Before I begin, I must announce the winner of my game boards! Congrats Colleen! Check your email for the goodie:)
The other day I had a great opportunity to attend a Read On conference in Honolulu featuring Mem Fox!
If you have never seen her in person or listened to one of her presentations, you're missing out! Not only is she funny, she is an amazing story teller!
She talked a lot about the importance of reading aloud to kids! She mentioned so many times how she hates when principals think reading aloud is not important!
She also mentioned if she ever caught anyone using her books for "teaching" she would hurt them! LOL! She believes that reading aloud should be for pleasure~I couldn't agree more. I read aloud to my kids each day after lunch. No questions, no prompts, pure enjoyment. One year when I was teaching my principal required teachers to read aloud 30 minutes a day and have a lesson plan to go with it...full of questions and response sheets for kids. Um...SO glad I don't work there any more!
Mem explained to us what makes a story teller! I would like to share some of her ideas with you.
read with ZEST
never read anything you don't like yourself
entice, like a real salesperson, with the first line
paint pictures with your voice by visualizing each scene
fall in love with the pause
don't speak immediately after you have finished the book. allow for a few seconds of total silence for the "feather to fall to the floor"
What is your favorite book to read aloud?
I want to give a way a $10 amazon gift card so you can buy some new read aloud books!
Have a great week!