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July 26, 2009

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.
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Tip #10:  Read with Different Voices!

 As your child grows as a reader it is natural to encourage him to read with expression.  Using intonation and inflection in your own voice during a read-aloud is the best way to model expressive reading.  Oftentimes, the exaggerated expression that you use will be so intriguing and fun to your child that he will then experiment with using expression in his own independent reading.

 But sometimes, children need a little extra dab of drama to energize their reading.  This is when introducing different voices can really motivate a child to read with added enthusiasm and creativity. 

 Here is a fun list of possible voices for your child to use in his reading:

  • whisper voice
  • loud voice
  • accent from another country
  • baby-talk voice
  • cowboy voice
  • opera singer voice
  • robot voice

 In my experience as a teacher and a mom, I have found that the best materials to use when reading with different voices are short stories, poems and easy to read picture books.  This way, the text is manageable and somewhat brief; allowing your child to focus solely on their voice and expression.  Reading with different voices will not only be laugh-out-loud funny, but it will encourage your child to take risks and challenges as a reader.  Through this experience your child will improve his reading fluency, his ability to read with expression and his overall reading confidence!

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