Teaching Reading to Little Ones Series: Read-Alouds
Reading is a fundamental life skill. Nurturing a love of reading and cultivating strong readers are important goals within the homeschool and can begin at a very young age. As a homeschooling parent the idea of teaching reading can sometimes seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Join Kolbe Academic Advisor Jamie Coelho-Kostolny in a video and blog series as she shares helpful tips and essential aspects of teaching reading to little ones.
On this first series post, we will be discussing 7 Benefits of Reading Aloud to Elementary Children. Join us for the weekly video, blog highlights, and free downloadable notes to help you on your homeschooling reading adventures!
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: The Benefits of Reading Alouds
1. ENJOYMENT - This gives an information a land imaginative hobby for kids to cultivate their entire life. Research proves that reading aloud even to children of older ages correlates to children reading more independently as well, fostering a love of learning.
2. BONDING EXPERIENCE - This quality time strengthens the relationship between the reader and participant and makes it easier for children to develop social and interpersonal skills in an informal environment.
3. KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION - Children acquire new words primarily through listening and this increases their vocabulary and knowledge base in a fun way. This also gives time for parents to clarify what something means, introduce a new topic, or delve deeper into a topic of interest.
4. LISTENING SKILLS - By getting into a good book, they are practicing listening, which also increases their attention span,comprehension, and cognitive abilities.
5. IMAGINATION - Children become interested in these new worlds within literature and begin to develop skills of creation and prediction. They practice patience as they wait for the story to unfold in the next read-aloud.
6. COMMUNICATION AND INFLECTION - Students see how an invisible reality of words is made visible through voice and facial expressions, another means of communication. They learn how feelings are portrayed as it promotes empathy, reduces stress,and increases self-esteem
7. INFORMAL ASSESSMENT - To assess if your child is understanding the content and actively engaged in topics, you can ask informal questions, see if they have questions, and carry-on conversations about the books read.
As an added bonus, feel free to download and use this week’s notes to help you plan, customize, and make the most of your family’s read-alouds. Be sure to join us next month for the next post in the series!