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Posted by on in Literacy

Reading aloud to kids is an experience that almost everyone who has spent time with children has in common. Whether you're a veteran teacher or a teenage babysitter, you've probably touched the magic that we create when we take the time to read with kids.

I've had some amazing experiences as a parent and a caregiver of reading aloud: the moment when a child recognizes the letters in their name, or a common word, or a rhyming pattern in the text or a repeated phrase or sound that they love to yell out at the top of their lungs.

"Clang Clang Rattle Bing Bang, Gonna make my noise all day!"

~ Robert Munsch, Mortimer ~

Equally amazing are the books that make me cry, the books during which my kids know they can expect mom to get choked up "Mommy, why are you crying... again?!? You know how it ends."

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Posted by on in Education Leadership

Childhood is a precious time. What's the rush?

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy reading with your kids for sheer pleasure and enjoyment! 

During rainy and cold weather, children read in homemade forts, on blankets, at the library, bedtime and hopefully with the family before or after dinner. Reading is such a blessing to share with our kids. This is truly the gift of gifts that keeps on giving. Turning off all media for set periods each day may also be a great idea.

It should be like this year 'round. Lately I've been reading articles about changes coming for read-alouds which may or may not be a good idea. Read-alouds are time-tested, classroom perfected and one of the "sacred cows" I never dreamed would come under scrutiny in the push for academic excellence.

Why would we want children to be pressured into data-driven read-alouds? Emerging readers are coming out of their cocoons, turning into little reading butterflies, testing those little wings.

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