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.
Read Aloud Don’ts.
- Don’t interrupt the reading of the story with explanations or editorials, these get in the way of the story and a child can easily become annoyed and frustrated with too many interruptions
- Don’t stop reading aloud to your children once they have mastered the ability to read on their own. Some children, when they can read on their own, resist being read to – it can feel babyish. Reading aloud, sharing ideas, and talking about what matters to your child is not something that anyone outgrows. Be creative, read something that will interest your child and keep alive the habit of reading together and sharing ideas
- Don’t turn reading into a vocabulary lesson, learning words in isolation gets in the way of comprehension and pleasure
- Don’t read while the TV/DVD/Video game/IPad/mobile phone is on
- Don’t read aloud to the child while he/she is deeply engaged in another activity and don’t stop him/her in order to read aloud to him/her, remember, it’s pleasure seeking and not labor seeking approach to reading that’s the goal
- Don’t recline while reading aloud, reading aloud should be done while you’re in a proper sitting position and not while you are lying down or leaning on an object. As for the child, he/she can be in any position in as much as he/she is listening.
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