A Reading Aloud Challenge

Recently my friend Debra, from Footprints in the Butter began a reading aloud challenge for herself.   I want to join her in that challenge.

There are lots and lots of great reasons to read aloud to and with our children.  Sometimes I need to be reminded of those reasons.  I’m looking forward to reading Sarah Clarkson’s Read for the Heart so I can be reminded of those reasons and have a book list to help me choose some great literature.  (Look for my review of this book on May 27th)

I believe Reading Aloud is an essential component to home education.  We used to read aloud about  1 1/2 to 2 hours a day from history, science and literature selections.   This past school year, I have really dropped the ball.

Part of the reason we chose Sonlight Curriculum was for the great books.  I would spend about 45 minutes to an hour a day reading Science and History and in the evening, as a family, we would read for another 30 minutes to an hour from whatever our Read Aloud(s) were.  Sometimes we would even spend 20-30 minutes listening to an audiobook during lunch.

In January of this year I posted that I was participating in several reading challenges.   Those were for *me*.    But now I want to add in a challenge for my family to get back to reading great books aloud.

This past week I started reading The Dutch Twins to Supergirl.  I read one chapter of Nutrition 101: Choose Life to all the girls.  During lunch this week we listened to the audiobook version of In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.   Daddy also participated by reading aloud to Tailorbear her history.  They read from Usborne Books The World Wars.

This coming week I’ll continue to read The Dutch Twins to Supergirl.  Honeybear will continue to read history to Tailorbear.  We’ll finish up the audiobook, Caddie Woodlawn and I’ll read another chapter from our nutrition book.  I’d also like to begin reading aloud a classic but we’ll hold a family vote to decide.  Some choices include Treasure Island, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, and From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

To quote Debra, I owe it to my kids to make myself be accountable so I’m going to join her in posting on Thursdays and I’m going to ask her to start a linky to make this a regular deal.


  1. Good job!

    and okay, I'll make it a linky next week...

  2. I'm also going to start posting my reading-aloud progress. It might be slow, but I'd rather start slow than not to start at all.

  3. I agree Cristi! Much better to start with something rather than do nothing.

  4. Looking forward to doing this...I need it!


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