I am writing to thank you all for working with us to develop your child’s reading aloud skills. Some parents are still unsure as to why we have specifically focused on this skill in reading this session, especially for our older pupils. I want to give you some of the reasons why it is so important that you support your son or daughter in this project.
Here are 7 reasons why you should listen to your child reading – whatever their age! (and why you should still read to them!).. 1. Beginning readers profit from reading aloud to someone who can provide them with daily, gentle, constructive feedback, positive encouragement and praise.
2. Whilst your son or daughter might have a reading age of 10 or 13 years – what is their vocabulary age? Reading aloud expands children’s vocabulary and teaches children how to pronounce new words.
3. To enhance fluency – practice of reading out loud common words and trying new words out again and again improves their fluency.
4. Reading aloud and being read to builds children’s attention spans and helps them to hone their listening skills.
5. Children who read aloud regularly develop an understanding of what they are reading – reading aloud means they have to make sense of the words, sentence structure and grammar used as they process the text.
6. To help those learning or struggling to develop their reading skills – by rehearsing their readings through repeated practice, readers improve their accuracy and word recognition abilities (Morado, Koenig, & Wilson 1999). 7. To share skills with others. Once children learn how to read aloud expressively, they often become so excited that they want to read aloud more often and in more varied situations. Moreover, because they have mastered new skills, children who often felt like failures as readers will shine with new excitement as they realise and share their newly built reading expertise with others (Stayter & Allington 1991). But… please don’t stop reading to your child, evidence shows:
Children who are read to when they are young start collecting reading experiences that can lead to insight, reflection and empathy. Research shows that children who read regularly know more about life, love, courage and conflict. Moreover, they are better at self-reflection than children who rarely read. (Van Peperstraten, 2011).
Finally, can I ask that everyone sends in their ‘Dunbar Reads Aloud Bronze Award Bookmark’ at the end of this reading session on Friday 14th November. Please make sure your son or daughters name is on the bookmark as we will be holding another Prize Draw when every pupil will have the chance to win one of our fabulous prizes – fiction books, non-fiction books, comics, magazines or book tokens. A reminder – pupils must have 30 stars completed – you still have time together to hear them reading aloud and send in the bookmark!
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald