Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Riches of Reading Aloud

Reading to your children ~ one of life's greatest gifts.

Just starting out? 
A few of my faves:

Young or old, entire families benefit 
from reading aloud: 


One of these days I will get my act together and do a
post on Greek Myths and why they need to be read.
One of our current favorites:

and don't forget poetry!
Another current fave:

Our current family read:

Looking for more inspiration? Check out my 
from the library.

Another book benefit: 
Classic literature never goes out of style. Children won't know if a book
was written last week or in the past century (or beyond). 
If you haven't read it, it is new to them ~ and you. 
Try doing that with 70's flower jackets and the 80's MC Hammer pants. 

    Me. Weren't the 1970's awesome?                                         You had an MC doll, right?

There is a beautiful, extravagant world waiting for you at the library.

Have a great weekend.

xoxo Michele 


theelfqueen said...

When I was studying literacy for my teaching license - away back when - I remember reading something that really stuck with me. While reading to and with your child is certainly important and valuable, it talked a lot about the importance of reading in front of your children... for your own pleasure, and for other purposes - of creating an environment that emphasized that reading is not a thing that is done only for school or for other specific purpose but for everyone and for every reason.

Michele said...

Well said, Merrick! Such a wise reminder.

xoxo michele

Marguerite said...

I can't agree more! My parents read aloud to us a Lot. Before we were in kindergarten, my mom would read chapter books to us everyday before nap time. Marguerite Henry, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott... Then my dad would come home and read aloud before we went to sleep at night. Sometimes a story, and when we grew older, Ivanhoe and Lord of the Rings and countless other classics. When I was old enough, I was able to read aloud the first book I ever bought for myself, along with several Walter Farley books. Being able to read aloud to the family built our confidence, and I remember feeling quite proud when my little brothers and sisters were proficient enough to choose a book to share with us.

This may have been a necessity for them to quiet us down, as they chose not to have a tv, but the way that our dad explained new words and talked through things in the stories definitely improved the way I think and learn. I look forward to reading with my kids someday. :D

Kerry Rossow said...

I love these images! My FIL was a Michigan farm kid. His 2nd grade teacher kept him supplied with books and he has great memories of spending hours in a tree, reading his heart out.

Kerry at

Michele said...

Thank you for visiting, Marguerite! Love that reading built confidence - we find that as well. Yesterday our 5th grader and his class visited the museum in downtown Charlotte to see the Romare Bearden exhibit. We had checked out a Bearden collection from the library, so he was prepared to comment and add to the discussion - and when he saw the collages in person (as opposed to in the books and movie we watched) he told me they were better than he could have imagined. It makes me excited to do more of the same when our children benefit.

Thank you for visiting, Kerry!! Reading + Kids = Awesome Adventures.

xoxo michele

I am LOVD said...

So true, so true, so true!!!! My son is in 4th grade, 9 years old, and although he reads his own books, we are always reading something out loud together, as well. What we read aloud is usually more advanced for him, but I think that helps in developing listening skills. My son is reading the Beast Quest Books now and together we are reading aloud Fablehaven.

{darlene} said...

reading with my children is my favorite thing to do: my favorite benefit? hands down: the snuggling.

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

This is a very timely post, Michele! I was just at my kids' "Meet the Teacher" night, and both teachers said that even though our kids are able to read independently, it's still important to read aloud to them and have them read out loud to us.

BTW, I love MC Hammer - I was a teenager in the '80s! We have the Just Dance Wii game and I love to dance (with my kids) to "Can't Touch This! Of course, my kids think I'm nuts and close all the shutters!