Why Read Aloud?
- Easy way to improve your child’s chances at school
- It will entertain and delight them
- It will strengthen the bonds between you
- It is virtually FREE
Reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, according to the landmark 1985 report “Becoming a Nation of Readers.”
Developing that passion for reading is crucial, according to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” “Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.”
This positive outlook about reading is critical when competition for a child’s attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and myriad after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked. In addition, negative experiences with reading – whether frustrations in learning to read or tedious “skill and drill” school assignments – can further turn children off from reading.
The good news for families is that this small piece of parenting wisdom is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book – free, with a library card – and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.
Explore more on the Read Aloud website www.readaloud.org that contains not only additional facts and statistics, but a wonderful book selections for every age at http://www.readaloud.org/bookselections.html