Repeated Reading

Instructional Procedures

Reading the same book multiple times to children helps to deepen a child’s connection to a story.  When you read the same book multiple times, you can easily work on the following skills: 

  • introduce and work on new vocabulary (ELA 3 & 4 yr.1.5) 
  • begin to ask and answer simple questions about text (ELA 3 & 4 yr.1.3, ELA 3 & 4 yr.1.8 and ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.18)
  • demonstrate book knowledge (ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.1, ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.2, and ELA 3 & 4 yr. 2.4)
  • point out illustratrations that support and strengthen the meaning of words (ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.2 and ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.7)
  • connect printed words to meaning (ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.5, ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.6, and ELA 4 yr.3.2) 
  • talk about the main storyline and sequence of events in a story (ELA 3 & 4 yr.1.4 and ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.17) 
  • point out that words are made up of letters and letter sounds (ELA 3 & 4 yr.2.13)
  • tie personal experiences to expand their knowledge and skills (LLP 3 & 4 yr.2.3)

When selecting a book to read multiple times, it is important to select books that have rich text and illustrations. Read the book yourself to help determine what skills you want to target within the book. Stories allow you to engage children, build social and academic language skills, build a love for hearing stories, and lay a foundation for later reading. 

When reading a book to your child(ren) for the first time, you want to introduce them to the book, show the title page, make predictions as to what they think the story may be about.  Provide them with a guiding thought or question to listen for while the book is being read. Define words in the book that help to deepen their understanding and build their vocabulary. Point out the sequence of main events that occurred in the story. 

When reading the book the second time, start by asking your child(ren) to tell you what they remember about the story.  Providea  new question for them to consider and answer during this read.   Review the vocabulary words you have selected and see if they can provide you with the definitions of the words.  Support your child(ren) as you pause to allow them to tell you what happens next in the story as they start to sequence the main events.  

When reading the book for the third time, recall what you have asked and answered about the story so far.  When you get to familiar themes or ideas in the story, see if your child(ren) can tell you the story.  Think about ways to get your child(ren) to extend the meaning of the vocabulary words outside of the text and generalize their meaning to other situations. Ask questions that help tie their own personal experiences to the story to help them expand their knowledge and understanding.