Friday 1 April 2016

Tip FIVE - Read Aloud Together Every Day

Today is the final post for this weeks Tips for Homeschool Parents blog Hop. The first four tips for the week so far are:

  1. Become Equipped: Know What You Think and Why.
  2. Finding Your Rhythm  and keeping to it.
  3. Buy some Ice Cream - Dealing with difficult days.
  4.  Tip FOUR - One Step at a Time
Today I would like to encourage you to read together every day. There are many many benefits to both the student and the one reading out loud.

Some of the Benefits of reading out loud to your family
  • Vocabulary development
  • Improves focus and concentration skills
  • It's a good way to grapple with difficult issues
  • Books allow you to develop an awareness of people and situations outside of your personal experience
  • They help us develop a sense of empathy to our fellow man.
  • It develops a sense of closeness and bonding.
  • Improves speech fluency
  • Develops comprehension
  • Grows phonological awareness
  • Reduces stress
  • Expands knowledge
  • Develops analytical thinking skills
  • Promotes creativity
  • Improves grammar
  • Creates a family tradition
 Did you know a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade?

For more information on the benefits of reading out loud to your family Jim Release has authored a book called The Read-aloud Handbook.

Here are some interesting articles on reading out loud to your family
I love this story.  This father read out loud to his daughter every day until she started collage. That's a total of 3,218 nights in a row! They have over 700 favorite books.  You can read about their journey here:  A Father-Daughter Bond, Page by Page 

Sarah over at Amongst Lovely Things hosts the Read-Aloud Revival.  You can find out more here: About The Read Aloud Revival.

With all the amazing books out there it can be overwhelming.  Here are a few lists to get you started reading together as a family:
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  1. Love this tip! We love reading together as a family, great bonding time!

    1. I agree Michele. I would like to keep this tradition going for as long as possible!

  2. As a mom of older kids, it has been interesting seeing which books which kids remember most. My oldest remembers Amy's Eyes, by Kennedy. My middle one remembers the series about the Mennyms by Sheila Waugh. My youngest doesn't tell me yet what he remembers, but he does remember the books we've read. When I remind him about Pinnochio or Peter Pan, or any of the other wonderful more "boy" classics that I read to him that I never read to my girls, it is clear he remembers. Now that he is 10th I don't read to him every day. Wish I still did. But he has so much to do, and my reading is much slower than his reading to himself.

    1. I agree. I was rather surprised at the books my older two chose as favourites :D

  3. I love reading aloud with my kids. They are teenagers now though, and pretty busy, so we only get to do it a couple days a week.

    1. Isn't amazing how busy it is at home with Teens ?

  4. We read aloud together often and listen to books on CD all the time in the car. It's been so interesting to see how their tastes change over the years and listen to what they remember the most and why.


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