We had a great time during the second half of our school year just reading through books and using those books as the jumping point to study so many other subjects, from language arts to social studies, from visual arts to science. It’s been an enriching time. The kids seemed to retain the information much better because they were learning them in the context of a story. We were actually in a dry spell with homeschool and switching it up to this revived their desire to learn.
The curriculum we used was Five in a Row. Each week, we focused on a certain book, and I read the book aloud to them once a day for 5 days in a row. After each reading, we focused on two subjects that were drawn from that story book.
For instance, when we read A Pair of Red Clogs, we took a virtual trip to Japan, learning geography and the Japanese culture. Art, which is my kids’ favorite subject, was spent learning simple Origami . At the beginning of each week, the kids are usually asking with excitement what new book we’ll be reading. This was a nice change for me, after hearing a lot of “School is boring.” Sigh. I don’t blame them. I was beginning to get bored with it myself. We’re glad we made the change, and we’ll likely continue it for the next school year.
Here is a list of the books that we read through this curriculum. I think these are great read-alouds for kids, even without the curriculum. I read to all my kids at the same time, and the stories engaged them all, from the 3-year-old to the 8-year-old. Perhaps you are looking for some good books to read to your kids this summer. Most of these should be in your public library.
Do you have any favorite Read-Aloud Books for your children?