Phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension -- the five key components in teaching reading* -- provide a great foundation, but how do we move students from learning those skills to becoming engaged, thinking readers?
We immerse them in the experience by reading aloud. According to international literacy expert, former teacher, and best selling author Mem Fox, "If every parent and every adult caring for a child read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation."
A REFRESHER COURSE
Reading aloud, however, has become a lost art in many of today's busy classrooms. The following refresher course, therefore, is designed to help all teachers put that powerful tool back to work in preK-12 classrooms:
For information about getting parents involved in the read-aloud experience at home, check out trelease-on-reading.com, a Web site from read-aloud guru Jim Trelease, or Reading is Fundamental.
* The National Reading Panel: Reports of the Subgroups, (2000). Teaching Children To Read: An evidenced-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction. Washington, D.C.