Thursday, November 10, 2011

Reading Aloud Challenge: November 10

It's time for another Reading Aloud Challenge... and this time, I'm opening it up with a poem we read yesterday,  from Favorite Poems Old and New, selected by Helen Ferris:
When Mother Reads Aloud

When Mother reads aloud, the past
  Seems real as every day;
I hear the tramp of armies vast,
I see the spears and lances cast,
  I join the trilling fray;
Brave knights and ladies fair and proud
I meet when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, far lands
  Seem very near and true;
I cross the desert's gleaming sands,
Or hunt the jungle's prowling bands,
  Or sail the ocean blue.
Far heights, whose peaks the cold mists shroud,
I scale when Mother reads aloud.
When Mother reads aloud, I long
  For noble deeds to do--
To help the right, redress the wrong;
It seems so easy to be strong,
  So simple to be true.
Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd
My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.

It wasn't a bad read-aloud week here.  Finally.  We were due in for a good one.

Connor & I are halfway through Peace Child, and hopefully past most of the graphic cannibalistic descriptions.  It's been fun making connections with other things we have read (like Torches of Joy).

We got through almost half of Hittite Warrior.  Mostly that is for William and Thomas, though others are listening in some.  Trina could not care less.  Hittite Warrior takes place in Canaan in the time of Deborah.  We read it aloud a couple of years ago, but for whatever reason, William and Thomas aren't really remembering it from then.

Haven't done nearly enough with the little two.  Read The Three Trees aloud a half-dozen times.  And reviewed it earlier this week.  Read some titles from the library... most are the fault of other Reading Aloud Challenge participants!   Thank You, Mr. Falker, a title I need to read every few months.  The Apple Pie Tree.  My Mother is Mine.

And of course, the usual stuff.  Reading poetry and history aloud, and some science. 

Plans for this coming week? Finish Peace Child with Connor.  Finish Hittite Warrior and get going on God King. Read Mountain Born to the younger two.

How did your week go?  Sign the linky to link up your reading aloud post and I'll come visit your post and I will figure out how to comment.

To see my first post when this turned into a linky thing, check here.


Kym said...

Glad you had a good week! I had laryngitis so we did almost no reading aloud this week. Made for a very short blog entry. LOL

i cant decide said...

You make me feel lazy! Loved the poem. I think I will read aloud this afternoon even though I canceled school in honor of my dental appointment!

Michelle Smith said...

I am glad your week went well! I have been rather lazy this week, using Librivox for some of our read-aloud time. I probably should have begun the more interesting picture books on the same topic and covered them first. But, nope, felt lazy and went for the easiest first.