What is interactive reading

“Interactive reading” is even better than reading aloud

21.10.2013

Professor Bradford Wiles, who is primarily concerned with the early development of children, advises parents to “read interactively” with their young children between the ages of three and five, i.e. not only to read aloud but also to ask questions. Offer explanations, give examples, and talk to them about what they think. In this way, children's language skills are particularly well promoted

Professor Bradford Wiles, who is primarily concerned with the early development of children, advises parents to “read interactively” with their young children between the ages of three and five, i.e. not only to read aloud but also to ask questions. Offer explanations, give examples, and talk to them about what they think. This is a particularly good way of promoting children's language skills, he explained. The pre-school and kindergarten time is a very important time for vocabulary development and lays the foundations for reading and writing skills. During this time, children expand their vocabulary tremendously - from a few hundred words to several thousand terms.

Wiles has long been researching with colleagues from the School of Family Studies and Human Service at Kansas State University how children from disadvantaged families can be best supported and has developed guides for parents that give tips on reading aloud, among other things. They are based on scientific knowledge, but have been prepared in a generally understandable manner.

Source: ScienceDaily, Kansas State University

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