Sunday, October 2, 2011

Read-alouds

I have never been big on reading out loud. I have to slow down so much to read at a pace others can follow that it is just not an enjoyable experience for me. Despite my dislike of doing read-alouds, I've always made an effort to read to the kids. Jay did not like being read to when he was younger. He does enjoy it now, though. Since both kids are reading quite well independently, I would love to give up read-alouds completely. However, the kids enjoy them.

Right now, we're reading The Education of Little Tree. We're also reading from The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales, a few stories a day. Jay has really gotten into poetry lately, so we've been reading some poetry every day, too. Right now, we're reading from When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans and First Food Fight This Fall and Other School Poems. We just borrowed Every Thing On It from the library, so that will get worked in to the daily reading as well.

In addition to all of that, we'll be doing several books/stories as read-alouds for Halloween. Today it was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. At the library yesterday, we picked up Something Wicked This Way Comes, Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween, Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep, A Night in the Lonesome October, The Halloween Tree, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The Headless Haunt and Other African-American Ghost Stories, The Witches, Camp Creepy Time, Nighttime: Too Dark to See, and Nighttime: Too Scared to Sleep, and those are just the ones for read-alouds.

For someone who doesn't enjoy reading-aloud, I sure have been doing a lot of lately.