ERIC Number: ED097649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Why Read Aloud to Children? An IRA Micromonograph.
Chan, Julie M. T.
Reading to children provokes curiosity about books and arouses the desire to learn to read quickly and well. It helps them to learn what reading is all about, it enlarges their vocabulary, and it exposes them to new and exciting experiences. Reading to children also helps them to become familiar with books, their use and their handling. In addition, children learn that books are a rich source of information, enjoyment, and challenge. Positive associations with reading are established when families read together, with a bond formed between reader and listener. Thus, reading in the home should be a daily activity and should even become a group activity. To make reading appeal to children, allow them to help select the books, and to personalize the reading, have a special place to keep each child's books. Books are gifts children never outgrow. Parents can serve as models for children because when they see their parents or other adults reading, children realize that reading must be something special. What one does about reading says a lot more to children than what one says about reading. Take the time to read with your children. Take them to the library to shop for books. And make your home a place where reading is a natural, useful, and enjoyable activity. (SW)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Family Influence, Oral Reading, Parent Child Relationship, Reading Interests, Reading Readiness, Recreational Reading, Story Reading
International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Road, Newark, Delaware 19711 (Order No. 877, $0.50 nonmember, $0.35 member)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.