One of the greatest gifts parents can give to their kids is reading aloud to them. When parents read aloud to their kids, they are helping them grow as literate people. Not only does it help children learn to read, more importantly it helps children learn to love reading. When Mom and Dad read aloud to them, they learn that the adults they care about value reading. This is especially important for boys to see from their Fathers.
Reading aloud shouldn’t be limited to children in the primary grades and younger. Keep reading aloud to your kids for as long as they live at home! Make it a family activity. When they are fluent enough readers, let them take turns reading aloud. High school kids, ask your parents and teachers to read aloud.
Teachers need to remember this too. Many teachers, even in high school, still take opportunities to read aloud to their students. It can be an incredibly powerful experience for people of all ages.
“World Read Aloud Day is an awareness day advocating for literacy as a right that belongs to all people, celebrated around the world annually on the first Wednesday in March. Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. LitWorld is changing that.Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. WRAD motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their stories. Read Aloud. Change the World.” (Source: litworld.org)