From Readers to Changemakers: Reading Aloud to Develop Learners Who Love to Read

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Modeling a love for reading is an engaging way to ensure young people are on the pathway to learning and all the opportunities reading opens up.

In the March/April issue of Childhood Education Innovations magazine, Rana Dajani showcases some of the work the organization We Love Reading is doing to not only support children’s ability to read, but also the intrinsic value of reading for pleasure.

Their approach centers on building capacity and seeks to foster a deep love of reading through the practice of reading aloud to children. They believe a love of reading is essential and suggest that adults read aloud to children more to foster that sense of enjoyment and connection.

Reading aloud has numerous benefits, including:

  • Reading with children helps build their confidence.
  • Reading together creates a sense of community.
  • Reading aloud connects the spoken and written word.
  • Reading aloud stimulates many sense simultaneously, helping children learn and memorize words more effectively.
  • Reading together builds pathways in children’s brains to facilitate imaginative and creative thinking, boost self-esteem, and increase attention span.

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