March is Read Aloud Month
“Reading aloud is not only the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help prepare a child for reading and learning; it’s also a magical connection through the interaction between you, your child, and the book.” – readaloud.org
Join us for Read Aloud Month and help every parent and caregiver understand how reading aloud 15 minutes every day from birth through 3rd grade builds a child’s brain and lifelong learning capacity.
Take the 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge
Read Aloud Month begins on March 1 but you can participate in the 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge at any time!
- Learn more about the challenge at https://readaloud.org/21daychallenge.html.
- At https://readaloud.org/challenge_resources.html you’ll find a fun Reading Aloud Tracker, a word search puzzle, maze, coloring pages and more, that you can download and use at home.
Develop a 21-Day Read Aloud habit that can change your child’s life!
- .. is a wonderful chance to share adventure, intrigue, and emotion – and that’s irreplaceable. Connect with your child through a book and be transported to another time and place – together.
- .. makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most – your voice and your touch – and books. And, you are building your baby’s brain too.
- .. creates everlasting bonds, generating memories that will last a lifetime.
Just 15 Minutes a Day is all it Takes!
Reading 15 minutes a day for 5 years = 27,375 minutes!
That’s 456.25 HOURS!
Other Activities that Help Develop Early Literacy*
- Recite nursery rhymes and prompt your child to repeat what you say.
- Sing traditional songs, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.
- Make up songs about your day and sing them to your child.
- Talk to your child about what is going on around you.
- Name objects and colors that you see when taking a walk, going to the grocery store, etc.
- Ask your child many questions.
- Play with blocks along with your child.
- Make a book using pictures of your child and his/ her favorite items and people.
- Make up a story for your child about your day.
- Give your child paper and crayons or pencils and allow him/ her to scribble and write.
- Do fingerplays and action rhymes with your child.
- Make an alphabet book with images from your child’s life.
- Visit the library often!
*Original from www.cslpreads.org; 2014 “Fizz, Boom, Read”
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. Find out more at www.ReadAloud.org; also, see them on Facebook and #readaloud.