There is no more powerful way to develop a love of reading than being read to. Reading in general and reading aloud specifically builds foundational learning skills, introduces and reinforces vocabulary, and provides a joyful experience.
World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) is focused on bringing awareness to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. It motivates children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words. This global literacy movement motivates everyone to celebrate the day by grabbing a book, finding an audience, and reading out loud by joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.
Our geckos of Nursery, PP1 and PP2 in the Pre-Primary campus at Nanakramguda, celebrated World Read Aloud Day on 5th February with great enthusiasm. Our homeroom facilitators went to different classes with a story book and read aloud a story to our geckos. Children thoroughly enjoyed listening to stories being read by other facilitators. This was an opportunity to hear a well-told story as the facilitators mimicked the voices in the story and built drama through voice modulation, bringing the characters alive. It was worth experiencing and visualizing a story through the eyes of a storyteller.
After the session, our geckos put forth their reflections by sharing their understanding of the story and their experience of celebrating World Read Aloud Day.