Please read this excellent post from Jennie, the extraordinary teacher!
Before children learn to read, first they must hear the words. It’s developmental, like learning to crawl before learning to walk. The auditory piece, including singing, hits both the brain and the soul in learning. In my preschool class, reading aloud is a top priority, so I constantly read picture books and also chapter books.
So, what is it about Goodnight Moon that is a staple every year? Yes, every single year. It’s a book for younger children, yet preschoolers are drawn to the rhyming, the objects in the book, and what happens next. Oh, this is without seeing the illustrations. I recite this book before chapter reading. Children hear the words. That’s it.
Is it the words? The routine of reciting it before chapter reading? Or is it the quality of the book? Did you know the New York Public Library’s children’s librarian hated Goodnight Moon? Really hated. …
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