Reading aloud is important because first it provides bonding time with the teacher and the student, even if it is a rather large group. The teacher can watch all their facial expressions and get to see what books they tend to enjoy most. Many kids won’t just pick up a book and start reading but when you have them sit down and listen to a book they might actually end up liking reading and want to do it during their own free time eventually. Reading aloud can spark several ideas and maybe dreams in children, the best thing it can do is turn children into readers. It’s amazing to see how involved they can get in a book especially if it is read aloud to them.
Reading these two articles actually gave me a few ideas and hints to use in my future classroom. One thing that popped out at me right away was the fact that reading aloud books above kid’s level isn’t necessarily a good thing. The teacher wrote that it will make the child think that is the king of book we expect them to read but in reality we just want them to read at their own level and at their own pace. I never really thought about this before but now it makes complete sense.
My Top Ten Read Aloud books are:
1.The Elephant in Duck’s Garden by Judy Delton
2. How Big is a Foot? by Rolf Muller
3. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
4. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
5. Up, Tall, and High! by Ethan Long
6. How much is that Doggie in the Window by Iza Trapani
7. Moose Tales by Nancy Van Laan
8. Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills
9. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
10. We are in a Book! by Mo Willems
I have so many more books but for now these ones will work!