Reading aloud is the cheapest learning tool available to everyone. It is important that both parents and teachers read aloud with and to children. According to specialists, reading aloud develops critical skills, encourages kids to read for pleasure, and improves vocabulary. Also, this learning tool helps build comprehension by helping readers consciously understand the material they are reading.
We are accustomed to listening to our parents or teachers reading to us. It is how we met the characters of our favorite childhood stories even before knowing how to read. Also, it is an important learning mechanism that most of us ignore these days. Reading aloud has a lot of benefits, and we should practice it daily.
To prove the idea, the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Non-Profit Organization (NPO) started a national campaign, which has the purpose “to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care,” as noted on their official website.
The experts behind this NPO believe that by reading to the kids, parents prepare them for learning. They also think that 15 minutes of daily reading aloud from birth can change the face of education. The goal of the national campaign is to have every child ready to read by himself when beginning to attend kindergarten. Moreover, they based their project on research which claims that brain development is visible in 3-year-old children whose parents read to them.
In addition to the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Non-Profit Organization, the Reach Out and Read NPO in Boston works to incorporate books into pediatric care to give children a basis for success. Their program helps establish a relationship between parents and doctors that encourages families to read aloud together. The NPO serves over four million children all over America every year, distributing nearly 540,000 books per month.
The Reach Out and Read Non-Profit Organization developed a plan based on studies that showed only 48 percent of children are read to daily in the United States. Also, they investigated the causes that led to that situation and found that poverty is one of the main issues of the families who neglect this activity.
Teachers Have an Important Role
When children start going to school, teachers take the role of reading aloud to the kids. “The Reader’s Theater” strategy is a great way to entertain and engage the young students during class. It is an approach that helps both reluctant and fluent readers and provides the opportunity to explore reading styles.
According to Susan Finney, a retired educator who gives seminars about reading aloud, most of the kids have a desire to perform and a need for reading practice. In the Reader’s Theater, desire and need are blended by giving students a reason to read aloud. This strategy has the goal to improve reading skills and self-confidence.
Learning by reading aloud is a never-ending process and is the cheapest learning tool no matter the age of the reader. The practice helps improve vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Professors, spokespersons, and journalists are just some examples of professions in which reading aloud their lessons, speeches or news can add clarity, expose mistakes, and recognize improper grammar.
Personally, I find reading aloud a very helpful tool that I have used since high school. It helps me organize my ideas and clarify my tone. Also, by reading aloud my projects or news, I can spot missing words or errors and quickly correct them. Everybody should try reading aloud because it can yield many benefits.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
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