Author: Emily Cook

Emily Cook: The Read Aloud Lifestyle: How To Get the Most Out of Living Books

We all know that reading aloud to our children is important. But the mechanics of actually doing it can often times seem difficult. In this session, I’m going to talk about how to make reading aloud a priority in our homeschools and how to get the most out of reading those living books. Leave your comments below for Emily’s talk The Read Aloud Lifestyle: How To Get the Most Out of Living Books to be entered to win cool prizes! Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-10 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 15 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She is also the author of the book A Literary Education: Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling....

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The Importance of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to your children is so important. I cannot stress that enough. It may be one of the most important things you do for them, educationally speaking. Most parents can find the time to read a picture book or two with their infants and toddlers, but once a child learns to read, that snuggly read aloud time usually ends. But, I think it’s actually more important to continue that read aloud time, well into their school years. But my child is fully capable of reading their own books. Why should I read aloud to him? There are a number of reasons, but I’ll list my top 5 (plus one): 5. Reading aloud creates a family bond, especially if there are siblings listening as well. Your children will fondly look back on their memories of listening to you read aloud, giggle over how you did “all the voices,” and fondly recall favorites stories heard at your knee. Just because a book is considered “children’s” literature, doesn’t mean it’s childish. Many of my favorite books are written for children! A good story is a good story, and you may find that you enjoy many great books just as much as your children (if not more!). Some of my favorite memories are of reading aloud to my children.  Getting to share my favorite stories with them means I get to enjoy those...

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