January 9, 2017By Christine Giles, MS, CCC-SLP
Reading to your children plays a huge role in their language development. Additionally, reading to your children can become a fun staple in your family’s bedtime routine – what a great way to bond with your kids and improve their language skills at the same time! Here are a few tips on ways that you can creatively engage your children during your nightly bedtime stories.
1. Be Expressive
When you are reading to your children, vary your facial expressions and voice to add excitement and intrigue to the story. If you look like you are enjoying reading the book, then the kids will be excited to listen!
2. Ask Questions
Make sure to take a moment to involve the children by asking questions about the plot, characters, and events that occur in the book. You can even ask them hypothetical questions about what they might have done if placed in certain scenarios described in the story.
3. Make the Story Relatable
Try to connect the book with the children’s personal experiences or family relationships so that the kids will want to engage.
4. Makeup Your Own Story
Don’t be afraid to get creative and step outside the box! Create a story-line with characters, and make up each part of the story at bedtime over the course of a week. The kids will hardly be able to contain their excitement and look forward to going to bed each night!
Christine Giles, MS, CCC-SLP is a practicing therapist as well as the owner of Creative Therapy Works, LLC. She earned an undergraduate degree at The Florida State University with a major in Communication Disorders and a Master of Science degree from The University of Wyoming in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been actively practicing therapy in schools, pediatric hospitals, private settings, home health, rehabilitation facilities, and skilled nursing facilities since 2002.