I Love Read Alouds!
When I was in school, my favourite time of the day was when the teacher read aloud to us. When I was in college, preparing to be an elementary school teacher, I looked forward to reading aloud to my students. When I became a mother, I began reading aloud to my baby. When I began to homeschool, I continued to read aloud to my children. When I went to work full-time for a year, I didn't have the energy for daily reading aloud, and I missed it! When I was able to cut back to part-time, I reclaimed read alouds.
Although they overlap somewhat; I differentiate our Morning Time Reading from our Read Alouds this way:
- MT Readings are chosen by me to be read and discussed. I read them in small bits and bites, occasionally even using only portions of a book. They are more often non-fiction, but not always.
- Read Alouds are simply me reading out loud while the children listen. They are usually fictional chapter books which we read through, a chapter a day, with little or no discussion. Some of them are assigned books from History Quest; some are chosen by me, and some of them are chosen by the kids.
Here is our current Read Aloud list:
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman ~ a request from my 12yo son
- Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ we have been reading through this series over the past year
- Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean ~ one of our History Quest books
- God King by Joanne S. Williamson ~ another HQ book
- Spinning Worlds by Michael Carroll ~ to go with our astronomy studies at HQ this semester