The importance of reading aloud to your child

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” -C.S. Lewis

Are you a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or caretaker who loves to read?  Share your love and passion for reading by reading aloud to your child!  We all know the importance of reading to our children when they are babies and toddlers, but sometimes we adults have a tendency to think that our school age children have outgrown the need (or desire) for hearing us read aloud to them.  Quite the contrary!  Reading aloud to our school age children is extremely important and guess what? They love it and you will too!  

There are so many amazing authors today that have written incredibly engaging books that captivate children as well as adults.  While you are reading to your child they get to see you model what a fluent reader sounds like, you can explain new vocabulary words, have discussions of what each of you are visualizing, ask questions about events, and make predictions of what you think will happen next.  It’s also a great opportunity to show your reader what to do when the text gets confusing (teach them to reread to get clarity)!  Our developing readers need to see how an experienced reader interacts with a text and the perfect way to do this is through a read aloud.  

Be sure to mix up the genres, try reading a text to your child that they probably wouldn’t pick up themselves; if your reader likes realistic fiction, try reading a mythology book to them.  Not only will your reader enjoy the read aloud experience, they will become a stronger reader, and they will love having your full attention! The staff at practice this regularly and believe you will find this rewarding and beneficial for your child.