Last month I asked what your biggest struggle in reading aloud was. The response was almost unanimous: keeping those babies, toddlers, and preschoolers busy and quiet! It can be hard to read aloud for any length of time when there is a little one running around raising cain. (I know this. I now have a little cain-raiser running crawling amok myself).
This month, let’s brainstorm ways to keep those little folks happy and quiet. After everyone has chimed in, I will compile all of those ideas into a handy-dandy printable. (Or rather, I will beg and plead and a certain someone I know and love will make us a printable. She’s awesome like that.) Instead of duct-taping your toddler to the ceiling (oh come on, I know you were considering it), you can refer to the list of keep-em-busy-and-happy ideas. No last-minute brain cells required. Thank goodness, eh?
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Here are my questions for you this month:
3. How are you doing on your read-aloud goals?
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Here are my answers to the questions above:
1. Babies- a snack in the high chair, lay on the floor and let the baby crawl all over you while you read aloud (um, this is what I do), help! that’s all I can come up with and I need more ideas!
Toddlers/Preschoolers- rice tub, coloring (especially with those special pencils set aside just for read-aloud time), a small shoe box with a few toys “just for read aloud time”, special snack or doing read-alouds at mealtimes, bubbles outside on the lawn, puzzles
Older Fidgety Folks- legos, knitting/crochet, whittling (do you dare?), coloring, watercolors, model magic/clay/play dough, special snack or doing read-alouds at mealtimes, bubbles outside with read-aloud on the lawn
2. This month we read: Frindle, The Moffats, James and the Giant Peach, Little House in the Big Woods, and we are about 1/3 of the way through Tuck Everlasting (excellent so far, though I wouldn’t recommend it for kids younger than about eight). Frindle was utterly fantastic. So was Little House (of course, right? We’re listening to the whole series on audio for the second go-round.)
3. Oh we are just rockin’ it. ;) We beat our goals all month, so I think I can confidently set a five-hour weekly goal for November (and I’m not even counting the kids’ independent audio book time, which has been reaching into the hours per kid each week- we’re loving the handy mp3 playaways from the library). I’d love to get to hit six hours of family read-aloud time each week.
We’ll be chatting about our favorite booklists, so start thinking about your favorite resources.
Go here to get the Read-Aloud Revival form if you’d like to track your minutes using it.