As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{31 Days to Make a House a Home} Day 19 ~ Read Aloud

Choose a book to read aloud as a family.

Sharing a book is a wonderful way to create family memories, learn together, and collect a treasure trove of shared knowledge and stories.

Dad usually chooses the family read aloud.  After all, we girls read (or have read) lots of books together as part of our homeschool studies, so this is a chance for Dad to have some input into our learning.  His selections bring some male influence into our reading, and he sometimes chooses books that we may not have read otherwise.

Think your family is too old to do this? 

Think again!  We have continued to read aloud long after each child learned to read.  In fact, we read aloud as long as they are physically present.  And I hope that Ron and I will continue to share books aloud, even after the last child has left the nest!

A few of our family read alouds:
  • The Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Wyss)
  • Daniel Boone: The Opening of the Wilderness (John Mason Brown)
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)
  • All of a Kind Family series (Sydney Taylor)
  • Young Abraham Lincoln (Carl Sandburg)
  • Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt)
  • A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
  • Drake: The Man They Called a Pirate (Jean Lee Latham)
  • The Chronicles of Narnia series (C. S. Lewis)  

    Sharing a love of literature, history, or just a good story...another way to make a house a home.  
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    1. I love that you all read aloud together. What a great time for the family.

      We homeschool also!!!

    2. We love to read a book together. It makes it so interesting to be able to discuss it together.


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