Inspiring Resources for Reading to Your Children
We have been reading the Little House series to our five year old, Stephen. By the way, these are great books for BOYS! There is so much adventure and danger. Pa is always making his own bullets, braving the bitter cold winters, and coming face to face with wild animals.
Stephen is loving this series. In fact, we all are.
I have always wanted to instill good reading habits in my children. I have tried to make reading a normal, expected, and enjoyable part of our day.
That being said, I have found it painfully challenging to establish a culture of reading in our home. Part of this is my firstborn's disposition. I don't even believe in A.D.D. But if I did, he has it. In reality, he is just a normal, especially active five year old boy, a delight!
Also adding to the challenge is that my children are so close in age, and we are still very much in the little years. As soon as somebody sits down happily with mommy and a book, another child is pouring a gallon of milk on the kitchen floor.
And then there is my own laziness.
Excuses. I have so many.
But as much as I could resolve and with the help of my husband we have stayed committed to reading. Keep on keepin' on has been my motto. It is wonderful to finally begin to enjoy the fruits of our labor and actually enjoy reading books to our children. I'm loving this new phase of chapter books.
One of the ways I've stayed inspired during the difficult times is I try surround myself with reading success stories, reminding me why it is so beneficial to read aloud to children
When nobody will sit and read with me, when the phone rings as soon as we get into the story, when restless toddlers fight over who will sit in my lap....when I'm generally discouraged, I look for a book, a blog post, a podcast or a story to encouraged me in reading.
Here's some of the resources that have inspired me recently.... and not so recently:
The Read Aloud Handbook
Honey for a Child's Heart
Inspiration for Reading Aloud to Your Children
How Reading Aloud is Like Comfort Food
Series I'm really looking forward to:
The Chronicles of Narnia
Winnie the Pooh
Anne of Green Gables
(Even though my children are a little too young for audio books, I'm a huge fan, and I look forward to putting them to good use eventually.)
How incredible is Ben Carson's story! He was dirt poor, raised by a single mother with no more than a third grade education. She made Ben and his brother read, requiring two book reports a week. As you all know, he grows up to be one of the most renowned neurosurgeons in the world. I love how simple his mother's method was....she just made him do it.
I'm curious. How much time do you spend reading to your children?