The Unhurried Read Aloud

Are you feeling pressured by to-do lists that will help you raise the ideal child? Your head may be swirling from play date schedules, selecting the right educational program, starting that college savings fund, or developing a well-rounded child through a variety of after school sports. Oh, and don’t forget about proper nutrition and rest for your growing student!

Fortunately, helping your child learn to love reading can be one of the more enjoyable and relaxing tasks of parenthood. Imagine curling up with a fun, colorful book and turning the thick, glossy pages with your child. Sharing a story provides a break from hurried lives, creates a memorable family ritual, opens the door to imagination, and builds those all-important reading and language skills. Amazingly, all that can be accomplished in a relaxing ten minutes a day!

To get started on your unhurried literary journey, head to your favorite local bookstore or library. If you need help selecting intriguing, age-appropriate books, ask the bookseller or librarian to point you in the right direction. Better yet, begin by sharing your childhood favorites!

Finding the Right Books

Finding the right books for your child can make a huge difference in his or her interest and enjoyment level. A good books will:

•Interest your child.
•Provide fun, vibrant, and interesting illustrations.
•Have predictable or rhyming text.
•Teach ABCs, counting, shapes, or other basic identification skills.
•Include simple sight words such as “the”, or “I”.
•Display more illustration than text per page.

Learning From A Read Aloud

Incredibly, a child’s mind is a sponge. Children learn quiteabc kids a bit from hearing and watching you read a book aloud. Many of these skills are crucial to developing language and literacy skills. Some of the skills that your child can learn include:

•Print has meaning.
•Each spoken word corresponds to a printed word.
•One reads from left to right, top to bottom.
•Ability to identify the front and back of the book.
•Expansion of vocabulary.
•Attuned ear to rhyme and rhythm of language.
•Make predictions based on the illustrations.
•Recite patterned sentences such as, “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?”
•Retell the story in his/her own words using a beginning, middle, and end.
•Identify common words such as “I, the, or me”.