" If parents understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent- and every adult caring for a child- read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation" Mem Fox (2001)
Reading aloud to children increases the bond between the child and the reader. Playing with books is a great teacher. Turn it upside down and say you are ready to read. This way the child notices that it is upside down and will scream at you that it is the wrong way! This shows the child knows how print runs. Is it upside down? Do we read from left to write? "Oh what beautiful end papers - I wonder what they tell us about the story inside? " This will start the imagination flowing.
Play with the words This is what 'the' looks like..... How many times is it on the page? Look at street names "Oh look Lola this street starts with an L just like your name - it says Lyall Crescent"
When choosing a book it is important to pick those that have good rhyme, rhythm and repetition and the book is clearly illustrated. In this way the child and the reader can engage in conversations about the pictures, the words and the ideas the author has generated.
Reading aloud and talking about what you have just read sharpens's the child's brain as well as their concentration skills, problem solving abilities and increases their language and vocabulary.
At Warradale Community Children's Centre we believe passionately in the importance of reading aloud to children. During autumn of 2019 we set up a literacy vine and invited parents to fill in leaves which showed their child's name, title of the book that was read and the author.