"Reading aloud to students fosters the process of phonemic awareness by introducing the sounds of written language, allows access to the structure of written language, demonstrates appropriate
phrasing and intonation, and provides a model of fluent reading." - Dr. Frank Serafini 1
"The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children." - Commission on Reading
Check out free audiobook CDs from your local library. Buy audiobooks as gifts or put them on a wishlist for grandparents. Subscribe to an online site like Audible.com and download audiobooks to your iPod. Listen to them in the car together, while waiting at the orthodontist or doctor, during family time or dinner, or, like we did, at bedtime. Let your children tell you about the books they listen to, ask questions, but don't try to dissect it. Let them learn to simply enjoy the stories and the rest will follow.
Note: M1 took a standardized test at the end of his 6th grade year and scored in the senior high school level for reading comprehension and vocabulary.
1 Audiobooks & Literacy: An Educator's Guide to Utilizing Audiobooks in the Classroom
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