If there were something you could do to raise your children’s IQ would you do it? Well, there is! Research shows that reading to children in an interactive style can increase their IQ by 6 points over a six-month period.
What do we mean by an interactive style? We mean engaging your child in book-related conversation before, during, and after reading to them. Although it can take a little longer to read interactively, it is easy to do and is definitely worth doing. See our tips below.
Tips for Interactive Reading
Before reading: Preview a book’s cover and the pictures inside. Ask questions like:
- What do you see on the cover of this book? (A: Three bears)
- Have you ever seen bears in real life (A: Yes, at the zoo.) Were the bears at the zoo that you saw wearing clothes like this? (A: No!)
- Let’s look inside the book at the pictures on every page. After looking at the pictures, what do you think happens to the bears in this story?
During reading: Follow your children’s lead. Stop reading to their answer questions and discuss the story. Have fun using different voices to represent various characters in the story.
After reading: Summarize the story or ask your children to do so. Ask open ended questions starting with words like: who, what, when, where, why.