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Mother-daughter book clubs — ways of reading

Mother-daughter book clubs incorporate a variety of reading methods and are flexible enough to accommodate all levels of young readers.

Mother-daughter pairs have different rituals for reading their book club selections.

“Not all mothers and daughters read the book individually,” says mother-daughter book club leader Michele Cromer-Poiré. “Some read aloud to each other, trading off every chapter or with each new book.”

The bedtime ritual of reading out loud, typically dropped once a child has learned to read, can be reestablished.

Snuggling together with a book before lights-out or on weekend mornings can help time-challenged parents revive emotional closeness with their daughters.

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Reading aloud also improves children’s and teenagers’ oral reading fluency. Oral readers develop increased momentum, improved attention to punctuation, and better phrasing and expression.

If an upcoming book selection is a fairly difficult read, the mothers in Julie’s Golden Valley mother-daughter book club make sure the library has it available on audio CD.

Those girls who have difficulty with the reading can listen to the audio book and follow along with the text.

This alternative can be especially useful when the girls choose longer books — books the slower readers would not otherwise be able to finish in time for the next meeting.

Although the majority of the girls in Julie’s club are reading at or above grade level, reading skills vary. “I think the range of skill levels makes the group more interesting, less homogenous.”

Enhancing the girls’ independent reading skills remains a priority, but the mothers want to empower the girls to tackle challenging books, rather than discouraging those with less proficiency.

The option of listening to audio books can improve young people’s reading attitudes and increase their willingness to engage with demanding and complicated texts.

Reading achievement tests have shown that reading books with accompanying audio not only facilitates comprehension, it increases reading rates and improves pronunciation accuracy.

Bottom line, mother-daughter book clubs incorporate a variety of reading methods and are flexible enough to accommodate all levels of young readers. Mothers and daughters can figure out for themselves which ways of reading work best for a fun and positive experience.