Five Days of Reading Aloud – When do I have time to Read Aloud?
Today I want to share about when to read aloud. Maybe you are thinking to yourself, “Yes, a lovely idea but how am I going to fit it into my already full day?”
For me, reading aloud is a natural part of our day. I utilize curricula that build upon rich, living literature. Using this approach makes reading aloud the foundation of our days. This style of teaching doesn’t work for everyone. A textbook program or computer learning may be the perfect fit for your child. It could be that your child does really well with workbooks and why rock that boat?
Why? Because no matter which curriculum brings success in your homeschool, the benefits of reading aloud make it a great addition to your day.
6 Perfect Times to Read Aloud:
1 Read aloud at bedtime – There isn’t a more perfect time. The day has been full of excitement, busyness and learning. This can make it be difficult to unwind. Adding read alouds to your bedtime routine provides a great way to help children transition and prepare for rest. Maybe you read for a set amount of time or just a chapter or two. Your children will look forward to bedtime!
2 Read aloud at lunch –Everyone is sitting down, hands are busy and mouths are quiet. (Well, they should be, lol.) It means that mom has to eat lunch after everyone else but it works out well. The lunch time reading is usually only one chapter; maybe two if they eat really slowly.
3 Read aloud during quiet time – This worked really well for us when I had all of my children in one room for rest time. It helped keep older ones quiet while younger ones drifted off to sleep. I have been tossing around the idea of doing this again. My read aloud stack is growing! I need to carve out some more time for all these great books.
4 Read aloud during group learning – After breakfast, we start our day with “Gather at the Table Time”. We quickly clean up and then get a start on the official school day. Missionary stories or biographies are the normal pick for read alouds during this time. You could easily take a trip with Dr. Dolittle or jump into the Wardrobe to head to Narnia right after breakfast. It really helps the children to shift gears into focusing and engaging those brains!
5 Read aloud for a break – We all need a break now and then, right? This has been a recent read aloud session for us. With wide age ranges, I have books that I want to read to my younger/middle children that my older children have already heard. Since the older ones have a heavier work load, it just made sense to “take a break” with my younger ones. Once the older ones are busy on Algebra and science, I grab a couple of the younger ones and we read aloud. Having a “break time read aloud” could be a wonderful resource to help children who get overwhelmed with certain subjects. It also helps to break up the school day and let children have a chance to work their brains in various ways.
6 Read aloud while they work – Ah, this is a favorite here. My children are excited to fold laundry. Yes, they are. Why? Because while they fold, I read aloud. A beautiful picture of multitasking. You could read aloud while dishes are being washed or while they clean their room. It works great for helping them to focus on the tedious task at hand and make it enjoyable. It won’t work while they are cutting the grass. Well, maybe it could but you will have to drop by later this week to find out.
If you don’t think you have time to read aloud or it is a struggle to make time, I challenge you to think outside of the box! While my children have requested that I read for four hours (and I have), it isn’t always realistic. However, we can all find 15 minutes to grab a book and start building memories.
I’d love to hear creative ideas of how you find time to read aloud!
If you missed Day 1 of Reading Aloud, please read about the benefits. Come back the rest of the week to see what I share about when mom just can’t read and managing the ages and stages! Of course, I’ll be sharing some of our favorite read alouds and more.
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