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Reading aloud to your child

Reading aloud to children is the most valuable factor of any literature, reading or language arts program. Listening to literature frees children from thinking about word identification and word meaning, permitting them instead to think, feel, and respond to the stories, poems, or information they hear. With just fifteen minutes a day a child can stop struggling to read and even enjoy reading. Children tend to have a curious nature about them; they always want to know what their parents are doing; this can come in handy when reading aloud to children. Children are more apt to pay attention to what you’re reading then what they our reading. By taking fifteen minutes a day reading aloud from the newspaper, magazines, a book or finding something online will benefit the child’s listening comprehension skills, which will led to an increase in knowledge and expand the child’s experience with words causing the child to do better when reading on their own.
We all have hectic schedules and adding fifteen more minutes to an already busy day may seem unattainable. It can be easily blended into a routine. When driving your child to daycare or school, read the street names, billboards and names on buildings. Words are everywhere. While cooking you can read from food containers or finding online recipes can be fun for both the child and parent. When watching television try putting on the close capture feature, this allows the child to recognize words while watching their favorite show. Kaci, a thirteen year old, her parents started doing this when she was three; she is now an advance reader reading at a college level. These are just a few examples to get you and your children started, whatever you do to add literature to your child’s environment will benefit not only your child’s reading experience, but also the child’s comprehension skills and create wonderful memories for years to come.



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