Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Character-Building: A Quick Reflection

Character-building is as much a part of homeschooling as Math or Reading. It's an integral part of parenting. Being with you all day, kids are bound to learn something valuable from you- seek out opportunities to put it into words. 

If you notice someone being mistreated, help if you can, even if it's in speech alone, and then talk to your kids about why it happens and why it's wrong. Ask questions, get them thinking. One situation at a time, help them become responsible, compassionate, self-assured adults.

On the homeschool character-building agenda today: Teach my kids that "nothing other people do is because of you". Any actions or reactions you see of others stem from their own personal issues (or lack thereof) so disregard and excuse  the naysayers, and gather strength from those that lift you up. Most of all, keep on truckin';-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Value in Reading Aloud to Your Kids

Reading aloud. We do it often. We do it for fun. We even use the funny voices that give the characters life (WIP!). I remember loving it as a teen when my older cousin would read to me before bed when we had our sleepovers and thinking how I was fine not to be too old for that. Of course, she'd read to me from adult/YA novels, totally age-appropriate;-)

And in the last three years of discovering the beauty in audiobooks, I've listened to and "read" many, many, many books while in the car or cleaning around the house that I might not ordinarily have had time to sit and read. The kids love them too- to give us all a break from time to time, the kids and I will listen to an audiobook at bedtime instead. 

Since leading a troop of Girl Scout Brownies, I've tried to incorporate at least one-two books at each meeting for some relaxing downtime. It's amazing how they love it, no matter their age, no matter the book. 

Here's a great short post from Among Lovely Things on the value of reading aloud to kids, and check out the podcast info here as well. 

Another Reading aloud post I found and love!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels

Here's a link to School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels; I found this list via our library's website and thought it was pretty awesome. Whenever I see lists like this, I always have visions about having deep, intellectual book discussions with my Ladies. If only there were time to read them all!

As with anything, take the good and leave the bad, and of course I encourage all parents to carefully screen what their children are reading/watching/hearing/playing, etc. to be sure it's appropriate for them and is in line with your family's values.

Happy Reading!