The Read aloud program entails volunteers going into libraries, mum’s groups, playgroups and other community centres to have a story time. 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 including:
- It builds word-sound awareness in children, the basis for literacy development and reading success.
- Provides the opportunity for parents to nurture their children and offers them one on one attention and bonding time. This encourages children to form 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 and beyond