Ear Reading and World Read Aloud Day!
Today is 2/2/22, which is fun to write🙂😉 ..and World Read Aloud Day!📖
At Dyslexia Together Box we are all about a great story and acknowledging that ‘great stories’ can be experienced and shared using multiple senses, activities, and approaches. Some of the ways we experience a great story are:
Sound/Auditory/Ear Reading: Rather than the written words being taken in through the eyes and processed in the brain, the verbal words are heard through the ears and then processed in the brain.
Ear Reading is a term I first heard when reading Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss and is an approach you will hear us use a lot that has been beneficial in keeping the love of a great story alive in our home as I've journeyed with my kids that LOVE a great story, yet struggle with reading.
I have fond early childhood memories of loving to listen to stories on my Winnie the Pooh record player over and over. Then of my children listening to tape cassettes and CD’s on car rides, laps and on their portable players that had a little microphone. It was also fun to hear the BEEP to turn the page when we were balancing the utilization and merging of ear and eye reading.
Options for Ear Reading have been around for a long time and are growing in access and normalization. I imagine your family has utilized various types of ear reading even if you haven’t been calling it that. Some of our favorite ways to ear read include: Recorded Books on Apps (like Storyline Online, Hoopla, Overdrive, Libby and Audible), Audio Accommodation Platforms like Learning Ally and Bookshare and the vast world of podcasts.
The monthly Dyslexia Together Box will make great stories come alive utilizing various senses, activities, and approaches including Ear Reading.
How does your family already Ear Read? Drop a comment below...we'd love to share your family's ideas too!
Storyline Online and Challenge for tonight: Celebrate World Read-Aloud Day and experience a multi-sensory experience of a great story coming to life through Ear Reading, Eye Reading and creatively produced illustrations.