World Read Aloud Day on February 1

2018-01-31 06:01

ON World Read Aloud Day, February 1, it is well worth our while to ponder on the countless benefits of such a simple activity.

While children whose parents frequently spend time conversing with them already have a head start, it’s only in books, newspapers and magazines that enriching vocabulary is seen. A child who hears these types of words has a giant advantage.

Reading aloud also increases a child’s attention span, and when you read aloud, you’re whetting a child’s appetite for reading. Expecting your child to grow into being an avid reader is wishful thinking if they see no one reading at home. In an age where the average teen spends 90 minutes a day texting, it is vital to keep the habit of reading aloud, alive.

There is evidence that we don’t remember information as well when we read it on a screen, so parents and caregivers have a responsibility to encourage a love of books and be a reading role model. Read Educational Trust has a focus of promoting literacy in a country where 78% of Grade 4 pupils cannot read for meaning in any language, according to the Pirls Study (Progress In International Reading Literacy, 2016).

In this context, the Read Aloud Magic sets, launched alongside Reading Matters, are a vital tool in encouraging reading aloud, at home and at school.

Read Aloud Magic sets are available online.

Each of the three box sets contains 12 books filled with adventure-filled stories. The stories are all set in Africa and revolve around children and animals discovering the world. Set A is for children aged four to seven, while five to eight year olds will enjoy set B. Set C is for children aged six to nine. Each set sells for R1 500 and may be bought via http://www.thereadshop.co.za/ or on www.takealot.com or from Reading Matters. Phone 087 237 7781 or 0800 11 65 35 or e-mail readmat@read.co.za — Supplied.

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