So I have not been reading aloud.
I said it.
I mean to, I really do. I know it is critically important. I know the vocabulary benefits, the language patterns benefits, the benefits of shared reference points for my family.
But I have been a total slacker the last couple of weeks, so I haven't been posting. That has to change. I mean, sure, Dale was home from work all last week, which makes reading aloud less likely. And things have been pretty busy this month as a whole. But those are excuses. If I really wanted it, the reading aloud would still have happened.
It is so stupid on my part (I am completely a believer that "stupid" is a very appropriate word sometimes) as reading aloud is something truly wonderful for my children that no matter what else is going on for us, we CAN afford to do it. I could probably read aloud six hours a day for three years and not exhaust the (age appropriate) books we own. And then I could go on for a few decades by utilizing the library and free Kindle books, and review books, and...
There is no excuse. I'm just being stupid.
One thing I did was to put Fellowship of the Ring on hold at the electronic library. Having it on ebook shortens the amount of time I have available to read something, so it will force me to be intentional about getting it read. And I do struggle with reading thick books aloud. I like to read for an hour or two, and my hand cramps up before my voice goes. On the Kindle, it is so much easier.
The other thing I did was to buck up and start this post. Because I said I was going to post on Tuesdays. And let people link up, because that encourages me.
So whether or not anyone ever links up, I'm going to post. And next week, I'll have a picture of the books. I will.
I'd love some inspiration, so feel free to link up your posts about reading aloud, or leave me a comment and tell me I can do it...