World Read Aloud Day will be celebrated on Feb. 1st .
Of course many children do not have the luxury of having reading materials at home, due to poverty, illiterate parents or lack of a printed script for their local language.
So it is worth highlighting the importance of reading aloud where a teacher with only one book can at least share the joy of stories (with their illustrations) and foster an interest ,then love of reading.
In Tanzania we are working at pre-primary level,ensuring children who are more disadvantaged can not only access education but can enjoy learning through stories.
After a read aloud, during which children may volunteer to answer questions,predict what will happen next or re-enact part of the story, children will self select activities from the learning areas. They may work alone,in pairs or in small groups on activities dealing with family, health,environment learning practical skills and new content as well as their social and emotional development.
Read Aloud, Shinyanga,Tanzania
Group work, Mtwara
Teacher observing group work, Mtwara
It is in the training that teachers learn new skills of story telling,which is more interactive than they may be used to.
Working in small groups ensures teachers build confidence as well as skills.
Using a poster for guidance,teachers learn to work with parents on story telling and early stimulation such as talking,playing and singing with their children from an early age.
Role play ,using masks are practised during training.
While using a story on malaria,teachers extend learning through the use of role play in health care situations.
Teachers extend their minimal classroom resources by learning to make their own books.
Read Aloud Guide
Studies show that literacy is the foundation for emotional and physical well-being, intellectual growth, and economic security. Furthermore, reading aloud improves listening skills, vocabulary acquisition, and the understanding of common story themes and structures that will factor into children’s future success. Use the tips below to create a powerful, memorable read aloud experience. • Read the book beforehand to familiarize yourself with the story. Make note of places you want to stop and ask questions. • Be animated! Change your voice during the read aloud to match the expressions of the characters and emotions of the story; this will truly bring the text to life. • Use different voices for different characters so that children come to recognize dialogue within a text and individual character traits. • If your book has a lot of text, try a story walk instead of reading every word. A story walk is when you summarize what is happening on each page while pointing to the illustrations to help explain the action. • Ask questions out loud as you read. Ask listeners to predict what will happen next, how they would feel if they were in the story, or the meaning of a vocabulary word that might be new. Limit your questions to one or two so they do not disrupt the flow of the story. • After you finish the story, have a conversation that focuses on connecting the text to the listeners’ lives and experiences.