What story are we reading today? Will you read me again ‘What does the moon taste like’? Do you recognize each other?
The experience of reading aloud, shared reading, reading for others, family reading, interactive reading, dialogic reading… Several names to refer to that very old practice that is to make iintermediary between the book and the reader. Undoubtedly, an authentic practice, bond creation, so necessary today when the data on emotional health and social relationships are worrying, both in childhood and in adolescence and youth.
We could say that reading aloud has a double soul, that of the author and that of the reader; it is essentially a communication process: the reader understands the text, absorbs it, makes it his own, expresses it and transmits it. And the role of the listener? Listening to a good reading is a pleasure. It distracts us, encourages us to read, gives us sensations… teaches us to listen. The love of reading begins with listening.
Research from various disciplines has established a direct causal relationship between reading during childhood and educational success. There are numerous scientific investigations, especially Anglo-American, that have demonstrated the cognitive and learning benefits of reading aloud. Even so, despite the evidence, here is a type of reading reserved for very young children, those who have not yet mastered the code sufficiently to be autonomous readers.
How do we read aloud to children? Who more who less, when we read we make movements, of the body, of the hands, of the face, as well as sounds and noises. And children? Well, they also interact with noises, questions, more gestures… This attitude, along with reading the illustrations, allows you to activate more senses simultaneously, which “contributes to its dynamic integration within the brain& rdquor; and increases the overall efficiency of the reading process. This without dealing with the question of choosing a good book, a quality book.
So, sharing moments through reading aloud is a way to generate very important emotional ties, stimulating the emotions of joy and fun. Even so, if it is done with a feeling of stress and discomfort, it can end up damaging not only the bond but also learning to read itself. There is nothing worse than reading by force, especially if they are evaluating your speed or pronunciation. And this is where the change in our schools is noticeable. Currently, in many schools, reading aloud is no longer reading in the middle of class, without paying attention to what is being said, while the rest of the group waits their turn, restless and afraid of being evaluated. have been consolidating practices in the classroom as ‘Padrins Lectors’, spaces in the library corner, reading contests… And above all, the focus has been placed on the development of reading strategies and not so much on decoding. When we read aloud, before turning the page, we ask what they think will happen.
Reading to your children, your partner, a brother or your mother, or among friends may seem like too much effort or far removed from most people’s range of activities, even a little peculiar, but for adults, literature shared through reading aloud becomes an opportunity to meet other people and offers a connection both with the present moment and, in a deeper way, with all the richness of human experience. Is there a more beneficial entertainment?