Reading aloud helps children gain the knowledge and skills neccessary for learning how to read. We know this not just from research but also from paying attention to the profound impact reading aloud can have on children’s language development, including vocabulary, spelling and grammar; their imaginations and views of world; and their capacity for problem-solving. The sooner we provide opportunities for children to engage in meaningful reading – the better.
In this workshop, we will:
• choose multicultural, high-quality children’s literature
• identify children’s pre-conventional reading knowledge and scaffold teaching to support literacy learning
• share strategies for supporting learners in thinking and talking about books
• create an action plan for teaching individual, small and whole group reading-focused readalouds
• share the benefits of reading aloud and strategies for focused read alouds with families
• develop children’s identities as readers
“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read” - Marilyn Adams, Beginning to Read.