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Everyday Learners: Don’t Forget Reading Aloud

The Herald Extra – Brad Wilcox and Timothy G. Morrison

“With all the technology available for children, we don’t want to forget reading aloud. In a report by Richard Anderson, Elfrieda Hiebert, Judith Scott and Ian Wilkinson, they wrote, “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” Jim Trelease, in his read-aloud handbook, reminded us it is through literature that we can connect with the human heart. As parents and grandparents read classic books they enjoyed as children to their children and grandchildrenm, they understand the words of C. S. Lewis: “In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. … Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”(more)

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