The ReadAskChat method
is simple and fun!

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READ
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READ AGAIN
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ASK & CHAT

Here’s what the ReadAskChat Method includes

Repeated Readings

Encourage children’s critical thinking and reflection

Open-ended Questioning

Encourages children to express their thoughts and creativity

Text-specific Prompts

Call for personal opinion and interpretation

A Focus on Science and Higher-Order Thinking

Cultivates close observation, wonder, respect for nature, questioning strategies, and knowledge attainment

Conversation Starters

Guide adults in sustaining conversation chains that boost everyone’s intellectual confidence

MORE! Activities

Support ongoing learning through hands-on activities and exploration, storytelling, playacting, and art projects

The ReadAskChat method, when coupled with our carefully constructed conversational prompts at three developmental levels, enables child and adult to build ideas and excitement about stories through playful and imaginative back-and-forth conversations.

BABY

6-12 months

ADULTS MODEL

Here is the ladybug!
She’s sitting on a leaf.

Oh look! This bird is
waking up.

See, her eyes are starting
to open… YAWN!

TODDLER

9-36 months

CHILD AND ADULT NAME

Can you find the ladybug? What is she sitting on?

Let’s find the bird that’s just waking up.

Let’s make waking -up sounds: YAWN!

PREREADER

3-6 years

BACK-AND-FORTH CONVERSATIONS

Why does the ladybug want to skedaddle?

Do the birds see the ladybug? What makes you think that?

Pretend you’re the bird waking up. What do you do or say to the other birds?

RESEARCH SUPPORTING THE ReadAskChat METHOD™

80% of human brain development occurs during the first three years of life — before formal schooling begins.1

Parents have the greatest influence on their children’s long-term academic achievement during the first five years.2

Talking about stories grows children’s language, social- emotional core, and readiness for school success.3

When teachers encourage families to read and talk about books at home, children make substantial gains in early language and literacy skills.4

Reading aloud to children has benefits for behavior, attention, and language development.5

Back-and-forth conversation between adult and child accounts for significant growth in children's brain development and increases in language skills (e.g., vocabulary, grammar, and verbal reasoning), regardless of parental income or education.6

Social interactions between adults and young children enable children to develop language and thinking at higher levels than they could independently.7

Intensive early exposure to science concepts and knowledge before kindergarten can close science achievement gaps.8

High-quality 0–5 programs for educationally at-risk children can deliver a 13 percent per year return on investment.9

Learn more about the ReadAskChat Method™ and the research undergirding its design.