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Why You Should Read With Your Child Every Day!

Reading aloud to your child is one of the greatest gifts you can give to prepare them for future reading and educational success.  I’m starting a new mission to support parents and teachers in getting them to read to their children.  Read on to hear more about family read alouds!

The Interactive Parent is a new project I’m working on to support parents and teachers!

Here is my family snuggling up and reading a book together. 
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Books to Support Parents’ Learning

This summer I read two incredible books about reading aloud.  I originally read them to support my knowledge of Interactive Read Alouds for my classroom.  However, after reading them, I realized that there is a bigger need that I want to work on and support.    

Reading Magic by Mem Fox is a fast and easy read all about why reading to children is so important.  I would definitely recommend this to teachers and parents.  It talks about why you should read aloud but also tells you how to do it.  Mem Fox shared stories of families she knows and how reading aloud to their children every day has prepared them for educational success.  As a well-known children’s author of favorites like Time for Bed, Koala Lou & Possum Magic, Mem has devoted her life to literacy and supporting teachers and parents.

The other book I read is The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.  This book is more for teachers and goes into the research behind reading aloud and why it is so important.  It also has an awesome book list that gives great suggestions for books to read aloud.  It’s quite the list while being the whole second half of the book.  This is the 7th edition of this book and Jim Trelease has worked hard to make this book relevant in our world today.  It’s a common book in any teacher’s training program and is a must-read if you’re interested in the importance of read alouds.  He uses easy to read graphs and compares research based on socio-economic status, race and other important factors.  In the end, we learn that it doesn’t matter status, race, gender, etc., if you read to your children, they will be better prepared for their future.

So after reading both of these books, I couldn’t stop talking about reading aloud and how important it is to do with our children.  Anyone who would listen, I would talk their ear off and I realized that reading aloud to our children and interactive read alouds in the classroom are my passion!

New Mission: The Interactive Parent

I am now on a mission to share with parents why it is so important to read aloud to their children every day and support them in being able to do so.  I’m going to talk more about why it’s important, how to do it, ways to keep it interesting, great books to try, and more.

As a teacher, I have access to the parents of my students and at my school and I want to be able to support them in helping their children become readers.  I’m looking forward to this year and putting in place a system for my student’s parents to read aloud to them.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

I have always loved doing read alouds with students, since my first year of teaching.  
This is from my first year teaching(2006), I was doing a read aloud in one of the classrooms I supported.  (I was a special ed. teacher at the time.)

As a parent, I want to be able to share my teaching knowledge with friends and other parents and support them in helping them lead literate lives and enjoy reading aloud with their children.

Some of my most cherished times are our bedtime stories.  Here I’m reading our favorite, Goodnight Moon, to my oldest, Owen (4 years old at the time) and my youngest, Ben (4 months here).
Here is another special moment that I will remember forever.  My mother-in-law (also a teacher and author) reading the book, This is Our Baby, Born Today to us in the hospital as a new family of 4.  If you don’t know this book it is adorable and perfect for a new family.   

The whole idea about family read alouds is that when you read with your child, one of the best things about it is being able to snuggle and cuddle up and create that bonding experience every day!

The Interactive Parent is my new project and I am on a mission to share it far and wide.  I can’t wait for you to see what I have in store.  If you find this interesting or think others will too, please share or direct them to my blog!

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