Read Aloud as the title is self-suggestive and needs no explanation, it does mean to READ LOUDLY.
As a teacher my goal is to ensure that learning/reading for my students is an easy, natural and a stress-free task.
To ensure students learn faster and grasp faster, the environment should be created and it begins at home itself.
READING ALOUD by parents should be deliberately practised and it should begin during early childhood days.
Reading aloud should be done daily, as it is one of the most important activity parents and teachers can do with children.
- Stimulate imagination.
- Provides foundation to build new knowledge.
- It does help children to read.
- Builds foundational skills, and language skills.
- Introduces vocabulary.
- Provides a model of fluency.
- Reading and speaking becomes expressive.
- Children recognize what “readingfor pleasure” is all about.
IN ADDITION to reading aloud
What else should the child do?
The child who READS ALOUD
needs to use the Index finger;
The finger across the page will make a natural connection between the SOUNDS of the words and the letters on the page.
It provides them with the understanding that the print has some meaning.
Reading is also an instructional practice where teachers, parents, neighbours, educators read texts aloud to children.
HOW DOES IT HELP?
It helps the reader incorporate variations in:
Ask questions and share comments to produce a fluent and enjoyable delivery.
When we read aloud to students, we engage them in different texts that they might not be able to read.
Reading books aloud to children expands their understanding. It helps them develop language and listening skills. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together. It builds a relation between the child and the reader.
Reading aloud should be part of the everyday routine of children throughout their school lives. “Children read more when they listen to stories and discuss stories”.
BENEFITS OF READING ALOUD to children,
Strengthens: speaking, language skills, vocabulary, improves listening, writing,
enhance reading and the comprehension skills.
It helps students to appreciate the beauty and rhythm of language.
Read Aloud enhances the observation skills. It does improve critical and creative thinking skills.
READ TO LEAD
About the Author
Ms. Farhat Mukadam has spent a decade in the Education sector as a Coordinator and teacher.
Ms Farhat has Masters in Commerce and is a passionate Early Childhood Educator. She has been associated as a trainer with the National Association for the Blind (NAB), to teach the visually impaired.
Her career spans over two decades, at both corporate and schools. She is currently a senior mentor at Red Camel International Pre – School.