Michael A. Ward
A Sacramento State instructor is helping parents and teachers learn how to read aloud to young children.
Literature for Children Professor Francie Dillon received support from University Enterprises Inc., and the El Dorado County High 5 for Quality Program to produce a training DVD featuring read aloud techniques such as vocal inflection, pacing and character development.
"Reading aloud with expression, sound effects and creative character voices helps bring the author's words to life and engages a child's natural curiosity and imagination," says Dillon. "Reading aloud effectively helps strengthen the connection between literacy and child development by creating a positive and enjoyable experience which in turn creates a desire for more books."
The illustrated DVD will feature Dillon reading aloud from books for children ages 0-2, 2-3 and 4-5. Music will be underscored by her brother and two-time Emmy winner Christopher Hedge.
Taping will begin in September, and the DVD should be ready for distribution by High Five for Quality in November. It will be distributed to libraries, early childhood education programs and First 5 El Dorado contractors working with families in El Dorado County
Dillon is a national award-winning entertainer/educator. In 1996, she received the National Parent's Choice Approval Award for a children's CD titled "The Toy Box," and in 1998, her debut music video, "We're Gonna Be OK," was nominated for a regional Emmy Award and won the "Spirit of California" award from Sacramento's ABC affiliate station, KXTV, Channel 10. The video, produced by the California State Attorney General's office to help young children in families suffering domestic violence, was written and acted by Dillon.