-Orville Prescott, A Father Reads to his Children
I have made reading aloud an important facet in our homeschooling. Typically we read aloud for an hour a day. But, regardless of the education method, reading aloud should be a cornerstone of every child's education.
While reading grade level material, or board books aloud is important, and it can be a great moment of intimacy. That isn't the type of reading aloud I am discussing here. The reading aloud I find so important is reading aloud on a higher level than the child is currently reading, and reading highly engaging, timeless, imaginative books that will open the natural curiosity of a child. Reading aloud won't teach a child how to read, it will teach them how to want to read. My children are early elementary and a few of the books we have read aloud this year are The Secret Garden, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and The Hobbit.
Reading aloud creates the following in a child:
- greater reading comprehension.
- create an association for the child reading=pleasure.
- increased desire to learn to read, or to be reading, thus creating a lifetime learner.
- build vocabulary from hearing new words used in context.
- provide a role model for reading. Children who see their parents reading, are more likely to read themselves throughout their lives.