Inside: You’ve read to them since they were tiny. They’re now a book-loving independent reader. Is it time for you to stop reading aloud? Literacy experts say NO for one very important reason.
You’ve done everything right to raise a reader:
- You read to them when they were tiny: stacks of gnawed board books and piles and piles of well-thumbed picture books.
- Over and over and over again (until you wanted to stab yourself in the face with a fork).
- You read to them when they were little: as they smeared food all over the highchair; cuddled up in bed when they were sick; and even while they sat on the potty.
- They’d squat for hours as long as you kept turning those pages.
- You still read to them. Every. Single. Night.
- Even on evenings when you long to be on the sofa – feet up with wine, chocolate, and Netflix.
Together, you’ve had breakfast with the three bears, lunch with a very hungry caterpillar, and tea with a tiger. It’s been magical.
And now your child is an INDEPENDENT reader.
Your work is done, you think. It’s time to stop reading aloud to them. They’ll have more time for silent reading. Surely, that’s best?
I’m here to convince you otherwise, with help from education experts.