I’m sure when you think back to your school days, you remember reading books aloud to a teacher or even reading silently and then came the game of 20 questions. Reading became a chore that you did so that you could answer countless questions on a test later on.

I don’t want reading to be like that but obviously reading comprehension is an important skill. So how do we practice our ability to recall details from a text without quizzing your child silly? Rather than quizzing, “what is this” “who said x” “what did character do”, try having a conversation with them about the text.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Interact with and recall details from a text that was read aloud

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recall details from a text that was read aloud

Required Materials

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* Little Blue Truck

*If I Built a Car

Lil' Explorers - Little Blue Truck

Our Lil’s attitude towards recalling details will depend on the way you phrase things. I know it seems silly, but even though you are asking the same question, if you phrase it as though you are discovering together your Lil’ will see that books are full of wonder and fun. Try the following questions and phrases as you read Little Blue Truck.

“Wow! The blue truck said hi to all of the other animals, do you remember what sound he made to say hi?”

“All of the animals said hi back to the blue truck. My favorite was the pig who said oink, which animal sound was your favorite?”

“Oh no, the big dump truck got stuck in the mud! Who came to help him get out?”

“Little blue truck came to help the big dump truck, but what happened to him? ”

Lil' Creators - If I Built a Car

Our Lil’s attitude towards recalling details will depend on the way you phrase things. I know it seems silly, but even though you are asking the same question, if you phrase it as though you are discovering together your Lil’ will see that books are full of wonder and fun. Try the following questions and phrases as you read If I Built a Car.

“Woah! That is such fun car! Did you see all the neat things it has? Do you like the couch or the pool better?”

“Yum! How do you get the snacks to come out? What kind of snack do they have?”

“Wow the boat went in the water and turned into a submarine! What did it see underwater?”
“That was a cool car! What was your favorite part about the car?”

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What do think about these tips for reading to your Lil’? Do you find it helpful?