Reading Matters: What the research reveals about reading, libraries, and community

Ross, C., Lynne McKechnie, Paulette Rothbauer. 2006. Reading MattersWhat the research reveals about reading, libraries, and community.

On Becoming a Readerreading matters

This chapter discusses Vygostky’s theory that children learn new cognitive skills by practicing them in social interaction until the skill is mastered and internalized (p.76).  It indicates that parents of early readers were involved with their children by reading aloud to them, answering their questions, helping them with printing, spelling, and sounding letters, identifying words, and encouraging them to write.  Making stories fun for children is also important to fluency later.  Stories must not become work.  If they do, they could turn children off of reading.  In addition, “Health […] notes how adults help the children make text-to-life connections, encourage children to talk around a story, converse with children as they read stories together, and employ tactics such as pausing during reading to allow children to practice prediction” (p.76).

Quotable quotes:  “Readers are made not born” – Aidan Chambers (quoted on p.72).


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