Using Read Alouds In Our Homeschool

We tend to read a lot of books in our homeschool.  My boys enjoy listening to stories and often beg for me to read more than I had planned.




I'm honest enough to admit I don't always want to read aloud but I do know that it is so important.  Reading aloud helps my boys develop a love of stories, it allows us all to learn new things together, and it helps bond us together.

Anytime I feel a homeschool day slipping out of my control, I quickly grab a stack of books and begin reading. It calms us and settles the boys down (most of the time anyway!).  We don't always pick a theme or even read books during the "right" season but we do often read together.

Today we read:

1. Another chapter or two in our Hugo book



2. Started reading a few chapters in Thanksgiving on Thursday (part of the Magic Treehouse series).  We had checked out this book long before Thanksgiving and never got around to reading it.  I was going to return it but they didn't want me to until we read it.  Not like I was going to argue over that!



3. Sitting Bull Remembers



4.  Dinosaur vs. Santa



When I realized shortly after breakfast that we're going to see a play next week and I haven't yet read that book to them either we headed to the library to get, yet another, chapter book that we started reading today.

5.  Bunnicula!



Once at the library, the boys ended up picking up some more books and movies.  

Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed by all the books they check out.  I feel like we should read them all cover to cover but that doesn't always happen.  I'm getting better about relaxing and enjoying our homeschooling journey.

Knowing we can read just a few books each day and trying to pick a variety of topics to read about helps me feel better about touching upon ALL the subjects that I know my boys might not otherwise discover and become interested in on their own.

Do you read aloud in your homeschool?  


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