Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Reading Aloud Challenge: Starting Back to Sonlight

I've spent so much time this past week re-planning a lot of our school life, and I do have a couple of kids who are back to using Sonlight.  For Connor, that doesn't impact this post as he is pretty independent.  For Richard and Trina, however, this means that I'll have Sonlight Read-Alouds to start listing for them.

I am continuing to read Albert Einstein by Kathleen Krull and Investigating Rocks by Will Hurd, as part of the Moving Beyond the Page units that I am doing with William and Thomas.  We are loving this.  The plan is to finish this up by the time their Sonlight materials arrive in the house!

I am still reading Poppy by Avi to Richard and Trina.  Also part of a Moving Beyond the Page study. We are working on this at a bit slower pace now.

We are doing Tower of Babel by Bodie Hodge as a family read-aloud.  Review coming soon.  Hopefully this week.  I love this book.

Richard and Trina are listening to Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.  Mostly, this started so that I could get some sleep when I was feeling horrible.  The problem with that plan is that I adored this book as a child, and I haven't read it since I was about their age.  So I don't want to miss any of it, and I'm not getting my nap in.  Gotta figure out an audiobook that I don't care if I get to listen to or not.

Charlotte's Web is our first Sonlight Read-Aloud.  We started that yesterday.  I absolutely love having a schedule.  It means I don't have to keep reading just because the kids ask me to.  I can read the scheduled chapter (or chapters) and feel totally okay with being done.  We'll undoubtedly get ahead on the readings still.  But I love knowing I've done enough.

We're doing the Christian Heroes for Young Readers series from YWAM instead of the missionary book that Sonlight schedules.  So today (since I'm posting late!) we read William Carey.

(I am going to get the photo inserted.  I am I am I am.

How about you?  What are you reading out loud?  Have you made any changes in your routines now that Spring has Sprung?


Unknown said...

One of the reason why I like using Living Books Curriculum is because there is a lot of scheduled reading. I don't think I would read to the children as much if we didn't use this program.

Brittney said...

I can't wait until we have a schedule for reading, because then I know it will get done. I start strong, and then fall behind, so I think having a schedule will keep me accountable.

Karen said...

I've always wanted to try Sonlight but it is one of the things we have never done. I love teaching with real books!

Unknown said...

We've used Sonlight for 7 years and just love it! The Read-Alouds are the best. We do them everyday after lunch. I'm not sure what I'll do next year, since my 9th grader will not have read-alouds in the schedule. (Well, actually I do know what we'll do...he'll listen in on his little brother's read-aloud!)

Nicole said...

Hi Debra! Thanks for the linkup on reading aloud. It has become one of my favorite subjects in our school day!