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Read Aloud Commandments

Found In: reading, oral reading, parental involvement

I read aloud every day to my 4th graders, and they relish the experience. Many of my students’ parents feel that once their child reads independently, they no longer need to read aloud to them. Children need to hear fluent, expressive readers. Being able to cuddle up with a parent, grandparent or sibling just enhances the experience.

Mem Fox says it best in her Ten Read Aloud Commandments:

  1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
  2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
  3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
  4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
  5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same “tune” for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.

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I share this with my parents at the beginning of the year.



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