ERIC Number: EJ1025616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
What Next in the Read-Aloud Battle?: Win or Lose?
Reading Teacher, v67 n1 p4-8 Sep 2013
The primary focus of this piece is the fundamental need to read to children to set the scene for their literacy development. It is asserted, reading to all children should happen daily for the first three years of their schooling. The reasons for this assertion are explored and explained: a vast vocabulary is gleaned, learned and used; the simple and complex grammar of language is absorbed, understood, and later used correctly; the ideas embedded in every story, every sentence and every phrase become familiar and comfortable; and all these aspects of hearing language lead to a heightened ability to predict what comes next, thereby assisting children to learn to read far more easily, quickly and happily. The secondary focus of the article is an expression of dismay that so many educators regard reading to children as an expendable part of the literacy curriculum. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Grammar, Teaching Methods, Language Acquisition, Young Children, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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