I am very happy to report that since last month’s Read Aloud Thursday, we have fallen into something of a read-aloud routine at the House of Hope. We usually read our history-related chapter book during or after lunch, and then we share our just-for-fun read-aloud at bedtime. I admit that this causes me to get in bed later than I ought since our bedtime routine isn’t exactly a well-oiled machine, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice for more read-aloud time. On Fridays we also read another schoolish read-aloud as per the Sonlight schedule, though since I’m not exactly following the Sonlight schedule anyway, I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to stick to that. We’ll see.
Since last month, we’ve finished Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright and Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark. Then There Were Five is the third book of the Melendy Quartet, and I’m not sure we’ll ever recover when we finish with the Melendys. We–all of us–love them that much. Secret of the Andes was a very engrossing little novel for us to read in accompaniment to our study of Native Americans.
Currently we’re reading the fourth (and final! sniff, sniff) Melendy story, Spiderweb for Two. Our lunchtime read is The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, a new-to-me book by an author I really, really like. So far, so good! We’re also still reading our Friday story, Lawn Boy, and I’m ready to finish it up. It’s really good, as one would expect from Gary Paulsen.
The boys are “reading” anything and everything we take the time to read to them. I try to share some of what I’m reading to the DLM in my Odds & Ends posts. I’ve been doing something of a letter-of-the-week with him, so I try to stick to a theme per letter: r is for robot; m is for monster, mouse, and moose; t is for tree.
Benny’s interest and attention span have really increased over the past month. At almost eighteen months, he cries for books and will sit and read through a nice little stack of board books. One book both boys have repeatedly asked for this week has been Freight Train by Donald Crews. This 1979 Caldecott honor book is sparse of text–usually one to three words per page, mostly just phrases to identify the various types of train cars. (The DLM has a great Need to Know when it comes to types of vehicles and pieces of equipment, so this is perfect for him.) The illustrations, of course, are exemplary–very graphic and colorful against a stark white background. I think we might need to add Inside Freight Train to our Christmas wish list!
I feel like we’re in a read-aloud sweet spot right now with the Melendys and Benny’s new-found love for books. I’m just so grateful that I have the opportunity to pass down this book-loving lifestyle to my children!
What’s in your read-aloud basket? Please, do share in the comments or link up your blog posts below!
Happy Read Aloud Thursday, my friends!