Thursday, September 6, 2012

Seeds of Wisdom - Reading Aloud

Some of the sweetest homeschool moments happen during the hearing of a story.  Whether read aloud by you or with the help of an audio book, read alouds are a favorite part of the day for most families.

Today, we are sharing a few of our recent read alouds and adding them to a favorite Thursday read aloud link-up.

Jessica - Our first read aloud book for this school year has been Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. It is set on the Oregon Trail and in the early years of westward expansion, the historical time-period we are currently studying. It has wonderful descriptions of how Native Americans,trappers and settlers lived. The story has also piqued the interested of my children in pioneer life. We have enjoyed many conversations about cultural understanding and tolerance based on the struggle the main character goes through. I definitely recommend this book!

Beth - We listened to Charlotte's Web on audio as our first read aloud this year. It was narrated by the author E.B. White and was fantastic. I hadn't read the chapter book in a while myself, so it was very captivating. My children enjoyed it very much. It was warm like cozying up under a warm blanket during the fall. Great book for autumn.

Dorie - We just finished Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell.  It is a story about one girl alone on an island for many years.  Shortly after a traumatic loss of most of the men in their tribe, Karana's people choose to leave the island.  Karana, ready to depart with her people on the boat, can not find her brother Ramo.  She finally spots him, on the island, alone.  Without consideration for herself, Karana jumps off the boat and swims to the island to join her brother.  The boat leaves without them.  Just a few days later, Ramo dies, and Karana is left alone on the island for many, many years.  Our family loved this story the first time we read it, and again five years later.  It is one we will return to time and time again.


Looking for more read aloud suggestions?  Every Thursday, Amy at Hope Is the Word hosts a link-up called Read Aloud Thursday.  It is a great resource to find new read alouds or be reminded of old favorites.  Hop on over there today, or any Thursday to find some more great read alouds.

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