My goal for 2014 was to read aloud at least 12 chapter books to my children. My first half of the year reading, I shared here.
The second half of the year, I definitely had more challenges to completing reading. From adding Essentials to our workload to Isaiah’s increased work to Gideon’s tonsilectomy, I didn’t get in as much as I wanted.
Here is what we got done in the second half of the year:
More Stories from Grandma’s Attic is actually one we had started maybe a year ago. While we traveled on our road trip, I read the kids one story a night to get them to wind down in the hotels. I was glad to have a book along for this purpose.
The Sign of the Beaver was a much-needed, fun read-aloud as a family. We enjoyed reading it in just a few days. During a tough week of homeschooling, I pulled this book off the shelf and loved the special time following Matt’s adventures out on his own.
Treasures of the Snow is a beautiful story of two children’s ongoing feud and overcoming bitterness through the Lord’s strength. I mentioned it in my Christmas book post and am glad we got a chance to read Lucien and Annette’s story again this year.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was recommended to us by a reader (and friend). What a delightful story! The Heardmans helped us look at the Christmas story with fresh eyes and led to great discussions about reaching those who don’t know the gospel with the good news of Jesus.
Part of my problem with getting reading down this fall was that I didn’t always make the best pick for books. We actually abandoned two books this year in the middle of reading. (gasp!) I wish I had been more decisive and abandoned them sooner.
Christopher Columbus: Across The Ocean Sea is a great book from the Heroes of History series. We abandoned it though because Ruth and Elijah both had read more than 5 book about Columbus and just were not very interested. I think if we were to read it again when we weren’t in the middle of so many other Columbus books we would have been into the story more. Normally, my children are begging me for another chapter, but because we already knew what was going to happen, they kept forgetting about the book.
The American Twins of the Revolution was a book I really wanted to like. It was about a general’s wife and children hiding gold from the British to pay to the American troops. The setting is local to our area, and I thought we would enjoy the story. I struggled to read the dialectic of the slaves in the story. In fact, the kids kept laughing at my pronunciation and weren’t able to understand what I was saying. This made for slow reading, but we kept plugging along. We finally abandoned the book based on how the book portrayed the slaves. First of all, most of the book calls them servants with only one reference to the fact they were slaves. Then, the book portrayed the slaves as unintelligent, fearful, and totally dependent on the general’s wife for any and all direction. It got bad enough that I just stopped reading and talked to the kids about what I didn’t like. This book is part of a large “twin” series with many free for Kindle on Amazon. I don’t know what the rest of the series is like, but I wanted to mention this in case you had read any of them.
I am thankful that I was able to get 14 books read aloud for this year. We have such fun experiencing books together. Setting this goal was definitely a great move for me.
Do you have any favorite read alouds from this year? Have you ever abandoned a read aloud in your family?