When kids gain the ability to read independently and fluently everyone shouts HOORAY! Teachers are ready for more great learning to begin and parents are pleased that all those bedtime stories are now paying off.
It’s such a joy to see the growth and confidence at this point that it’s easy to forget how important it is for adults to KEEP READING to these kids.
But why worry about read-alouds when your child is capable of reading on his own?
Let me count the ways!
- When your child was a baby, you knew that reading together provided wonderful bonding time. It’s still true, but your kid would probably roll their eyes at you if they heard anything about bonding so let’s just call it “hang out time” instead.
- Even confident readers have to work at reading. Give them a break and let them get carried away in the story while you’re doing all the work.
- Vocabulary. The more books you expose your child to the better her vocabulary will be. SATs here we come!
- It’s fun reading time for you too. Pick a classic that you’ve never had time to read, and read it together.
AND don't limit yourself to chapter books. Picture books are fun, no matter how old you are. Here are some of my favorites, totally appropriate for kids in grades 4-6.