Read Aloud Sessions
The Read Aloud program involves volunteers going into libraries, mother’s groups, playgroups and other community centres to run story time sessions. Guest storytellers create a fun and engaging opportunity for children and parents to share in the joy of reading books together. This concept not only gives variety for the parents, but also demonstrates to parents how to read and increase their level of engagement with their children.
Reading aloud is critical to a young child’s development for a wide range of reasons:
- Builds word-sound awareness in children – the basis for literacy development and reading success
- Provides the opportunity for one on one bonding time between parents and children, forming a positive association with books and reading later in life.
- Exposes children to story and print knowledge as well as rare words and ideas not often found in day-to-day conversations or screen time.
- Gives children the opportunity to practice listening – a crucial skill for kindergarten
In 2017-18, our Read Aloud Story Time program impacted 6500 children as our skilled volunteers visited libraries, mother’s groups, playgroups and other community centres to run story Time sessions.