We all know that reading is super important for kids, but it isn’t always easy to get our kids to read, right? We are competing with so many demands on our kids’ time, and we are especially competing with all of the digital things (yes, books can be digital too, but most often that isn’t what we’re competing with.)
When we first started homeschooling, I used Sonlight Curriculum, which (at least in the early years), is pretty much ALL reading aloud. I love that in theory, but somewhere around the third week of school I had to come to terms with the fact that I suffer from some kind of read-aloud-triggered-narcolepsy. It was brutal. I loved the books, and fought it hard, but eventually I had to give it up, and a better curriculum fit for us.
By then my boys had a huge stockpile of good books, and a genuine love for reading.
I have continued to read aloud to the boys over the years, I’ve just learned how to do it in shorter increments. 😉 Just today Josiah was remembering how much he loved the great books we read together when he was young. He said that he believes all of the time we spent reading out loud is part of the reason he loves to read, and write so much now. (yay!)
Whether you read to your kids, or they read to themselves (or hopefully both!) we know that kids that read a lot have an advantage.
Need some motivation?
I’ve seen this chart around the internet, and though I can’t seem to find a legitimate source for it, I still find it motivating. (if you know where it came from, please let me know!)
There is no arguing that reading is really important and kids who develop a love for reading benefit in many ways.
So…WHAT DO MY BOYS READ?
I wouldn’t claim that any of my boys are big bookworms. They are so busy and active, that sometimes reading comes after everything else. And it’s a discipline. With that said, they all do enjoy reading, and thankfully, they’ve been exposed to some really good books which have made them love reading all the more.
The boys all have assigned literature through their Abeka homeschool curriculum. This is a mix of short stories, poetry, Biographies, and and excerpts from great writing. And we LOVE it all!
On the side, and for book reports, the boys get to choose books. We steer them to a lot of older books, Classics when possible. We still order a lot of them through the Sonlight Curriculum catalog because they have such a great selection of quality books to choose from.
(Note: If you go to the Sonlight online store, just click on “Subjects” then “Language arts”, then choose a grade and you’ll see all of the “readers” suggested for that grade. It’s a little complicated to get to, so I’ll just share direct links via Amazon for each book here. However, you might want to order the Sonlight Catalog so you can see what they offer for all grades in catalog version!
Here is a list of each of the boys’ favorites from the past year or so.
Levi’s Kindergarten curriculum is heavy on phonics. He is learning all of his letter sounds and blends right now. (so cute!!) Meanwhile, here is a list of books that I am reading out loud to him this year! (He is sometimes a good listener, and sometimes I find myself totally into the book and discover Levi has wandered off chasing a cat or something. haha.)
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Eventually I’ll fill in with other books my boys have loved over the years, and keep a list on a page in my menu bar!…I’ve been meaning to do that for so long!
Now, don’t forget that you have until Sunday night to enter to win a copy of My Best Friend’s Funeral, so if you haven’t left a comment at that post, hop back over!
Your turn! Do your kids love to read or is it a challenge to make them read? Share in comments any books your kids love, or any tips or tricks you’ve used to motivate them! Have a great weekend, and see you soon!
(And yes, the Teen/Pre-teen Q and A post is coming soon. I got carried away with books this week!)
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