World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day was celebrated on Friday 8 February at Dominic College to promote the importance of ‘reading out aloud’.

Across the school students could read aloud in their classes in many different subject areas. Our Year 7-10 English classes visited Kinder to Year 6 classes to read books to students or listen to the younger students read and at recess and lunch many teachers across K-10 read their favourite books to students.

Why World Read Aloud Day?

Everyone in the world should have the opportunity to learn to read and write. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

There is a considerable body of research demonstrating young children’s language development as a critical factor in reading and later academic success.

The most important thing we can do is read to our children early and often. Reading is the path to success in school and life.

Why is it important to read aloud to children?

  • Brain Development - Birth to 3 years old are critical years for development of language skills.
  • Knowledge - You and your child can learn something new when you read aloud.
  • Love of Reading - Parents who read aloud demonstrate that reading is important, enjoyable and valuable.
  • Bonding- There is nothing better than sharing a good book with your child.
  • Literacy skills - Reading aloud is invaluable for building literacy skills such as vocabulary, storytelling and comprehension.
  • Vocabulary - Reading aloud introduces your child to words and concepts they might not use in everyday conversation.

The World Read Aloud Day Challenge

Everyone is encouraged to keep up the Read Aloud Challenge by incorporating just 15 minutes of reading with your children EVERY DAY!

You can see photos from the day here: Read Aloud Day.

Mrs Selina Kinne - Director of Teaching & Learning K-10