No one questions the idea that reading aloud to young children is a good thing. Reading aloud to children not only helps develop their literacy skills but fosters closeness between parent and child. At a certain point, however, parents inevitably stop reading to their children, as children become independent readers capable of reading to themselves. There is evidence, however, to suggest that parents and teachers should continue to read aloud to older children up to age 14, even after they become fluent in reading. Here are some important reasons parents should continue to read out loud to tweens:.
Will you still be reading aloud to your child when they're in their teens?
M eghan Cox Gurdon is reading aloud to her daughter Phoebe. Cox Gurdon is a reading-aloud tub-thumper. It was the gift of time and of a voice. It was unlike anything else in life. The idea that the experience of being read to should be limited to toddlers is, she says, a terrible waste. The fact it has dwindled into something for children does not mean it needs to stay there.
Reading to your children is one of the best things you can do as a parent — on this, everyone agrees. It can come out more like a confession, as if at some point along the way we should have stopped, some age when reading is supposed to become a silent, independent activity. But reading aloud in the evenings was mainstay of family time long before radios and televisions and laptops appeared on the scene. And some books are simply made for an audience. I often scour piles at the library and bookstore for books that combine great stories with great illustrations to keep everyone interested.
I loved reading aloud to my children when they were growing up. To curl up with a book and watch their inquisitive faces as I shared a story with them was such a joy. I have to say that when my kids got older and started reading on their own it was both a proud and sad time.