Principal’s Corner
World Read Aloud Day
World Read Aloud Day    

     Today, February 1st, is known as World Read Aloud Day.  It is a special day set aside to recognize the importance of reading aloud to children and youth.  The benefits of reading aloud to your youngster are many.  Foremost, is the quality time spent with your child.  A strong bond is established between the two of you.  Your child will realize the importance of reading in his life by your example.  Reading aloud increases literacy achievement for your child.  As a parent, you will be exposing your child to texts he can’t yet decode for himself.  Reading aloud sensitizes children to the language and structure of texts.  During read aloud time you can introduce your child to the variety of genres available. 

     It is a sad misconception to think that once your child can read by himself, he doesn’t need to have you read aloud anymore.  Children need to hear the emotions and feelings that can come about when reading aloud.  Think of all the possibilities  for the two of you.  You can take turns reading to each other, of course.  Discussions will continue to develop. Comparisons can be made to other books.  Text- to- self, text- to- text, and text- to -world  connections will become apparent and make for good discussions.

     It is a great gift to give to your child the love of reading.  Show him the joy and excitement that  a book can bring to him.  “A reader is made on the lap of his mother.” -Emilie Buchwald  (or father, or grandparent, or relative) – Ann Hamilton