Today’s question of the day today comes from one of my regular viewers, Mahish, and he says: “Can you please recommend some reading skills courses books? I am really bad at reading out loud. Whenever I read books, it sounds very monotonous and I would very much like to improve. For me, it doesn’t matter, but now I have a 2 year old kid and I want to tell and narrate stories in an interesting fashion for him so that he can listen and go to sleep. Can you please help me?”
Mahish, first of all, I think that it is great that you read to your child. One of the most important and enjoyable parts of my day is reading bedtime stories to my 4 year old daughter because it is good for the kid and it is good for the parent.
My recommendation is for you to simply record yourself. You do not even need to have video- simply take your phone and pull out the memo recorder. Record yourself reading and watch it or listen to it. If you notice that you are monotone, then try to change your style the next night. In fact, I recommend that you over do it. For example, if you are reading Goldilocks, then say her lines in an over dramatic high pitched manner. If you are reading the lines of the Bears, speak in a huge booming voice. This is a good practice habit because your kid will not be a drama critic at 2 years old. Record yourself being dramatic and overdoing it and then watch it to bring it down a bit. It is much easier to bring the energy level down as compared to the other way round.
To sum it up, record yourself overdoing it and then calibrate your energy level to the appropriate balance.