I miss storytime. Storytime was my favorite part of the day when I taught. I loved to read aloud with fun character voices! I could let my inner actor go crazy, and my students would eat it up with a spoon. But we all know that reading with expression is something that doesn’t happen immediately when we first pick up a book. The evidence of that is right there when you listen to a kindergartner read. Even youngsters who don’t struggle decoding the words often read with a complete monotone. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.
So how to combat the lack of expression? Here’s an article with some excellent suggestions! And I suspect your students will find the activities so engaging, they won’t even realize that they’re learning to become better readers.
So one day in the future those readers that you’ve nurtured will be conducting their own expressive storytime, whether in a classroom or with their own children. Your influence never ends.