There’s nothing like going on an adventure together every day. Our very, very favorite thing to do together in the middle of a school day is to all gather together and read aloud.
We read aloud almost every day and my kids will tell you it is one of their favorite things we do together. I usually do the reading while they sit and listen or do something quiet with their hands. At the dinner table we have great conversations about the stories we are reading. It is amazing how much they learn about other subjects from one book. History, geography, nature, relationships…so many lessons we learn together.
Some of our favorite read alouds are: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien, All Things Great and Small by James Herriot, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, Runt the Brave by Daniel Schwabauer and OF COURSE Firmament: Radialloy by Grace Pennington!
Some days I have to MAKE myself stop and do it. I want to just keep working or doing school or whatever and I think that the reading can wait until tomorrow. But I have made a commitment and so I will do it no matter what else is happening. And I am always glad I did. The kids know that it’s a bit of a sacrifice of time for me so they appreciate it.
And guess what! I’ll be giving away 2 books at my webinar on November 5th! We’ll give away one copy of Grace’s book, Firmament: Radialloy to one of you and another will win a copy of Runt the Brave by Daniel Schwabauer. He’s such a favorite here that I couldnt resist giving one away. You can enter to win here:
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