This is a guest blog post by Leah Courtney of As We Walk Along the Road.
Throughout my years of teaching in traditional school and my years of homeschooling my own children, I’ve found reading aloud can benefit your children in many academic ways. This educational tradition helps your family with reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and grammar. It’s a bonding activity worth making time for.
- Increased comprehension- Hearing books read above their reading level helps children increase comprehension. If you take time to discuss the book, define difficult words or talk about situations in the book, the child is going to have better comprehension for next time or during independent reading.
- Appreciation for good books– When you skip twaddle books (as Charlotte Mason calls them) and choose quality books to read to your children from the time they are small, they develop an appreciation for that kind of literature. When it’s time for your kids to choose the books they read, they will be more likely to choose the good ones.
- A better knowledge of good grammar- When a child “picks up” good grammar from always listening to good writing, he or she is more likely to use that grammar in his speech and writing.
- Good writing skills- Modeling good writing by having a child listen to the flow, the word usage, the structure of a well-written story helps the child to understand what good writing sounds like.
- Expanded vocabulary- Children pick up unfamiliar words while you’re reading out loud. Sometimes it may be worth interrupting the story to define a word. But even if you can’t stop and give a definition right then, the child will pick up words in context as he listens to a good story.
Besides the great academic benefits of reading aloud, there are many great relational benefits as you read aloud as a family.
- Time as a family– Often family members are in their own world of electronic devices or other activities, but when you all sit down together and listen to a good story, the whole family is enjoying time together.
- Great discussions– Like some of the academic lessons to be learned from reading aloud, moral, spiritual, and emotional lessons can be learned also. We’ve often had some great discussions come up when we were discussing situations in the story.
- Sibling bonding– I don’t have to be the one to read aloud in my family. Sometimes an older child will read to younger ones. When this happens, siblings are having fun together, doing an activity that is going to bring them closer and give them a stronger relationship.
- Family traditions– In so many ways, reading aloud has become tradition in our family. When you read at specific times of the day, read certain books aloud at specific times, have a designated place to read aloud, you are creating family traditions. My kids know we read aloud as a family. It’s just something we do. It’s a characteristic of our family. And kids love the fun and the security of those traditions, those special things that define your family because you always do them.
Reading aloud has so many benefits. It’s worth making time for. Not only does reading aloud benefit children academically, but it brings family closer together and creates moments that last forever.
What are great read aloud books you’ve found?
This is a guest blog post by Leah Courtney of As We Walk Along the Road, see her original post here.
About Courtney- I’m a homeschooling mom who loves Jesus and loves my family. I spend my days teaching kids, shuffling them to activities, feeding my family, and keeping a home. I love sharing what we’re learning and doing. And I hope to always be an encouragement.