Reading aloud 2011


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Reading aloud 2011

  1. 1. Reading: The Pleasure Principle The Importance of Reading Aloud to your Child
  2. 2. You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me. Strickland Gillilan, “ The Reading Mother,” Best Loved Poems of the American People
  3. 3. Fox, Mem. Reading Magic . New York: Harcourt, Inc. 2001. Print
  4. 4. Why Should I Read Aloud? <ul><li>The more children read, the better they get at it. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” – Becoming a Nation of Readers, 1985. </li></ul><ul><li>It is our goal to create lifetime readers not just school time readers </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Read Aloud cont’d. <ul><li>Words are how we learn </li></ul><ul><li>How do we get new words? Through the eyes or through the ear </li></ul><ul><li>The best way to “feed” young children words is through the ear </li></ul><ul><li>The more words they hear, the more words they can process and make sense of when they “see” them. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What the numbers say… Home High Interest Information in Books Mother watches TV 39.3% Mother reads 78.6% Father watches TV 35.1% Father reads 60.7% Child owns library card 37.5% Child is taken to library 98.1% Child is read to daily 76.8% “ Home and School Correlates of Early Interest in Literature” Journal of Educational Research , vol. 76
  7. 7. Four factors in homes of readers: <ul><li>The child is read to on a regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>A wide variety of print material (books, magazines, newspapers, comics) is available in the home. </li></ul><ul><li>Paper and pencil are readily available for the child. </li></ul><ul><li>The people in the child’s home stimulate the child’s interest in reading and writing by answering endless questions, praising the child’s efforts at reading and writing, taking the child to the library frequently, buying books, writing stories that the child dictates, and displaying his paperwork in a prominent place in the home. </li></ul>Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook
  8. 8. Reading Aloud vs. Conversation <ul><li>Reading aloud causes children to associate reading with pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Helps to create background knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes and builds “ book” vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Most importantly, perhaps, is that it allows your child to see you as a reading role model </li></ul>
  9. 9. Building vocabulary through read alouds When it comes to building rich vocabulary, nothing does it like words that come from “print.” When researchers counted the words we use most often, the total came to 10,000 different words (the most common word is “the”). Beyond the 10,000 mark, you meet what are called the “rare” words.
  10. 10. Fox, Mem. Reading Magic . New York: Harcourt, Inc. 2001. Print So… How do you do this Read Aloud Thing?
  11. 11. Purposes of Reading Aloud <ul><li>Reassure </li></ul><ul><li>Entertain </li></ul><ul><li>Bond </li></ul><ul><li>Inform </li></ul><ul><li>Arouse curiousity </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire </li></ul>
  12. 12. Reading for Pleasure <ul><li>Fact: Human beings seek out experiences that bring pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Then we must create an environment where reading is pleasurable and not a chore </li></ul><ul><li>We gravitate towards the things that bring us pleasure and withdraw from the things that we dislike </li></ul><ul><li>Reading aloud to your child in a comfortable setting with materials they are interested in sends pleasure messages to the brain and helps the child see reading as a positive experience. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Online Resources for What to Read Next <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Where do I go for more information? <ul><li>Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Magic by Mem Fox </li></ul>
  15. 15. An Inexpensive Reading Kit <ul><li>Books – connection between ownership and reading achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Book baskets – in many places around the house! </li></ul><ul><li>Bed lamp – allow your child 15 minutes of staying up later to read with their lamp… </li></ul>The 3 B’s
  16. 16. Thank you to… <ul><li>Jim Trelease </li></ul><ul><li>The information contained in this presentation came from </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, please read The Read-Aloud Handbook , 2006 edition by Jim Trelease </li></ul>