Read Aloud with High-Schoolers?

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  • Twinsmomxtwo
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    Is it reasonable to want to have family read aloud for some of the history and literature books with my high schoolers?  I will have 4 in HS this fall in 9th and 11th grades.  I have some resources I want all to benefit from but may be a bit too difficult for my 9th grade students to grasp on their own.  We’ll be doing Early Modern so this is the only opportunity I have to use these books  because we won’t be cycling back to this time period  since I’ve only got 4 years left.  I don’t want to get into a situation where my kids dread the read aloud time because then it becomes useless.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Karen Smith
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    If your children enjoy family read-alouds, then go for it. I read to my children through high school and beyond. My adult daughter and I still enjoy reading books aloud together a couple times a week. The relationship building that comes with reading together doesn’t have to end just because they are no longer little.

    Twinsmomxtwo
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    That’s what I feel, too, but we haven’t done it in a while and I’m just concerned they won’t want to anymore.  But I guess I’ll just have to give it a try again.  I’ve just been hesitant to put a lot of planning into it and have it fall flat.

    Melanie32
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    Karen- I loved reading your response! My adult daughter and I still enjoy read alouds when we can fit them in. I read and she draws and paints while we have afternoon tea. It’s lovely!

    Karen Smith
    Moderator

    Melanie, My favorite memories from homeschooling my children are all the books we enjoyed together. We have so many connections with each other and the world around us because of the books we enjoyed together. At one point, my kids felt sorry for their dad because he didn’t understand half our conversations because so many of our conversations involved references to books. They insisted we include dad for one family read aloud each week. Enjoying books together is such a treasure!

    Melanie32
    Participant

    Karen-I feel the same way! That’s so sweet that your husband joined in on the action. Read alouds were definitely my favorite part of homeschooling!

    Ruralmama
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    When I was in highschool my mother still read aloud to us in the evening. We all loved it! My husband likes it when I read aloud in the evening now…well some books he cares about not all.

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