Supporting literacy skills and growth happens in many ways at TIS. One of the most valuable (and enjoyable!) ways that we foster our students in their literacy development is through reading aloud each day. Our school library features many books for students and teachers to choose from as they settle in to enjoy reading together. This practice helps to develop speaking and listening skills as well as comprehension as we stop to ask questions and explore the topics presented in the books that we read aloud.
There are many ways to carry this experience over to home as well! Sharing the literary experience is enjoyable and educational for learners of all ages. If your child is older, choose a chapter book that you and your child would enjoy reading over a period of time. It's a great way to bond while taking turns reading aloud! Finding time each day to read aloud has the potential to positively impact a child's future in a variety of ways. It can help to expand vocabulary, build personal relationships and fosters a lifelong love of reading. Reading aloud together is simple, inexpensive, requires little time and is mess free! It also helps children (and adults!) to expand their knowledge and discover topics and concepts that they may not have had an interest in or known about previously.
The students at The Innovation School love to read and be read to. When you read aloud, you are serving as a role model. You are showing that reading is valuable and enjoyable. As your child's interests begin to grow and change throughout your reading journey together, the public library is a great resource to use and provides an opportunity for exploring different genres, reading games and other items that can be checked out to enrich your time together at home!
It is my hope that you enjoy reading with your children as much as I enjoy reading with them at school and that you will create many positive memories together with your child through reading aloud. As Beverly Cleary said, “Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.” Happy reading!
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