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Reading aloud is a huge part of our daily life. We started reading to each of our kids when they were still in my womb, and we have continued the habit although both of our kids are strong, independent readers.
Emma and Jensen have thoroughly loved (still do!) the classic Dr. Seuss stories. I still remember most of Green Eggs and Ham from reading it to them three and four times a night when they were teeny. Goodnight, Moon was probably Jensen’s favorite book until he turned five.
Both kids loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the original Winnie the Pooh, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Now, their reading interests are more varied. Emma absolutely adores the old-school Nancy Drew series, some of which were my books that I saved for “my daughter one day.” She is thrilled with solving the mysteries that Nancy always finds herself involved with.
Jensen loves all books that show the insides of things. Whether it be a robot or the human body, he loves to see how things work. Usborne books has been a wonderful resource for my buddy. He also loves reading about farms and animals.
Right now, we are reading two different books with the kids. I read Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Mike reads The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.
Each book fulfills some part that our kids love. I read the stories of how Almanzo and his family work hard in their fields or with their horses, and Mike reads the stories of mysterious adventures that take place.
I love that our kids get to snuggle up in their bunk beds and get ready to take off in their imaginations. Not that they need any help with that. They are constantly thinking of stories to write or worlds to create. Jensen plans on building the first Chick-fil-a in Alaska. Emma dreams of being a veterinarian and winning sled dog races, also in Alaska.
They both want to go on a road trip to Argentina together to dig up dinosaur fossils.
They are constantly discussing which Pokémon cards are needed next in their collections.
Their minds are always rigorously working.
These readings, often at night, allow us to all be in the same frame of thought. “Would Starlight really be able to win at the county fair?” This was what we discussed after reading two chapters about the Wilder family.
“They work so hard as a family.” Emma stated after our reading of the harvest that the Wilders did in Chapter 20.
It’s one of the many magical moments of parenting when your children grasp how beautiful the world is or how satisfying a good story can be.
The only problem is, it’s never enough! Once you start an amazing story, it’s shear torture to stop for the night.
“That was the shortest chapter ever!” I heard Emma say as Mike was kissing them goodnight and tucking them in. He had only been reading for thirty minutes or so which is hardly any time in the mind of a child.
If that’s the only problem, I can live with it.