Addicted to Read-Alouds
February 8, 2013
Read, read, read aloud to kids! I saw a great chart that shows what happens when children experience a great read-aloud. (I found it at Nancy Ann’s Blog)
Many years ago, I took a class on reading aloud to children. It was taught by Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook. I soaked in every word he spoke. I couldn’t believe the statistics he gave on how important it was to read to kids and for kids to see parents reading. I devoured his book and put it into practice. He gives many suggestions of wonderful books that capture a child’s imagination and has them sitting on the edge of their beds listening for what will happen next.
I sat on the floor in my daughters’ room reading The Witches, by Roald Dahl. The girls loved it but what was even more thrilling to me was the older boys laying on the floor in the hallway just out the door and out of sight. As I put the girls to bed each night, I made sure to announce loudly enough that “the witches” were about to come out.
Trelease has some great ideas in his book, not only good read-alouds, but suggestions to be a listenable reader. I introduced my son to Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein. He owns all of his books and still quotes several poems he read over 20 years ago. Who said poetry was just for girls. Silverstein has a unique way capturing the imagination in real-life settings and wonderful vocabulary. Beware – reading aloud can become addicting!