Sometimes it’s the simple things that have the most impact. Do you have an hour, once a week to spend reading a story to a classroom of students? It’s fun, it’s easy and it truly helps! Give us a call at 706-550-7716 to get started!
Reading aloud is fun and kids enjoy it, but those are not the only reasons why Communities In Schools is involved in the recruitment of volunteers to read to classrooms of students. Reading is a foundational building block needed by every student to achieve success in school. But not every student is read to or encouraged to read in their home. Extra reading support at school is a win-win for everyone!
Some reading factoids to think about.
- Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children.
- Reading aloud gives children the opportunity to practice listening – a critical skill for student success.
- Academic success is tied to a student’s ability to read and comprehend concepts.
- Reading aloud encourages children to use their imaginations.
- The more adults read aloud to children, the larger their vocabularies will grow.
- Reading helps children to learn and dream about the world around them and their place in it.
- Reading aloud introduces the language of books which is different from the language heard in daily conversations.
- Reading aloud builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.
- Reading aloud helps children develop positive associations with books and reading.
- Children who value books are more motivated to read on their own.
A landmark study by Hart-Risley on language development documented that children from low-income families
hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers before the age of 4. Many of these
children enter school considerably behind their peers in reading skills and continue to have difficulty throughout
their school lives, resulting in greater incidents of absenteeism, dropping out, juvenile delinquency, substance
abuse, and teenage pregnancy – all issues that continue to perpetuate the cycles of poverty and dependency.
Reading – it’s a big issue that can be improved considerably with support and help from the community.