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How to Read with Your Child: Ebooks or Print

There are many articles being written about whether ebooks or printed books are better for children. Either choice is wonderful if parents can do a few simple things when reading with their children. The first time you read the book have your child make a predication about what the story will be about based on the title and the front cover. If it won’t give away the ending have them do a quick picture walk through the book and reconfirm or readjust their prediction. Then you will want to read the story to your child, stopping to confirm understanding of what is going on and to readjust predictions. When you are done reading have your child tell you their favorite character, where they think the story took place and what they think the theme of the story was. If they liked the theme you can look for other books that have similar themes. The second time you read the book try having your child try to read the story. Before they read, make a list of any difficult vocabulary words that may be new to your child and create a word document with the word and pictures from Google images so they can refer to it when they are reading. You can print the sheet out or just have it open in another browser if they are reading on a computer. You can also help your child with pronunciation. For any more readings your child should now be ready to read on their own. Of course you can still sit with them and listen to them read, take turns reading or read if your child asks you to. If you follow these steps your child will become a strong independent reader. To access Ebooks you can try: Amazon: Project Guttenberg Children’s book shelf: To access printed books you can try: Amazon: Barnes and Noble: To read about the Ebook Printed books debate visit: Mashable: The Guardian: › Culture › Books › Publishing Scholastic: