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    by Jim Trelease.

    I know this book is probably old hat to a lot of parents, but I just finished re-reading a few chapters and was reminded about how much I love this book!!

    I picked it up again because I was feeling a bit silly reading out loud to my boys, still, at ages 12 and 14.....but the three of us love it. The book reminded me of all the benefits, even when they are older. The spelling, and writing connection advantages are what got me so excited again....considering all of the talk lately here, with posters asking about homeschoolers and writing and spelling curriculum.

    So, are we weird? Anyone else still read fiction to their older kids? (and have them read to you) Funny thing is that the DH has been laid up for the past few weeks with a broken leg and other stuff, and has been listening in too. Trust me we really aren't, generally speaking, this hokey. But like I said, I was feeling silly and was starting to think I might stunt them in some way.
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    Awww how cute! Sitting around the living room, with glasses of milkshakes, reading *Where the Red Fern Grows* aloud to each other.
    It sounds very nice, actually.
    I was thinking about it today, that we are contemplating putting DS3 into DS9 room, which would mean that Dad reading aloud at bedtime would be to both of them. If he reads when DS3 is 9, then older will be 15. I can imagine that happening.

    Its a nice family activity, why give it up if its working for all of you?
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I read to my teenagers too. Those were great ages with my older son--I remember reading Angela's Ashes and Centennial by Michener.

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    My daughter's only 8 1/2, but we've read to her (and now with her) at bedtime since she was 2 months old. That's also cuddle and talk about your day or anything on your mind time, with us, so I can't imagine giving that up!
    Jaime - Mom to JC, an 11 year old dance, theater, & book loving girl, and 5th year homeschooler.

    "We are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm." - Winston Churchill

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    I'm planning to. I read the RAH ages ago and the idea that reading aloud keeps a few steps ahead of where your child can read for themselves really appealed. I also think it'll be a chance for me to read some great literature that I have never tried and (honestly) I might not read for myself. We'll see how it goes...

    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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    Thanks for the recommendation! Hadn't heard of it.

    DH instagrammed a photo of dd and I in the hammock this weekend. I was in my muddy gardening uniform complete with straw hat, reading aloud My Family and Other Animals (again!) to her. She was sketching.

    We always plan on reading aloud. I make time for it especially on the weekends and of course read to her at night (maybe 1-2 nights a week now as she's got her own novels to read right before bedtime). I think it's loads of fun.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I love that book.
    Mom to teen and tween

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    I read aloud to my kids until they were about 13. I may have to read aloud to my dd a few times this summer for old time's sake before she heads to college.

    If you're ever wondering what to read to your teens (or have them read), my dd and I adore The Ultimate Teen Book Guide. She's checked it out from the library many, many times.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Soooo glad to hear I'm not alone!
    I read to them as babies and little guys all the time....board books, kid books (yes, some twaddle), things like Blume, Cleary, some they read for themselves and some I'd read. My younger ds read late independently.....quite late. Later I realized that all the battles (mine) for him to pay more close attention while I taught him phonics were boring him. Had him tested a few times, he was fine. I'm thinking now, in retrospect, that his listening and reading levels were so wide of a gap that reading what should have been his level was and insult to him.....think "magic tree house". I hadn't considered the older brother component.....he wanted what brother had.

    Now they read at bedtime to themselves. I love hearing them sharing details of what they are reading with each other. Our read aloud time has now turned to a morning thing.

    Inmom.....thanks for the recommendation, looking forward to finding it......and I teared up over you reading to your dd before heading off to college. I just can't bear that thought yet.
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    I love it and hope we can keep doing it too!

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