The Importance of Reading Aloud – Guest Post

Jennie Fitzkee is the guest of Norah Colvin.. both are educators and understand the importance of reading and books for children of all ages. In this post Jennie explains the importance of reading aloud to children bringing all the elements to life for them and sparking discussion.  Follow the link for the rest of the post.

This story is far more than reading aloud; this is about academic success, learning to read, and loving to read.  It’s about young children and older children, and what happens along the way.  Here are worrisome statistics and great stories.  You should feel empowered.

Let’s talk about academic success.

Jim Trelease was spot on when he said “Reading is the heart of education.  The knowledge of almost every subject in school flows from reading.  One must be able to read the word problem in math to understand it.  If you cannot read the science or social studies chapter, how do you answer the questions at the end of the chapter?”

Parents tell me all the time about their child’s struggles in school, and it boils down to reading, whether it’s reading the homework assignment or a chapter in assigned reading.  When the parent has to step in to help with homework, it often is because of struggles with reading.  I think of how much more difficult the work must be in the classroom with the expectations of independent work.  I wish those children had been in my classroom when they were younger; I could have helped them and their parents.

Now, let’s back up from reading to reading aloud.  In order to read, and more importantly to want to read, it all starts with parents and family reading aloud to children, every day.



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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

17 thoughts on “The Importance of Reading Aloud – Guest Post

  1. Thanks, Sally for an outstanding post. As a retired teacher, I can attest that Jim Trelease knew what he was talking about! I would say that the ability to read well is the single biggest predictor of success in school. I cringe every time I hear a parent say that their kid “hates to read.” I just want to scream at them…”Then they have not been read TO enough!” There isn’t a fifth grade boy alive who wouldn’t fall in love with the idea of owning a grizzly bear (Gentle Ben), or with the idea of living alone in the forest inside a tree and training a pet falcon! (My Side of the Mountain.) If someone would just snuggle up with these kids, and read aloud. That’s how you hook them!

    And don’t even get me started on kids who tell their parents, “My teacher says I have to read it myself…” Arghhhhhhhh!!!!!

    Thanks for letting me vent! ~ Lynn

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