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Talking While You Read

Talking about books will help your child become a better reader. For this reason, it is important to talk with your child when you read together. This will also help your child learn vocabulary and gain knowledge about the topic of that book. Books about topics that interest your child and with detailed pictures are best. 

Use a Cool Tool to Talk While You Read

To engage your child in conversation, you can use a tool called PEER:
Prompt, Evaluate, Expand, and Repeat.

First, prompt your child by asking a question about the book. Next, evaluate your child’s answer either by confirming that it is correct or by telling your child the correct answer. Expand your child’s response by adding more information. Finally, repeat the original prompt to see if your child expands the original answer. Use this sequence on every page or every other page. Use wh questions for your prompts. Wh prompts usually begin with w or h (who, what, where, when, why, and how).

A conversation might go like this:

Prompt your child to say something about the book. “How did you know the bear was sick?” Your child might respond, “Sneeze.” 

Evaluate your child’s response. “That’s right.”

Expand your child’s response by rephrasing and adding information to it. “The bear sneezed. Can you say, 'The bear sneezed'?”

Repeat the prompt to make sure your child has learned from the expansion. “How did you know the bear was sick?” If your child doesn’t say, “The bear sneezed,” then you say it and ask your child to repeat it. Notice how you expanded the child’s original response and modeled how to say it in a complete sentence.

1.1 Talking While You Read (Bear Says Thanks)

Key Points

  • Mom uses some of the important words, like bare, from the book to ask questions and talk about the book.
  • Mom has the Talking While You Read Bookmark in her hand to remind her about the kinds of questions to ask.
  • Mom encourages her son to answer questions in complete sentences by modeling how to do so.
  • Mom rereads the relevant part of the story if her son doesn’t know the answer to a question.