen next.

 How to help your child discover the joys of reading:

  • Read the same book over and over to build vocabulary
  • Ask questions and seek opinions as you read
  • Go to the library
  • Limit TV
  • Let your child see you enjoying reading

Once your child starts reading, try taking turns reading aloud.  Ask their opinion about what you are reading.  Or invite your older child to read to their younger brother or sister.  Even some pre-teens enjoy being read to, or sharing the reading with their parent.

Don't feel you need to limit yourself to reading books.   Reading aloud street signs, ingredients on the box of cereal, or instructions on how to assemble the bookcase demonstrate how reading is an essential skill for living.  

How to read to your grade schooler

How to read to your preteen

Learn more