Diaglogic reading is a fantastic way to jump-start your child's education. It helps small children think critically about plot and character motivation, and it will be innumerably helpful when they get to school to already have these building blocks in place. So what is diaologic reading, and how can you do it at home?
"When most adults share a book with a preschooler, they read and the child listens. In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, the audience for the child. No one can learn to play the piano just by listening to someone else play. Likewise, no one can learn to read just by listening to someone else read. Children learn most from books when they are actively involved.
The fundamental reading technique in dialogic reading is the PEER sequence. This is a short interaction between a child and the adult. The adult:
Prompts the child to say something about the book,
Evaluates the child's response,
Expands the child's response by rephrasing and adding information to it, and
Repeats the prompt to make sure the child has learned from the expansion." Reading Rockets
The Reading Rockets website also contains helpful hints about what types of question to ask your child, and the best ways to work dialogic reading into your child's life.
So pick a book you love and start dialogic reading it today!