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Reading Tips and Related Articles

Last updated Thursday, August 6, 2020

The articles below the videos have been compiled from materials given to our volunteers during their reading club training and orientation sessions.

Please click the play button below for an inspiring video about Jim McKenna, a retired teacher turned storyreader, who demonstrates some great read-aloud techniques and why we read aloud to children.

  Check out elementary school teacher Maya Le Espiritu's TikTok videos above about making reading aloud fun and engaging, such as her video on how to Get the Most out of Storytime!
  In our monthly reading clubs, "Shared Reading" does not mean "having the kids take turns reading aloud." Learn how to share the enjoyment of reading with children by allowing them to follow along as you read aloud in an enthusiastic and expressive manner.
  Discussion during the read-aloud session can foster increased student participation and improve story comprehension. These guidelines should help you develop appropriate questions.
  Every child is unique and may be more or less developed than the norm. However, these guidelines will give you some sense of what to expect from the children in your reading club in terms of educational level, art ability, and emotional level.
  The 90-minute reading club can go by more quickly than you might expect. Use this outline to plan your reading and post-reading activities.
  Here's a simple technique that is extremely effective for getting children, especially younger ones, ready for a fun reading experience!
  If we readers plan story reading sessions that incorporate a wide range of modalities, we are likely to produce a group of enthusiastic, engaged learners.
  What are some benefits of reading aloud, and how can you get children to listen more attentively?
  The reading clubs provide a great opportunity to model reading comprehension strategies so that students may become more proficient readers.
  Categorizing words into three types can help volunteers select vocabulary from the story to discuss with children during the reading clubs.
  These guidelines should help you develop ideas for questions to ask during the read-aloud session to students in advanced grade levels.
  This module provides guidance for how to handle special circumstances that may come up during the reading clubs, such as a locked classroom, a child who doesn't want their prize book, and extremely shy or quiet children.