Do you stop while you read?
Last night when I was reading through Chapter 5 of "The Borrowers", I was interrupted several times. "Mama," says the little one, raising her hand but waiting before she speaks. When I reach the end of the paragraph, I look at her. She says: "You know what I did today with Aidan?" I say, "Maybe we can talk about that when we're done with the chapter." After a few more sentences, again it's "Mama! Mama!" I read to the end of the paragraph and again look at her. She asks "Where did the borrowers get that chair?" We stop and talk about how the chair is an empty spool of thread, but her older sister is growing anxious, wanting for me to read on and on.
It's tough for me to read to two different children at different ages and different attention spans. But, this is our storytime, and it's not going to change. I personally don't like stopping so often to talk about the day or talk about the setting (although I suppose I shouldn't mind the latter). I like to dig into the book and read right through.
One of our daughters has always been inquisitive at story time, whether it be a chapter book or picture book. Always asking tangential questions about the characters, their mamas, papas, brothers, and sisters. Our other daughter enjoys just listening and silently visualizing the words.
I have long wondered: do you stop while you read? To really examine and discuss the pictures? To talk about what it may be like to be that character? To talk through feelings about the story? Or, do you read straight through and leave the discussion to the end (of the book or the chapter)?