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Ready to dive into a little brain science? Today, we're discovering what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud. This is probably not a surprise, but... A LOT is happening. Dr. John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is joining me to break this down. I love how he puts it in the beginning of this episode: that scientists are using fancy methods to verify what we already know - that reading aloud is good for our kids. Want to know what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud? You're in the right place. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: how the brain actually readsthe immense value of dialogic reading (don't worry - you're already doing this!)how reading aloud "primes" the brain for reading independently CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 3:35The RAR Premium Spring Lineup! 🌸🌱6:09Lots of nature!9:44What's going on 'under the hood' when we read aloud14:40How the brain actually reads18:42Seen on an MRI23:44'A Goldilocks Effect'30:15'Neurons that fire together, wire together'37:25Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "There's a maxim in neuroscience: neurons that fire together, wire together. So really, the more you practice anything, the stronger the neural circuits become."Dr. John Hutton "We say it all the time at Read Aloud Revival: there's nothing that a novel can give your child that a picture book can't."Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: RAR PremiumRAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb RosenstockCindy WestJonathan RogersIrene LathamRAR # 130: Reading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love, Meghan Cox GurdonAll About ReadingThe Logic of EnglishRobert MunschDr. Hutton's Latest StudyBlue Manatee PressBlue Manatee Dialogic Reading (DR) series BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are Amazon affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: Why and how reading aloud will change your children's lives forever (Mem Fox)Why read aloud to kids who can read to themselvesWhy your kids love graphic novels and which we love best
Learning to read can be hard. And when our kids are still learning to read fluently and well, helping them fall in love with books can feel impossible. But it doesn't have to be that way. In today's episode, I'm going to show you how to help your kids fall in love with stories, and tell you why it will help them more to keep reading aloud than to cram in another long phonics lesson. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: a reminder that learning to read is a little like climbing a mountain! ⛰️the key to getting our kids reading (hint: it's NOT endless phonics practice)how to become a book match-maker for your child I also answer two questions about transitioning from audio books to independent reading and the advantages and disadvantages to reading versus watching Shakespeare. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 2:45Q&A: Transitioning from audio books to independent reading6:57Q&A: Shakespeare and the advantages/disadvantages of reading versus watching11:26Climbing the mountain ⛰️13:31Three ways to help our developing readers15:35Spend more time (surprise!) reading aloud 😉18:14Favorite early reader books19:56Series for the win!22:33Ideas for great, page-turning series we love (and 'finding the right jelly bean'25:47'Secret Juice': How to use a series28:33You can't help your child too much32:09Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "If our kids love stories, they will have an incentive to learn to read... because then they can get the stories for themselves."Sarah Mackenzie "You can't help your child too much, so don't worry about making this too easy on them. You want this to be easy on them. The most important thing is not to ruin the story by trying to turn it into a lesson. Let your child love the story and let them fall in love with the story. The reading skill will come with time."Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: The Great Homeschool ConventionsPam Barnhill - Your Morning BasketColleen Kessler - Raising Lifelong LearnersRAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to ShakespeareAll About ReadingLogic of EnglishRAR #105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)Get RAR emailsSeries to Hook Your Developing Reader (Book List)Laura Martin episode about 'finding the right jelly bean' BOOKS FOR DEVELOPING READERS: (All links are Amazon affiliate links.) Nothing Found OTHER BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: How to read a wordless picture bookAnswering your Q's and audio books for kidsWhen your child doesn't love reading
The Bard. He can be a little intimidating, right? If you've ever wondered how to introduce your kids to Shakespeare, you are in a for a treat with this podcast episode. Many of us met Shakespeare in a way that didn't set us up to love him or even understand him. But today, I'm joined by Ken Ludwig, award-winning playwright and author of How to Teach your Children Shakespeare - my very favorite resource for doing just that! IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: Why we should make Shakespeare a part of our curriculum How to get over the intimidation factor, once and for allExactly how and where to start teaching your kids Shakespeare (I promise, it's easier than you think!) CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: We recorded this conversation as a livestream. Watch it below: https://vimeo.com/499441979 TIME STAMPS: 3:54Great Homeschool Conventions are coming5:22Ken Ludwig is here7:12Why Shakespeare?10:06Cultural literacy12:34'Better students and test takers'18:59But what does it mean?20:01Memorization23:39 Open and go24:51Resources from Ken's site26:49A funny story about those audio passages ...29:57How to really understand what you're reading (Folgers Guides)36:33Where to start (which play?)39:49'Captain of our fairy band ...'45:03Even one play ...51:58Ken's favorite passage01:01:00'I go, I go. Look how I go ...'01:03:39Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "You only have to start with a little bit (of Shakespeare), just a little taste of it and it starts opening doors."Ken Ludwig "(Shakespeare) makes them better readers, because they have to learn to read slowly and understand every word they read. That's how you conquer Shakespeare."Ken Ludwig LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Great Homeschool ConventionsPam BarnhillColleen KesslerKen's siteHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare ResourcesBernard Levin: On Quoting ShakespeareSpecial Event: Emma by Jane Austen (with a special visit from Ken Ludwig)RAR #06: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare with Ken Ludwig BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: The astonishing impact of Louisa May AlcottFavorite picture books for the Middle Ages and RenaissanceHow to fold poetry into your routine
Do you ever feel lost when it comes to how to read a wordless book? I'm convinced that some of the very best picture books being published today are wordless. They invite us to slow down, predict what will come next, make connections, and linger over a good story, well-told. Today I'm excited to share some of the best ones with you, as well as a simple guide for how to read them. In this episode, you'll hear: why wordless books are worth our timehow to read a wordless books (with tips for what to say as you turn the pages)just a few favorites 😉 I also answer a question about how to handle vocabulary when homeschooling, and if listening to books and reading are enough on their own. (Spoiler: ✔️) Get the printable booklist and tip sheet OUR FAVORITE WORDLESS BOOKS Great! Check your email in a few minutes-- your printable booklist is on the way. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.
Here at RAR, we can't think of a better way to kick off a new year than to do it with books. That's why we kick off every January with a challenge for your kids-- to help them start their new year reading and reading and reading some more... and falling a little more in love with books in the process! Today we're sharing all the details of this year's Read-Aloud Challenge. I'll answer your questions, let you know how it works, which books "count," (spoiler alert: you're the boss!), and what to do if your kids get frustrated along the way. We're starting this challenge in January, but you can start it at any time! If you want your kids to read aloud for 25 days and fall more in love with books (and each other) in the process, you're in the right place. Ready to join us? In this episode, you'll hear: how the challenge will help your family kick off a great reading year and reset your rhythmsetting your kiddos up for challenge success (even pre-readers!)answers to your questions about the challenge including what counts and who counts! I also answer a listener question about whether new families will be lost or "behind" if they start a RAR Premium membership now. Hint: Nope! 🥰 Time stamps: 1:21The best way to kick off a new year2:48Helping new families navigate Premium4:52RAR's winter line-up9:34WHY a read-aloud challenge?12:36How to sign up your kids13:56Reading is its own reward, but ... 😉💡 a few fun ideas16:46Making smaller goals count!18:53Answers to common questions21:28You can't help too much24:45For developing readers and pre-readers ...25:56Using wordless picture books28:50Let the Kids Speak Quote to remember: "You can not help your child too much, so just help them whenever they need it."Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: Join RAR PremiumRAR #157: Why Read Aloud to Kids Who Can Read Themselves?Our favorite wordless picture booksPost your photos using the hashtag #readaloudrevival Books mentioned in this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Why and how reading aloud will change your kids' lives forever (Mem Fox)When your child doesn't love readingWhy re-reading is possible the best reading
Welcome to a very special Christmas episode of Read-Aloud Revival, featuring three audio Christmas stories from one of our very favorite storytellers: Jim Weiss. In this episode, 3 audio Christmas stories: The Nativity StoryThe Gift of the MagiThe Nutcracker Exclusive coupons for RAR listeners:: Maestro Classics Coupon: Use RAR2020 to get 25% off of any single CD or MP3 or the 12 CD collection or MP3 collectionWell Trained Mind Coupon: RAR2020 to get 20% off most stories (Discounts are valid through December 2020. May not be combined with any other promotions or offers.) Time stamps: 2:14'A gift for the heart and soul'3:25Stories make excellent gifts (plus coupons!)7:41The Nativity Story10:57The Gift of the Magi22:50The beginning of The Nutcracker37:32Get more stories ...38:12Join us for Christmas School! Audio stories mentioned: (Don't forget to use the coupon code RAR2020 at checkout!) You'll also enjoy: Our favorite Christmas picture booksChristmas and Advent read-alouds with Elizabeth FossStorytime with Jim Weiss (and how to read aloud better)
Do you feel it in the air? The seasons are a-changing...and it's just about the best time of year for reading with a cup of cocoa, next to a crackling fire. (I suppose in the Southern Hemisphere it's lemonade and beach reading... but there's no bad season for reading, right?) We think you're going to be very excited about what we have coming up in RAR this winter, plus a brand new addition to RAR Premium - Christmas School! Listen in while I tell you all about it. In this episode, I'm sharing: an invitation to slow down and simplify this season (yes, please!)all about the first-ever RAR Christmas Schoola preview of what's coming in 2021 (if you have a child who struggles perfectionism, WE SEE YOU-- and don't miss January in RAR Premium) Time stamps: 2:23Christmas School with Tomie dePaola5:23Circle with Sarah: The Seashell Approach7:08Creative Ways to Research with Barb Rosenstock8:13'The Book of Mistakes' -- my favorite picture book for young perfectionists (yep, I have one too)9:10The game is afoot in Mama Book Club11:42WOW: Jonathan Auxier returns 12:34 'Before She was Harriet'14:26'You better believe there will be waffles!'18:21Let the Kids Speak Quote to remember: "A successful homeschool is built out of a series of small actions that are taken on purpose. So that's what we do in Circle with Sarah."Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: All of our Christmas resources are here 🎄RAR PremiumTomie dePaolaRAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb RosenstockRAR #56: What's at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier Books mentioned in this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Christmas novels to read aloud with the whole familyGift Guide: Dozens of bookish gifts for kidsChristmas audio books for the whole family
In today's episode, we're talking about how to talk with your kids about books. Specifically, we're talking about open-ended questions, which you've probably heard us talk about before here at Read-Aloud Revival. Open-ended questions are key to having conversations with your kids about anything they read, and anything you read together. But what exactly qualifies as an open-ended question, and why do they work? In this episode, I'm breaking down: How to make book conversation a habitHow open ended questions are a form of narrationHow to talk about books even if you haven't read them yourself Get your FREE 5 Questions Guide Where should I send it? I was hoping you'd do that! Check your email-- that's where the printable will land. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } I also answer a question about whether it's OK to let kids play while you're r...
It happens to all of us at one point or another: reading shifts in our kids’ lives from being principally about joy and delight into something that needs to be done for school. A lot of us notice a significant drop in how much our kids are reading for pleasure once the school year is well underway. This is a problem. According to the National Literacy Trust, those who enjoy reading are better, more confident readers who spend less time online, and are more motivated by interest and achievement. (source) In fact, we know that no single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading. (source) Not assigned reading. Not reading for school. Free voluntary reading. I want to sit on this for a moment because the emphasis here is on reading for pleasure. Simply being ABLE to read, or reading because you are told to does not confer the same benefits as reading for pleasure. That's what we're tackling today on the podcast. We also get to hear from one of my favorite authors about his newest book release! In this episode, I'm breaking down: How less can actually be more when it comes to your child's reading lifeWhy we want our kids to be friendly and affectionate with the books they're reading A list of books that are just plain fun-- my recommended reads if reading has hit a slump in your house (or if you're just ready for a good time!) Click the play button below to start listening: I talk about... 1:39Enjoying books makes better readers3:13What is our goal?5:58Feeling 'friendly, even affectionate' toward books8:15Less is more10:26Audiobooks instead14:08Invite delight16:09'The Book Whisperer'18:56'less titles, less pressure, less expectations'21:00'Willa the Wisp' (and a new series!)25:25'The Fabled Stables'26:19A series for many ages31:48 A prequel to 'Peter Nimble'34:07Let the Kids Speak More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px;...
History comes alive when you read aloud a picture book biography. This list organizes our favorites into time periods and categories.
A tranquil mind. Any chance you want one of those? I know I do. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we're talking about how readers can give themselves the gift of a tranquil mind by reading old books. Wait, did I just say "by reading old books?" I did. And I have a feeling this episode will challenge and expand your expectation for what reading old books can do for us in the here and now. Alan Jacobs I like to describe Alan Jacobs as one of my favorite thinkers... ...and if you listen in to this episode, you'll know why. He's an accomplished author and a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Baylor University, and in this episode he's talking about why we can benefit from reading old books right now more than ever. His reasons might just surprise and delight you -- especially if you're feeling a little frayed by everything in the world demanding your attention. I'm not gonna lie, folks, a conversation with Alan Jacobs is always, always worth the time. I think you're going to love this one! Also, be sure to check out his newest book, Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind. I loved it. In this episode: our own tranquility vs our own twitchinesshow to read books that contain troublesome and problematic ideas (because old books tend to do that... a lot!)what it means to read with generosity I also answer a listener question about whether we should let our kids do their own independent reading instead of listening to the group read-aloud. Click the play button below to start listening: We talk about... 2:12 'Breaking Bread with the Dead' - Alan Jacobs is back2:47 Q&A: Having kids listen to read-alouds instead of reading independently7:05 Book lists and more 10:29 Writing about 'old books from strange times'14:36 Tranquility vs. twitchiness19:12 Helping kids experience a different world21:57 Sitting at a table23:55 'Training ground'30:21 'Troublesome books'35:25 Reading with generosity37:51 Jacob wrestling with the angel40:90 Not too much reverence42:28 Where to begin with old books46:07 Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "When you read an old book, you want to look for something that has thoughts that are not your thoughts, that has assumptions that are not your assumptions, that sees the world very differently than you see the world, because those are the words that are going to teach us."Alan Jacobs "Anybody who's been to a museum knows that it's possible to just stand too close to the painting you're trying to look at. You're so close to it, you can see certain things, but you can't see the overall composition. You can't see how the different elements of the painting relate to one another. So, what do you do? You step back."Alan Jacobs "Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead."W.H. Auden "If you've read the past carefully and patiently and you've developed a little bit of tranquility, then you have a chance of kind of carrying over that tranquility to your encounters with people who disagree with you ... and that I think people really notice."Alan Jacobs "The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." L.P. Hartley Links from this episode: Get the book listsTake the quiz (or text QUIZ to 33777)RAR MembershipMatthew Crawford - Attentional Commons essayBrian Morton essay on Edith WhartonRAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan JacobsWhy Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingReading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love
Need a boost of sunshine? Stop whatever you're doing and listen to this podcast. Mem Fox talks about the unique gift reading aloud offers our kids.
What would happen if you decided to be your child's mentor, rather than their teacher? What if you awakened their wonder and curiosity, so that they became the kind of people who thirst for knowledge and understanding? What if you could fall in love with homeschooling your kids? In this episode, Sally Clarkson and I continue a conversation we started over on her podcast a few weeks ago. We discuss how Sally translated her own boredom with traditional education in order to find a different way for her four children... and the (rather fantastic) results of those choices. If you ever wonder whether homeschooling "works" or gets good results, you probably want to listen to this episode. 😉 ...and if you're about to set off on a year of home learning, be encouraged and inspired to have a glorious year of awaking wonder in your kids. In this podcast episode, you'll hear: how we can raise lifelong learners who aren't afraid to tackle big questions and obstacleshow to make your home a place of resource for your childrenthe difference between being your child's teacher and being his or her mentor (this is BIG) Click the play button below to start listening: We talk about... 2:33What did Sally prioritize in her homeschool?3:27 The importance of Awaking Wonder8:30What to use for curriculum10:58Mentoring vs teaching15:54"Let's find out together"19:08Dealing with fear -- and we all deal with fear22:30"Cooperate with natural curiosity"23:44'What should I do after I read aloud?'27:06Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "A mentor is someone who looks into the personality and the life of the child and says, 'I believe that there is endless potential. I believe that you've been made uniquely. I believe there is imagination to unearth, there are strengths to develop.'"- Sally Clarkson "A teacher covers material ... a mentor uncovers it. A mentor sits on the same side of the table, metaphorically speaking, and says, 'Let's find out together...'"- Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: Check out the RAR Quiz or text QUIZ to 33777The first part of this conversation: At Home with Sally: Awakening Wonder: Grace and Peace from Sarah MackenzieAwaking Wonder: At Home Together conferenceJoy's Twitter thread (Sarah just *loved* this) Books from this episode: Nothing Found Want more? Yeah, I get it. I can't get enough of Sally either! She and I did an IG Live last week to talk about curriculum, how to know you're doing enough in your homeschool, homeschooling high school, and more. You can watch the replay here, even if you don't have an Instagram account.
We need a drumroll today, because on the podcast we’re revealing all of our autumn picks for RAR Premium. I'm also answering podcast listener Corrie's question about how to preserve her son's love of reading. It's easy to slip into schooly habits that kill our kids' love of reading-- so how can we help preserve our children's love of reading even after the school year starts? Here's a quick video preview (scroll down for the full podcast episode): https://vimeo.com/446615212 Listen in to the podcast episode: RAR Premium is where we help your kids fall in love with books, and we help you fall in love with homeschooling. Scroll down to find out how. Looking for the printable calendar? Click the image below for the instant download: MONTHLY FAMILY BOOK CLUBS Our family book clubs are created specifically for families to use together-- regardless of your kids’ ages. Members receive monthly: Downloadable Family Book Club Guides“Looking Closely” videos from me (where I invite your kids to look for specific things as they read)Exclusive live video interviews with the author/illustrator of that month’s book pick. There’s nothing else like it! Upcoming Family Book Clubs: WOW WORKSHOPS Our wildly popular workshop series, WOW: Writers on Writing, is here to stay! We heard you loud and clear-- you want us to keep offering your kids these short, inspiring, and incredibly useful workshops that focus on one writing skill at a time. The best part? They’re taught by some of today’s best children’s book authors. Each Workshop will come with a WOW Guide so that you can use the workshops either as a once-a-month quick dip, or as a once-a-week deep dive to really master the skill being taught. Upcoming WOW Workshops: Best for ages: 9-12 Best for ages: 7-16 Best for ages: 8+ GET RAR PREMIUM ➝ HOMESCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Monthly classes with me (we call them Circle with Sarah) that help you take the small, simple, important steps toward falling more in love with your homeschool. These live monthly classes have been called “alone the price of Premium”, “the best thing I’ve ever done for my homeschool” and “my favorite day all month” by our members… … so if you’d like to enjoy your homeschool this coming year, I suggest you join us! Upcoming topics: And of course, as soon as you join Premium, you have access to all of our previous classes in our “For Mamas” library. (See what’s in the library here➝) MAMA BOOK CLUB This season, we’re reading Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. We’ll be translating her classroom-based ideas into our homeschools, and I can’t wait. I love this book and have it all marked up and ready for another read! Everything in Premium is recorded (and all replays contain closed captions) so your family can participate at a time that’s best for your schedule. RAR Premium does what we think all the best curriculum does-- it helps you connect with your kids, and it makes your job easier, not harder. Ready to join us? I hope so. GET RAR PREMIUM ➝ This school year, let us help your kids fall in love with books, and help you fall in love with homeschooling.
Recently, I posted on social media about my oldest daughter becoming our first homeschool graduate. I’ll admit to being a proud mama. I think for a lot of us homeschooling our kids, we hear that it works, we are told colleges want homeschoolers-- are actively seeking out homeschoolers-- but we still are a little nervous. We wonder if we’ve prepared them well, if this grand homeschooling experiment is going to work out. So when my oldest daughter was not only accepted into every single college she applied to, but received generous merit-based scholarships at each one, as well, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. At the end of that post about my oldest daughter graduating, I left a little note for homeschool mamas, letting them know that all the lessons, conversations, books, essays, projects, field trips, the good days and the hard days -- all of the WORK of homeschooling, is completely and totally worth it. Worth it in a way you can’t really see when you’re in the middle of it, but that’s crystal clear when you’re at the end of the road, looking back. Your homeschool does not have to be impressive. You can be ordinary. So can your homeschool plans. So many of us worry that we aren’t enough, or that our families aren’t the extraordinary type. But most of the homeschoolers I know don’t feel like they’re rocking homeschooling. They don’t feel like they’re doing an amazing job. They sort of feel… ordinary. I know many of you are considering homeschooling for the first time, and I know that you don’t think you can do it. You think you’re not enough. You think it will be too hard. Maybe you did some distance learning through your school last spring, and you’re ready to throw in the towel on the idea of homeschooling. Since many of us will be home educating in one capacity or another in the coming school year, I want to share 10 homeschooling mistakes I’ve made over the years (trust me, there are plenty more- but these are the 10 that I thought would be most useful to you as you set out on a new school year.) You can learn from mistakes. This is a podcast episode, so click the play button below to start listening. You can also grab the full transcript at the top of this post. Listen to the podcast episode: In this episode, you'll hear... why your ordinary homeschool is more than enoughthe two most powerful tools in my homeschooling tool kit10 homeschooling mistakes I've made (so you can avoid them) 1:24First homeschool graduate3:34Distance learning is different4:36Mistake #1: I thought curriculum choices made a huge difference7:07Mistake #2: I overplanned9:19Mistake #3: I underprioritized reading aloud11:58Mistake #4: I didn't combine my kids for enough subjects16:04Mistake #5: I thought our homeschool needed to be extraordinary18:45Mistake #6: I tried to make my homeschool look like a classroom20:42Mistake #7: I prioritized my role as teacher over my role as mom22:27Mistake #8: I compared my kids to other kids23:26Mistake #9: I thought I could do a better job homeschooling with more25:07Mistake #10: I was too hard on myself31:24We won't regret this32:49Let the Kids Speak Links from this episode: The RAR Quiz or text QUIZ to 33777Pam Barnhill on skill subjects versus content subjectsRAR Premium More support for your coming year: RAR Premium is the best place I know for homeschool professional development, key resources like Family Book Clubs, writing workshops taught by some of today's best children's book writers, and support for your whole year. In RAR Premium, want to help your kids fall in love with books, and help you fall in love with homeschooling. You'll also enjoy: Water your bamboo - How to focus on the process (not the outcome) in your homeschoolHow to fold poetry into your routineHow to choose books for your kids
Greta Eskridge and I discuss how books can be the conduit for adventuring with your kids, no matter your circumstances or your resources.
Why read aloud to kids who can read themselves? It's a fair question. Not many of us remember parents or teachers reading to us once we were old enough to read on our own. But the benefits of reading aloud to kids who are old enough to read themselves are numerous. That's what we're tackling in this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. In this episode, you'll hear: 5 major benefits to reading aloud to kids who can read themselvesHow reading together can help us connect during challenging timesWhy experts agree that reading aloud is an absolute game changer when it comes to academics For a one-page PDF you can share and distribute, pop your email in below, and I'll send it to you. Download the "Why Read Aloud?" PDF Free to reproduce and distribute. (Disponible en inglés y español.) There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address Send it to me Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } Click the play button to listen: Listener Guide:
In today's episode, I'm answering several of your questions about audio books for kids. Let's talk favorite narrators, whether audio books hold you children back from learning to read on their own, and more. In this episode, you'll hear: how to choose winning narratorswhether it's holding our kids back to let them listen to lots of audiohow I handle books in a serieswhether or not to assign books during quiet reading timewhen your husband is not a big reader Listener Guide: 4:58Choosing audio book narrators11:19Are we holding our kids back by using audio books?17:19What are your thoughts on introducing higher level books to young kids? 22:10How do you handle reading aloud books from a series?26:44Should I assign books for my son to read during quiet time?29:58What to do when your husband isn't a reader33:48Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "There is no greater impetus or motivation for (a child) to want to be a reader than to love stories." - Sarah Mackenzie "There's really nothing so powerful to help your child become a reader for life as to fall in love with the regular habit of free, voluntary reading." - Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: RAR PremiumRAR #66: Do Audio Books Count as Read-Alouds?OverdriveLibbyAudible DealsThe Great Big Audible Q and ARAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #154: When Your Child Doesn't Love Reading (this is what I meant when I suggested Episode 153... it's actually Episode 154, about how most of your child's reading should be free, voluntary reading) Some of my favorite narrators: Jim DaleKatherine KellgrenCherry JonesHugh BonnevilleStephen FryMeryl StreepMorgan FreemanGlenn CloseJack Nicholson Some of my favorite audio books for kids: Nothing Found Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Water Your Bamboo - How to focus on the process (not the outcome) in your homeschool The importance of reading at whim and developing your own tasteCreating a book club culture at home
In today's episode, I'm answering your questions - from reading to separate age groups and how to make time for that (!), to what to do if summer reading programs make your kids want to read LESS... In this episode, you'll hear: when summer reading programs aren't usefulhow to handle a drop in comprehension when kids start reading longer booksideas for easy chapter bookshow to make time for reading aloud when your kids want to be outside all dayfavorite fairy-tale-esque book recommendationsreading aloud to different age groups Listener Guide: 2:25When reading challenges become a battle5:46A drop in comprehension with longer books9:31Easy chapter book ideas13:42Reading aloud during warmer weather months17:57Fairy tale-esque book suggestions22:27Reading aloud to different age groups27:47Library's Most Wanted32:31Beyond books - Imagination36:10Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "Our goal is to launch our kids into their adult lives as avid readers, as humans who love to read." - Sarah Mackenzie "Encountering these issues in books, where you can talk through them and discuss them with your kids, can really be a great gateway of sorts, a way to have conversations about hard topics with our kids in a safe way." - Sarah Mackenzie "Without imagination, our kids won't be able to love reading stories, and they need imagination to sustain that mental theater constructed of words and characters. " - Carolyn Leiloglou Links from this episode: January RAR 31-Day Read-Aloud ChallengeRAR #85: Reading Messy Books About Hard Topics with KidsRAR #41: Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn LeiloglouTo get a signed copy of Carolyn's book Library's Most Wanted: The TwigHouse Full of BookwormsCarolyn Leiloglou's Author site Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Keeping up with advanced readersReading aloud as an obstinate act of loveWhy read picture books with older kids?
We know that we want our kids to love to read. And it's important (really important!) to give them the best chance fall in love with books. That's why so many of us get worried when we have a child who doesn't love reading. It's a valid worry. What can be done about it? On today's episode of the podcast, I share ideas for what to do when your child doesn't love reading. We can't exactly make our kids into readers, but we can give them the best chance possible that they'll become readers for life. And it's a lot of fun to do so! In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing simple tips to help your kids become voracious readers, and why the single most important part of your child's school day is free, voluntary reading. In this episode, you'll hear: Why free, voluntary reading is the power player in your child's reading lifeThoughts from experts in the field on building lifelong readersHow to help our kids choose books they'll love I also answer a listener question about what to do if your child is intimidated by lots of words on the page. Click the play button below to start listening: Listener Guide: 1:13Simple steps to raise voracious readers3:01Question: What if my kids are intimidated by text-heavy books?6:11Reading with the ear9:16Why we want our kids to love reading12:17 Some books are ... boring14:09Finding the right jelly bean15:46When one child loves to read and their sibling doesn't18:07Not just for school21:17Free, voluntary reading 24:11Schedule time, not titles27:04Reading below reading level28:46The Book Whisperer's advice33:16Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "No single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading." Stephen D. Krashen, The Power of Reading "My credibility with students and the reason they trust me when I recommend books to them stems from the fact that I read every day of my life and that I talk about reading constantly. I am not mandating an activity for them to do that I'm not doing myself. I do not promote reading to my students because it is good for them or because it is required for school success. I advocate reading because it is enjoyable and enriching." Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer Links from this episode: RAR PremiumWOW - Writers on WritingMiranda PaulMaryrose WoodRAR #59: Books to Make the Whole Family Howl, Maryrose WoodRAR #137: Why Your Kids Love Graphic Novels (and which we like best)Kindle PaperwhiteRAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel WillinghamFor the QUIZ, next QUIZ to 33777RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura MartinRAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Finishing the school year doesn't need to be a slogHow to choose books for your kidsIf you want your kids to love reading, try this
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Fannie

His ending is spot on. This was such an interesting episode. He's a very wise and generous man.

Mar 17th
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Alisa Jones

I really liked everything he had to say about reading aloud but I really could have without the snide tone about public schools and teachers.

Jun 19th
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Hannah Zimmerman

I LOVE THIS!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 💗

Mar 13th
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Danielle Evans

One of my favorite podcasts. I enjoy the guests and the book recommendations.

Nov 13th
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LLZIG

sooooo happy for my RAR fix!

Jul 10th
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Chris Kimmel

loved it

Aug 16th
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