Tips for Reading Aloud with your Kids Every Day

World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday  – and there is reason to celebrate! According to  Scholastic’s “Kids & Family Reading Report,” 83% of kids ages 6 to 17 say they love or loved being read aloud to. The report found some important findings that parents should know….

KEY FINDINGS:

  • Parents STOP reading to their kids as they get older and can read independently…BUT 50% of kids (ages 6-11) wish their parents kept reading aloud to them.
  • The top reason? Kids say “it is a special time with my parents.”

With all that’s on our plate –  homework, tests, extra-curricular activities, online safety, family and work obligations, we need to keep it fun.  Kids love being read-aloud to – they see it as both entertainment and bonding time with parents. No matter what, read-alouds with kids should be fun. How do we make read-alouds fun?

Here are some good tips for making reading aloud an ongoing ritual and ways to enhance the experience.

These first tips come from Pam Allyn, founder of LitWorld.org and World Read Aloud Day.

Create alternative times of the day to read aloud. Reading right before bed is cozy and wonderful but for many families the timing doesn’t make sense. Bring a read aloud to the breakfast or dinner table, or on Saturday morning before the day gets busy.

Use technology to enhance the read aloud feeling. Take advantage of free video chat apps and services to read aloud regularly with friends and family who are far away. Make storytelling central to your long distance check-ins to create joyful memories and build a family literacy culture all at once as you learn about each other as readers.

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We’re celebrating World Literacy Day!

SNAP Learning is having a month-long celebration of World Literacy Day on September 8th.

SNAP Learning has donated multiple sets of its 130 leveled English readers, to several charitable organizations across the globe. These books which contain both fiction and nonfiction titles are appropriate for students from Kindergarten to 6th grade reading levels.

“SNAP Learning is proud to be associated with several global reading organizations, which support children’s literacy,” said Sesh Kumar, President of SNAP. “As these books are specifically written with the goal of improving reading, we believe that they will make an impact amongst those who may not otherwise have access to structured reading programs.”

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Additionally, during the month of September, SNAP Learning will feature news items that focus on literacy, and cover inspiring stories of personal learning on all its social media channels.

“SNAP Learning has always been aligned to the goal of improving literacy, both in the US and around the world,” said Mark Sullivan, the company CEO. “With this campaign, we hope to help spread awareness on critical literacy issues that children are facing today.”

SNAP has also created a DonorsChoose.org page on its website home page, which provides a way for people to donate directly to specific projects at public schools in the United States.

For more information on SNAP Learning Literacy Initiatives visit: www.snaplearning.co/literacy

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