Reading Aloud To Children (Part 7)

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.

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Image from United for Kids Foundation.


Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) means reading because you want to. For school age children, FVR means no book report, no questions at the end of the chapter, and no looking up on every vocabulary word. FVR means putting down a book you don’t like and choosing another one instead. It is the kind of reading highly literate people do all the time.

In- school free reading programs provide some of the clearest evidence for the power of reading. In these programs, part of the school day is set aside for unrestricted FVR. There are three (3) kinds of in – school free reading programs: Sustained Silent Reading, Self- Selected Reading and Extensive Reading.

In Sustained Silent Reading, both teachers and Students engage in the reading for short periods each day (from five to fifteen minutes).

In Self – Selected Reading, free reading is a large part of the language arts program with teachers holding conferences with students to discuss what was read.

In Extensive Reading, a minimal amount of accountability is required. For example, a short summary of what was read.

This is a post by Abdulghaniy Kayode Otukogbe (@otukogbe), the initiator and founding editor of NaijaEduTalk.

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