Why are Read Alouds so Important?

At Homeschool Literature, we realize the vast importance of reading and hope that we’ve helped you find amazing literature. However, many of us sometimes forget the amazing benefits of reading aloud to our children. Reading aloud is one of the greatest ways to pass on a love for literature. In fact, research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important way to prepare them for learning how to read themselves. You see, the first 3 years of life are to critical to developing language skills and reading aloud is a primary way to assist this brain development. However, young children aren’t the only ones who benefit from reading aloud. Most books are informative and both parents and children learn something when they read! A few more reasons to read aloud to your child include:

1) Reading aloud is a good example… We can “show” our children the value of reading

2) The number of words a child knows upon entering kindergarten is an indicator of reading success

3) In a read aloud we “share” the excitement, suspense, and drama!

4) It clears the mind of other pressing daily activities

5) Read alouds help children get through entire books that they might otherwise struggle with

6) Reading costs nothing… and is available to everyone!

7) Use a variety of different books for read alouds — easy, exciting, mysterious, difficult, informative

8) Read alouds work across subjects… you can use a math related book to get children thinking mathematically! For example, How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz (Scholastic, 1985)

9)Catherine Paglin shows us the MANY ways reading aloud prepares children for learning success in In the Beginning, an article published in NW Education Magazine (Fall 1998). “From being read to repeatedly, children learn that reading is enjoyable, that pictures provide clues to the story, that books and print go from left to right, that print represents words and meaning, that stories have a beginning and an end. By listening, watching, and asking questions, they add to their vocabulary and increase their comprehension.”

10) Finally — reading aloud… just plain motivates young readers!

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