This series is in 8-parts, adapted from a training handbook I prepared in 2011 for the training of public and private schools teachers in Lagos-Nigeria on how to read aloud to children. It was first serialised online by Reading Gym. I have altered the content to reflect some of the more recent happenings in the world of literacy. It is also my wish that you will (if you’ve not already started one) decide to set up your own book: bag, basket, box, case, shelf, corner or room in your world and kindle that tiny flame to become an inferno of book lovers in that little child in your life or around you.
Why Read Aloud?
It is a natural process that the act of speaking comes naturally to every human save those with health related issues like speech impairments. And what informs what comes out of a human being’s mouth (children inclusive) is what they might have heard, read, observed or perceived.
While it is natural that the level of conversation that goes on in every household varies depending on the particular family setting, making some children to have advantages over others right from infancy due to the type of adults they have around them. While others become highly disadvantaged due to the same reason; books offer a way out of this challenge.
To put things in proper perspective, think of a child from a middle-class family (i.e. father is a medical doctor and mother is a teacher) and another child from a working-class family (i.e. father is a carpenter and mother is a cleaner) and another child from a poor family (i.e. father is jobless and mother is a petty trader). Can you imagine the level of discussions that will normally happen in these various homes? More often the middle-class family will take into serious considerations the welfare of their children in terms of education, associations (like friends and peer groups); the working class parents at most times will desire to do likewise but may feel incapable while the poor family might leave their children to learn by chance, although nothing is set in stone and things would most likely be different on a family by family basis.
Where do we go from here? CONVERSATION!!! Conversation is the prime garden in which vocabulary grows, and conversations vary greatly from home to home. It is in light of this that we as adults should see the more reasons why we should read aloud to the younger ones. Any particular book contains the same content be in its new or used state, regardless of its reader or listener.
This is a post by Abdulghaniy Kayode Otukogbe (@otukogbe), the initiator and founding editor of NaijaEduTalk.
Please, leave your thoughts on this post in the comment section and feel free to share the article with your contacts, thanks!If you like this post, kindly subscribe and follow us on Twitter @NaijaEduTalk and Facebook atNaijaEduTalk.