You don't have to be a read-aloud king or queen, but...

Reading adventures with your child are not to be missed!

This article describes why reading aloud is so important and gives you 6 tips on how you can become a really great storyteller in no time.

You don't have to be a read-aloud king or queen, but...

An everyday life without reading is unthinkable

In everyday life you are constantly reading, fast forwarding through emails at work or reading the latest news in the newspaper. The likelihood that you'll have to read something aloud decreases with age, but reading remains one of the most important things you should be able to do.

Do you still remember how your parents read to you or the "read aloud moments" at school? In German lessons we read aloud regularly and everyone had a turn, sometimes with divided roles. In secondary school it was then just: "Everyone reads the text silently to themselves". In your apprenticeship or studies you could hardly save yourself from texts that you had to read and understand (for yourself) in the shortest possible time. That can rob you of the fun of reading.

Parents feel insecure

Once you get past these stages, you realize that as an adult (in most cases) you rarely read aloud and may well unlearn it. You stumble over words, don't read fluently, or are unsure how to emphasize sentences well. And suddenly you have kids who want to be read to. Not reading aloud is not the solution and no master has fallen from the sky.

6 tips and tricks to become a "professional reader

1. You can't read enough books

Flea markets or digital platforms like Vinted.de or Ebay Kleinanzeigen offer a large selection of books at a low price. Just try your way through the different book genres until you find the right one for you.

2. Children are quickly inspired

Go to the nearest library, a membership is often available for little money and you have a large selection of books. Take your child to the bookshop or library and let them choose their own books. Ask friends with children the same age as yours to lend their books. Borrowing books also teaches your child the importance of being careful with borrowed items and returning them at a fixed time.

3. Reading aloud does not take much time

No one says you have to read a whole chapter or even an hour with your kids. Just two or three pages can be enough, or 15-20 minutes a day. No matter how long you read, anything is better than nothing!

4. Reading aloud is fun

There are almost no limits to your ideas as a reader, especially younger children watch you very closely when you speak, so they learn to speak for themselves, for example, they watch your lips when you tell them something. Put yourself in the place of the characters in the story. You can play with your voice and disguise it, tell individual lines loudly or softly, you can emphasise literal speech and don't be afraid to do something not quite right. Just laugh at a slip of the tongue, make something funny out of it or sort out your tongue again (blebelebelepp) and then start all over again.

Also, you don't have to read aloud all the way through, but it is a good idea to interrupt the book and ask the child questions about what he or she has read. For example, are you as tall as the giant in the story or do you have a favourite colour like the child in the book? This way you can engage your child and they can pay attention for longer.

5. Reading as a mindfulness ritual after dinner, off to the bathroom, brush your teeth and then you can snuggle up in bed or on the couch with your children and read the best adventure stories. Especially before bedtime, this is a ritual that calms kids down and lets them wind down from a busy day. Use it also for yourself to come to rest and let the evening end together.

6. Support your child in his development

Reading aloud stimulates the imagination, promotes language development (expands vocabulary) of your child and increases concentration. They learn to follow storylines, expand their knowledge in a playful way and experience what it's like to put themselves in the shoes of other people (empathy).

As you can see, it doesn't take outstanding skills or a lot of money to teach your children to read. Dare, because "courage is good" and we are sure that you do less wrong than you think - and even if something doesn't work right away, that's not bad.

Have a look at our magazine, there you will find more articles about reading, e.g. modern books for children and teenagers.

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