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Language, Literacy, Imagination, and Reading-Aloud

Do you have children?
Are you friends with a child?

In today’s re-blog, an immensely experienced teacher says:
“Reading aloud is a strong part of my classroom curriculum, and children love it! The more you read aloud at home increases your child’s development!”

I have the intuition that it helps the adult, too :-)

A Teacher's Reflections


People often ask why I chapter read.  After all, many of the children in my classroom are are three-years-old.  When we chapter read, the children don’t have an image from a picture book.  They have to make the pictures in their head.  That requires language development.  The more they hear, the more they learn.  Even the youngest children benefit enormously.  For example, they may not ‘get’ the humor of the goose repeating everything three times in Charlotte’s Web, but they are still getting a huge dose of language.  And, that language is sparking their imagination.  No pictures; just words pouring into eager, young minds and creating their own images.

I read picture books as well, at least twice a day.  That’s a given!  As in chapter books, we stop to ask questions.  That’s how we learn.  Remember the five W’s and the H?  Who, what, where, when, why and…

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11 responses to “Language, Literacy, Imagination, and Reading-Aloud

  1. Jane Watson October 15, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I totally agree. Reading aloud is so important. When I was about ten years old, Mrs Lovett, who was an elderly primary ( elementary) school teacher in Melbourne, Australia, about to retire, took it upon herself to read to us every Friday an entire chapter from a book called ‘Rossiter’s Farm

    I could tell that sometimes Mrs Lovett’s voice was tired and sometimes she had to stop for a sip of water but she never missed a reading. We were instructed to put our heads down on our desks, if we felt tired, and just to listen. Some of us had never read an entire book on our own, in our life, but you could hear a pin drop in our classroom as Mrs Lovett read to us a tale that was surely a precursor to Harry Potter in the way it dealt with the fate of some unfortunate maltreated children. Occasionally we were so overwhelmed but we would pretend we were not crying. We did cry openly however when Mrs Lovett told us at the end of the year that she was retiring because she was too old to teach anymore. I never forgot the gentle timbre of Mrs Lovett’s voice and the genuine kindness in her eyes, and all these years later I can still remember the name of the book she read us :-)

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  2. Jennie October 15, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for sharing!


  3. dgkaye October 16, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Lovely to see Jennie’s work shared here Alex. She’s such an inspiration to children. :)


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