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12 October 2012


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Melanie B

Likewise guilty of letting things squeeze out read aloud time.

LeeAnn Balbirona

Yes to this bit:

"Most people are capable of reading aloud at the level of speaking what is written, but anyone who has listened to a trained and experienced reader knows the wealth of nuance and detail they can bring to a work, whereas anyone who's ever had to listen to poor reading knows that even the finest words can be made tedious by someone who either doesn't understand what they're reading or is unable to present those words well."

We attend the youth Mass every week and the kids who lector are probably considered good readers at school, but when it comes to reading Scripture aloud, even if they get the pronunciations right, the phrasing is often wrong.

I made much more time to read aloud to my older two than my younger ones. I find reading aloud pretty tiring actually. We have started getting in the habit of having an audio book going in the car, especially for long trips. I think I might move the picture books to my bedroom bookshelves and see if that helps in the reading aloud department. Right now they are in piles on the floor, as the kids' bookshelves have been taken over with chapter books and novels for older kids and teens.


I'm getting back to reading aloud to my kids this year (long, chapter books). I have a local friend who still reads aloud daily to her 12th and 8th grade children. They've read so many books aloud through the years. I want my kids to have that experience. This article seals my commitment.

I also plan to do that "although..." test with my kids at supper.

Barbara C.

I tried to do read aloud time. I had all these grand dreams about it, but it became a literal fight with my oldest from a very young age.

Every so often when I would try to do read aloud time for her younger sisters without expecting her involvement, she would pull passive aggressive stunts to interfere.

For a long time I just accepted that "read aloud time" was just another thing that was not going to be part of our homeschooling experience. Now that my oldest has been put in regular school (which has been so good for her and us so far), I may have to overcome the sickening feeling in my stomach that develops any time I think of doing read aloud time.


I confess that I like reading time enough that I let it squeeze out some of the other essentials we ought to be doing, and that some days I feel that if we've read, we've done our "school" for the day. Reading is the easy part for me -- it's making people sit down and do the necessary drill work ("Yes, we are working on fractions today. Yes, you have to do spelling.") that tends to slide at my house. That's why I find you such an inspiration, Bearing: I love reading your clear plans, and trying to implement a bit of that order into my own style.

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