Jennifer Dobbs, an assistant professor of developmental studies in Purdue’s Department of Child Development and Family Studies, has an interesting perspective on bedtime reading:
“There’s nothing wrong
with a bedtime story,” Dobbs said. “Kids thrive on routines and
rituals, but it would be too bad if the only experience a child had of
being read to was when they’re expected to drift off to sleep.”
Instead, she advocates using dialogic reading techniques with children, interjecting questions and pointing out details in the pictures to start a conversation. Well, perhaps I’m just strange but that is the way I always read aloud, even at bedtime. 🙂 I’ve always felt that reading aloud is a place where we can talk and interact, sometimes to the point that as the minutes tick by I have to stop the conversation and get back to the story! But then I do the full set of funny voices with stories as well…
Anyone else here read using dialogic techniques without even knowing it?