Our 2013-2014 Read Alouds

2013 read alouds

Our homeschooling journey this year has been far from perfect. One thing that I have managed to do consistently is to read our nightly read aloud selection. This is huge for me as I’ve never been very good at doing bedtime stories. We ended up doing more read alouds than I had originally planned!

Initially I had planned on doing these at the ‘close’ of our school day. However, my ten year old kept asking to be included. We switched to a bedtime reading and couldn’t be happier. It’s a sweet and simple end to the day and has become a favorite tradition. Another benefit is that it doesn’t feel schoolish. It’s just for fun!

2013 read alouds

Between August 2012 and June 2013, we’ve read the following books:

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Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder – I never thought I’d get my 5 year old to sit through this, and it wasn’t our first chapter book. We started with some shorter ones, and my girls loved it. Even my husband got sucked in at a couple of parts.

Book of Mormon Stories for Little Children, Marjorie G. Johnson – This book we did read during school as a gentle “Gospel lesson.”

Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Clearly – my girls loved this!

The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White – we are actually still reading this but should finish it by the end of the month. I wasn’t sure if my girly girls would like it, but they are enamored by the baby swans.

The Great Cake Mystery, Alexander McCall Smith – if you’ve read any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, or enjoyed the series on HBO, you’ll love this. My kids loved the silly monkey antics.

The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner – after reading this, my oldest daughter, a reluctant reader, requested we follow up with the second in the series. I’m excited to suck her into a fun series like this.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Betty MacDonald – okay, who doesn’t love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? My kids thought this was hilarious, and it was easy to sneak in a few lessons in there too.

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, and Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer, Jane O’ Conner – admittedly these books are “fluff,” but we have loved Fancy Nancy since the original book came out, thanks to Nana! The chapter books are easy to read with the vocabulary stretching words that we have come to except from Nancy Clancy!

My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett – A classic! My kids ate this exotic adventure story up!

We’ve also worked through Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 1-2 poems at a time. We’re not done yet, but I plan to read a handful each week until the end of the summer. These are so silly and ridiculous; it has been a gentle introduction to poetry!

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8 Responses to Our 2013-2014 Read Alouds

  1. Stina says:

    Love it! So many fun books out there…and so many books on our bookshelves that haven’t been read! :) I always wonder, do you do these and family scripture study? I’m starting to think we need to just get up at 630a and do scriptures with Daddy since it seems to fall by the way-side or I’m just not in the mood to read something I need to really pay attention to. lol. Is that awful? Anyway, I just like to hear what other’s do.

    • Stina says:

      I just read what I wrote…maybe that didn’t make complete sense. We do scripture study at night but it seems rushed or people are cranky or whatever and just doesn’t ‘flow’ as well as I’d like. Getting up before Dad has to be at work might be the answer…and then leaving the ‘fluff’ for afternoon/evening reading time. Sorry. I’m rambling. lol

      • Kris says:

        It made perfect sense to me!

        As for us, I think it would be better if we did do scripture study in the mornings because yeah, it helps the day go by nicer. But alas, I am a lazy one, and I can barely drag myself out of bed as it is. My husband is also disinclined to wake up earlier when we can just read in the evening after dinner. That’s what we do right now – right after dinner, we read scriptures. Bam, done.

        • Hey, whatever works, right? And frankly, when you have kids, I don’t think the Lord is keeping a tally of how many verses or how many minutes you read. The fact that you did it consistently, morning or night: that’s what He wants, and that’s what will build your kids’ testimonies. Or in other words, quantity over quality! LOL!

        • I will add: the days that I get up and read early help the day just as much, I think. Plus if the kids happen to catch me reading in the morning, then they know it’s something I really truly love and want to do on my own. Hopefully this will inspire them to do their own reading?? ;) I’m kind of the anti-morning person, but when I get to doing it, I’m far more productive and happier!

      • I have a blog just for my ramblings! ;) We do night readings, and yup, sometimes it’s rushed and we’re cranky, etc., but then other times we’ve had great discussions and my older kid(s) will stay up for a minute or two asking specific questions that we’d never get otherwise. I think the trick, no matter when you do it, is getting in the habit! Then the cranky times are balanced by the “just normal” times and the “super incredibly awesome” times, and it becomes part of life!

    • Stina, the short answer (the long answer deserves its own post!) is: YES, we do both. We do scripture reading at 8…ish (later in the summer). Then everyone brushes their teeth and IF they are quiet and IF they are good, they get the read aloud. In the school year I read a chapter or less, depending on the book, but for the summer I’ve been reading a full chapter. My husband leaves at 6:30 at the latest and honey, I am just not that committed to reading scriptures with my family! LOL. So nights work really well for us. Last year we got in the habit and it has stuck! The hardest part is making yourself do it when you are mad or just don’t wanna… but once you get into the habit, you do it almost no matter what. (We do skip occasionally but try really hard to read at least a few verses.)

  2. Kris says:

    I just bought Book of Mormon stories! My 5 year old son has been super into Book of Mormon stories lately so this will be perfect for him. AND, we just started reading The Boxcar Children ourselves. I loved those books as a kid and they were my first series I ever collected. Toby’s a little young for them (he is mildly autistic and a little behind developmentally) but he seems to be enjoying them anyway.

    We also read Stuart Little and he loved that one, though I thought it was ridiculously stupid.

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