Reading aloud to children not only provides a bonding experience with caring adults, but the simple act of reading aloud to child 15 minutes a day for five years results in 27,375 minutes of language exposure which can put children on the path to high literacy achievement. Reading aloud opens up the world to children, helping them build knowledge and vocabulary. As children’s brains are rapidly developing, one of the greatest gifts we can give them is our time reading aloud.
During the month of February, Raising Readers joins the Maine Department of Education in promoting the Read to ME Challenge. The Challenge is an opportunity to contribute to a child’s literacy growth by reading aloud to one or more children for at least 15 minutes.
It’s Easy! Take the Read to ME Challenge
- Read to and/or have a child/children read to you for at least 15 minutes.
- Read an engaging book, chapter of a novel, newspaper or magazine article, comics, nursery rhymes or poetry.
- Capture a photograph or short video (15-30 seconds) of yourself reading to the child.
- Use #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME to post the photo or video on social media with your challenge to others to read aloud 15 minutes to a child or children they know.
- Recommended social media platforms include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube.
- If you live a distance from a child you’d like to read to, use Skype or Facetime to read aloud via digital means.
- If you are unable to complete the challenge within 48 hours, consider:
- Donating a book to a school or public library, a food cupboard, a homeless shelter or a little free library near where you live.
- Volunteering your time at a library.
- Singing to or having a conversation with a child (these methods build language, too).Hint: Add #raisingreadersME to your posts and we’ll post them on our Facebook page. Or, post them directly to the page.
Take the challenge! Read to your child 15 Minutes a Day. Today and Every Day. Challenge Others to Take the Challenge, too!
Read to Me Challenge website: http://www.maine.gov/doe/readtome
Reading Aloud (http://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/reading-aloud)