Read alouds are our homeschool and family superglue! Reading aloud is our main homeschool method and we have loved our learning journey through living books and classic literature. And even though my older 2 children have graduated high school, we still enjoy reading aloud as a family.
Read aloud to your children — young or old. Start even before your baby is born, and never underestimate the joy and power it brings to teens and young adults.
Read any type of book — Read beautifully or colorfully illustrated stories for young children. Read flap books to involve young toddler’s curiosity. Read pop-up books to dazzle and amaze young kids. Read comics and highly detailed picture books; those “Where’s Wally?” and “I Spy” books are fabulous for middle school children. Read accurate descriptive books and biographies or historical fiction for older kids.
Read aloud — to start your day or finish it. Start your day reading aloud in circle time with Bible stories. This will lead young hearts to prayer and praise. Read a Core story book to engage your children’s minds and hearts. This leads to narrations, hands-on activities, lapbooks or notebooks, or projects based on the story. In essence, we have used reading to create our literature-based learning. And every child loves to have mom or dad read to them in bed, closing the day with lovely thoughts and images.
Read snuggled next to each other. Our read aloud time is always a time of togetherness, closeness and intimacy. Fidgety children can play with quiet toys or activities on the carpet at my feet while listening. Whether physically close or not, the story weaves our minds and hearts together on a journey. Often, my kids would not let me stop. Most days my throat would ache because, as I would place the bookmark in the book, my kids would all beg, “Please read another chapter”, and I would continue.
Read poems — and let your children revel in sounds of words, rhyming words, enjoy the rhythm of the syllables, and wonder at creative word images.
Read non-fiction — and learn so much! After school, my kids would rush to tell their dad, “Did you know…?” giving him their detailed, natural narrations! Learning through literature is so much more engaging and real than using textbooks. Textbooks present someone else’s views of important details, often reduced to bland facts. A living book describing someone’s experiences, travels, or field notes is full of accurate details, descriptive observations, and personal experiences, and you’ll be amazed how children soak up enormous and exact details and facts, seemingly without any effort!
Read fiction —
Fade into the fantasy of the author’s creation. Delve into the invisible world of make-believe, fly into unknown worlds, explore and escape into new word-worlds. I believe in the power of fantasy. It is a gift of the imagination and makes one rich and full.
It is amazing how much you can share, talk, go and grow together through a story — so enjoy your read alouds.