Great to "see" you again! How lucky am I to be able to spend some precious time with my little grandson in my home village in Finland - talking Swedish with him all day long (in case you didn't know, I am a FInlandswede by birth, part of a small minority in Finland). I hope you will also be able to spend some relaxing holiday time with your kids and/or grandkids this summer.
Kids love reading some books over and over again – what you can do to get some variety is to stop and ask some questions, and – if your little one is in on the game – take the story in a different direction. Interactive reading is a highly effective way of engaging children to use and enhance their language skills. Examples of altering the plot to encourage a discussion:
- The book character goes food shopping – ask what would have changed if they went to a hardware store, or even the beach, instead.
- The story takes place in a town – ask how it would be different if it happened in the countryside
- The main person is a boy – ask how the story would go if it was a girl.
Always follow up with a Why? question, so you can continue the discussion together.
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