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One of our favorite parts of our homeschool day is reading together.  I’m trying to figure out if the kids are really that excited about reading together or if they’re just trying to get out of math, but either way they’re pretty excited to sit down and read after breakfast.  For us, it works really well to read a chapter or two right after breakfast and start our school day that way.  It seems like if we don’t read together in the morning, it’s hard to fit it in later. 

Reading together, especially books you’ve never read is a great way to learn with your kids.  We have read some amazing books together, most recently The BFG by Roald Dahl. We also read Peter Pan this year and next we’re reading King Arthur.  Some books are loved more than others, but we’ve learned from each one and enjoyed each one.  I try to pick up good books on sale or at used book stores to build up our library and give us lots to choose from when we’re done with another book.

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Another way to try to fit in read alouds is to read to your kids at lunch time while they’re eating.  You can send them outside for “recess” when they’re done and eat your own lunch in peace.

You could also read altogether in the evening before bed if your schedule allows.  Usually at our house we read right after breakfast and then start our school day.  The evening seems to be our personal reading time.  Noah is usually reading his own book and I will read a shorter picture book to Jack and Sophia.  Recently I’ve been reading The Royal Diary Series: Jahanara to Sophia and sometimes Jack at night. 

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However you can make time to read together it’s always worth it. 

You may want to read where my kids wrote reviews on the books we read last winter.  It was so fun. ๐Ÿ™‚


This post is part of a 31-day series on simplifying our homes and schools. 
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  1. I love doing read alouds, too! We are reading Chronicles of Narnia right now. I always need new book ideas, so this post really helps me with that! Thanks!

  2. Hi Alicia,
    I found your blog through the Wild and Free IG community. Are you also doing the 31 Days series with @thenester? It has been a good motivator for me to write some thoughts about mothering, although the daily posting is sometimes hard to fit in!
    We love reading aloud, our favorite so far this year was Swallows and Amazons, although we also loved Sarah Witchers Story and of course the Little House and Little Britches books.

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