Wednesday is World Read Aloud Day! Try setting aside some extra time to read your child’s favorite books. After all, you’re doing great things for their language skills when you read aloud to them.
Research has shown that children who are read to regularly and frequently before they begin school have better oral language skills than those children who are not read to. When a child listens to stories and discusses them with an interested adult, they develop knowledge about the world and understand words and concepts that cannot be learned easily from casual conversation.
Although you may get tired of reading that same book over and over, your child benefits from hearing the language over and over. And don’t just read the book, give it all you’ve got. It’s your time to perform ~ be dramatic and animated and look excited. Use different voices, create characters, get your child involved in making sound effects, and model how to ask questions about what is happening.
What are your favorite family books to share? Tell us which ones capture your child’s attention the most!