Monday, February 29, 2016

World Read Aloud Day

The more you read, the better you get, the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.”

World Read Aloud Day was February 24th.  Did you happen to read aloud last Wednesday?  
Just recently two different grade level teachers were staking their claims on the books they would be reading aloud to their classes.  Each teacher wanted to read the book Wonder by RJ Palacio to their class which meant that the older grade teacher could not read it again the following year.  Both teachers wanted so badly to share the popular book.  Reading aloud to children is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do for children.  It increases vocabulary, provides a model of fluent reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.  Jim Trelease, the author of The New York Times Bestseller, The Read Aloud Handbook, has said, “A good children’s book is three times richer in vocabulary than conversation.”  The more vocabulary a child has the easier it will be for them to understand the teacher and the lesson.  Reading aloud does not only benefits younger students; children in older grades can show improvement too.  Your child may be in 4th grade but what is their listening level?  A child’s reading level does not catch up to his listening level until 8th grade.  You can and should be reading 7th grade books to 5th grade children. They will get interested in the plot and their motivation will increase.  There are interesting complicated books that students are ready to hear but might not yet be ready to read themselves. Did you know the public library offers audio books that you can listen to together as a family.    Then, spend time reflecting on the book.

Here are some ideas of ways to reflect on a book after reading:
  • Did you like the book or not? What makes you say that?
  • Talk about who else might like the book.
  • Retell what happened in the story.
  • Summarize your favorite part.
  • Make connections from a part in the book to your own life or to another book.
  • Discuss if you would like other books by the same author.  

Take some time turn off the electronics and have a family read aloud day!  
The benefits are amazing!

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