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….
- 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.