The Benefits of Interactive Read-Alouds to Address Social-Emotional Learning in Classrooms for Young Children
Journal of Character Education
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2016
Pages: 43 - 57
Source ID: shanti-sources-90036
Collection: Evidence-based Teacher Professional Development
Abstract: In this article, we describe how books addressing social-emotional topics can be used by teachers of young children during class read-alouds to enhance students' social-emotional development. Teachers of young children typically choose books for class read-alouds based on curriculum topics and student interest; however, they may not be aware of valuable books that can be used for class read-alouds to develop students' social-emotional skills. We provide examples of negative student behaviors that teachers may witness and recommend books that can be used to address those behaviors. We also discuss the essential components of read-alouds and provide examples of questions to ask before, during, and after reading books, as well as activities teachers can implement to ensure students grow from the read-aloud experience, both in their literacy skills and social-emotional learning.