“The more you read, the better you get, the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.”
— Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook
If there’s one thing I know, reading aloud to your kids is one of the most enjoyable, educational and entertaining times a parent can spend with their child.
It’s one of the few times when parents and children are equals. Equals in that the story unfolds before you together. With each book, you take a journey and neither knows where it will lead. Every twist, every turn, every up, and every down is experienced in the minds of both child and parent at the same time through the listeners own unique lens.
Unlike a movie, it’s easy to pause and talk about what you’re thinking. Unlike tv, the pictures aren’t given to you, they’re imagined. Unlike so many things, the parent isn’t the teacher, he or she is a learner too.
The genre of children’s literature is vast. The number of wonderful stories is easily more than you could read in a lifetime. The worlds to explore are infinite.
Simply put, it’s magic.
Read aloud to my kids tonight. It was magic.
Reading to the kids has always been one of my passions. When we were homeschooling, it was always the highlight of the day! But even now, we love to share stories this way. I wonder what book you were reading to the kids last night? 🙂
We started reading the Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter. It’s a first time for this author.
You’re right, it is a great way to share stories!
I love reading aloud to my son 🙂 Before he would just play while I read but now he’s tiknag a real interest in books himself. He’ll sit down and read his books for hours all by himself. This makes me so happy. Great tip :)have a great weekend!
Simply put, it is magic!
I can sense from your words how inspired a dad you are!
(Fabulous quote from the Handbook, by the way)
Read Aloud Dad
Thanks Read Aloud Dad!
Just glanced at your blog and it looks like you’re reading some wonderful books with your twins. I commend you heartily!
My kids are all in middle school now, so our read aloud time has diminished but not ended. It’s been a great decade and we’ve read some fantastic books.
Cheers, and keep up the good reads!