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Title: The Power of Reading to Your Child

The Power of Reading to Your Child
Begin with the End in Mind!
  • If your childs doctor told you that you could
    possibly prevent your child from ever having
    health problems in the future, what would you do?
    Would you jump at the chance?

What about Reading?
  • Research shows that reading TO your child is the
    single most important factor in contributing to
    his/her reading success.
  • What are your current thoughts about
  • reading to your child/children?
  • -quiz ?

What in the World Do These Numbers Mean? Why are
they important?
  • 1
  • 10
  • 15
  • 25
  • 85
  • 1000
  • Hint Look out for and listen for these numbers

What does the research tell us about reading in
  • Reading is fundamental!
  • 85 of all learning relies on being able to read
  • The more a child reads, the better they
  • read.

  • So, I bet your question is How will my child
    become a better reader if I am the one doing the

Think About It
  • If we have to talk to children in order for them
    to learn to talk, what does that say about
  • - Mem Fox

Lets Brainstorm!
  • How might reading aloud to your child/children
    help them to become
  • better readers ?

The Basics
  • Children have to understand the spoken word
    before they can read and understand the words in
    a book.

The Connection of Reading to your Child and
Language Development
  • A childs brain is only 25 developed at birth!
  • The crucial connections that determine how
    clever, creative and imaginative a child will be
    are already laid by the time a child turns 1.
  • -Mem Fox

The Connection of Reading to Your Child and
Language Development-continued
  • Reading to your child usually initiates
    conversation about the story and the pictures.
  • You are able to help your child make
  • connections to life experiences, other
  • stories and what may be happening
  • in the world.
  • You have the opportunity to
  • introduce your child to new
  • vocabulary.

Some of the Possibilities
  • Your child will gain a sense of story and realize
    that meaning is the foundation for reading.
  • You will introduce your child to book language.
  • Ex. Once upon a time, They lived happily
  • ever after.
  • Modeling will enable your child
  • to learn basic concepts about
  • print (how books and print work).

Reading to Your Child also Provides Optimal
Opportunities for Developing Comprehension !
  • Making Connections (relate the story/book to
    themselves, to other books, or events going on in
    the world)
  • Making Predictions about what may
  • happen
  • Drawing Conclusions/Inferring
  • Retelling and Summarizing

Other Benefits You May Have Not Considered
  • Reading aloud helps children acquire active
    listening skills
  • Reading aloud aids in teaching children how to
    concentrate/build stamina
  • Reading aloud helps children become
  • thinkers and problem solvers
  • Reading aloud helps children
  • learn to express their thoughts

The Most Important Benefit
  • Developing a Connection and Bonding with your

So What Can You Do as a Parent?
  • Begin reading to your child ASAP!
  • Read a variety of books. The types of books will
    change over time (examples).
  • Make reading enjoyable!
  • Consistent Routines-(15 minutes)
  • Relaxing and comfortable environment
  • Books that interests your child-Favorites
  • Organize into boxes or baskets
  • Incorporate writing
  • Make books (photo album activities)

What You Can Do as a Parent-cont
  • Take your child to the library
  • -It is most beneficial if children have heard
  • 1000 stories read aloud before learning to
  • read on their own!
  • Bring books to read on a car trip,
  • or let them hear books on tape.

What You Can Do as a Parent-cont.
  • Limit the time that your child spends playing
    video games and watching TV!
  • Did you know that research shows that your
  • child should spend no more than 10 hours
  • per WEEK watching TV?
  • Research also shows that the more
  • a child watches TV, the less proficient
  • they become and grades often drop.
  • -Jim Trelease

Some Reminders for an Effective Read Aloud
  • Always read the title, the author and illustrator
    and talk about the front of the book.
  • Look at the pictures first to get an idea about
    the story before reading a book to your child for
    the first time.
  • Point while you are reading.
  • Let your child turn the pages.
  • Talk about the story and the
  • pictures.

Additional Reminders
  • Ask questions while reading the book to make sure
    your child is understanding the story.
  • Look for opportunities to play little games with
    the stories/book to teach concepts.
  • Have a discussion about the book
  • at the endbut dont quiz them.
  • Help them build connections with
  • real life experiences.

Make it FUN!
  • Read in different character voices
  • Sound expressive and change your speech to fast
    or slow for dramatic effects
  • Make sure you grab your childs
  • attention on the first line/page
  • Dont act as a teacher, but an
  • entertainer instead
  • If a book has been made into a
  • movie, go watch it together

What is the Payoff?
  • It conditions the child to associate reading
    with pleasure. If they associate reading with
    pleasure, they will more than likely choose to
    read on their own. If they choose to read on
    their own, they will likely become a successful
  • reader. If they become a successful
  • reader, they will probably be a
  • successful student. And if they
  • become a successful student, imagine
  • what they can become!!!

Dont Believe Me?
  • Research shows that students who read the
    most-read the best, achieve the most, and stay in
    school the longest REGARDLESS of race,
  • sex, nationality or socioeconomic
  • background." -Jim Trelease

A World of Endless Possibilities
  • The more you read the more things you will know.
    The more that you learn the more places youll
  • --Dr. Seuss