Read Alouds are all the rage in homeschooling circles, but the truth is that reading aloud to your children should be a priority even if your children attend school outside of the home. Many write off picture books because they believe that they are too easy/young for older children. However, when I was teaching High School English, I used them to teach literary elements/terms like irony, simile, metaphor, and more. I also used short stories as they offer uniquely, diverse viewpoints that help broaden a child (and a parent’s) perspective. I use read alouds to do two things: to help teach a concept and to foster a love of reading.
Here are a few suggestions for great read alouds. [Read more…]