World Read Aloud Day

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World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday Feb, 5, 2020! It’s a day to celebrate the joy of reading aloud. Literacy is a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone. The best part of reading out loud is that it is a shared reading experience, that not only increases the listener’s vocabulary and literary skills, but also can create a special bond between the reader and the listener. It’s powerful stuff! On February 5th, World Read Aloud Day, join millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities across the world as we come together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories. Let’s continue to expand the definition and scope of global literacy. Celebrate World Read Aloud Day by grabbing a book, and someone you love, and read out loud.

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Read It Ahead of Time Reading through that story ahead of time gives you a head’s up on the wording, the rhythm and the pronunciation of the story as well as any story surprises. Your read aloud is much more likely to be a winning performance for your listeners if you scan through it before you read it out loud.

Pause Before the Page Turn. Give your listeners lots of time to take in the illustrations before you flip to the next page.

Speak Up and Slow Down. Your listeners will take in more of the story if you give them time to process what you are saying. Use your stage voice and you are more likely to keep their attention.

Post Book Recap- Talk about the story after it is finished. Ask the listeners, who was in the story, where did it take place, what was the problem and how was the problem solved. No wrong answers here! Think of this as a mini book club conversation. Give your listeners the opportunity to share their thoughts on the story, and the read aloud story will have more of a lasting impact.

Re-Read Those Favourites- Picture books are intended to be read over and over again. Enjoy a favourite! This gives the listener an opportunity to ‘visit an old friend’ as well as discover something new in a familiar story.

Try Something New- Don’t be afraid to introduce your listeners to a new topic- even a heavy handed topic can be covered in a softer, gentler way through the pages of a picture book.Logos-1

 

Bring Calmness and Clarity to your Kids- Bring them to the Water

Have you had a chance to spend any time near the water this summer? If you’re like my family, a trip to the beach isn’t in the cards this year. But I’ve found relaxation and a recharge by taking walks along the river. And there’s science behind my feelings of calmness and clarity. You benefit– mentally, emotionally and physically, when you spend time near, in or around the water. It can help you and your child feel more calm, more connected, more inspired.

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St Croix River, St Stephen, NB

I grew up surrounded by water— on the St. Croix River, with The Bay of Fundy right around the bend. I miss it, and definitely feel the positive affects of being close to it again when I come home.

Carolyn Gregoire  writes in Huffpost US about the calming creative affects we experience when we are near a body of water. We’ve been turning to water for its calming affects from Roman times; where baths were used for relaxation, to today; enjoying everything from a trip to the lake to a soothing bath.   https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/mental-benefits-water_n_5791024

Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, believes that we all have a “blue mind” — as he puts it, “a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment” — that’s triggered when we’re in or near water.

Nichols says that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water. Being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken.

Blue Mind   Nichols writes in Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected,  

and Better at What You Do  that “being around water gives our brains and our senses a rest from overstimulation.” When we’re near, on, in or under water, we get a cognitive break because there’s simply less information coming in.

Nichols goes on to say that water can induce a meditative state and can inspire us to be more compassionate and connected. And in his book Nichols shows the science behind the theory that exercising by, or in water, benefits both our bodies and our brains.

So whenever you can swing it, enjoy a walk with your child, along a beach, by the river, or near a lake. This can be an incredibly affective way to calm an anxious mind or jumpy body.

And here are three of my favourite books where water is the backdrop to a summer experience.

 

Dear Mr Blueberry Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James

A little girl and her teacher correspond over the summer about the a whale named Arthur.

https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Blueberry-Aladdin-Picture-Books/dp/0689807686

 

ocean meets sky_ Ocean Meets Sky by Eric Fan and Terry Fan

A little boy finds the spot his Grandfather told him about— where ocean meets sky.

Town is by the Sea Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith

Spend a day in the life of a child, who’s town is by the sea.

Town Is by the Sea