Developing a reading culture in our homes requires that we cultivate the habits of reading aloud and reading together with our children. It also necessitates a print rich environment in our homes.
Reading books with our children has been the single most worthwhile investment in our homeschool. Don’t underestimate the power of good story in the lives of our kids- both for academics and character development.
Here are some of my favorite resources on books and reading:
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease- Mr. Trelease is the consummate advocate of reading aloud to kids of all ages. This book is a quick read and very compelling. If you doubt the power of reading to kids, make this book a priority!
Read for the Heart: Whole Books for WholeHearted Children by Sarah Clarkson- This one is arguably my favorite. Ms. Clarkson so eloquently inspires readers to pursue the best in books and as a homeschool graduate, she is the product of the investment her parents made in a reading culture in their home. You will know that reading aloud is time well spent after reading this one!
Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt- A classic, this one is a great read on books and reading.
Honey for a Teen’s Heart by Gladys Hunt & Barbara Hampton- In this volume, the authors share how to use books to communicate with teens. Fabulous read on how to use books to engage our young adults.