It is truly a wonderful way to show your children you are intentional about spending time with them. My oldest daughter is driven by stories and seems to have been born a reader. She has always loved books and stories. And even though both my girls are good, strong readers now, they love nothing more than to be read to.
It takes more effort now than it used to. It's much easier to send them to bed with a handful of books for them to read on their own. And if there is time during the day for reading a book, I'd often rather curl up on my own and read.
But it's good for all of us to gather and experience stories together.
There are so many benefits to reading aloud. Increased vocabulary. Greater reading comprehension. An instilled love of reading.
I was not a bookworm growing up and didn't develop a love of reading until after college. It's not that I didn't read as a child. I did. I can remember favorite books, but I didn't love to read until later. At ages 6 and 8 my girls already love to read and have read hundreds (thousands?) of books.
I am convinced that my girls are strong readers because of the time we have spent reading together. Reading together has been a priority in our home, and I think it shows. Reading aloud is also one of the foundations of our home education journey. Resources like Story of the World, Life of Fred, The Story of Science and A Child's Geography are wonderful additions to our learning experience. In some cases they are the foundation for what we are learning.
As we enter into summer and a new season of learning, I plan to spend even more time reading aloud to my girls. I have a short list of books I'd like to get to, but even if we don't get through them all, I know we'll enjoy the adventures that are awaiting us.
Here's what we'll try to read:
- Begin by Philip and Erin Ulrich
- The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers
These are all first books of series, so if we really like the book, we might continue in the series.
What are you reading aloud this summer?