- The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children
- Without the "want-to," all the "how-to" drill work (reading instruction) is not going to create a lifetime reader. Your reading aloud is what builds the child's "want-to."
- Reading aloud...conditions the child to associate reading with pleasure, creates background knowledge, builds "book" vocabulary, and provides a reading role model
- Regardless of sex, race, nationality, or socioeconomic background-students who read the most, read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who don't read much, cannot get better at it.
- Reading regularly to a child helps to close the gap and give the at-risk child a "head" start, especially important since most instruction in school for the first four years is oral
- The larger the vocabulary, the better the child understands the teacher and the lesson
Monday, February 28, 2011
Why Read Aloud to Children?
(The following are exerts by Jim Trelease, New York Times Bestseller The Read-Aloud Hanbook. Mrs. Austin, one of Amana's 4/5 teachers whom I view as an expert in reading instruction, provided this information to me)
Posted by Ben Macumber at 5:38 PM