Today the teacher in me is taking over to talk about reading aloud to children. I am a firm believer that adults should read aloud to children of all ages. I remember my parents reading to me as a child. My dad tells me about how my mom would read to me when I was still in her stomach. I can also remember teachers reading out loud to us in school, and I remember that as some of my favorite times in school.
When I became a teacher I knew reading aloud to students was something I would always make time for. No, it doesn’t fit naturally in my schedule, but I make it fit because it is important to me. I usually read aloud to my classes when I need them to settle down. With my first class that time is after P.E. and with my second class it is after lunch. We take 10 minutes or so and I read. I read in funny voices, I yell, I whisper, sometimes I even jump around. I read to them, plain and simple. My kids tell me this is their favorite part of their day…mine too!
I have a collection of chapter books that sit on a bookshelf behind my desk. All the other books in the room are fair game for them to take and read at their choosing. But these are the books I read to them. I let my classes vote on what they read. I pick two or three, tell them about each one, and let them vote on what they want to read. This gives them ownership of the story. Today I am sharing a few of the chapter books I read aloud to my kiddos…
This is the first book I read. It is short and so funny! This sets the tone that this is a “fun” reading time, not our required reading.
This is great for teaching children to think for themselves.
A new favorite!
A HILARIOUS series!
Teaches compassion and understanding.
A great story for any age.
Roald Dahl is a must read aloud…they are great!
There are many, many great chapter books out there for kids, these are some of my personal favs. So let me encourage you if you are a teacher, a parent, or a babysitter, to always read aloud to kids. They will love it and you will too!