Cozy, Rainy School Day

The rain began last night, turned to sleet, and then back to rain...all day long today.  Rainy days make the coziest school days, especially when there's a good book to read aloud.  Colette and Max are certainly old enough to do all their own reading, but sometimes there's a book that just begs to be shared together.  Max's curriculum called for him to read The Magician's Nephew (C.S. Lewis) and analyze its worldview.  Uh...excuse me...pass that book over here!  Colette even paused in her reading of Beowulf (and she was only too glad to do so) to listen.

Max kept cozy with a quilt and his curriculum guide, Ticonderoga scribbling away as I read.

The Magician's Nephew  is pefect for an animated read aloud.  It's full of lines like, "Then Jadis spoke; not very loud, but there was something in her voice that made the whole room quiver."  I do all the voices.

The trick to doing voices is quickly skimming ahead whenever you see quotation marks coming.  Figure out who is speaking and how they are speaking: mournfully, quietly, sarcastically.  Do they shriek?...cry?...thunder?  You know you've entered into Advanced Voices when you can do young, old, male, and female in Scottish brogue.

Some of our favorite family read alouds through the years include:
--The Little House Books (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
--The Five Children and It (E. Nesbit)
--Henry Huggins series (Beverly Cleary)
--Tales from the Old Squire's Farm (C.A. Stephens)
--Duncan's War/King's Arrow/Rebel's Keep (Douglas Bond)
--The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
--The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
--Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)


  1. My mother also read out loud to us, well into our high school years. We read most of the titles you've listed above. A few other favorites: the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody (Little House-ish but about a boy on a ranch), the historical fiction of Rosemary Sutcliffe ("Eagle of the Ninth" is a good starter), the novels of Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott, and the unfailingly side-splitting "Cheaper by the Dozen."

  2. Hi, Sarah!

    Oh, yes...those are some more excellent titles and authors! We've read most of those too. Rosemary Sutcliffe is my one of my oldest daughter's favorite authors. I believe she said that "The Eagle of the Ninth" is about to be made into a movie.


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