Family Read-Alouds

A “Thankful Thursday” post

On days that I do not leave the house, even if I’ve done several chores, I don’t really feel like I’ve done anything. Today I loaded, unloaded, reloaded, and ran the dishwasher. Fed the family a couple of times. Sorted and began washing the laundry. Made a run to the grocery store. I am thankful for the energy to do the things I needed to do today. And that I didn’t forget the things I needed to remember to buy from the grocery.

I spent a large chunk of my day reading out loud to the children. They wanted me to finish reading HP and the Deathly Hallows before we see the film (my requirement).

I am thankful for children who will sit and listen to a good story. There are two things I really love about reading aloud. First, the kids always ask for Karl and me to “do the voices.” Not only are they entertained, but it utilizes our latent talents in the dramatic arts.

The second thing I enjoy about read-aloud time is watching the kids get into the story. Many times today I had to stop reading so that they could do their own rendition of a few lines or pantomime the action. They do this with every story we read, but especially when I can make the character come to life for them.

Reading together is a simple pleasure that, one day, I am sure I will miss terribly.

I am thankful that we’ve already read a lot of books together over the years.

One Comment on “Family Read-Alouds

  1. What a legacy you will have left your children from reading to them. I think it’s great that you do it…keep up the good work!


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