Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Read Alouds

I am a mom with two busy, hyperactive kids. The one way I can get them to relax is to read a story out loud to them. Reading aloud is a great way to bond with your kids and teach them the importance and value of reading. I love how reading a story aloud helps us to communicate, learn and explore the world we live in. Reading aloud is our nighttime ritual and the most valuable part of the day.

This summer it was the idea of my kids to read three books aloud this summer instead of just one. So each child chose one book they wanted to read "alone" with mom at night and one book we could all read together at lunch time.

Georgia chose to read LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was very happy with her choice as my name is Laura and I read all the books when I was young and watched every TV show faithfully. When we are finished with the book we are taking a field trip to Lake Pepin, Minnesota which is about a one hour drive from here to visit the house, museum and park in honor of Laura Ingalls. I just found out they also have a festival in September to honor Laura so we may attend that as well. I can't believe I have lived in Minnesota all my life and have never been to a Laura Ingalls Historical site. This is the year!

Max chose to read HOW TO BREAK A DRAGON'S HEART by Cressida Cowell. This is the 8th book in the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third series and my son and I love them. In fact we order them overseas because we can't wait for them to published here. The voices I give the characters make us laugh. Reading these books out loud are really fun.

The book we are reading as a group is THE SEA OF MONSTERS by Rick Riordan. We read THE LIGHTNING THIEF last summer and the kids loved it. Of course Percy is very similar to my kids with his ADHD and dyslexia. I got my kids thinking they are demi-gods now and we are constantly learning about the Greek Gods and Goddesses. I have been to Greece and teach World History so there is a lot knowledge I can share with them. Plus, there is going to be a movie on this book. Yeah, we love it when we read the book and then the movie comes out.


  1. Very Awesome! I was just thinking today that I needed to start choosing chapter books with my kids. So cool you're doing the field trip. :)

  2. I am so jealous that you're going to a Laura Ingalls Wilder site! I have a sister named Laura, and guess why? My parents were reading Little House in the Big Woods aloud to me and my other sister when she was born. Who'd have thought a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old could be so persuasive, and yet Laura she is named!

  3. I envy them listening to the Laura Ingalls series for the first time. Thanks for sharing. Your post today made me smile wide. And it's been a dark path for me lately, so the smile was a true gift. Roland