Reading aloud is a pleasurable activity for both reader and listener. So why stop? As one mom shares, even teens can enjoy the read-aloud experience, and “the connections you make, as you read aloud, last a lifetime, for both of you.”Read More
One of the best, and most fun, ways to get kids actively engaged in reading is through drama. For older readers, reading stories and plays aloud– and acting them out– helps master the finer skills needed for true literacy. It also encourages a love for the sound and rhythm of the words. We see this firsthand at Sunflower in our We Love Shakespeare! class.Read More
Reading aloud: it can sometimes be a bit intimidating when you first dive into a new book. Here are some tips to make reading time with your child enjoyable, engaging, and interactive.Read More
Both of my children, now young adults, went to Seedlings. I loved the fact that there was no academic curriculum, that they spent all morning in creative play. I knew that between the upcoming twelve years of school and four of college (and, perhaps, grad school), they’d eventually get plenty of instruction in math, history, science, and, of course, reading. Others around me, however, were more alarmed, especially about the lack of formal reading instruction…Read More
I found it most interesting that in my daughters’ teen years, when they talked about a book, they always said, “when I read…” Sometimes they had read the book, sometimes I had read the book to them, and many times they had listed to the audiobook. My daughters saw no distinction between reading the book and listening to the book. As adults we make this distinction. As a culture we value reading more than listening. Maybe because most of us can hear when we are born, but we have to learn to read. But hearing is not listening any more than word-calling is reading.Read More
Long summer days– when daylight stretches into nighttime and people and schedules are more relaxed– are the perfect time to get lost inside a book. But what good’s an adventure if you can’t share it?
For this series, we chose to talk about reading aloud, specifically, because it combines two of our favorite things: reading, of course, (and all that comes with it: language, literacy, expression, exploration) and community. Join us throughout the summer as Sunflower Blog explores reading aloud in all its forms and benefits, from the tangible to the more magical.Read More