Read Aloud time is my all-time favorite time of the day.
Maybe it is because I like to read in dramatic voices, or maybe it is because I love watching little ones fall in love with stories and authors... whatever the reason- Read Aloud Time is very important to me!
While going through my Master's training, I learned about using reading to encourage writing.
If you stop and think about it, a read-aloud is just reading someone else's writing.
Even young children can be writers! They can create their own stories and books through drawing and developmental writing.
Our little ones are most likely not reading themselves, but they are hearing us read. They are gaining knowledge about text, writing and authors through us.
But, helping children learn about what it is to be a writer is not as simple as just reading a book to a child or class of children.
We teach our children how to be readers and writers through our reading alouds.
We have to remind ourselves to stop, ask questions, wonder aloud and point out not-so-obvious things to children.
What should early childhood teachers be helping children learn about authors and illustrators? How can it be done through a read-aloud?
Check out this quick guide to help your littlest writers see their potential as story and content creators :
Want to get even deeper into young children being authors? Check out the book, Already Ready, Nurturing Young Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten by Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover.