We have partnered with Read Aloud 15 MINUTES to make 15 minutes of daily reading the new parenting standard. By doing so, we will change the face of education.
Visit the Read Aloud webpage for some additional information, handouts and reading calendars.
Reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning. Our partner Read Aloud has made it there mission to promote 15 minutes of reading. This is especially important during the summer months when the summer sun takes up more of your time.
1. Buy books on tape. This is an easy and fun way to turn your road trips into read aloud time.
2. Visit your local library. Libraries often have summer reading clubs for preschool children. This can also keep your child interested with a new book for read aloud time. Visit the links below to find programs at your local library.
3. Start a summer reading bucket list. List all of the books that your child wishes to read throughout the summer. This is a fun way to mix your read aloud time up with different books.
4. Be consistent. Choose a read aloud time that fits your family's summer schedule. This allows your child to have a routine they will look forward to.
5. Create a word wall. Every time your child learns a new word put it up to encourage new vocabulary. This is a fun and easy way to start the building blocks to reading.
6. Connect read-aloud choices to summer activities. Whether that is a trip to the lake or the zoo, this is a fun way to help your children learn important vocabulary and extend their understanding of the experience.
7. Don't limit your summer reading to books. During your read aloud time encourage your child to read other publications such as Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for children, or National Geographic World.
8. Start a summer reading tracker. Set a goal of the number of books you and your child wish to read during the summer. When the goal is complete treat your child to an ice cream cone or a new book.
9. Find a reading spot. Whether that be outside on a swing or snuggled up on the couch designate a special reading spot. This makes your read aloud time special for you and your child.
10. Keep it fun! Don't set rules to your read aloud time. Reading should never be a punishment, always keep it fun so it is something your child learns to love to do.