Hearing the Words on a Page
Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children of all ages. Reading aloud builds many important foundational skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent, expressive reading, and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.
When we HEAR THE WORDS ON A PAGE...
We become aware of the enjoyment of reading.
We extend our understanding and experiences of the world.
We understand that the language of books is different from spoken language.
We develop understanding of the patterns and structures of written language.
We learn words and ideas.
We give a critical response to a variety of texts.
We develop listening comprehension.
We learn about new writers.
We become aware of books as sources of information for other subject areas.
We see the importance of fluent, well-paced oral reading.