D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in the book Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates.
Children can watch talking picture books, and older children can read the printed word while listening to the audio book. Some books have accompanying video.
Available online at http://www.newriver.lib.fl.us/kids-page/
Research shows that families play an important role in children’s reading success. By reading aloud with your children and encouraging them to read on their own, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners, and better students.
You are also helping them build vocabulary and language skills, and helping them gain knowledge about the world around them.
When you read aloud together, children learn quickly that reading in important. Most of all, the learn that reading is fun!
It’s never too early—or too late— to start. All children, even infants and teens, can benefit from listening to you read aloud.
The process of brain development for reading starts before birth through quiet talking and singing to your baby. It continues after birth through touch, love, eye contact, one-on-one interaction and repetition. The ritual of talking together and sharing books starts early.
Learning to read comes later.
“Picture books nurture kids in many ways. Not only do they expand a child’s mind by showing them things and situations they do not encounter in their world but they are designed to encourage interaction. Sharing a story, being drawn in and listening to the vibration of a voice is physically nurturing. It is comparable and just as necessary as holding a child in your arms and feeding it.”
Author, Leslie Helakoski