During the preschool years, preschoolers are developing their attitudes about the reading experience. A preschool teacher plays a major role in developing a joy for reading by creating the right reading experiences. For this reason, a preschool teacher should have a good grasp on how to best read-aloud to a group of preschool children.
When reading aloud to a group of preschoolers, keep the following points in mind.
Before Reading Aloud...
- Choose a book that is appropriate for the age of students you are reading to.
- Choose a book that has concepts your students can understand and relate to.
- Review the book several times so you will be familiar with the story.
- Consider follow-up activities that your students can do to reinforce concepts in the story.
- Hold the book up with the pictures and words facing the children while you read.
- Read aloud clearly and loud enough for every student to hear.
- Read with emotion and changes in voice to bring the story to life.
- Read the book as written. Most authors will have spent many hours writing a book that has the rhythm and rhyme exactly right.
- Another reason to read the book as written: Preschoolers are learning to read and as you read the words aloud, they will begin to relate the print on the page to the words you are saying aloud.
- Read the book often to the children and it will soon become one of their favorites.
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