Tips from Homeschool Moms: All About Read Alouds

It's no secret that we love books around here! There are piles of them everywhere and I write about them frequently. Reading aloud is one of our very favorite methods of reading - TJ would much rather I read aloud to her than actually read the book herself (we're still working on developing that love of silent reading!). But finding time to read aloud can be a bit overwhelming when you're are homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, and keeping up with all your other tasks. So I asked other homeschooling moms for their advice. Want to see what they had to say?

Need some read aloud tips for reading to your kids? I have a collection of fabulous tips from some top homeschooling bloggers.

Tips from 11 Homeschooling Moms

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The following homeschoolers shared their fabulous tips with me and now I'm sharing them with you. They also have some great recommendations for books to read aloud, if you're looking for some to add to your collection.

Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom

I read so many things out loud I don't want to read aloud to my kids, so at the end of the day my husband reads books to them. He adds in voices, inflection, and makes it really interesting. We've been going through our (the parents) favorite books as kids.

Our kids' favorite read alouds so far: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Trixie Belden (mystery series), and some sci-fi book my husband loved which I do not remember the name to.

Cait from My Little Poppies

I'm a huge fan of reading aloud. My favorite parenting book of all time is The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. We read aloud often here, and I want to keep doing it for as long as my children will allow us to. I will read aloud to my kids over breakfast and lunch (it helps to reduce bickering and squabbles), before nap, and before bed. We also utilize audiobooks when traveling or running errands.

I have so many favorite read aloud books but we just finished Cricket in Times Square (again!) and that is one of our many favorites.

Stephanie from The Primary Theme Park

We read aloud twice a day: once while my two kids are eating lunch and then again at bedtime. I find a lot of our read alouds by looking at the suggested or required reading lists from various curriculum providers. We also use Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer and the narration and dictation passages from this program all come from great literature. We like some of the small selections we read during writing so much that we've often checked out the book so we can read all of it!

One of our all-time favorite read alouds is Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat. A more recent favorite is Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar.

Kaylene from This Outnumbered Mama

With my three wiggly boys all five and under, I utilize bedtime for reading aloud. They're all so exhausted that they lay (somewhat) still and listen (relatively) quietly. We love to pick chapter books and read a chapter each night. Sometimes it goes with our history or science activities, sometimes we build a unit study around it, and sometimes it's just for fun.

My favorite we've done is Charlotte's Web. We got to watch the movie after and the boys loved it!

Jamie from The Unlikely Homeschool

Read alouds have always been scheduled right after lunch clean-up at my house. After a filling lunch, everyone is naturally a bit more lethargic and more willing to sit and be calm. Because I still have three boys who are quite young and don't have the same attention span as my two older ones, I allow everyone to occupy their busy bodies with a quiet handwork project such as blocks, sticker sets, rubber band looms, etc...any small hand craft that is NOT a book and does NOT make noise. They listen intently with their ears while working on a PRODUCTIVE activity with their hands instead of distracting everyone or causing chaos.

I also always start read aloud time with two short picture books before reading a portion from a lengthier chapter book. This affords even my toddler a chance to be involved in our family reading time.

While my favorite read aloud has always been Sarah, Plain and Tall because of its simple cadence and innocent story-line, I think my kids have all most enjoyed Rabbit Hill.

Jimmie from Jimmie's Collage

Audio books are wonderful to add more reading time to your day. And, yes, audio books "count."

Our favorite read aloud is The Wheel on the School.

Kathy from Cornerstone Confessions

Read alouds are our favorite time of day. I use the Scholastic Book Wizard to find age appropriate titles or look up reviews on GoodReads or Amazon to see those that are most popular. Or, look up children's book lists online; there are many out there.

We initially started with Children's Treasuries and are now really into Uncle Wiggly's Storybook. You never know what that bunny will do next!

Marci from The Homeschool Scientist

My kids are 13 and 10 and still love read alouds. The books they still talk about is the Growly series. They really enjoyed them. It's such a good adventure. We still need to read the third book.

Mary from Homegrown Learners

My kids were given one of the large art supply kits which contains crayons, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and also paints. We set the kit up on our table and I encourage the children to paint, draw, or color while I read aloud. Sometimes I will print something for them, but other times I just make blank paper available. It's amazing the effect those nicely colored paints and pencils have on them!

Karen from living, unabridged

Encourage your children to read to each other. Older siblings can read to the younger. Beginning readers might like to read to the baby of the family, or a pet. (Our library actually has a therapy dog that comes once a month for this reason. Beginning or struggling readers enjoy reading to this receptive audience.)

Some of my favorite read alouds: The Little House series, Stuart Little, and My Father's Dragon.

Crystal from Triumphant Learning

We love read alouds! We read a history read aloud to go along with our history time period and a literature read aloud as part of our daily school routine. In addition, we always have an audio story playing in the car as we drive around town and on trips.

Our favorite audio books

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