Thursday, April 30, 2015

Read Alouds

Read Alouds

As I mentioned in last Friday's post, you can't afford not to read aloud to your kids.  Reading aloud to your kids means quality time spent together, an expanded vocabulary, and exposure to different types of relationships.

Finding the perfect read-aloud can be tough, and believe me, we have struck out plenty of times.  Sometimes I have found a series that appeals to Carson and not to Jonah, so Carson and I spend some time together reading aloud.  Once we stumbled upon a series that we all read aloud together, and then Jonah liked it so much that he read the next few books in the series on his own.

Here are a few titles we have enjoyed...


I still like Carson to read aloud to me, but reading aloud is not his favorite thing.  I have found that for the reluctant reader, books that are silly or have activities to do hold attention and help reading to be more fun.

This book is fun because each poem is set to a a familiar tune, so you can take turns "singing" the story out loud.

This one is popular with my eight-year-old and my two-year-old.  And it's an awesome book to read aloud to a group of kids.  My sister took it to read to her five-year-old's preschool class and they LOVED it!!!  Each page asks you to complete an action with a dot that may multiply, change color, or even grow!  I could read this one over and over.

And this one is fun to read and has a good message about how important it is to listen.  I used to read it to my first graders and they would crack up.  I was so excited to hear Carson reading it aloud to Justin the other night, doing the voices just like I do.

And when all else fails, and we can't find a good read at the moment, ABC books always hold my boys' attention.  Jonah, Carson, and Camden are always happy to look at pictures of themselves and to read the stories of their lives.

What are your favorite read alouds?

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