Ok, who is up for a challenge? We are at the mid-point in the school year and it can be a great time to make small changes. Have you gotten behind in reading the books you’ve assigned to your children? It’s a much better narration process (and narration evaluation process when kids are older) if you have read the book yourself — not to mention it is easier to come up with narration prompts for those middle and high school ages where they are moving beyond a simple retelling in their own words.
Here’s the idea: Look at your plans. What is the next book you plan to assign each of your children to read? Grab those books now and start reading them yourself. Put a sheet of paper folded in half inside each one as your bookmark. When you sit to read make notes of narration prompts that come to mind, or even just chapter notes for your own reference later.
I’m doing this even though I’m due with baby #10 in 12 days because honestly, I’ll read a lot while snuggling the baby in the early weeks too, so this is doable. You might find an audio book works well for you – anything goes!Andrea DavisParticipant
WOW! First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on a new one on the way! Secondly, I really think I need to be doing this challenge! It’s one of those things I allow to completely slide because I’m already reading SO MANY of my own books! 🙂TristanParticipant
I do too Andrea Davis, I get my own stack of books going and forget all about the kid books I need to be reading, especially for my oldest couple kids. Many of the books I assign the younger kids I have read before for an older sibling, so I generally don’t need to reread those, but there are still new books every year.
And to be clear – I don’t plan to read their free reading picks ahead of them. Those aren’t school so I don’t require narrations, I just count my blessings that they are reading for fun. (I do check into each book before they are cleared to read it, for appropriateness, by reading detailed reviews or using a book list I trust like the one from the Good and the Beautiful.)
I figure if I stack the books in front of me and read one chapter at a time, working down the stack so I read from each book before reading the next chapter in a book I’ll be able to plug away at several at once.DesParticipant
Tristan congratulations! I’m in but I will need reminders to stop surfing Netflix and read, lol.Andrea DavisParticipant
@tristan We love The Good and the Beautiful! We are currently using their History Year I and one of their science units and a Language Arts course! Next year, I’m not sure what I’ll do. I truly love their resources, but I’m wanting to go full SCM or AO with my middle schooler.DesParticipant
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