Presentation on theme: "Family Reading Jana Crosby, Reading Specialist"— Presentation transcript:
1Family Reading Jana Crosby, Reading Specialist Read to Succeed InitiativeAlissa Ongie, Preschool Project CoordinatorTennessee State Improvement Grant
2Why read aloud?We have 100% enthusiasm and desire to read in young children when they start school…What happens?
3By 4th grade, 45.7% of children read for pleasure each day. By 8th grade, 27% of children read for pleasure daily.By 12th grade, 24.7% of children read ANYTHING for pleasure daily –What happened to the 100% we had in K?
4“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for essential success in reading is reading aloud to children.”Becoming a Nation of Readers, 1985
5Reading Aloud should happen At homeIn the classroomAND, at all age and grade levels!!
6Reading Aloud Associates reading with pleasure Creates and/or build background knowledgeProvides reading role models
7According to Jim Trelease…. Humans are pleasure centeredReading is an accrued skillANDReading aloud provides a means to an end -- the pleasure and love for reading!
8Benefits of Reading Aloud It is funReading and listening skills are improved and reinforcedInterests and tastes are broadenedThe imagination is exercisedBackground knowledge and vocabulary are builtReading maturity developsReading independence is promotedLifelong readers may be developed
10Stages of Reading Aloud Talk with babies“Label”ing a toddlers worldInteractive – “touch and feel” booksFavorite booksWordless/Predictable booksWaldo, Pop-up, Joke booksPicture booksBeginning chapter booksChapter books
11Why do children become attached to particular books? Reassurance – family/security (Whose Mouse are You, Robert Krauss)Identification (Sam’s Teddy Bear, Robert Kraus)Humor (Curious George, H.A. Rey)Predictability (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Bill Martin, Jr.)Artistic Distinction (The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats)Rhythm (Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson)Happy (association w/ feelings) (Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey)Gimmick books (Where’s Waldo?; Where’s Spot?)Special Interest (Big Wheels, Anne Rockwell)
12Establishing a Successful Read Aloud Time Make a do not disturb sign and use it.Plan time to read and discuss the book.Do not skip days when reading to your child.Set aside time every day.Don’t let read aloud be an optional activity on busy days.Let your child know that you enjoy it!
13Preparing to Read Aloud Plan to read aloud at least once a day.Choose quality books that you find FUN!Choose books with good illustrations.Consider any vocabulary words that your child might not know.Read the book to yourself BEFORE you read it to your child.Use props to help the story come alive.
14Selecting Books to Read Aloud Read from multiple genres: alphabet books, rhyming books, fiction, non-fiction, wordless books, etc.Read as many of your favorites as possible.Never, NEVER read a book that you have not already read!Be open to suggestions/requests from your child.Try to select books that will have your child “listen UP”REMEMBER… the art of listening is an acquired skill – it must be developed and it will take time! (Jim Trelease)
15Do’s of Reading Aloud Begin reading as young as possible. Use Mother Goose rhymes to stimulate infant’s language and listening.Read and reread predictable/repetitive books.Allow your child to insert key words/phrases when rereadingRead OFTEN!Vary length and subject matterInsert your child’s name and family members’ namesAllow your child to get involved (hold book, turn pages, etc.)Make sure your child can see the pictures, and talk about the picturesPRACTICE!!Adjust pace/voice to read the story
16Don’ts of Reading Aloud Read books you don’t enjoy yourself!Continue a book if it is a poor choiceSelect books children have seen on televisionBe fooled by awards (they don’t guarantee good read alouds)Confuse quantity with quality
17Reading the Book Preview the book – discuss the cover Talk about the author and illustratorTalk about the front, back, and spine of the bookTake a picture walkIntroduce new concepts or vocabularyRead the story completely!Discuss the storyReread the story and talk about the book
18Discussing the BookResearch shows that the discussion that happens during and after the reading is more important than the reading itselfSome questions for discussion during the reading:How do you think the character feels?What will happen next?Why did the character act that way?What is happening in this picture?
19Discussing the Book Some questions for discussion after the reading: What was your favorite part of the book and why?Did you like how the book ended; why or why not?What do you think would happen after the story ended?If you could write a new ending, what would happen?
20The Best Books for Family Reading… Award winning books (but not always)Attractive coversBeautiful illustrationsGood, rich vocabularyInteresting charactersDefined plotMay include humorHelp children solve problems in their lives
21Teaching Children to Care for Books Model, model, MODEL!Demonstrate how to pick up a book, how to hold it, and handle it. Teach your child that you value books and he or she will do the same.Allow your child to practice.The only way children can learn to be responsible when holding and caring for books is by handling books!Involve your child in developing book handling rules.“We handle the books with our clean hands.”“We turn the pages gently.”
22REMEMBER…“Being able to handle books independently allows children to “read” the books themselves, using words they remember from being read to. These activities improve verbal abilities. Children who are not allowed to handle books will be far less likely to seek out books for entertainment or information.”