Why We Should Continue To Read Aloud To Older Children

Every Wednesday is Teacher Read aloud time. Though the grade three students are fluent readers, there is evidence to suggest that parents (and teachers) should continue to read aloud to older children up to age 14. According to Jim Trelease, author of the Read-Aloud Handbook, a child's reading level isn't on par with his listening level until the eighth grade. Trelease says that parents "can and should be reading seventh-grade books to fifth-grade kids," as this helps gets kids buzzed about storylines and plots and will motivate them to keep reading. Kids are capable of appreciating a more complicated plot than the one in a story they can read to themselves. Reading aloud to them will keep kids coming back for more as they develop and improve their own independent reading skills.