I am a reader. My children are becoming readers, if they’re not already ones like my 16 year old and 8 year old sons. My husband isn’t a reader, and that’s okay, too.
As the reading parent, I spent years reading aloud to my first son while homeschooling him. Our Well Trained Mind curriculum provided us with lots of great reads. Whenever I find one of those books in the library today, I remember our reading times, and bring the books home to share with new readers.
Today, I struggle with reading to my children. Or I have for the past few years. At the end of a long day, after marshaling 4 children through brushing their teeth and taking baths and showers, all I wanted to do was sit down and read MY books. Listening to books on CD in the car has alleviated some of my guilt. The fact is my children need me to read to them daily. Good readers learn by hearing the words and seeing the words on the page.
Our school supports reading to the students which has helped me stay on track a little better. There’s nothing like turning in a reading list every month and feeling guilty because we only have 5 to 10 books on the list.
This fall, reading to my children will be much easier. All but one can take their own showers with some supervision. The youngest one can dress himself. Suddenly, I have more time in the evening because I’m spending less time taking physical care of my children. Once again I am diving into The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor with my history-loving 6 year old, and finding great seasonal picture books at the library for my 5 year old.
Since our reading program is back on track, my plan is to read through The Story of the World this year plus get the associated story books which are suitable for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. One of the things I miss about homeschooling is filling my children’s minds with fabulous stories about history and science.
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