Reading aloud will always be my favorite part of the day. There is something so special about reading with students, hearing their excitement, listening to their questions, and having discussions. Reading aloud provides a connection between kids and characters, but also between you and your students, and students with each other. It helps build a class community, helps bring up hard topics, opens communication between you and your students, and so much more!! Reading a book gives students so many opportunities and opens so many discussions. YOU are giving them these experiences by simply opening a book and reading. It's pure magic!
Reading aloud to your students gives them a chance to listen to a book that they may not have chosen on their own. And by listening to that book, they are able to build empathy and awareness for experiences that are not their own.
Why read alouds are beneficial?
Research shows that reading to children is one of the single largest predictors for higher academic achievement. Students are exposed to a variety of text, vocabulary, writing styles, and more. Reading aloud helps build vocabulary, models writing skills, and builds stamina for listening. This helps with kids' attention span. And, student engagement, motivation, and interest are all enhanced when they are read to.
Whenever something happens in the world, at home, or in the classroom or there is a topic that I want to talk about with my kids, I share a book. A book is the perfect discussion starter.
And the beginning of the year is the perfect time to set the tone for reading in your classroom and to get your students excited about reading.
While you may not be able to gather students as a group and meet on the carpet as you have in years past, you can still build a sense of community through reading aloud to your students at the beginning of the year. Finding books that students can connect to and discuss will be an imperative part to the start of the school year.
Create Lifelong Readers
- Read, read, read! Share books with your students and share them often.
- Give students time to read.
- Read for fun without an assignment attached.
- Talk about books.
- Share what you are reading.
You can grab a free set of activities to start your year off right with the book “Our Class is a Family” by Shannon Olsen. There are 10 activities that are available as printable and digital versions. It also includes a collaborative project with printable and digital options.
Each activity is meant to get to know students, talk about their feelings, and focus on social skills.
There are many reading and writing skills that can be taught using this book, but the focus is on the social emotional component.
You can subscribe here and the whole set of “Our Class is a Family” activities will be sent right to your inbox.
First, you can find a set of ten books in this “Read On-Set 1” bundle.
Second, you can find a set of ten more books with this “Read On-Set 2” bundle.
Lastly, you can check out the entire list of books along with their topics.
Still want more?
You can find the “All Access Pass” to the Read On activities. The “All Access Pass” will include ALL SIX “Read On” bundles. That is 60 sets of printable and digital activities that will have a lasting impact on your students.
Howver, when you love reading, your students will too!
You can find more of my favorite beginning of the year read aloud books in this post.
Offering a variety of books for kids to read is ideal. It isn't always easy or cheap to find books. Check out this blog post for more info on finding books for the classroom on a budget.