As we prepare for back to school night parents can become bombarded with so much information. Think carefully about what you want them to "take away". Since research says over and over again about the great impact reading aloud to children has on student reading achievement and school overall success, my "take away" for parents has always been to emphasize the importance of "READING ALOUD" and I repeat it again and again during the night and during the year. I even say, if there is one thing you remember about tonight, "Remember to READ ALOUD!"
We want to do the best as parents, but often we are busy, exhausted, and then told this and that to help our child. I believe if there was one thing all parents could do to help their children succeed in school and in life, it is to read aloud- read aloud and never stop, even when their children begin to read. The research is there to support this belief.
Parents don't have to be "teachers" of reading to make an impact on their children's reading lives. They just have to make it part of their daily lives and full of happiness. It shouldn't be a "chore" at the end of the day. It should be a "We get to read together now!" activity that is special, sacred, and full of joy.
Below is the link to the Read Aloud Commandments. I invite you to share these with your parents and think of how you can integrate them yourselves. Balanced literacy has many components and one of them is just "story time" aka reading aloud. In fact research shows, students who have high growth in reading have a teacher who integrates reading aloud at least four times a day!
It is a challenge to "fit it all in" but if parents and teachers are working together to foster that love of reading and make it happen throughout the day and through the evening, each and every day… we are bound to grow readers who love it and can't stop! And that is when the real magic begins...