The most frustrating feeling for me is being confused. It is very difficult to want to keep doing something if it doesn’t make sense. If our little readers are confused, they’re not going to want to keep reading. What’s the fun in that?
When I’m reading with a really little kid, it’s easy to ask questions to check if he’s getting the story. Older kids are able to answer these questions too, but they might be more annoyed that the story is being interrupted.
If you’re reading fiction with your child, you can ask the following questions:
- Who is the main character in the story?
- What is happening?
- Where is he or she?
- What does he or she want?
- Where are they?
- Why did he or she do what they did?
- What do you think will happen next?
If you’re reading nonfiction, the questions might be a little bit different. If you’re reading a biography, the questions are the same. If you’re reading a book about science, animals, or statistics, the questions change.
- What fact did you find most interesting?
- What did you learn about?
- Which was your favorite (dinosaur, rock formation, cloud type)?
- What caused these things to happen?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we ask questions and make inferences while we are reading. It has become easy for us to do and we don’t realize that we’re doing it.