Questions to ask your child when reading – Early Years
When we hear your child read in school alongside their phonic skills we also support their comprehension skills.
Below you will find a list of possible questions to help you with conversations about your child’s reading. They are not intended to be used all at once or every time you read with your child. Use them at your discretion and where they are appropriate.
Questions to ask before you read
- Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book? What makes you think that?
- What characters do you think might be in our story?
- Can you point to the title? or What is this? (pointing to the title)
Questions to ask during the reading
- What do you think will happen next?
- What is happening here?
- What is ______ doing?
- What can you tell me about the story so far?
- Can you predict how the story will end?
- Why do you think the character did _______?
- What would you have done if you were the character?
- How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
- Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?
- Is __________ friendly/ mean/ nice…?
- What does ______ mean? (To check understanding of a word)
Questions to ask after reading
- Can you remember the title?
- Were your predictions about the story correct?
- If there was a problem, did it get solved?
- What was your favourite part of the story?
- If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?
- Can you retell the story in order?
- Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?
- Did you like this book? Why?