How does reading aloud change as children reach school-age?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how reading aloud changes.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: How does reading aloud change as children reach school-age?

    Rene Hackney: As they enter school-age, a lot of times they want to participate more, so it is having them do some of the reading. It also means that you would like the reading in longer stretches, when these children were literally might have read one or two books a night. This becomes may be 15-20 minutes a night at minimum, so that the children are really getting into the stories, so it tends to a bit longer. There will be days where the child in middle elementary school just wants to read to themselves. It is fine to allow them their time to read to themselves, but you want to keep reading aloud a daily activity. If you give it up for a couple of week and just let them read aloud if this is to themselves, they tend to not want to go back to reading aloud. So, the idea is you keep it a daily part even if it is just a little bit.