‘Read-aloud’ sessions are facilitated by our volunteers at libraries, parent groups, playgroups, and community centres. These sessions equip parents with the ability to further develop their child’s literacy experience at home. They also foster a love of books and expand a child’s vocabulary. The more words children hear the wider their vocabulary becomes, and their ability to communicate and express themselves increases, all of which are basic foundations of becoming literate.
Reading aloud is important because:
- 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.