Hello everyone, I hope you’re well and continuing to stay safe.
Wow, where did October go? We can all agree that this year has been full of excitement, challenges, and events that we will be able to discuss for years to come.
I know we all realize how critical early literacy is and how vital it is in a child’s life. One of the main things we do to kickstart that love of books and reading is reading aloud to the little ones. You would think that reading to small children would come naturally for most, but it’s really a skill that needs practice.
While researching, I ran across a book called The Read-Aloud Handbook
by Jim Trelease. It’s actually a book that teaches the “do’s and don’ts” of how to read books aloud. I’m one that felt as though storytime comes naturally to me, but as I started to dive a little deeper, I wasn’t necessarily guilty of any of the “don’ts” but more so guilty of not incorporating a couple of the “dos.” Again, it was just another reminder that even when we are confident and content, there’s still more learning for us as teachers. I thought I would let you in on a few of the things I found helpful.
A few of the “dos” I found helpful were:
Allow the listeners a few minutes to settle down and adjust their minds and bodies to the story you’re reading.
Slow down and allow the children time to look at the pages before turning.
Make sure every child is in a position where they can comfortably see the pictures.
Always try to preview the book. This allows you to know ahead when to show emotion, eliminate pages or elaborate on what’s going on.
Don’t confuse the quantity of books with the quality of books.
Don’t choose books that you yourself don’t enjoy, it will show up in your mood while reading.
Don’t overwhelm the listeners, make sure the books are age appropriate.
Don’t choose a book that didn’t go over well when you read it before. Chances are, it won’t go well again.
I definitely found this information to be beneficial, as a lot of these points we don’t necessarily think about before just sitting down to read a story.
I also found another super cute website that has a ton of early literacy tips, activities and games, free printouts (free is awesome) and a ton of other useful information. Find it here.
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Thanks for your time,