Reading Aloud

girl workingThe rich experience and interaction that comes from reading aloud develops significant cognitive benefits. Author Jennifer Bryan argues that reading aloud will help your child "to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader." Although there are numerous long-term benefits, Bryan recognizes that the greatest benefit is "The pleasure of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book." The parent is saying two things; I love you and I love reading. We are excited to partner with our parents in immersing our children in a culture of reading both at school and at home. Below are three major benefits to reading aloud as outlined by Jennifer Courtney in her article The Joy of Reading Aloud. You can also find some recommending read aloud books below.

  1. Produces Joy - There is great joy for all involved when we read aloud to our children. We are creating life-long memories of adventure and imagination spurred on by reading good books. Often, authors report that their love of literature was born from a childhood with consistent exposure to the reading of books aloud.
  2. Improves Reading Ability - We should not be surprised to learn that reading aloud prepares a child to be a good reader. Children develop a rich vocabulary from reading great books with their parents.
  3. Initiates Great Conversations - Good books will stimulate the right conversation. These rich conversations will lead to the forming of Christian virtue in our children.

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We feel that Stonehaven provides a safe, loving, and Christ-centered environment in which our child loves to learn. She is happy to go to school each day, which makes us very happy!"