The Importance of Read Alouds for Children of All Ages
* Reading aloud gives children background knowledge, which helps them make sense of what they see, hear, and read. The more adults read aloud to children, the larger their vocabularies will grow and the more they will know about the world and their place in it.
* Reading aloud lets parents and teachers be role models for reading. When children see adults excited about reading, they will catch their enthusiasm.
* Reading aloud can introduce books and types of literature- poetry, short stories, biographies- children might not discover on their own.
* Reading aloud introduces the language of books, which differs from language heard in daily conversations, on television, and in movies. Book language is more descriptive and uses more formal grammatical structures.
* Reading aloud lets children use their imaginations to explore people, places, times, and events beyond their own experiences.
* Reading aloud gives children and adults something to talk about. Talking supports the development of reading and writing skills.
* Reading aloud supports the development of thinking skills as children and adults discuss books, articles and other texts as they read together.
* READING ALOUD IS FUN!