Thursday, October 15, 2009

I Love Read Alouds

Pin It Now! When I say "read-alouds", I mean novels not picture books. Picture books I read by the hundreds maybe even thousands every year. And that doesn't even count all of the home school material that is read out loud.

Sometimes I think it's so funny when Shiloh plops a book down in Mark's lap, and he kinda groans a bit at how long it is. It seems that reading, teaching, and talking are the main parts of my "job". I wonder how many hours per day my jaws are jabbering? One thing is for sure, I am not going to get dehydrated. It takes a lot of tea to keep my mouth from getting dry cuz of all that talkin'!

Anyway, I really do love reading novels to my children. I love that they all gather 'round, whether it be in the morning on the couch with sunlight streaming in or at night by lamplight with 'em all snuggled in my bed. I love that they are all quiet hanging on my every word. I love it when they laugh out loud at something funny, or beg me to read just one more chapter. I love it when they participate in discussions about the book once it's finished. Even though I don't count these books as "school", I think they learn quite a bit. I don't tell them they are learning, though, because then they wouldn't like them anymore!

Now, Shiloh still prefers picture books over novels, but she will gather up her heart pillow, blanket, and lovey and sit and listen in. At night, she usually falls asleep.

I love that.

The other night while I was reading from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", she laid her sweet, little head in my lap and fell asleep. Maybe my attempt at British accents was just too much to bear, or maybe Harry sneaking into the restricted section of the library under his new invisibility cloak just wasn't that exciting.

Whatever the reason, I really don't care, it was just a sweet moment. I am truly going to miss not having a little one curl up in my lap and fall asleep while I am reading out loud. That day is fast approaching.


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