Reading Magic - Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change their Lives Forever


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I don't own the book. What I read is based on other's review.
My take away is the more you read aloud to your children, and the sooner, the better. He will start reading sooner, and enjoy reading, which is a great asset for his future.
While reading, establish a connection between you, your child and the book. Be expressive. Make it as interesting as watching a video.


“The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between a child, a book, and the person reading. It isn’t achieved by the book alone, nor by the child alone, nor by the adult who’s reading aloud – it’s the relationship winding between all three, bringing them together in easy harmony.”

Children who have not been regularly talked to, sung to, or read aloud to from birth find life at school much more burdensome than they otherwise might. In particular, learning to read becomes a major stumbling block rather than a surprising delight.

Experts tell us that children need to hear a 1,000 stories read aloud before they begin to learn to read for themselves.

There is no exact way to read aloud, other than to try to be as expressive as possible.
The ups and downs of our voices and our pauses and points of emphasis are like music, literally, to the ears of young children, and kids
love music.

Being able to correctly identify the individual letters of the alphabet before school is a great predictor of a child’s future success as a reader.

Amazing as it may seem, trying to write is one of the fastest ways children teach themselves to read.

Reading is tricky. Reading is complex.
Reading is being able to make sense from the marks on the page.
Reading is getting the message!

The aim should be to make reading seem as fabulous as it is for most of us: fun, hilarious, thrilling, useful, interesting, amazing, essential and desirable.

You are your child’s first and most important teacher!


Reading aloud needs to be an interactive experience based on the relation- ship between the child, the book and the adult, such that it is a bonding experience that can enrich the lives of both parent and child.

Fox also reminds us that the book should not just be read, but the reader and child should inte- ract;

Beginning with full stories and not with single letters or words, the teaching of reading should eventually "advance again to individual letters and sounds," but shoud never start with phonics.

She further provides informa- tion from literacy experts who say that children who know a minimum of eight nursery rhymes by the age of four have been known to be above average readers by the age of eight.

Fox writes that it is the job of parents and teachers to make reading as ex- citing and relaxing as watching television.