Friday, February 4, 2011


water color illustration of children and animals reading


Culture of Literacy 



Mem Fox's 

Read-Aloud Commandments

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  • 1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
  • 2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
  • 3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
  • 4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
  • 5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
  • 6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.

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