In an age where the average teenager spends 90 minutes a day sending text messages, it is absolutely vital to keep the habit of reading aloud, alive, Read Educational Trust said.
“There is evidence that we do not remember information as well as when we read it on a screen, so parents and caregivers have a huge responsibility to encourage a love of books and be that priceless reading role model,” national director of the trust, Bertus Mathee, said
He said this on the build-up to World Read Aloud Day on 1 February, where the benefits of reading out loud were highlighted.
Mathee said reading out loud increased a child’s attention span and whets their appetite for reading.
The trust has a lifelong focus on promoting literacy in a country where 78 per cent of Grade 4s could not read for meaning in language. This was according to a recent study by Progress In International Reading Literacy.
The trust has launched a set of books that aimed to encourage children to read, dubbed the Read Aloud Magic.
Alongside the set was the Reading Matters programme, which was said to be a vital tool in encouraging reading aloud at home and at school.
The Read Aloud Magic set has three box sets which contain 12 books designed with fascinating, adventure-filled stories which are all set in Africa.
The stories revolve around children and animals discovering the world they live in.
The sets are divided to suit certain age groups so that readers can understand better.
“Set A is suitable for children aged four to seven, while five to eight-year-olds will enjoy set B,” Mathee said.
Set C is aimed at children aged six to nine.
“These sets are a priceless investment, not only in terms of serving to build your child’s vocabulary, but as far as spending quality time with your little ones goes.”
Each set is sold on the trust’s online store as well as on Take A Lot for R1 500.
Details: www.thereadshop.co.za; www.takealot.com; 087 237 7781.