In today’s episode, we’re talking about how to talk with your kids about books. Specifically, we’re talking about open-ended questions, which you’ve probably heard us talk about before here at Read-Aloud Revival.

Open-ended questions are key to having conversations with your kids about anything they read, and anything you read together.

But what exactly qualifies as an open-ended question, and why do they work?

In this episode, I’m breaking down:

  • How to make book conversation a habit
  • How open ended questions are a form of narration
  • How to talk about books even if you haven’t read them yourself

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I also answer a question about whether it’s OK to let kids play while you’re reading aloud.

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Time stamps:

2:29Q&A: what if my child isn’t really listening when I’m reading aloud?
6:14‘Planting seeds’
7:21Your 3 Super-Tools: Prayer, Read-alouds, and Conversation
9:34A better question than ‘Did you like it?’
11:42‘An informal exchange of ideas’
14:20What is an open-ended question?
17:21If you already know the answer, it’s not an open-ended question
20:49Taking the pressure off
24:42A broader look
26:43Does this count as narration?
29:25Get the FREE guide (and more resources)
32:46Let the Kids Speak

Quote to remember:

“You’ve got three super tools for your parenting life and your homeschooling life: prayer, read-alouds, and conversation.”

Sarah Mackenzie

“Having an open-ended conversation with your kids flings wide doors of discovery in ways that writing a book report, writing an essay, or taking a quiz can’t.”

Sarah Mackenzie

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Books mentioned in this episode:

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Listening for Lions
A Single Shard
Bud, Not Buddy
Anne of Green Gables
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)
Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 3)

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