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We recently switched to Heart of Dakota curriculum which we are loving very much. It has made our days go much smoother. And I love the Charlotte Mason feel to it. (We have taken out most of the extra language arts in favor of implementing a more authentic CM day)
My only struggle is with their Storytime, which is intended as a read-aloud/independent reading time. My daughter really struggles with being read to because she tends to space out and is not an auditory learner. She also sees storytime as a somewhat juvenile activity and I think it makes her feel like a young child. She is a young child at 12 years of age. But is 12 a good age to hand storytime over as an independent reading time as long as I require an oral narration of what’s been read? At what age do you stop storytime/read-alouds?TristanParticipant
At 12 we still do storytime, at 20 we will still do storytime. BUT 12 is a good age to hand over a large portion of their reading! We keep one family read aloud book going at all times (sometimes more than one). My kids currently are 14, 11, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 2, and 3 months. Sometimes our read aloud is aimed more at one end of the age spectrum or the other but so far (more than 8 years running now) all ages have generally enjoyed every read aloud book. I’ve even been surprised by who really likes a particular book or who doesn’t (which happens occasionally).nebbyParticipant
I read aloud over lunch to my kids (ages 10-15). Maybe try harder books? The little ones will likely still follow along and enjoy it if they are good stories. Or let her do some of the reading to all of you?GemParticipant
Mine are 15 and 12 – we still do read aloud and I don’t anticipate stopping anytime soon.
One thing I have done sometimes is to get them their own copies of the book – and as I am reading, they follow along in their book.jenni33Participant
Great advice. Thanks ladies. I will definitely keep the read-aloud book, but probably just hand it over to her to read silently. One thing I really like about the activities in HOD with the storytime is the vocabulary, identifying plot, character studies and other actitivities. So her doing it alone is not an issue of learning, it’s probably more my momma’s heart trying to hang on that cuddle time. She’s 12, and our other child is our 18 year old graduating senior. So I am having a hard time aloowing her to be independent with story time. It’s as much for me as it is for her. She reads all the time, but we ceased read alouds this past year when things got crazy at home. Now trying to pick it back up again when she’s a little older is not as easy. I would rather turn it over to her to read rather than force her to let me read it to her.
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