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.