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Video: Building Literacy Skills Through Reading Aloud

In Guatemalan classrooms, the traditional methods of reading instruction focus on memorization and decoding. Students learn to read simple sentences but often do not understand what they are reading. In this video, see how Child Aid’s teacher training program is transforming how reading and literacy are taught in Guatemala. In our training workshops, teachers learn practical techniques to help students become better readers, writers and learners.

Visit a classroom, where teacher Demetria Estacuy de Leon is using read-aloud techniques she learned from Child Aid to help her first grade students understand and remember details of a story. Students mimic her actions while she reads, responding to questions and practicing the habits of good readers.

When teachers in Guatemala join Child Aid’s literacy training program, one of the first techniques they learn is how to read aloud to their students. Story time is a natural place to engage kids in reading and introduce them to the joys and habits of good readers. When a teacher reads with expression and enthusiasm, they are helping students feel the emotions of the characters, the changes in action, and the most exciting, saddest, or happiest events. A read aloud session is also an opportunity for students to begin to develop the reading comprehension and critical thinking skills that will help them become active and engaged readers and learners.

  • How to retain information and remember details about what you’ve read.
  • How to interpret a story and connect it to your own experience.
  • How to analyze information, comparing, contrasting and evaluating what you’ve read.
  • How to create your own story out of your own knowledge and experience.

These skills are vital components of literacy and learning. Without them, students struggle to make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. “I live for reading with the kids,” says Demetria. “When I am doing a reading, I have to use my imagination and creativity with them.  It has helped me a lot because I see their achievements and how much they enjoy the reading.”

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02/18/2015 11:46 AM | 1 Comments

One thought on “Video: Building Literacy Skills Through Reading Aloud

  1. Hi, I love your video on reading and would love to share it with our staff and model classroom teachers. Do you have this in a spanish version?

    Do you work in the Solola, Atitaln area at all? Please visit our website to find out what we do in Santa Cruz la laguna. Our model classroom teachers would benefit greatly from your training programs. We’d love to know if there is a way to get them involved.

    Pat

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