Why Read?

Almost every day after nap time I have my students sit on the rug while I read to them. We have currently been reading Jack and Annie books and they LOVE them. We read for about 30 minutes while the students are able to not only listen but also answer questions and predict what will happen next in the story. When we first started reading it was pretty challenging to get them to be able to sit for that long listening to a book with only a few pictures. However, as time passed they became interested in the story and also started to look forward to finding what happened next. I am able to see such excitement in my students while we go on adventures with Jack and Annie, traveling to far off places with a magical tree house.

I challenge you to do the same, read with your children, take them to mystical places that they could not otherwise go.”Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent,” concludes a review in this month’s Archives of Disease in Childhood.  Ask them prompting questions that allow them to predict what will happen next or remember a key point that you read that day. This special time that you spend with your child will not only help to grow academically while feeding the thirst for knowledge but also strengthen your own relationship with them.


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