Reading Aloud — Is This Your House?

by | Reading Aloud | 3 comments

I picked up the pamphlet that your son Nathaniel wrote entitled Hand That Rocks The Cradle. What a great blessing that little booklet has been! I have a 7-year-old and a 3-year-old, and they just love when Mom reads to them. I know the time I have spent reading to my daughter (7) has greatly improved her reading skills and we both have learned quite a few new words together. My son amazes me at times by recalling events of a book to me later when it didn’t seem like he was really listening when I was reading. Cathy D.

I’m wondering if any of you have experienced this (or could it possibly be something only my little ones did?—I kind of doubt it):

I’m sitting on the couch (a chair would never do) reading a good book, like The Long Winter by Laura Ingles Wilder, with one child sitting on my right and one child sitting on my left and one child on the back of the couch behind my neck and one child on my lap. The fifth child would have to make do. Everyone HAS to be situated just so to see all the pictures, which MUST be examined minutely. I think this is one of the ways God taught me patience. Let them look at the pictures and ask their questions — we’ll eventually find out if Almanzo gets home out of the storm in time. Some years ago Johannah painted me a picture of this cosy scene, using a photo taken of us long ago. I was wearing braids and sitting on the old brown couch so I know it had to be long ago. If I could have just an hour of that time again, right now, I would gladly read Corduroy fifteen times in a row and not complain.


  1. Patricia Christianson

    “Read aloud” has always been my favorite homeschool activity!

  2. Jennifer

    What a beautiful painting from your talented daughter. I think what you said there is part of how I parent today. Realizing how fast the time will go because I have a young adult helps me take more time to savor the opportunities I have to teach and enjoy my younger children.

  3. Lisa H.

    Read-aloud time is a precious and coveted time in our home. Has been for 20 years! My 8 children range from nearly 21 – 5, so I am relishing the 12-or-so more years I have left! Thank you for the reminder!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *