Kylie Bell, director of research and program development at Mindchamps, says to ask your child specific questions.
“Engage them in the reading process to stimulate [their] creative, active thinking; and to expand [their] vocabulary,”
For instance, before reading, you can ask “What does the front cover picture tell us?”, she suggests.
As your child gets into the story, you could raise more questions such as “What do you think might happen next?” or “I wonder why…?”
After your kid has finished the book, discuss it with her by posing various scenarios:
What could have happened if…?
What else does this story make you think about…?
Imagine if you could make a new ending to the story, what would it be?
Do you have a favourite part?
Discussing topics in the book also reinforces your child’s understanding of what she’s reading.
Don’t make her feel like she’s being interrogated, adds Kylie.