Making Personal Connections
Look for ways to help your child connect their own life experiences with what they’re reading – this will give the material deeper meaning for them personally.
For example, when you read with your child, point out any ways the story is like their life: “We went to the park for your birthday, too.” Or “ Those grandparents live in Ottawa, just like your grandparents.”
As your child turns the pages of a book and looks at the pictures, ask them what they think is happening in the story. Or ask them how the story is similar to their life.
Encourage them to make personal connections, like: “What do you know about whales?” or “Does this remind you of our last trip?” or “Do you remember when you went to the dentist?”
Talking About Likes and Dislikes
Encourage conversations where there are no right or wrong answers. This teaches your child to express their own opinion and explain their thinking.
When you read with your child, ask them what they like or don’t like about the book. Encourage them to be specific. For example, if your child says, “I like the turtle,” ask them why.
Use open-ended questions that require your child to express their opinion. For example: “Who was your favourite character? Why?” or “What was the most exciting part of the story? Was this a good story? Why?”