Debra over at Footprints in the Butter has started back with her Read Aloud Challenge Link Up. When the girls were younger we read aloud daily. We have fond memories of reading aloud as a family. Now that the girls are older I find it so much more difficult to carve out time to read aloud. I keep telling myself that I need to make reading aloud a priority for Supergirl but unfortunately, I tend to push that aside as well getting caught up in striving to teach her to read, write, and do math.
It’s not that we’re not a book loving family. The 5 independent readers can all be found with a book at some point during the day and the not-yet-reading-independently-but-still-loves-books girl is frequently reminded to “put down that book.”
We’ve done some reading aloud a few weeks ago. We were reading Only the Names Remain, Sing Down The Moon, and Song of Hiawatha as part of our Native America studies.
About 3 weeks ago Tailorbear started Sonlight’s Core 7 (oops it was Core 7 when I purchased it… I think it might be Core H if you purchase it new): World History In-Depth Part 2. She’s been reading the history and the reader herself but tonight we’re
finally starting A Murder for Her Majesty. She could easily read this as a reader but I loved this book when I read it aloud several years ago and I want to read it aloud again. Turtlegirl wants to hear it again as well so since the weather is chilly and rainy and Daddy and BooBear will be gone the rest of us will snuggle up with hot tea or hot chocolate and I’ll read aloud.
I have a pile of books set aside to read to Supergirl. We started ages and ages ago with Sonlight’s Core 1(Core B?? now??) Introduction to World History Part 1 but we set it aside and decided to use a different literature based approach for her. I still love the read alouds and so we’re going to pick those back up. I know she is really looking forward to A Little Princess, but I think we’d better finish Mountain Born first. I just hope we don’t have to start over as it has been so long since we picked up that book.
In addition to literature read alouds, I need to get back to reading aloud history and science to Supergirl on a more consistent basis or making use of the Story of the World audiobook.
The fall and winter seasons seem so much more conducive to reading aloud. It gets dark early. It’s cold. It’s rainy. I have high hopes that we’ll do more reading aloud.
I do not know if I will link up every week but I do want to link up at least every 2-3 weeks. My primary goal will be to re-establish a reading aloud habit starting tonight!