Please use this sub-forum to discuss both middle-grade and younger children's books, including picture books, easy readers, and children's chapter books. Topics for books aimed at children 12 and under go in this forum.
You must limit each topic thread in this section to only one book or only one series. Make the title of the topic the name of the book, and if possible also include the author's name. If you want to allow spoilers, you must include the word spoilers in the title of the topic, otherwise spoilers are prohibited.
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Reading aloud to older children is still important. First of all, older children love to listen to their teachers read to them. Fluency struggles are still factors in older readers, and hearing a fluent reader increases comprehension in these students. I serve in a jail ministry and often hear these women read. Adults still love to hear a fluent reader, one who reads with expression and places the punctuation in the read.
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My mother would read the same books as I was all through high school (although not reading aloud) so that we could discuss them. I found it helped me retain the information and do better on the tests. Now a mom myself, I intend to do the same. My son is now 11 and still enjoys being read to every evening. I think its a good form of bonding since its spending time together and helps keeps communication open since you have something to share/talk about.
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My younger sister is 12 years old & hates reading the only time she will get through a book is if someone reads it out loud for her.
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I think it's definitely important to continue reading to or with older kids. Chapter books, a newspaper (I still read newspapers), or even an eBook or online news. Someone mentioned this in another post, but it does help teach pronunciation, proper flow, spelling, definitions, gives confidence/self-esteem etc. At some point they're at least going to have a job interview. It's important to feel confident speaking to others and using words correctly.
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My son is 5 and I plan to always keep reading to him. We have "reading time" every night. Sometimes he reads to me. My thoughts right now are that when he gets older we can take turns or find books that peak his interest more for his age. I saved all of my Harry Potter books for him!
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I definitely think you should read to older children. My youngest sibling who is around the age you mentioned where the decline in reading happens can't be trusted to actually read a book cover to cover. The only way I get them even the slightest bit willing to read is to read aloud with them.
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I certainly think that this is important, and reading aloud can be easily adapted to fit into the routines of older children. For example, I think that the ages between 8 and 13 are a great time to read more complex books out loud together. Children at this age do not want to feel like they are still being treated like young children, but at the same time, they will still appreciate the chance to get one-on-one attention from a parent.
This could also be a way to broach more difficult topics with children at this age, such as bullying, sex, discrimination, etc. Literature is a powerful tool.
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I read to my nine year old. She's a little behind on reading so we take turns with each other.
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I read to my daughter when she was little and she loved it. Around the age of 8, she wanted to read by herself. My husband, daughter, and I would sit in the livingroom together, each reading our own book. She still loves to read today and is a Kindergarten teacher teaching her students to read.