November 9th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Listening Skills, Speech Therapy Apps

Ever thought about how you read to children?

Having a child’s rapt attention as you turn the pages of a favorite book is a beautiful and classic moment, whether you’re a speech language pathologist, educator, or a parent.

It’s also one of the best and simplest ways to strengthen listening skills. I have one simple tip for you that will supercharge the listening exercise of story time.

It’s so simple it’s almost laughable. When most people read to children, they hold the book out so they can read and the child can look at the pictures at the same time. But I always suggest this: Hold the book facing you as you read each page — THEN turn the book so the kids can see.

Why is this a big deal? Because this way, the child has to listen to follow the story. And what they just heard is reinforced when you turn the book and show the picture.

Of course, I’m talking about paper books here. I’ve developed a line of apps and iBooks (“app-books”) along the ListenLoveLearn method. These books incorporate games, instructions, sounds, and motion to help kids grow listening, language, and auditory memory skills.

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Three Billy Goats Gruff iBook is a wonderful reinvention of the classic tale that I created with PocketSLP. Beautiful images, clear narration, and engaging prompts draw kids into this listening skills iBook.

Now, to win the iBook

Tell me in the comments your most creative tips for reading to children. We’ll send the first 10 commenters with tips a code to download the app-book for free.

For everyone else, receive 50% off regular price this week; download Three Billy Goats Gruff listening skills iBook for just $3.99.


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As always, it’s a delight to hear from readers, my fellow professionals, and parents. Please stay in touch!

6 Responses to “How do you read to children? [Free listening skills iBook offer]”

  1. Keli Melcher says:

    I love having the kids help me read by finishing the repetitive sentences in the book. I also have them point to the letters that make the sound we are working on. This helps make the connection for young children the sound with the word helping to build literacy skills.

  2. Joy says:

    I enjoyed the preview and was impressed that there was more to the app than only a tlaking book. The method makes sense and I look forward to trying it in therapy and doing a comparison.

  3. Kari Underwood says:

    Thanks for the tip on reading the page first and then showing the child the picture. I never thought of this. Would you always read a book this way? I’m just worried about the students that need the visual picture to aid in their comprehension of the story.

    • Lois says:

      Hi Kari! In my opinion, no, you don’t have to read books to children this way all the time. But whenever you can and want to strengthen listening skills, try this way. Since you turn the book around to show the pictures AFTER reading each page, the child does get the visual reinforcement of the story’s images — they just have to also listen before they see the pictures.

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