Encourage Your Children to Read to Each Other
© Beverley Paine, 2004
April began reading to her brothers the moment she could read. Before that she would tell them stories... Encourage your children to read to each other from an early age.
Reading aloud develops fluency, improves vocabulary, and teaches children to read with articulation and expression. Suddenly all those punctuation marks begin to make sense! Older children love to show off their skills to an inexperienced audience that won't pick up on every 'error'. But sometimes younger siblings or friends can be a tough audience, especially if they already know the story well. They will often demand proper diction, a clear voice, with expression and emotion embedded into the storytelling, or they may ask pointed and pertinent questions if the material is factual.
Children often feel safe reading to each other, away from adults and it's a great practice for them, with the added bonus of building self-esteem as well as reading skills.
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