“We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves” Author, Neil Gaiman
Why read aloud?
It's as simple as it helps them develop a love for reading which in turn will help them develop those key literacy skills.
Reading out loud tends to come to a stop when children learn to read themselves, but we should try to stop ourselves from doing this. The joy of story time never leaves children, regardless of how many times they have heard the story or indeed if it is a book beyond their reading level. The love of words, reading and literature will continue to inspire them and bring them joy if we continue reading to them way beyond what is expected.
How do I read aloud?
Reading aloud, whether to a large group of children or one to one on the sofa, requires a level of performance.
Do not fret! This doesn't mean you have to be the greatest actor, it just means showing enthusiasm for the story through the medium of voice. This could be giving a character a voice as small as a mouse, or booking loudly for another. Don't forget those facial expressions younger listeners and babies.
What books should I choose?
Always go for stories that bring pleasure. How much you enjoy it will rub off onto them and how much they enjoy it will directly impact their success at school.
Even if it means the same book every day, you will be making a difference at story time.