8 Ways To Promote Interactive Reading

8 Ways To Promote Interactive Reading

by Kim Southwell, Ph.D.
Founder, Owner & Director  of Reading Ranch Tutorial Center

We wrote a blog several months back on the importance of reading bedtime stories to your kids. It may not seem like much, but the mere act of curling up beside your little munchkin improves their fluency, attention span, increases comprehension and imagination, and creates bonding time.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. While we see more and more parents leaping at the chance to read to their kids, most don’t think about promoting the interactive side of the process. Reading to your child is so much more than just reading passively. Just like your child’s imagination and curiosity can run wild, so should yours.

At the Reading Ranch Tutorial Center, your source for reading, writing, and spelling enrichment for children in Dallas, TX, we strive to be your partner in promoting literacy. A huge piece of that partnership is educating parents to become active supporters in their child’s development – because the small steps now will pay off big in the future.


Below are 8 ways to be more interactive in your approach to reading with your children:

  1. Encourage your child to sit on your lap or curl up close to you to maintain physical proximity.
  2. Make sure the book is the child’s focal point and that they can touch it and turn the pages.
  3. Give your child compliments and be their cheerleader when they do something well.
  4. Point to pictures, words, and letters.
  5. Use your voice to give the characters in the book different voices.
  6. Use words you are sure your child knows as you talk and read through the book together.
  7. Ask your child about things he or she may recognize.
  8. Stop and listen before answering when your child does ask you a question.


As always, make sure you are reading books that your child can understand and that they have chosen themselves. This is another great way to make them feel like they are part of the process because they can connect better with what they are reading. Also, please don’t say no when your child wants to read the same book over and over again. While it can be a struggle for you to read the same books multiple days in a week, this will actually help them recognize words. And that’s a great thing.


Call The Reading Ranch today!!
The Reading Ranch Tutorial Center offers a phonetically-based program in reading, writing, and spelling enrichment for children in Pre-K through sixth grade. The multi-sensory teaching approach meets individual needs, giving students a strong foundation in reading, writing, and spelling while “filling the gaps” for children who need literacy support. We have six locations in Allen, Plano, Frisco, Castle Hills, North Dallas, and Sherman. For more information, visit www.readingranch.com to call one of our locations directly. Thanks for reading!

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