After teaching grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 I have found that there are a couple of things that don’t change, and reading aloud is one of them. The benefits of reading aloud to students of all ages have been written about over and over:
-Student interest in literature increases
-Classroom climate and environment blossoms
-Student involvement in class discussion increases
As teachers we just have to fight the urge to say, “I don’t have time.”
Thanks to a suggestion from a former colleague (@MKPolly ) I began this year reading Crash by Jerry Spinelli to my Grade 5 students.
The book’s main character, Crash, is a seventh grade boy that my 5th Grade boys love and my 5th Grade girls love to hate! It is the perfect combination of laughter and fun, with some serious issues such as bullying and aging grandparents as well.
I am sure we are all reading to our children, nieces, nephews, and students. If you are not, I strongly encourage you to start and relish in the benefits. It could also just be my brother, the librarian, speaking his wisdom through me!