It’s been talked about for years. The “experts” have all chimed in. Statistics show that reading aloud to kids helps develop the skills necessary to read and ignites a passion for reading into the hearts of little listeners. But what about those children who are already excellent readers and have a deep-rooted love for the written word, like my daughter? She’s eight and has been an avid reader since she cracked the mystery of letters three years ago. Because she can do it all by herself, she no longer needs ME to read aloud to her…or does she?
It’s true, reading aloud to a child does help to improve his/her reading ability, but even after a child has mastered solo reading, there are numerous other benefits to sitting down TOGETHER. Here are just a few of my favorites.
Develop a Family Language
Establish a World View
Encourage Creative Play
Develop the Skill of Reading Aloud
A good quality book is meant to be enjoyed; not just for the purpose of making good readers, but for enriching lives. While reading a book, a child formulates new ideas and new opinions or himself and the world around him. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being a part of that. I appreciate the opportunity to share an adventure, to discover the unknown, to devour well-written words…TOGETHER.
Looking for a book to enjoy together as a family? Be sure to check out my list of Great Read Alouds for Lower to Mid Elementary.
Formerly an elementary school teacher, Jamie left the school desk to bring the learning home in 2006. She is the doting wife to "Mr. Right" and blessed momma of five gifts. After some simple trial-and-error, she found herself homeschooling with an eclectic, Charlotte Mason-esque approach. Somewhere between diapers and division flashcards, she finds time to write and speak about parenting, organization, and homeschooling. You can find Jamie enjoying a cup of dark chocolate mocha while blogging at The Unlikely Homeschool, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.