Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WFMW ~ Reading with kids

What really works for us at our house is reading! There is so much to be learned and so much fun to be had by really getting into a good book. We enjoy non-fiction reading where we are learning something as well fiction.
All of our kids love books (though Mara is are only true bookworm so far as Jonathan hasn't taken off on reading his own books yet.) Some of the things that I think have helped a lot with that are:
  • Almost no TV time for the kids.
  • Examples of us and others around reading.
  • We have read aloud to them a lot (as do their grandparents). I read to them every naptime and Ken reads to them at night and sometimes I will throw in other reading times too.
  • We have a lot of books available and go to the Library regularly.

A set of books we are currently reading through which has been enjoyed very much by all of us (well, I can't say Megan is to into it yet...) is the Biographies of Ralph Moody. Little Britches is the first one and there are a bunch more. It is the true story of his life growing up in Colorado (and beyond) in the early 1900s. He is a great writer and the kids are always begging for more. The books are full of lessons that he learned and written in such an engaging way that it is totally enjoyable. Some of the lessons were:
  • Having the courage to always tell the truth. (Even when you think the penalty might be going to jail or worse.)
  • Fighting is not the right way to solve your problems.
  • Learning to be a man.
  • Always giving your employer a good days work.
  • Thinking things through before acting.
  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • Learning how to make do with what you have.

One word of warning! The language in the book is not at all perfect. I have been reading these books aloud and I edit a lot as I go. To keep the record straight, I am VERY picky about language. I do not like any type of swearing including Euphemisms. In the books neither Ralph or his family use bad language and in fact there are some lessons that teach against it but he quotes many of the cowboys and people he was around verbatim so bad language is included. It is my plan to go through all our books with a permanent marker so that I don't even have to see the other.

So if you are looking for some neat historical books for Boys and Girls, try these out. I think you will like them!

"So much better than TV!"

What books have you really enjoyed reading aloud to your kids?

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momstheword said...

My kids are now much older, but when they were little my husband would read to us all right before bedtime.

I would also have reading time with them during the day.

Some of the books we read were Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, Little House on the Prairie.

Lisa said...

We are all bookworms here too! We are reading the John Bunyan biography out loud now, working our way through it a little each day. The older children and I take turns reading. We have also enjoyed: Charlotte's Web, Ten P's in a Pod, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, Orphaned on the Oregon Trail (I think that is the title), the LIttle House series. We enjoy living books of all kinds. For the littles we read to them often. Sometimes I do, sometimes dh does, and sometimes the olders read to the younger ones.

Lynn said...

I used to love reading to my boys when they were younger. Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook had some fantastic book recommendations, and also Gladys Hunt's Honey for a Child's Heart. Happy reading :)

Abbi said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment and share books you liked!

The ones that we haven't read are: Lost on a Mountian in Maine (sounds interesting!), Orphaned on the Oregon Trail (unless that is the same as "7 alone"),and the ones Lynn mentioned. I will look forward to checking them out. I like the other ones that you mentioned that we have read as well.

Wendy said...

Hi. Here from Rocks in my Dryer. I'm a mom of four young ones and we have been enjoying the Christian Heroes then & now series. The books each tell the story of a missionary. We are currently reading Amy Carmichael. There are lots in the series. As you said about the books you are reading I too have done some editing. Many of the Missionaries had to deal with things I don't want to explain to my children right now in their innocence. But they have learned a great deal from these books. Hope you enjoy. Wendy

martha said...

I look forward to reading the Ralf Moody books to my children.
for good age appropriate books to read out loud, try the Sonlight curriculum catalog.


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