World Read Aloud Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of February. It is celebrated to motivate children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words.
This global literacy movement is also all about taking actions to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people.
Reading aloud is very beneficial to the development of a child.
It provides a number of opportunities and benefits for children of all ages, from strengthening their vocabulary to increasing their attention span.
Here are some benefits of children reading aloud:
Develops stronger vocabulary
Children acquire language primarily, through listening. Reading aloud makes children regularly hear new words in new contexts, which builds their vocabulary and helps them develop a stronger awareness of the communicative possibilities of language.
Builds connections between the spoken and written word
When children hear words read aloud, they begin to see how printed words are closely connected to spoken words. This helps them recognize the difference between the arrangement of spoken languages and printed text.
Children generally enjoy being read to, which encourages them to see and experience reading as something fun and positive. Reading aloud makes them more likely to become interested in learning to read, which is likely to then spark a lifelong love of reading.
Increases attention span
Unlike watching television, reading or being read to promotes a slower unfolding of events and ideas. This encourages children to listen, pay attention and concentrate, which after a while can increase their overall attention span.
A well written book exposes children to sophisticated language, which can strengthen their cognitive abilities. When children are regularly exposed to the sophisticated language of quality literature, they learn how to apply their cognitive abilities to understand the text.
Provides a safe way of exploring strong emotions
Reading a story aloud that explores particular emotions helps some children to accept their own feelings and understand how others feel. By reading aloud together, stories can help children feel more comfortable discussing their emotions with others.
Reading aloud with children provides benefits for adults too. The quality time spent together promotes bonding and strengthens relationships, making it easier for children to develop their social, communication and interpersonal skills.
Ask everyone to celebrate this day by grabbing a book, find an audience, and read out loud.