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  • I can't even count. I read aloud all through the day.

    2 4.65%
  • I read aloud over 2 hours a day between school and other reading.

    5 11.63%
  • I read aloud between 1-2 hours daily.

    15 34.88%
  • I read aloud less than an hour daily.

    16 37.21%
  • I don't really read aloud to my kids.

    4 9.30%
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    Default Weekly Poll: How much read-aloud time do you incorporate into your daily routine?

    These frosty mornings and fireplace nights have been doing a number on my emotions this week. I've been super nostalgic for those days of old when I could herd my boys onto the couch or bed and we could all snuggle while I would read great books aloud.

    Stuff like The Indian in the Cupboard series, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hobbit, and the Chronicles of Narnia. (We were pre-Potter, of course)

    Despite all the lovely memories I have of trips, events, and parties through the years, the memories I treasure most are our simple hours of adventuring with our favorite protagonists from the comfort of our living room.

    Not only did I love reading our favorite books aloud, but I often found excuses to read their school-related books to them as well. For one thing, my oldest is an auditory learner, and hearing the words spoken tends to make things stick longer than reading alone. And with my youngest having dyslexia, I found that listening to myself (or any kind of audio support) while closely monitoring the words in a book helped him make faster connections between the sounds and the letters.

    All this was prime bonding time - - by far my favorite part of homeschooling. Now that my boys are nearing graduation, they don't need or want dear ole' mom to read to them anymore, so thus the nostalgia this week.

    I hope all of you still in those great stages are taking every opportunity to pile up on the bed and Give a Mouse a Cookie, Get Moody With Judy or experience a Series of Unfortunate Events together.

    Heck, I wouldn't turn down an invitation to join you this week.
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    I'm working on building up our read-aloud time but my kids don't really go for it. DS is very definitely visual and both are extremely active and bouncy. The only way I've found to have any read-aloud time is for them to be coloring at the same time so I don't get the cuddle on the couch time anyway.
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    Our read aloud time has been much less this school year, I'm disappointed to say. Last year we blazed through about a novel a week. I don't know if it's because we're busy with other stuff, because the kids are doing more independent reading, or because we haven't hit upon books they really love. We're stuck in The Enchanted Castle right now and I they're not crazy about it (but seem to like it once we start reading).
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    I read at least a chapter a day right after lunch. This is our recess. The kids build with blocks, sculpt with play-doh, paint, or whatever while I read to them. So far this year, we've read Pollyanna and The Wind in the Willows. We got away from it for a while when we were having some scheduling issues. Next up is A Christmas Carol. Normally, when we finish a book we watch the movie followed by a comparison discussion. This is slowly becoming a favorite part of their day and I'm thrilled about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dottieanna29 View Post
    I'm working on building up our read-aloud time but my kids don't really go for it. DS is very definitely visual and both are extremely active and bouncy. The only way I've found to have any read-aloud time is for them to be coloring at the same time so I don't get the cuddle on the couch time anyway.
    I'm with dottie here. My little men's eye glaze over and they start talking....about something totally different. They just don't like to be read to. I have tried for years and will continue to try (to say that I did MY part), but alas, they just don't care for it. I had to put that I don't really read aloud to my kids. Please don't judge me! Maybe you can come over and try it. THEN you'll see what I am talking about!
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    I put can't count...not sure if we exceed the 2 hours a day thing...I read in the mornings until one of my kids is not really interested anymore...I read throughout the day...at night I read bedtime stories until my eyes are closing and I can't read anymore...if we are in a good story, I call hubby to take over...we listen to countless audio books in the car...The kids read in their own beds on their own for 30 to 60 minutes before lights out...and after lights out I put an audio book on and they listen off to sleep...so we certainly exceed 2 hours of "listening to stories" if you count audio book time...but if only counting me reading to them, I really have NO CLUE if we meet or exceed the 2 hour frame...we just read all the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by dottieanna29 View Post
    I'm working on building up our read-aloud time but my kids don't really go for it. DS is very definitely visual and both are extremely active and bouncy. The only way I've found to have any read-aloud time is for them to be coloring at the same time so I don't get the cuddle on the couch time anyway.
    My son is VERY BOUNCY...and when I used to have them narrate the stories back to me, I was always shocked that he got far more out of the story then my daughter who was snuggled up and contently listening...he's jumping up over the back of the sofa, literally doing summersaults off the sofa, wiggling around the room, etc. I'm not even sure if he heard a thing...and my daughter is tucked cozily under my arm listening and looking and loving the time spent together...she's the perfect 'student'...however, at narration time, my son can almost verbatim tell the story back, he can give detailed information about the illustrations...my daughter can maybe tell you the name of the main character and some vague thing they did (especially if she goes AFTER my son, she then steals what he says)

    So my point...just because they are all over the room, doesn't mean they aren't retaining it...in fact in some cases, they retain it far better then the child that is snuggled up so perfectly. My daughter (when the kids were in school) was a 'dream student' (I even had the upper teachers tell me they couldn't wait to have her) and my son was a 'distraction to the class' (I'm sure they were thrilled we pulled out) the bouncy ones just don't fit the school room box and that's one reason why it's good they are homeschooling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcnlvr View Post
    I'm with dottie here. My little men's eye glaze over and they start talking....about something totally different. They just don't like to be read to. I have tried for years and will continue to try (to say that I did MY part), but alas, they just don't care for it. I had to put that I don't really read aloud to my kids. Please don't judge me! Maybe you can come over and try it. THEN you'll see what I am talking about!
    audio books and books on DVD helped us cross that bridge. BEFORE I also had a child that really disliked bedtime story time...he would give me the "awww do I have to" thing....he's interrupt, glaze over, fidget, be bored, etc...but I found that if I read to him "his interests" (at the time it was pokemon) he would listen...so I would read the pokemon stats, what their battle skills were, their numbers, etc...and then he would listen...and I would play audio books in the car and tell the kids "shhh I REALLY need to hear this" and eventually something kid funny (I think we started with Junie B Jones audio books and then Magic Tree House audio books) and they would start to listen...I would turn it off and get the "whoa...I was listening to that" ... (it was more of a mom's just checking type turn off, hee, hee)...and now they are up to harry potter and other much longer books...they got thru 'secret garden' which was long...and they seem to remember from the last car ride where we were...but it always hasn't been that way...I had my fair share of reading pokemon stats (which I hate) and listening to shorter, but kid friendly stories in the car before any kind of 'reading' magic happened in this house...also me letting go of my child sitting still helped a lot!

    Back to the books on DVD...that is a big help, because my kids like to watch screens...you can get books on dvd and then have the subtitles playing as well...you can also 'read' books on the computer where the kids flip the pages with a click and listen to the audio...those helped us get more 'into' reading as well....

    Topsy ~ I find myself reading the 'lesson books' to my kids...ie: the other night (they can hear me from their room when I'm in mine) my son wanted me to read to him, but it was after bedtime & he was invading MY time...so I just read my book (that I was reading at the time) out loud (which was an art manual on how to teach children colors, lines, etc) and he totally applied a bunch of it to our artwork the next day! He may of gotten more out of it then I did...??? Your comment about reading school related books reminded me that I can read teacher manuals and my son will 'get' what we are doing without me really going thru the motions of 'teaching' (if that makes sense?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by m2wandc View Post
    audio books and books on DVD helped us cross that bridge. BEFORE I also had a child that really disliked bedtime story time...he would give me the "awww do I have to" thing....he's interrupt, glaze over, fidget, be bored, etc...but I found that if I read to him "his interests" (at the time it was pokemon) he would listen...so I would read the pokemon stats, what their battle skills were, their numbers, etc...and then he would listen...and I would play audio books in the car and tell the kids "shhh I REALLY need to hear this" and eventually something kid funny (I think we started with Junie B Jones audio books and then Magic Tree House audio books) and they would start to listen...I would turn it off and get the "whoa...I was listening to that" ... (it was more of a mom's just checking type turn off, hee, hee)...and now they are up to harry potter and other much longer books...they got thru 'secret garden' which was long...and they seem to remember from the last car ride where we were...but it always hasn't been that way...I had my fair share of reading pokemon stats (which I hate) and listening to shorter, but kid friendly stories in the car before any kind of 'reading' magic happened in this house...also me letting go of my child sitting still helped a lot!

    Back to the books on DVD...that is a big help, because my kids like to watch screens...you can get books on dvd and then have the subtitles playing as well...you can also 'read' books on the computer where the kids flip the pages with a click and listen to the audio...those helped us get more 'into' reading as well....
    I hear you. BTDT, I think that I have decided to pick my battles. My sons have WIDELY divergent interest areas and audio books are WORSE than ME reading. I tried them in the house, on the ipod, in the car. Nope. So then we went to the DVD's. A *little* better, but for two kids to do different books, there wasn't the time and we only have one computer to play DVDs on. (we don't have a dvd player or TV, only a desktop computer that is shared by everyone).

    I am hopeful that the fact that I do not read aloud to them will not make them stupid. The easier, softer way is to let them read their own books and discuss with me. I follow MCTs guidelines for reading. The kids have two books going at any given time, a pleasure book and a "school" book. We discuss both.

    *sigh*
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcnlvr View Post
    I hear you. BTDT, I think that I have decided to pick my battles. My sons have WIDELY divergent interest areas and audio books are WORSE than ME reading. I tried them in the house, on the ipod, in the car. Nope. So then we went to the DVD's. A *little* better, but for two kids to do different books, there wasn't the time and we only have one computer to play DVDs on. (we don't have a dvd player or TV, only a desktop computer that is shared by everyone).

    I am hopeful that the fact that I do not read aloud to them will not make them stupid. The easier, softer way is to let them read their own books and discuss with me. I follow MCTs guidelines for reading. The kids have two books going at any given time, a pleasure book and a "school" book. We discuss both.

    *sigh*
    *sigh* I feel for you...but sounds like you have tried many options...if they are reading two books...yeah! I highly doubt they will turn out "stupid"

    My neighbor's 9 year old daughter hates reading or anything to do with it when it comes to school type books, but she loves to read to my kids...so I give her 50 cents and her mom gives her 50 cents for her to come read bedtime stories to my kids...the little girl thinks it's great to earn a buck and I like the break to chat with a friend while the kids still get bedtime stories and the mom likes that her daughter is practicing her reading...and my kids love having her read to them....it's a win win situation for all of us.
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    I usually read one or two chapters of a book at night, and I read DS' history to him, but that's about it. Both kids enjoy it but can't sit still long enough for more.
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