Christian After School Programs: Reading to Children

Parents who read to their kids from their earliest days allow their child to discover the joy and wonder that can be found in the pages of a book.  Such kids long for the day when they can read on their own, discovering the world through the written page.

But what about the child who is never read to?

  •  She has no concept of the wonder that can be unearthed in the pages of a book.
  • He may even look at a book as a burden, an insurmountable obstacle.

During Read Aloud, we have the opportunity to introduce kids to the amazing magnificence of the written word.

Each week, in the KidTrek Curriculum there is a suggested reading to do with the kids.

  • They will most often be Classics.
  •  The suggested reading will always fit with the theme of the week.
  •  Suggestions are made for tying the reading into a discussion of the week’s theme.
  • Most of the suggested reading can be found in “The Book of Virtues,” by William J. Bennett, Simon & Schuster.

Teens also need to be read to regularly.

By listening to something read, we gain skills that help in reading.

  • You speak to a baby before the baby can speak, and it is in listening to you that the baby learns to speak.
  • Do we stop talking to babies because they do not understand us?  No.  The same principles apply to reading.

Each week the sidebar to the right (See in Real Lesson PDF below) will be on the first page.  This is to remind the secondary-nurturers that most of the readings will be above the kids’ reading level.  New vocabulary will be introduced on a weekly basis – what an adventure!  The Secondary-nurturer has the opportunity, through his own excitement, to get the kids excited about this “new world” to which they are exposed.

For further information on this topic, Marva Collins’ Way, The Putnam Publishing Group, New York, N.Y.; 1982; is recommended.

 Kid Prep

These are suggestions given to stimulate the kids’ listening skills.  The questions/suggestions are aimed at stimulating their imaginations and their thinking skills.

 Debriefing the Kids

What good does it do to have something read if it isn’t understood?  In the Debriefing time, you are making sure that the kids have comprehended what has been read to them.

Look at it also as a time to evaluate, not only the kids, but yourself.  Do you need to do a better job preparing them to listen?  Do you need to read slower?  Do you need to stop more often and ask questions while you are reading?

An actual lesson:

Read Aloud Lesson

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