How Our Family Uses Audiobooks

How Our Family Uses Audiobooks

Since I started my Instagram page at the end of July, the questions I get most often are related to how to use audiobooks with kids– when did we start, how do my kids listen, what books have they enjoyed, etc. So, at long last, here are answers to the questions I most frequently get about how our family does audiobooks! Continue reading “How Our Family Uses Audiobooks”

Keeping Hands and Bodies Busy While Listening to Stories

Keeping Hands and Bodies Busy While Listening to Stories

One of the frustrations people most frequently voice to me centers around feeling like their children (or students) aren’t paying attention while listening to stories. But, literacy and brain research experts have shown that fidgeting or moving one’s body actually fired brain connections that help learning and listening happen more effectively? (Two of my favorites, Jim Trelease and Dr. Michael Gurian, have written about this if you’re interested in reading more).

So, what I’m saying is that read alouds don’t need to look perfect to be effective. In fact, if your goal is that all of your read-aloud sessions look like cozy cuddling times in a comfy chair in a well-lit room, your kids are going to be missing out on a lot of quality time with books! Instead, think about providing your children with quiet ways to occupy their hands and/or bodies, and see if it changes the duration or focus of your read-aloud time. Continue reading “Keeping Hands and Bodies Busy While Listening to Stories”

Practical Tips for Making Read-Aloud Time Easier

Practical Tips for Making Read-Aloud Time Easier

Last week, I gave you a little information about the importance of reading aloud with children— of all ages. But believe me, I know that actually reading aloud to children isn’t always easy! So, today I’m sharing a few practical tips to make reading aloud to your children a little easier and, therefore, a little more fun for everyone involved! Continue reading “Practical Tips for Making Read-Aloud Time Easier”

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children– of ALL Ages

The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children– of ALL Ages

I was all set to do a post this week about things your kiddos can do while they listen to stories and books, but then it dawned on me… Before we talk about that, we need to address WHY those same children– children of all ages, even if they can already read to themselves– need to be listening to stories and books in the first place! So, did you know… Continue reading “The Importance of Reading Aloud to Children– of ALL Ages”

The Best Way to Display Kids’ Work

The Best Way to Display Kids’ Work

Did you know that one of the four factors present in the homes of nearly every early reader and student who responds easily to the first instruction in school includes (among other things) “displaying his paperwork in a prominent place in the home” (Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook 7th Edition, page 33)? Luckily, a few years ago, a dear friend (thank you, Jenny!) introduced me to a pretty and extremely easy way to display the girls’ artwork and writing in our house. Continue reading “The Best Way to Display Kids’ Work”

The Importance of Invented Spelling

The Importance of Invented Spelling

Let’s talk about the importance of invented spelling! Did you know that invented spelling (when a child makes her best guess, without adult help, at a word based on their understanding of letters and sounds) is a completely normal developmental stage as preschoolers and young elementary schoolers learn to write? Invented spelling also has wonderful benefits for developing writers— and a connection was recently found with learning to read, too! Continue reading “The Importance of Invented Spelling”

The Benefits of Repeated Readings

The Benefits of Repeated Readings

Raise your hand if your kids LOVE to listen to the same book over and over again. Now be honest— how do you feel about reading those books over and over again? There are some that my husband and I truly enjoy during these repeated readings, but some that (admittedly) disappear to high shelves for a while so we can take a break from them…

But did you know those repeated readings serve a purpose? Continue reading “The Benefits of Repeated Readings”