In the first week of February, celebrations include World Read Aloud Day, Children’s Mental Health Week and Chinese New Year.
Readilearn has lessons ready to assist you with each of these celebrations.
World Read Aloud Day
First up is World Read Aloud Day on 1 February—today! The day aims to encourage people everywhere to “read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people“.
Perhaps no one knows better than teachers of young children the importance of reading aloud. Children who come to school having been read to at home have the advantage of more extensive vocabularies and proficiency with language, greater general knowledge and interest in the world around them, and an interest in books and learning. These advantages contribute to success in school and life.
Making time for reading aloud in a busy class program is a priority for teachers of children in their first three years of school. Opportunities occur in every subject area, and it is not difficult to find ways of working a few extra stories into the program. Why not use World Read Aloud Day as an excuse to read a few more books than usual (as if an excuse is needed).
If you are unsure where to start selecting, visit the library and ask the librarian for suggestions, or take the class with you and ask them to each choose a book they’d like to hear.
The guest post by teacher Jennie Fitzkee on the importance of reading aloud is also full of suggestions.
Five of my favourite picture books (of which there are hundreds so impossible to list) are:
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