Harvard Graduate School of Education created a slideshow on what can parents and educators do to promote reading for fun throughout their academic development. Enjoy!
It’s no secret that reading to your child at home is one of the best ways to prepare them for academic success later on. In our Literacy Lab pre-K program, we start engaging with books through interactive readalouds at an early age. Indeed, most parents may think that reading books aloud is just for younger students. But did you know that reading aloud to older students can be just as important?
Here are just a few benefits of reading aloud to students young and old:
Feeling inspired? Try these tips to make your readalouds super fun for everyone:
Curious about the benefits of reading aloud? Check out this interview with Jim Trelease, the author of The Readaloud Handbook. We love using his strategies in the classroom!
Comprehension is one of the most crucial skills of becoming a well-rounded reader and one that we continuously work on with our students at Teton Literacy Center. Indeed, what fun is reading if you cannot understand the text!? Last month we gave you Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension! and this month we are going to delve deeper into one of those strategies—questioning texts.
One of the key strategies in assuring that students are understanding the texts they read is questioning. Questioning is effective in that it helps students take the time to think about the words they are reading and what those words mean together. Further, questioning is an easy tactic for parents to implement at home—all you have to do is take a short bit of time discuss and question what your student reads!
What kind of questions are most effective you ask? Read on to find out questioning points proven to aid in comprehension!
Summer is the perfect time to learn together as a family. With the end of school right around the corner, it is important to start thinking about how your children will stay engaged this summer.
The best way to prevent “summer slide,” or losing knowledge gained over the school year during the summer, is to engage in learning activities every day. Some simple activities to try…
10 Read-Aloud To-Do’s:
Even if your child is able to read on his or her own, reading together is still very important. Some popular children's books, like Harry Potter, are at a middle-school reading level. This makes them tough for young readers to tackle on their own, but great for read-alouds!
One of our tutoring students, Ariana, has been very excited to listen to the BFG. She hasn't seen the movie yet, but she is loving the book. Ariana is also learning some great vocabulary words, which she enjoys acting out. Check out the summary she wrote this week!
For more reasons on why reading aloud is important, check out the infographic below. We borrowed it from http://www2.readaloud.org/
As the holiday season approaches, it's good to remember to slow down a little. One of our board members passed this article along from the Wall Street Journal. We recommend you take a look!
"Books are uniquely suited to helping us change our relationship to the rhythms and habits of daily life in this world of endless connectivity."
"Reading isn’t just a respite from the relentlessness of technology. It isn’t just how I reset and recharge. It isn’t just how I escape. It’s how I engage."
One of our tutors, Hayden Peery, shared this article with us. We highly recommend reading it!
"When we read with a child, we are doing so much more than teaching him to read or instilling in her a love of language. We are doing something that I believe is just as powerful, and it is something we are losing as a culture: by reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human."
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