‘SENIOR’ MOMENTS CAN HELP YOUR CHILD’S READING SUCCESS!
Education, of which reading success is the foundation, is key to their journey. Along with education, is the importance and influence of family and life experiences.
One of the building blocks to reading success is “reading aloud” to children. Read alouds should begin at birth and continue through the school years.
Reading aloud to children:
* Ignites the ‘joy’ and ‘pleasure’ of reading
* Exposes children to the sound and construction of our language
* Builds vocabulary. Large vocabularies are indicators for early reading success.
* Develops listening comprehension. Research supports that good ‘listening’ comprehension is a
stepping stone to good ‘reading’ comprehension. You can read higher level books to children
because their listening comprehension ability is ‘higher’ than their reading ability level!
Just make sure what you read is appropriate for your child.
* Offers a closeness and connection between reader and child
Senior populations are a growing sector of help for parents. There are many benefits
expressed by seniors who volunteer their time to read with children:
- Lessens loneliness, helplessness, and boredom in aging populations
- Promotes connections between generations
- Their interaction teaches compassion, responsibility, and perseverance to children
- Elders gain a real sense of purpose
- Elders learn and grow and stay connected to the present while integrating the importance of the past
So, Buckaroo Buckeye says “WHOA, your horses”Don’t put Seniors out to pasture so quickly. Many of us bring much to offer parents on their pathway to parenting. Seniors reading aloud to children is one super tool!
Buckaroo Buckeye is Nuts About Reading and his book Buckaroo Buckeye –A Little Nut with Big Dreams
is a great story for elders to read to children and discuss with them to build vocabulary and comprehension. www.buckaroobuckeye.com