Am I alone?
I have these convictions. Things I really think are important. Yet in the day to day garbage of life, I just don't do what is important to me.
One of those core values for me is reading aloud. I started doing it daily when I came home from work. That was when I was put on bedrest with William, twelve and a half years ago. At that point, I really didn't know all the wonderful reasons why, but I knew that reading aloud daily was important.
Then I discovered Sonlight, which places a huge emphasis on read-alouds, at least before high school. And I read books like The Read Aloud Handbook. And Honey for a Child's Heart.
Latin Centered Curriculum helped me to decide that I needed to strive for two hours a day of read-alouds. And for the most part, we succeeded. For quite a long time. And... eventually, it fell apart.
Fast forward to now. I'm reviewing All About Reading, and it includes 20 minutes a day of reading aloud. Her statement is that if you read aloud for 20 minutes a day, that "will amount to 10 hours a month and 120 hours a year." Seriously. Can you even begin to imagine the difference that can make? Do that for the next decade, and you have read to them for over 1,200 hours.
Somewhere in there, I also listened to Andrew Pudewa speak on "Nurturing Competent Communicators." And this is now on my list to listen to, oh, I don't know... at least once a quarter.
Andrew reminds me why I think reading aloud is important. Vocabulary. Language patterns. Exposure to material that is above their reading level.
So... I am going to try to actually report in on our reading aloud. Because I've been failing.
- A Murder for Her Majesty: That's Connor's current read-aloud, and everyone has been listening in. We finished it. I'd guess we read about four hours this week.
- Destination: Moon. This was a review book. Everyone listened. I'm guessing that was another few hours worth.
- Dragons: Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs. Another review book that everyone is in on. We've only spent about an hour on it so far.
- And then there is the 20 minutes a day I've been reading to Trina. Sometimes, Richard joins in. We've read a book about caring for hamsters, Eloise Wilkin Stories, and a magazine.
For this next week, we'll be reading Out of Many Waters (Connor), continuing the Dragon book, and picking up Paladins. And obviously, Trina's reading. I think I need to work on finding something else specifically targeted towards Richard.
How about you? What are you reading to your kids this week? As soon as I post this, I'm starting another one dated next Thursday... because I owe it to my kids to make myself be accountable.