Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable

readingWe spend hours reading to our little ones before they begin a formal education, then we begin observing our school age children decoding and beginning  reading  to themselves and somewhere in between we stopped reading  aloud to them.  The question is should we stop reading out loud to them or should we continue.  If we read out loud to them are we not encouraging them to work on their reading?  are we holding them back from successful reading ?  These are questions  I began to ask myself when I cam across tan article called”Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable”  over on the Mind/Shift website. It shares the hows and whys of reading aloud to our older children:

“The first reason to read aloud to older kids is to consider the fact that a child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until about the eighth grade,” said Trelease, referring to a 1984 study performed by Dr. Thomas G. Sticht showing that kids can understand books that are too hard to decode themselves if they are read aloud. “You have to hear it before you can speak it, and you have to speak it before you can read it. Reading at this level happens through the ear.”

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