Dialogic Reading is a very powerful language facilitation method for children. It is a way of sharing books with your youngster that involves them in the experience and that has tremendous benefits for the child. Instead of just reading a book to the child, engage them in a conversation by talking about what you see in the pictures.
There are 3 simple steps in Dialogic Reading:
The key here is for it to be FUN! So don't labor over it. Maybe try only on a few pages of a book your preschooler is familiar with and then try branching out. Maybe you just alternate pages during your storytime.
Research shows that using Dialogic Reading is effective in accelerating vocabulary development and encourages children to use longer phrases. Children who are read to in this way to better on languages development tests and you will be able to see results in only a few short weeks!
Librarians say, How we read to our children is as important as how often we read to them. Talking about books is just as important as reading the book. Our job is to help our children learn and understand new words. There is a great video online; "Talking about Books" from the Washington Learning Systems is both informational and instructional. If you are unsure about how to do dialogic reading, make sure to take some time to watch it to see (and hear) demonstrations of parents talking about book with their kids.
Not sure where your preschooler is at in her progress toward reading? Try a Reading Checkup for Preschoolers available on the Reading is Fundamental website.
Dialogic Reading - Multnomah County Library System
Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to Preschoolers By: Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst (1992)