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See if any of this sounds like you:
Well then, Sarah Mackenzie is a wonder--she has the solution to all of these problems.
Sarah began Read-Aloud Revival, her popular blog and podcast, as a way of teaching families how to build their family culture around books. Sound strange? Not so much. Hang in there with me! Not only has reading been shown to increase test scores, emotional intelligence, and to create an appreciation for people and cultures different than our own, but reading aloud also brings quality family time that can't be duplicated any other way.
It helps us slow down, experience a variety of emotions (we laugh, cry, and get excited together), and hopefully do a little snuggling. Now, this doesn't mean we are all sitting quietly on the couch with our hands folded. Heavens, no! Some kids play with legos, some do crafts or other quiet activities, and sometimes we read during meals or in the car. On days we need a little motivation, snacks are a great addition.
I love having common books that we all know and love. We refer to them just as we do movies we enjoy - but often, the conversations are much richer, because reading lends itself better to that. No pushing the pause button, concepts can be delved into deeper and the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. Don't just think that read-alouds are only for young children. If you do it just right, teens love it, too! (It is soooo fun to read to older kids!) And Sarah is an expert at teaching us how to do that.
This is a little of what Sarah and Read-Aloud Revival have to offer you (email address may be required):
I really encourage you to check it out. My family has really benefited from using these principles, and I think yours, might too!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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