When I do assemblies and family night events, one of my main messages is about how important it is to read aloud every day. Hearing words, saying words. How can a child express language in speech or writing if they haven't experienced it fully to begin with? Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit and Unbroken put it eloquently: “Good writing has a musical quality to it, a mathematical quality, a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it’s read aloud.”
Even snippets of prose or poetry read aloud on a regular basis can go a long way to giving young readers access to the beauty and power of language that they can apply in their own work in the future.