In honor of World Read Aloud Day we are giving away 3 gift baskets! You can find how to enter below, but first here are 6 reasons to read aloud to your kids, from All About Learning Press.
1) Reading aloud to children creates a lifetime interest in reading.
If you start reading to your children while they are young, they will be much more likely to grow into the habit of reading. When they associate reading with happy memories, they are more likely to persist in learning to read, even when they run into occasional roadblocks in the process of learning to read.
2) Reading to young children extends their attention spans.
Don’t overdo it at first. You might need to start with just ten minutes of read-aloud time, and gradually extend the time until your child is able to maintain full attention for longer periods of time. A longer attention span will help a child perform better both in school subjects and in real-life projects.
3) Reading aloud to children aids in language development.
As children listen to you read, they assimilate strong language skills. They pick up correct word pronunciation, word usage, and proper grammar. Their working vocabulary increases, and they internalize correct sentence structure. All these skills will eventually transfer to their own speaking and writing. Improper grammar will begin to sound wrong to them, and they will be more likely to choose good grammar when they communicate. By demonstrating fluency, reading aloud to your child will also help him become a more fluent reader.
4) As you read aloud, the power of a child’s imagination is strengthened.
As you read to your children, they visualize the book’s events in their minds. Through the pages of a book, children are able to experience events and situations that are outside of their own personal experiences. They can picture life in other parts of the world and in other cultures. Children who have been read to are usually more adept at creating stories from their own imaginations.
5) Reading aloud helps build a child’s comprehension.
As you read and discuss books together, your child increases his problem-solving abilities and gains insight into characters’ motives. Discussing a book as you read helps teach a child how to make good predictions. As you read aloud, you can fill in missing background information that helps a child better understand the book’s setting, historical background, and characters—details that might be missed if a child reads a book on his own. Reading aloud also gives you the opportunity to emphasize important character traits as you read. Point out examples of compassion, kindness, perseverance, and optimism, then take a moment to discuss these traits with your children.
6) Last, but certainly not least, read-aloud time is great one-on-one bonding time.
Reading aloud is a wonderful chance to share adventure, intrigue, and emotion—without having to leave your living room. And that is irreplaceable.
You have a chance to win one of these 3 gift baskets! Each has a theme, and each come with 6 perfect read aloud books for you and your family!
1) Movie Buff Gift Basket:
2) Family Time Gift Basket:
3) Explore S'more Gift Basket:
HOW TO ENTER:
1 TICKET ENTRY : Every time you check out books.
10 TICKETS : Create a Book in a Box diorama with your family to display in the library, (Examples below).
Last day to enter is Monday February 22nd. Winners will be randomly drawn and announced on Facebook, Tuesday February 23rd.
6 Great Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Kids (+ a GREAT Resource!)