The Importance of Read-Aloud
"Zone of Proximal Development"
Vygotsky believed that family played a huge role in a child's development and that a child's knowledge depended on their culture and adult guidance. The child's "zone of proximal development" is the distance between the actual development level and the potential level. "Parents involvement plays an important role in a child's literacy development, which is a key to every student's academic success" (Henry, 2012, p. 4).
Specific Strategies can be taught to parents so that the child will have comprehension success. Student success does not need to just be in the hands of the educator, it is also the parents responsibilty. Parents need to take their child beyond their comprehension level and provide scaffolding. Parents need to infuse comprehension strategy instruction into their read-alouds in order to raise comprehension scores.
Reader models fluent reading and asks open-ended questions while building on the child's answers
The reader stops periodically and reflects on the text
Conversations surrounding text
Student-directed conversation of the text led by reader modeling
"The single most important activity for building knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children."
Reading aloud has significant effect on students comprehension. Listening to a book read aloud is a critical first step in becoming a proficient reader. Listening comprehension has a positive impact on reading comprehension. The single most important activity for building knowledge required for success in reading is reading aloud to children.