Matt's aunt gave us The Read Aloud Handbook when Madeline was born. In this book, Jim Trelease talks about the benefits, rewards and importance of reading aloud to children. He describes proven techniques and strategies backed up with the latest research for helping children discover the joys of reading while helping them become avid lifelong readers and learners. In the back, it also gives suggestions for books by age.
We have read to Madeline every day since we brought her home from the hospital, but after reading parts of this book, we were reminded of how important it is and made a commitment to read to her at least a half an hour a day. We also decided to include some time where we could each have independent reading time, so she can see us enjoying books, too.
As a result of this process, Madeline has really grown to love books. She loves going to the library and she asks to read her books many times a day. She recognizes letters on the pages and memorizes phrases from her favorites. It makes me excited to see her learning. PART of me is excited for her to go to school, just so she can soak up everything :) The other part is terrified of that day!
Here is Madeline enjoying two of her favorite books.
Reading Madeline with Mom
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