I got out of the habit of reading aloud to the children during the summer. When we started our lessons back up, it was one thing I didn't jump right back into doing.
Reading aloud is one of my least favorite things. I admit it, however reluctantly.
Does that surprise you? Maybe it does. I love to read. I love my children. I like homeschooling. (notice I didn't say love) I love books. I love to see my children enjoying books.
However.... reading aloud is SO SLOW. I can read way faster than I can speak. And no matter what I pick as a read-aloud, there seems to always be one child with whom my choice of reading material doesn't resonate.
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald was our read-aloud in the spring. I remembered reading this series of books as a child and thought it would be nice to share with my kids. When actually reading though, I realized they weren't as compelling as I recalled, and I tended to think my kids were not really enthralled. We stopped in the middle of it and never picked it back up. (Yes, I will admit that too!)
So, when the kids started asking me when we were going to start reading aloud again, I began thinking which new book to begin.
"But, Mom! We were reading The Great Brain!"
"We didn't even finish it!"
"Yeah, Mom, we left the kids lost in the cave."
Wow. They remembered the kids were lost in the cave? Maybe they were paying better attention than I realized.
"OK, I'll finish reading it."
"Noooo....." OK, there's the obligatory child who doesn't like the current read-aloud. Ah well, hopefully the next book will appeal more to that one, but the three who are enjoying The Great Brain will get to hear the rest of it.
And I will keep reading aloud because I know I ought to. And because they like it.