Reasons to read aloud to your children:
- Reading aloud enriches vocabulary for children. As you read aloud you can stop and explain what a word means within the context of the story. It is also easy to quickly connect the word to something connected to the life of the child. Reading aloud provides exposure to a rich and varied list of new words.
- Reading together increases the attention span. As children spend more and more time on tablets, computers, video games, and television, they become used to visual stimulation in quick bites of excitement. Reading aloud a chapter book promotes a longer attention span and encourages children to wait for a story to develop.
- Reading a variety of books to your child provides exposure to different types of writing. Reading poetry, nonfiction, or essays to your child can expose them to different options for reading. An adult who is excited about a specific type of writing can encourage interest in exploring other genres.
- Reading aloud models ways to interact with print. Unless expressive reading is modeled by an adult, children often read in a monotone designed to reach the end of a book, not to enjoy the journey. As children progress to more difficult levels of reading, it is helpful to be exposed to an expressive way to bring the book alive.
- Reading aloud shows what a love for reading looks like. Parents who read what they love share not only the book but the experience of reading with their child. Someone who genuinely loves books, ideas, and the act of learning can pass that enthusiasm on to their child. Reading aloud shares so much more than the plot of a story, it shares who we are and how we interact with a story.
Our current favorite classic books to read aloud to children:
- Heidi, Johanna Spyri
- The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
- Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
- The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame