Reading begins in the home.
Children acquire knowledge before coming to school that lays the foundation for reading.
The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for reading is reading aloud to children.
–from the 1985 National Academy of Education Commision on Reading
in Growing Without Schooling Issue 45, archived here.
Our new reader (pictured above 5 years ago!) is enjoying listening to books on tape and reading along with the text in hand. She has been doing this with D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and Anne of Avonlea.
You can find more read aloud inspiration and ideas on Sarah’s podcast called
More good quotes can be found over at Wednesday With Words at Dawn’s place.