Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Our Read-Aloud Family

Friends! I feel like it has been so long since we've talked! I know I recapped recently about our family's summer break. We've now been back in school for over a week and so far it has been great! We don't have any complaints at all! (Well, very few. The early start always gets us!) We are easing back into the routine and the busy-ness of real life and we are enjoying it!

Over the summer, I tried to spend a LOT of my time reading. My Kindle Oasis (not-an-ad) is on of the best purchases I've made in a long time because it's WATER PROOF which means I could take it into the pool with me. On our last trip to the beach, I even purchased a float so that I could float and read and it was GLORIOUS.

One of the topics I read several books about was READING. I picked up a book by Sarah Mackenzie called The Read-Aloud Family.  I devoured it. I know it sounds so nerdy, but the idea that others loved reading aloud as much as I do (and ALWAYS have) and that I could beef up my kiddos brains and help improve their test scores by doing something we enjoy? AMAZING.

I want to share everything I know and love about reading aloud with you. ALL the details of how it has looked for us over the years. Eddie and I are both BIG readers. We love to read on our own when we have the time and one of our very favorite things to do is to browse a book store (especially a USED book store!).

As a child, I was also a big reader. I often had my nose in a book AND I often stayed up late to read as a child. I loved The Baby-Sitters Club, The Boxcar Children, and Judy Blume books.

I started reading to James when I was pregnant with him. I read often! Because I was already reading often to James, Will also reaped the benefits of the read-aloud in-utero! I'll share some of our favorites soon from those early years.

And in case you've never seen it, I made James do a book review of Charlotte's Web when he was 3. HERE.

So...all of this to say that we have been reading as a family for YEARS and YEARS and have read hundreds and hundreds of books. Is it something everyone always enjoys? Nope. Have I figured out what works for us over the years? YES. Am I SO EXCITED to share my tricks of the trade with you? I definitely am. I cannot wait to share all that I know and love about reading with your children! I'm hoping that you'll also share what you love about reading with YOUR kids and what your favorite read-alouds have been!

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