I am super excited to be participating in LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day Blogger Challenge. Click on the image below for more details.
I believe that reading aloud can cause a child to go from being someone who reads to a reader. I’m pretty sure that all kinds of research out there can back this up, but today I will focus on my own experience.
When I was in fourth grade we had a student teacher. He was a larger than life figure that all my classmates thought was a total rock star. The boys couldn’t believe that we had a college baseball player as a teacher, and the girls…well the girls like the way he looked.
The two things that I remember most about our student teachers were that he dunked a basketball during recess and he read us Hatchet. I have never dunked a basketball, but I have recommended Hatchet to a whole lot of readers over the years.
I can still remember sitting in our fourth grade class when Brian’s plane went down, and I remember discussing Brian’s mad survival skills. I can remember days when the lessons our teacher had planned took a back seat because the class was to absorbed in Hatchet to move on to our next task.
I am thankful that my fourth grade student teacher read me Hatchet. Without that read aloud experience I’m not sure that I would be the teacher that I am today.