My name is Emily Reed.
I am a Reading Specialist at Dillsburg Elementary School in Northern York County School District.
Read-Aloud has always been my favorite time of day as a child (and probably still is today).
I couldn't wait to explore different worlds and characters.
I would listen to someone else's voice as I pictured the characters and worlds in my head, developing meaning as the words echoed in my mind..
My Read-Aloud experience began at home.
My dad read to me every night for as long as I can remember, even long after I began middle school. I remember hearing Go Dog Go, Where the Wild Things Are, More Spaghetti I Say.
As I grew older, we explored the worlds in Chronicles of Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time. I think we read every Scott O'Dell and Lois Lowry book there was, together. He read the stories and we talked about what we thought, what we loved and what we were wondering. This experience I know is why I am such a voracious reader. I literally started from day 1, to enjoy words and stories and to learn to question and discover the world within books.
Not all students have the benefit of such a wonderful dad like mine.
So, that is were we as teachers come in.
We need to make Read-Aloud an important part of our daily routine.
The text used the words "Read-Aloud is a Commercial for Reading" often.
I love this statement.
This is a great time to show children how awesome reading is.
if we make thoughtful selections of text to share, making sure to offer a variety of genres, a variety of characters, a variety of experiences, we can open the world of reading up to a whole new group of students. We also need to know it is okay to not plan-plan-plan the read-aloud to death based on a particular standard. We can read for the enjoyment of text. We don't have to be "in control" all the time, but should let the quality of text lead the children to explore their thoughts, feelings, about the text. The student role during a read-aloud should be active, not passive. They should be talking, gasping, laughing, crying, responding to the text. That is where their love of books will shine through.