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Read-Aloud Revival

Sarah Mackenzie will help your kids fall in love with books, and will help *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

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RAR #189: What if my kids always pick screens over books? 

Many of us worry about how screen time impacts our kids' reading life. So how do we manage screens in a way that still makes it likely our kids will love to read? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... the case for helping kids engage with screens in a healthy waytwo times a day we go screen-free at our househow to set goals to help kids want to read more Books and links mentioned in the show RAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes Nothing Found You might also like... Helping our developing readers fall in love with booksAnswering your Qs about audio books for kids
2021-10-12
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RAR #188: My kids aren’t picking good books at the library. What do I do?

If you take your kids to the library and they consistently choose books you aren't excited about them reading... what can you do? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... Sarah's favorite places to check book reviewsan alternate way to get library booksdealing with silly books ? vs ones those our kids really aren't ready for ? Books and links mentioned in the show RAR #154: When Your Child Doesn't Love ReadingRedeemed ReaderCommonsense MediaBooks Boys Love RAR BooklistBooks Girls Love RAR Booklist Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes Nothing Found You might also like... Using the library without losing your mindHow to choose books for your kids
2021-09-29
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RAR #187: How to find books that engage both an 8- and a 4-year-old

How can we find books that engage both an 8- and a 4-year-old? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... why we shouldn't leave picture books behinda tip for keeping kids engaged with longer booksa few book suggestions! (naturally ?) Books and links mentioned in the show RAR #73: What Your Kids Can Do While You Read Aloud (they'll probably listen better than ever) Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes Nothing Found You might also like... When you're constantly interrupted during read-aloudsThe lowdown on reading aloud to 4-7 year olds
2021-09-29
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RAR #186: Should my kids’ reading correlate with their history studies?

Should my kids' reading correlate with their history studies? Many of make it a point to make sure our reading lines up with the time period we're learning about in history. Is that a good idea? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... what I wish I worried about less when it comes to teaching historya tip for helping kids track reading by time periodthe value of re-reading the same books over again Books and links mentioned in the show RAR #179: Do You See What I See (How to Look Closely at a Picture Book)Books Boys Love RAR # 141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best Reading Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes Nothing Found You might also like... Helping our developing readers fall in love with booksOur favorite way to read through history
2021-09-29
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RAR #185: Should I Use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons?

Should I use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... Yes, if it works for you. No, if it doesn't.My own experience and my favorite alternatives A reminder: look for the easiest way to teach that also nurtures your relationship with your kids ? Books and links mentioned in the show RAR 175: Is My Child Dyslexic?RAR #176: Homeschooling with Dyslexia Nothing Found Sarah's Favorite Learn-to-Read Programs: I've had success with both of the following programs. I recommend you just peek at both and then choose whichever appeals most to you. Logic of English All About Reading (Many links are affiliate links.) You might also like... When reading starts to feel like school10 Homeschooling mistakes I've made (so you can avoid them) Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes
2021-09-14
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RAR #184: What to do if your developing reader skips words when reading

What should you do if your developing reader skips words when reading? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... Actually, we all do skip words when reading, but...Sarah shares a simple tip (? ??)An idea if your child does this too (? + ?) Books and links mentioned in the show Usborne readers with QR codes (Level 1)Usborne readers with QR codes (Level 2)Usborne readers with QR codes (Level 3) Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes Nothing Found You might also like... Why read aloud to kids who can read to themselves?Keeping up with advanced readers
2021-09-14
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RAR #183: Should We Avoid Abridged or Adapted Versions of the Classics?

Should we avoid abridged or adapted versions of classics? That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. You'll hear... what abridged or adapted versions of the classics can offerwhat happened when Sarah's daughter read an abridged version of Heidihow adapted books can lead to better, richer reading Links mentioned in the show Episode 141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingEpisode 137: Why your kids love graphic novels (and which we like best)Episode 47: How to read the classics with kids (even if you've never read them before) Record a question for Sarah Listen to more RAR episodes Abridged or Adapted Versions of the Classics We've Enjoyed: (Book links are affiliate links.) We've enjoyed abridged classics from Usborne Books, Classic Starts, Great Illustrated Classics, and others. Our recommendations aren't limited to just these few. Any book that helps your child fall in love with the classic story is a win! Nothing Found You might also like...
2021-09-14
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RAR #182: 5 Books I want you to know about, and answers to your questions about reading a book a day

Today I'm sharing five books you'll love, plans for RAR this fall (books clubs and writing and events you don't want to miss!), and answers to your questions about reading a book a day. Wondering if including re-reading is a good idea, or how to stay awake while reading aloud? (You aren't the only one! ?) Tune in to hear: 5 books your kids will adore (including a picture book that seems to always grab kids)some book ideas for you, Mama - I made you a list!a secret audiobook strategy ? ? CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 5:41A Place to Hang the Moon8:18Nobody Likes a Goblin10:04Overground Railroad (and Writers on Writing)13:17Ox-Cart Man (and Barbara Cooney ?)15:47The Lazy Genius Way (and a mama book list ?)20:30Q&A: Reading aloud with an already voracious solo reader23:44Q&A: What about re-reading?25:12Q&A: Staying awake when reading aloud27:07Q&A: Do you require anything along with your read-alouds?28:51Q&A: Read-aloud suggestions for older kids (including some longer form picture books)31:23Q&A: How do you make narration enjoyable?38:28Let the Kids Speak Prices at RAR Premium go up on October 1st, 2021. Join now to lock in our current low rates. Get RAR Premium LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: What's happening in RAR Premium this fall?RAR #178: Why Read a Book a Day?RAR #179: Do You See What I See? How to Look Closely at a Picture BookRAR #180: Reading a Book Day with Older Kids and TeensRAR #181: Practical Tips for Reading a Book a DaySpecial Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)Sarah's Favorites: A Book List for MamaRAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingGet the FREE 5 Questions GuideLeave a message PRINTABLE TRACKERS: BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: RAR #178: Why Read a Book a Day?RAR #179: Do You See What I See? How to Look Closely at a Picture BookRAR #180: Reading a Book Day with Older Kids and TeensRAR #181: Practical Tips for Reading a Book a Day Featured image: © Barbara Cooney
2021-08-31
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RAR #181: Practical Tips for Reading a Book a Day

In this episode, we're offering some tips and ideas to help you with the nitty gritty of reading more picture books. The whole RAR team is back, and we're answering your questions about reading a picture book a day. In this episode, you'll hear: the best way to create a picture book routineif reading the same books again and again is OK (YUP! ?)when and if to buy a particular book, and new way of thinking about investing in books CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: PRINTABLE TRACKERS: TIME STAMPS: 2:52Planning (or not) for which books to read each day5:53Re-reading and its effects on the brain9:24About point and read type books (Richard Scarry)11:35Is there a best time of day to read aloud?13:39Recommending books about vehicles ? ? ?? ?16:52Investing in picture books22:04A few recommendations25:16Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "The key question here is, what's the easiest way for you to read a picture book a day with your kids? However you answer that - that's going to be a really good path forward for you."- Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: RAR #180: Reading a Book a Day with Older Kids and TeensRAR March Picture Book ListRAR #104: Put Those Books Face OutRAR #173: What Happens in Your Child's Brain When You Read Aloud (Dr. John Hutton)RAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingMike Mulligan Audio from Maestro ClassicsRAR #19: Reading Aloud to Toddlers - the Why and HowRAR Books of the WeekMadeline Finn and the Library Dog Book of the Week BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: Do you see what I see? How to look closely at a picture bookWhy read a book a day? (Yep - you can)How to read a wordless book
2021-08-17
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RAR #180: Reading A Book a Day with Older Kids and Teens

We're all on board with reading picture books to our younger kids, but that has to stop at some point, right? Ohhhhhh no. No, it does not. What do our kids stand to gain... and how on earth can we read picture books with older kids and teens? A lot. Here at RAR, we're always saying that there is nothing a novel can give your kids that a picture book can't. Honestly, a picture book might just be able to do it better, with an art gallery to match. In this episode, we're breaking down how to get big kids and teens on board with reading picture books, what they can gain from them, and we're also sharing some book ideas we think they'll love. In this episode, you'll hear: No such thing as reading levels for picture books - and what this means for youStrategies for inviting teens into exploring picture booksRecommendations for big kids and teens (?) CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: PRINTABLE TRACKERS: TIME STAMPS: 3:12Why read picture books with older kids and teens?4:45Overcoming resistance... what if my teen just isn't into it?8:47Our teens don't have to love everything we do (womp)9:23Sarah spontaneously recites Emily Dickinson. ????? Of course she does. 12:05Our kids are already very familiar with the short story form13:38Unsolved mysteries are great picture books for older kids ?17:26The power of the "I wonder" question22:42The story of the chickens that became Chanticleer and the Fox25:25Let the Kids Speak! QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."William Butler Yeats ?If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.?Albert Einstein "When you pair thoughtful language with beautiful art, a third thing happens. It works on you and can activate your own creativity."Kortney Garrison "Children's fiction necessitates distillation. At its best it renders in their purest, most archetypal forms hope, hunger, joy, and fear."Katherine Rundell LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Connect with KortneyConnect with KaraRAR #83: Why Read Picture Books with Older KidsCaroline Starr RoseBrandy Vencel and 'Being Impervious'Hope is The Thing with Feathers (Emily Dickinson)RAR #122: Picture Book Biographies We LoveRAR #164: Our Favorite Way to Read Through HistoryRAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave Us Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney) BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: RAR #179: Do you see what I see? (How to look closely at a picture book)RAR #178: Why read a book a day? (Yep - you can!)RAR #157: Why read aloud to kids who can read themselves?
2021-08-03
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RAR #179: Do You See What I See? How to Look Closely at a Picture Book

Last time on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we talked about what happens (and what our kids gain) when we read aloud a book a day. In this episode, we're digging in to how to look closely at a picture book?how to see what we might otherwise miss. You may be surprised at how much is there in a picture book, just waiting to be seen and heard! No lesson plans are needed. Just you, your kid(s), a book plucked from your shelf. Ready? Let's do this. In this episode, you'll hear: What about just reading, and not doing anything extra?How open-ended questions change the reading experience for everyoneHow to look at a picture book in a brand new way CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: PRINTABLE TRACKERS: TIME STAMPS: 3:28All of the good stuff ...6:17The wonderful Provensens!8:27Using open-ended questions11:17Modeling observations13:49Looking closely19:57Monet and the cat ?21:46Enriching the book experience24:28Snowman - Cold = Puddle26:42Your Place in the Universe29:34You're a Good Dog, Carl32:04Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: I like to think of end papers as setting the stage for what's coming. It's like when you're at the theater, the show's about to start, the orchestra's tuning up, and the house lights go down, everyone gets quiet... Kortney Garrison Wordless books are wonderful because they slow you down. Sometimes our kids need that and sometimes we need that. Kara Anderson LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Connect with KortneyConnect with KaraRAR #178: Why Read a Book a Day? (yep- you can!)Books by the wonderful Alice and Martin ProvensenRAR #166:What's the Deal with Open-Ended Questions? (With a FREE guide) RAR #170: How to Read a Wordless BookAustin Kleon (books that spin you out)RAR #147: Our Favorite Math Read-Alouds Here's the page from Mornings with Monet that Sarah talked about: And the picture book cat (first) compared to Monet's painting of a cat (second). What serendipity! BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are affiliate links.) Nothing Found Sarah's dog, Tomie dePawla, on the Oregon Coast: YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: Teach your kids to think like a scientist (with books you already have)Why rereading is possible the best readingWhy Read Picture Books with Older Kids?
2021-07-20
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RAR#178: Why read a book a Day? (Yep, You Can!)

What would happen if we read a book a day with our kids? That's the idea we're exploring today in a brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. And we're also issuing a challenge: we dare you to read a picture book a day with your kids - for a week, a month... or more. And you'll even hear some profound insights, like how a good picture book is like a baked potato. ? ? All the details are in today's episode. In this episode, you'll hear: Why it's worthwhile to read a book a day with our kids of all ages (so MANY reasons)What to read with kids of all ages?you know we have lots of ideas! Printable trackers for your own book-a-day challenge CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: PRINTABLE TRACKERS: TIME STAMPS: 3:11A challenge for you!5:03A complete narrative arc8:25Different kinds of stories9:52A manageable commitment11:59WHAT to read14:06 Hints at what's coming next15:58 Book recommendations16:12Little Fox in the Forest18:24Prairie Days19:40???20:27Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm25:40Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: They're seeing, with each story, an unqualified hero who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to get what they want or need. That's a really beautiful thing for them to witness again and again.Sarah Mackenzie "The more we read, the more we practice, the better we get at it."Kortney Garrison "The best books really help us feel what the characters are feeling ..."Kara Anderson LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: RAR #139: Kindness Over Curiosity: Favorite Books Featuring Differently Abled CharactersRAR #133: Books Take You Places (and some favorite seaside titles)RAR #122: Picture Book Biographies We LoveRAR #170: How to Read a Wordless Picture BookUse the hashtag #readaloudrevival as you complete your challengeKortneyKara BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: Our favorite way to read through historyWhy reading aloud will change your children's lives foreverWhy read aloud to kids who can read to themselves?
2021-07-06
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RAR Special Edition: Robert McCloskey Makes Way

In today's Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you'll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time. His most popular picture book wouldn't stay on the page, either. His ducks became permanent sculptures fixed in Boston Public Garden, and even made a way for international diplomacy as part of the START Treaty between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in 1991. A picture book is a powerful piece of art. In this episode, you'll hear: what it was like having Robert McCloskey for a Dad one of the hardest parts of his life as a successful artistwhat his picture books gave the world Think you love Make Way for Ducklings? Just wait till you meet the man who wrote them onto the page. Sal McCloskey and Paul Zelinksy at Boston Public GardenDuckling Day Parade! (That's Paul Zelinsky in the hat, and Sal McCloskey in the overalls)Sarah's daughter, Allison, paying a visit to the ducks in Boston Public Garden, June 2021Sarah with the ducklings, June 2021Sarah and daughter, Allison, with sculptor Nancy Schön, June 2021 Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 01:22Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey06:31Let's meet Robert McCloskey11:18Bob goes to New York15:44The fame was hard for him. So hard.20:10Jane McCloskey remembers her dad21:32Nancy Schön's sculptures in Boston Public Garden29:16What was he like?31:24'I just forgot to fill it in.'34:27 The affirming nature of Bob's books37:27Take a farewell look... Links from this episode: The biography about Robert McCloskey by Gary D. SchmidtWeston Woods video about Robert McCloskey (20 min)Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures by Jane McCloskeyThe website of Nancy Schön, sculptorMake Way for Nancy, by Nancy SchönDucks on Parade! edited by Nancy Schön Nothing Found More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border...
2021-06-15
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RAR #177: Teach Your Kids to Think Like a Scientist (with Books You Already Have)

Science is everywhere. It's in everything we do, everything we see. And yes, everything we read. Books offer a delightful opportunity to talk about science, both through their illustrations and their text. We just need to know a few things to look for and a few questions to ask. Today we'll find out how to think like a scientist, and how to teach our kids to do the same. I invited two professors from St. Michael's College to teach us all about cross-cutting scientific concepts within picture books. Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen is the Department Chair and Professor of Education at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She's an expert in children's literature and literacy. Dr. Mark Lubkowitz is a molecular biologist and the Chair and Professor of Biology at St. Michael's. In this episode, you'll hear: What it means to "think like a scientist"How to find scientific concepts in every book you readHow to use cross-cutting concepts to teach young scientists of all ages CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: "They can't get all of science from a book, but they can launch these ideas into every part of their life. Books are a perfect place to do that, because books are a microcosm of life."Dr. Valerie Bang-Jensen "The secret is: scientists aren't smarter than everybody else. Scientists just have a way to classify and sort human thinking and behavior."Dr. Mark Lubkowitz 3:01What's a cross-cutting concept?4:55Introducing Mark and Valerie6:59The secret about science 7:48How it all began 12:34The delight of patterns 14:27Finding cross-cutting concepts in Owl Moon 20:21Scale and time in story 24:02Applying scientific concepts to books off your shelf27:19Structure and function 29:30Learning through questions31:43Let the Kids Speak LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Dr Bang-Jensen and Dr Lubkowitz's Website A 33-min video of Mark and Valerie explaining crosscutting conceptsBooks in Bloom Nothing Found More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; b...
2021-04-20
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RAR #176: Homeschooling with Dyslexia

Is homeschooling with dyslexia a good idea? Can dyslexic students thrive, even if the parents aren't specialists (or even certified teachers)? Let's be clear: absolutely, yes. You can homeschool your dyslexic kids, and you'll do a darn good job of it, too. Today on the podcast, Marianne Sunderland from Homeschooling with Dyslexia is back to talk about the nitty gritty details of teaching children who learn differently. Marianne has homeschooled eight kids (seven are dyslexic). In this episode, she gives us the low-down on teaching dyslexic kids at home, which resources to use, and when to ask for help. In this episode, you'll hear: How to teach dyslexic children Why Orton-Gillingham works to teach dyslexic kids how to readWhether or not to get your child tested and officially diagnosed CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: "The beauty is allowing them to grow at their natural pace and not be defined by their weaknesses."Marianne Sunderland TIME STAMPS: 2:35Why homeschooling is an excellent choice for dyslexic learners 7:21Let's talk about the teacher13:15The magic of following interests15:23Orton-Gillingham methods for teaching reading17:08How much phonics? How much reading aloud?20:52When to get outside help 23:27To test or not to test?27:53Executive function (or: why your dyslexic child seems so disorganized)30:06Remediation for older kids with dyslexia31:17Let the Kids Speak 34:38Sarah wraps it up LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Marianne Sunderland's websiteSarah's top recommendation: Dyslexia 101RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic?International Dyslexia AssociationDyslexia Friendly Guide to Buying Homeschool CurriculumRuth BeechickWhen Orton-Gillingham Isn't Enough Signs of Dyslexia (Homeschooling with Dyslexia)Marianne's ClassesU.S. Rehabilitation Services AdministrationMarianne's Executive Function CourseADDitude Phonics Games from TeachersPayTeachers (from Emily Gibbons, The Literacy Nest) BOOKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Nothing Found RECOMMENDED READING PROGRAMS: All About ReadingLogic of English Barton More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; ...
2021-04-07
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RAR #175: Is My Child Dyslexic?

Is my child dyslexic? And if so, what should I do about it? It's one of the things we're asked about most here at Read-Aloud Revival, and no wonder. When our kids struggle to learn to read, we worry. Dyslexia is extremely common, and is very often misunderstood. Today, we're going to talk about the signs of dyslexia, and what to do if you think your child may be dyslexic. If you've ever wondered whether your child is a "late bloomer" or might be struggling with a learning difference, you're in the right place. Marianne Sunderland from Homeschooling with Dyslexia is here to give us the lowdown. In this episode, you'll hear: Does my child have dyslexia? Here's how to know...What we get wrong about dyslexia Which reading curriculum is best for dyslexic learners CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 3:16What dyslexia is 5:49Is my child dyslexic?14:10Do kids grow out of dyslexia?17:02The gift of audiobooks20:23Internal motivation22:32Will dyslexic kids ever learn to love reading?27:17Let's talk Orton-Gillingham29:00What a dyslexic learner needs30:06Remediation for older children with dyslexia36:28The first steps37:23Let the Kids Speak40:47Sarah's final thought "Read aloud a lot, use a good systematic reading program, and then give it time. You can't sidestep this. Your dyslexic student needs time."Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Marianne Sunderland's websiteSigns of Dyslexia (Homeschooling with Dyslexia)Sarah's top recommendation: Dyslexia 101The Great Illustrated Classics (this is a series of several books, some still in print like The Wizard of Oz)Dyslexia Simulations IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing)Reading HorizonsTeaching TextbooksBook for teaching commas RECOMMENDED READING PROGRAMS All About ReadingLogic of English Barton BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are Amazon affiliate links.) Nothing Found More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background...
2021-03-23
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RAR #174: The Books that Won (and a few that Should Have!)

Every year, the RAR team gathers to watch the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards. Once, we went in person (!) but the past two years, we've watched together from home and texted each other like mad the whole time. The awards have a way of bringing out BIG feelings. These are basically the Oscars for children's books, and as you'll hear, we have a few Opinions (with a capital O), here at RAR. Ahem. ? Today we're sharing: Some stand-out winners from the 2021 ALA Awards Which books we put on hold at the library as the awards were happeningJust a couple of books we think should have been honored. Ahem. ? CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 3:19The 'Oscars' of books (it's a thing!)5:16'Itzhak, A Boy Who Loved the Violin'8:09A new Jane Yolen book10:10'Exquisite'12:03'The Cat Man of Aleppo'13:40Nonet poetry16:06'When Stars Are Scattered'18:18'How We Got to the Moon'22:24'One Little Bag' and 'Your Place in the World'27:08'The Oldest Student'28:08'A Long Road on a Short Day'30:55Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "Like all the best picture book biographies, this one has great endnotes. Instead of ending as the book closes, this story is really just beginning."Kortney Garrison on Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks "(The Cat Man of Aleppo) helps us walk a mile in another's shoes. It so powerfully displays the difference that one person, one heart, can make in the world."Kara Anderson "The storytelling alone that happens in just the illustrations makes this book stand head and shoulders above so many others. I really think it deserved a little ALA attention."Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Picture Book Biographies Book ListRAR #164: Our Favorite Way to Read Through History (and a new FREE resource)Abigail Halpin: Itzhak projectAmerican Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Award WinnersDavid MacaulayRAR #170: How to Read a Wordless BookMath Read-Alouds Book ListConnect with KortneyConnect with Kara BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are Amazon affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: Our favorite math read-aloudsKindness over curiosity: Favorite books featuring differently abled charactersWhy your kids love graphic novels and which ones we like best More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .
2021-03-10
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RAR #173: What Happens in Your Child?s Brain when You Read Aloud

Ready to dive into a little brain science? Today, we're discovering what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud. This is probably not a surprise, but... A LOT is happening. Dr. John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is joining me to break this down. I love how he puts it in the beginning of this episode: that scientists are using fancy methods to verify what we already know - that reading aloud is good for our kids. Want to know what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud? You're in the right place. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: how the brain actually readsthe immense value of dialogic reading (don't worry - you're already doing this!)how reading aloud "primes" the brain for reading independently CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 3:35The RAR Premium Spring Lineup! ??6:09Lots of nature!9:44What's going on 'under the hood' when we read aloud14:40How the brain actually reads18:42Seen on an MRI23:44'A Goldilocks Effect'30:15'Neurons that fire together, wire together'37:25Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "There's a maxim in neuroscience: neurons that fire together, wire together. So really, the more you practice anything, the stronger the neural circuits become."Dr. John Hutton "We say it all the time at Read Aloud Revival: there's nothing that a novel can give your child that a picture book can't."Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: RAR PremiumRAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb RosenstockCindy WestJonathan RogersIrene LathamRAR # 130: Reading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love, Meghan Cox GurdonAll About ReadingThe Logic of EnglishRobert MunschDr. Hutton's Latest StudyBlue Manatee PressBlue Manatee Dialogic Reading (DR) series BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: (All links are Amazon affiliate links.) Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: Why and how reading aloud will change your children's lives forever (Mem Fox)Why read aloud to kids who can read to themselvesWhy your kids love graphic novels and which we love best
2021-02-23
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RAR #172: Helping Our Developing Readers Fall in Love with Books

Learning to read can be hard. And when our kids are still learning to read fluently and well, helping them fall in love with books can feel impossible. But it doesn't have to be that way. In today's episode, I'm going to show you how to help your kids fall in love with stories, and tell you why it will help them more to keep reading aloud than to cram in another long phonics lesson. IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: a reminder that learning to read is a little like climbing a mountain! ??the key to getting our kids reading (hint: it's NOT endless phonics practice)how to become a book match-maker for your child I also answer two questions about transitioning from audio books to independent reading and the advantages and disadvantages to reading versus watching Shakespeare. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: TIME STAMPS: 2:45Q&A: Transitioning from audio books to independent reading6:57Q&A: Shakespeare and the advantages/disadvantages of reading versus watching11:26Climbing the mountain ??13:31Three ways to help our developing readers15:35Spend more time (surprise!) reading aloud ?18:14Favorite early reader books19:56Series for the win!22:33Ideas for great, page-turning series we love (and 'finding the right jelly bean'25:47'Secret Juice': How to use a series28:33You can't help your child too much32:09Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "If our kids love stories, they will have an incentive to learn to read... because then they can get the stories for themselves."Sarah Mackenzie "You can't help your child too much, so don't worry about making this too easy on them. You want this to be easy on them. The most important thing is not to ruin the story by trying to turn it into a lesson. Let your child love the story and let them fall in love with the story. The reading skill will come with time."Sarah Mackenzie LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: The Great Homeschool ConventionsPam Barnhill - Your Morning BasketColleen Kessler - Raising Lifelong LearnersRAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to ShakespeareAll About ReadingLogic of EnglishRAR #105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)Get RAR emailsSeries to Hook Your Developing Reader (Book List)Laura Martin episode about 'finding the right jelly bean' BOOKS FOR DEVELOPING READERS: (All links are Amazon affiliate links.) Nothing Found OTHER BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: How to read a wordless picture bookAnswering your Q's and audio books for kidsWhen your child doesn't love reading
2021-02-09
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RAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to Shakespeare

The Bard. He can be a little intimidating, right? If you've ever wondered how to introduce your kids to Shakespeare, you are in a for a treat with this podcast episode. Many of us met Shakespeare in a way that didn't set us up to love him or even understand him. But today, I'm joined by Ken Ludwig, award-winning playwright and author of How to Teach your Children Shakespeare - my very favorite resource for doing just that! IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR: Why we should make Shakespeare a part of our curriculum How to get over the intimidation factor, once and for allExactly how and where to start teaching your kids Shakespeare (I promise, it's easier than you think!) CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING: We recorded this conversation as a livestream. Watch it below: https://vimeo.com/499441979 TIME STAMPS: 3:54Great Homeschool Conventions are coming5:22Ken Ludwig is here7:12Why Shakespeare?10:06Cultural literacy12:34'Better students and test takers'18:59But what does it mean?20:01Memorization23:39 Open and go24:51Resources from Ken's site26:49A funny story about those audio passages ...29:57How to really understand what you're reading (Folgers Guides)36:33Where to start (which play?)39:49'Captain of our fairy band ...'45:03Even one play ...51:58Ken's favorite passage01:01:00'I go, I go. Look how I go ...'01:03:39Let the Kids Speak QUOTES TO REMEMBER: "You only have to start with a little bit (of Shakespeare), just a little taste of it and it starts opening doors."Ken Ludwig "(Shakespeare) makes them better readers, because they have to learn to read slowly and understand every word they read. That's how you conquer Shakespeare."Ken Ludwig LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE: Great Homeschool ConventionsPam BarnhillColleen KesslerKen's siteHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare ResourcesBernard Levin: On Quoting ShakespeareSpecial Event: Emma by Jane Austen (with a special visit from Ken Ludwig)RAR #06: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare with Ken Ludwig BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: Nothing Found YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY: The astonishing impact of Louisa May AlcottFavorite picture books for the Middle Ages and RenaissanceHow to fold poetry into your routine
2021-01-26
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RAR #170: How to Read a Wordless Book

Do you ever feel lost when it comes to how to read a wordless book? I'm convinced that some of the very best picture books being published today are wordless. They invite us to slow down, predict what will come next, make connections, and linger over a good story, well-told. Today I'm excited to share some of the best ones with you, as well as a simple guide for how to read them. In this episode, you'll hear: why wordless books are worth our timehow to read a wordless books (with tips for what to say as you turn the pages)just a few favorites ? I also answer a question about how to handle vocabulary when homeschooling, and if listening to books and reading are enough on their own. (Spoiler: ??) Get the printable booklist and tip sheet OUR FAVORITE WORDLESS BOOKS Great! Check your email in a few minutes-- your printable booklist is on the way. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.
2021-01-09
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RAR #169: The Read-Aloud Challenge

Here at RAR, we can't think of a better way to kick off a new year than to do it with books. That's why we kick off every January with a challenge for your kids-- to help them start their new year reading and reading and reading some more... and falling a little more in love with books in the process! Today we're sharing all the details of this year's Read-Aloud Challenge. I'll answer your questions, let you know how it works, which books "count," (spoiler alert: you're the boss!), and what to do if your kids get frustrated along the way. We're starting this challenge in January, but you can start it at any time! If you want your kids to read aloud for 25 days and fall more in love with books (and each other) in the process, you're in the right place. Ready to join us? In this episode, you'll hear: how the challenge will help your family kick off a great reading year and reset your rhythmsetting your kiddos up for challenge success (even pre-readers!)answers to your questions about the challenge including what counts and who counts! I also answer a listener question about whether new families will be lost or "behind" if they start a RAR Premium membership now. Hint: Nope! ? Time stamps: 1:21The best way to kick off a new year2:48Helping new families navigate Premium4:52RAR's winter line-up9:34WHY a read-aloud challenge?12:36How to sign up your kids13:56Reading is its own reward, but ... ?? a few fun ideas16:46Making smaller goals count!18:53Answers to common questions21:28You can't help too much24:45For developing readers and pre-readers ...25:56Using wordless picture books28:50Let the Kids Speak Quote to remember: "You can not help your child too much, so just help them whenever they need it."Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: Join RAR PremiumRAR #157: Why Read Aloud to Kids Who Can Read Themselves?Our favorite wordless picture booksPost your photos using the hashtag #readaloudrevival Books mentioned in this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Why and how reading aloud will change your kids' lives forever (Mem Fox)When your child doesn't love readingWhy re-reading is possible the best reading
2020-12-28
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RAR #168: Special Edition, Christmas Stories

Welcome to a very special Christmas episode of Read-Aloud Revival, featuring three audio Christmas stories from one of our very favorite storytellers: Jim Weiss. In this episode, 3 audio Christmas stories: The Nativity StoryThe Gift of the MagiThe Nutcracker Exclusive coupons for RAR listeners:: Maestro Classics Coupon: Use RAR2020 to get 25% off of any single CD or MP3 or the 12 CD collection or MP3 collectionWell Trained Mind Coupon: RAR2020 to get 20% off most stories (Discounts are valid through December 2020. May not be combined with any other promotions or offers.) Time stamps: 2:14'A gift for the heart and soul'3:25Stories make excellent gifts (plus coupons!)7:41The Nativity Story10:57The Gift of the Magi22:50The beginning of The Nutcracker37:32Get more stories ...38:12Join us for Christmas School! Audio stories mentioned: (Don't forget to use the coupon code RAR2020 at checkout!) You'll also enjoy: Our favorite Christmas picture booksChristmas and Advent read-alouds with Elizabeth FossStorytime with Jim Weiss (and how to read aloud better)
2020-12-01
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RAR #167 Christmas with Tomie dePaola and Winter at RAR

Do you feel it in the air? The seasons are a-changing...and it's just about the best time of year for reading with a cup of cocoa, next to a crackling fire. (I suppose in the Southern Hemisphere it's lemonade and beach reading... but there's no bad season for reading, right?) We think you're going to be very excited about what we have coming up in RAR this winter, plus a brand new addition to RAR Premium - Christmas School! Listen in while I tell you all about it. In this episode, I'm sharing: an invitation to slow down and simplify this season (yes, please!)all about the first-ever RAR Christmas Schoola preview of what's coming in 2021 (if you have a child who struggles perfectionism, WE SEE YOU-- and don't miss January in RAR Premium) Time stamps: 2:23Christmas School with Tomie dePaola5:23Circle with Sarah: The Seashell Approach7:08Creative Ways to Research with Barb Rosenstock8:13'The Book of Mistakes' -- my favorite picture book for young perfectionists (yep, I have one too)9:10The game is afoot in Mama Book Club11:42WOW: Jonathan Auxier returns 12:34 'Before She was Harriet'14:26'You better believe there will be waffles!'18:21Let the Kids Speak Quote to remember: "A successful homeschool is built out of a series of small actions that are taken on purpose. So that's what we do in Circle with Sarah."Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: All of our Christmas resources are here ?RAR PremiumTomie dePaolaRAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb RosenstockRAR #56: What's at Stake and Why Stories Matter, Jonathan Auxier Books mentioned in this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Christmas novels to read aloud with the whole familyGift Guide: Dozens of bookish gifts for kidsChristmas audio books for the whole family
2020-11-17
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RAR #166: What’s the deal with open-ended questions?

In today's episode, we're talking about how to talk with your kids about books. Specifically, we're talking about open-ended questions, which you've probably heard us talk about before here at Read-Aloud Revival. Open-ended questions are key to having conversations with your kids about anything they read, and anything you read together. But what exactly qualifies as an open-ended question, and why do they work? In this episode, I'm breaking down: How to make book conversation a habitHow open ended questions are a form of narrationHow to talk about books even if you haven't read them yourself Get your FREE 5 Questions Guide Where should I send it? I was hoping you'd do that! Check your email-- that's where the printable will land. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Send it to me! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } I also answer a question about whether it's OK to let kids play while you're r...
2020-11-04
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RAR #165: When reading starts to feel like school

It happens to all of us at one point or another: reading shifts in our kids? lives from being principally about joy and delight into something that needs to be done for school. A lot of us notice a significant drop in how much our kids are reading for pleasure once the school year is well underway. This is a problem. According to the National Literacy Trust, those who enjoy reading are better, more confident readers who spend less time online, and are more motivated by interest and achievement. (source) In fact, we know that no single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading. (source) Not assigned reading. Not reading for school. Free voluntary reading. I want to sit on this for a moment because the emphasis here is on reading for pleasure. Simply being ABLE to read, or reading because you are told to does not confer the same benefits as reading for pleasure. That's what we're tackling today on the podcast. We also get to hear from one of my favorite authors about his newest book release! In this episode, I'm breaking down: How less can actually be more when it comes to your child's reading lifeWhy we want our kids to be friendly and affectionate with the books they're reading A list of books that are just plain fun-- my recommended reads if reading has hit a slump in your house (or if you're just ready for a good time!) Click the play button below to start listening: I talk about... 1:39Enjoying books makes better readers3:13What is our goal?5:58Feeling 'friendly, even affectionate' toward books8:15Less is more10:26Audiobooks instead14:08Invite delight16:09'The Book Whisperer'18:56'less titles, less pressure, less expectations'21:00'Willa the Wisp' (and a new series!)25:25'The Fabled Stables'26:19A series for many ages31:48 A prequel to 'Peter Nimble'34:07Let the Kids Speak More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px;...
2020-10-18
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RAR # 164: Our Favorite Way to Read through History (and a new FREE resource)

History comes alive when you read aloud a picture book biography. This list organizes our favorites into time periods and categories.
2020-10-06
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RAR #163: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, Alan Jacobs

A tranquil mind. Any chance you want one of those? I know I do. Today on the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, we're talking about how readers can give themselves the gift of a tranquil mind by reading old books. Wait, did I just say "by reading old books?" I did. And I have a feeling this episode will challenge and expand your expectation for what reading old books can do for us in the here and now. Alan Jacobs I like to describe Alan Jacobs as one of my favorite thinkers... ...and if you listen in to this episode, you'll know why. He's an accomplished author and a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Baylor University, and in this episode he's talking about why we can benefit from reading old books right now more than ever. His reasons might just surprise and delight you -- especially if you're feeling a little frayed by everything in the world demanding your attention. I'm not gonna lie, folks, a conversation with Alan Jacobs is always, always worth the time. I think you're going to love this one! Also, be sure to check out his newest book, Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind. I loved it. In this episode: our own tranquility vs our own twitchinesshow to read books that contain troublesome and problematic ideas (because old books tend to do that... a lot!)what it means to read with generosity I also answer a listener question about whether we should let our kids do their own independent reading instead of listening to the group read-aloud. Click the play button below to start listening: We talk about... 2:12 'Breaking Bread with the Dead' - Alan Jacobs is back2:47 Q&A: Having kids listen to read-alouds instead of reading independently7:05 Book lists and more 10:29 Writing about 'old books from strange times'14:36 Tranquility vs. twitchiness19:12 Helping kids experience a different world21:57 Sitting at a table23:55 'Training ground'30:21 'Troublesome books'35:25 Reading with generosity37:51 Jacob wrestling with the angel40:90 Not too much reverence42:28 Where to begin with old books46:07 Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "When you read an old book, you want to look for something that has thoughts that are not your thoughts, that has assumptions that are not your assumptions, that sees the world very differently than you see the world, because those are the words that are going to teach us."Alan Jacobs "Anybody who's been to a museum knows that it's possible to just stand too close to the painting you're trying to look at. You're so close to it, you can see certain things, but you can't see the overall composition. You can't see how the different elements of the painting relate to one another. So, what do you do? You step back."Alan Jacobs "Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead."W.H. Auden "If you've read the past carefully and patiently and you've developed a little bit of tranquility, then you have a chance of kind of carrying over that tranquility to your encounters with people who disagree with you ... and that I think people really notice."Alan Jacobs "The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there." L.P. Hartley Links from this episode: Get the book listsTake the quiz (or text QUIZ to 33777)RAR MembershipMatthew Crawford - Attentional Commons essayBrian Morton essay on Edith WhartonRAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan JacobsWhy Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingReading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love
2020-09-22
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RAR #162: Why and How Reading Aloud Will Change Your Children’s Lives Forever (Mem Fox)

Need a boost of sunshine? Stop whatever you're doing and listen to this podcast. Mem Fox talks about the unique gift reading aloud offers our kids.
2020-09-07
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RAR #161: Becoming Your Child’s Mentor and Awaking Wonder, Sally Clarkson

What would happen if you decided to be your child's mentor, rather than their teacher? What if you awakened their wonder and curiosity, so that they became the kind of people who thirst for knowledge and understanding? What if you could fall in love with homeschooling your kids? In this episode, Sally Clarkson and I continue a conversation we started over on her podcast a few weeks ago. We discuss how Sally translated her own boredom with traditional education in order to find a different way for her four children... and the (rather fantastic) results of those choices. If you ever wonder whether homeschooling "works" or gets good results, you probably want to listen to this episode. ? ...and if you're about to set off on a year of home learning, be encouraged and inspired to have a glorious year of awaking wonder in your kids. In this podcast episode, you'll hear: how we can raise lifelong learners who aren't afraid to tackle big questions and obstacleshow to make your home a place of resource for your childrenthe difference between being your child's teacher and being his or her mentor (this is BIG) Click the play button below to start listening: We talk about... 2:33What did Sally prioritize in her homeschool?3:27 The importance of Awaking Wonder8:30What to use for curriculum10:58Mentoring vs teaching15:54"Let's find out together"19:08Dealing with fear -- and we all deal with fear22:30"Cooperate with natural curiosity"23:44'What should I do after I read aloud?'27:06Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "A mentor is someone who looks into the personality and the life of the child and says, 'I believe that there is endless potential. I believe that you've been made uniquely. I believe there is imagination to unearth, there are strengths to develop.'"- Sally Clarkson "A teacher covers material ... a mentor uncovers it. A mentor sits on the same side of the table, metaphorically speaking, and says, 'Let's find out together...'"- Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: Check out the RAR Quiz or text QUIZ to 33777The first part of this conversation: At Home with Sally: Awakening Wonder: Grace and Peace from Sarah MackenzieAwaking Wonder: At Home Together conferenceJoy's Twitter thread (Sarah just *loved* this) Books from this episode: Nothing Found Want more? Yeah, I get it. I can't get enough of Sally either! She and I did an IG Live last week to talk about curriculum, how to know you're doing enough in your homeschool, homeschooling high school, and more. You can watch the replay here, even if you don't have an Instagram account.
2020-08-21
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RAR #160: Not Killing the Love of Reading (and the Fall Reveal!)

We need a drumroll today, because on the podcast we?re revealing all of our autumn picks for RAR Premium. I'm also answering podcast listener Corrie's question about how to preserve her son's love of reading. It's easy to slip into schooly habits that kill our kids' love of reading-- so how can we help preserve our children's love of reading even after the school year starts? Here's a quick video preview (scroll down for the full podcast episode): https://vimeo.com/446615212 Listen in to the podcast episode: RAR Premium is where we help your kids fall in love with books, and we help you fall in love with homeschooling. Scroll down to find out how. Looking for the printable calendar? Click the image below for the instant download: MONTHLY FAMILY BOOK CLUBS Our family book clubs are created specifically for families to use together-- regardless of your kids? ages. Members receive monthly: Downloadable Family Book Club Guides?Looking Closely? videos from me (where I invite your kids to look for specific things as they read)Exclusive live video interviews with the author/illustrator of that month?s book pick. There?s nothing else like it! Upcoming Family Book Clubs: WOW WORKSHOPS Our wildly popular workshop series, WOW: Writers on Writing, is here to stay! We heard you loud and clear-- you want us to keep offering your kids these short, inspiring, and incredibly useful workshops that focus on one writing skill at a time. The best part? They?re taught by some of today?s best children?s book authors. Each Workshop will come with a WOW Guide so that you can use the workshops either as a once-a-month quick dip, or as a once-a-week deep dive to really master the skill being taught. Upcoming WOW Workshops: Best for ages: 9-12 Best for ages: 7-16 Best for ages: 8+ GET RAR PREMIUM ? HOMESCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Monthly classes with me (we call them Circle with Sarah) that help you take the small, simple, important steps toward falling more in love with your homeschool. These live monthly classes have been called ?alone the price of Premium?, ?the best thing I?ve ever done for my homeschool? and ?my favorite day all month? by our members? ? so if you?d like to enjoy your homeschool this coming year, I suggest you join us! Upcoming topics: And of course, as soon as you join Premium, you have access to all of our previous classes in our ?For Mamas? library. (See what?s in the library here?) MAMA BOOK CLUB This season, we?re reading Donalyn Miller?s The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. We?ll be translating her classroom-based ideas into our homeschools, and I can?t wait. I love this book and have it all marked up and ready for another read! Everything in Premium is recorded (and all replays contain closed captions) so your family can participate at a time that?s best for your schedule. RAR Premium does what we think all the best curriculum does-- it helps you connect with your kids, and it makes your job easier, not harder. Ready to join us? I hope so. GET RAR PREMIUM ? This school year, let us help your kids fall in love with books, and help you fall in love with homeschooling.
2020-08-11
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RAR # 159: 10 Homeschooling Mistakes I’ve Made (so you can avoid them)

Recently, I posted on social media about my oldest daughter becoming our first homeschool graduate. I?ll admit to being a proud mama. I think for a lot of us homeschooling our kids, we hear that it works, we are told colleges want homeschoolers-- are actively seeking out homeschoolers-- but we still are a little nervous. We wonder if we?ve prepared them well, if this grand homeschooling experiment is going to work out. So when my oldest daughter was not only accepted into every single college she applied to, but received generous merit-based scholarships at each one, as well, I breathed a HUGE sigh of relief. At the end of that post about my oldest daughter graduating, I left a little note for homeschool mamas, letting them know that all the lessons, conversations, books, essays, projects, field trips, the good days and the hard days -- all of the WORK of homeschooling, is completely and totally worth it. Worth it in a way you can?t really see when you?re in the middle of it, but that?s crystal clear when you?re at the end of the road, looking back. Your homeschool does not have to be impressive. You can be ordinary. So can your homeschool plans. So many of us worry that we aren?t enough, or that our families aren?t the extraordinary type. But most of the homeschoolers I know don?t feel like they?re rocking homeschooling. They don?t feel like they?re doing an amazing job. They sort of feel? ordinary. I know many of you are considering homeschooling for the first time, and I know that you don?t think you can do it. You think you?re not enough. You think it will be too hard. Maybe you did some distance learning through your school last spring, and you?re ready to throw in the towel on the idea of homeschooling. Since many of us will be home educating in one capacity or another in the coming school year, I want to share 10 homeschooling mistakes I?ve made over the years (trust me, there are plenty more- but these are the 10 that I thought would be most useful to you as you set out on a new school year.) You can learn from mistakes. This is a podcast episode, so click the play button below to start listening. You can also grab the full transcript at the top of this post. Listen to the podcast episode: In this episode, you'll hear... why your ordinary homeschool is more than enoughthe two most powerful tools in my homeschooling tool kit10 homeschooling mistakes I've made (so you can avoid them) 1:24First homeschool graduate3:34Distance learning is different4:36Mistake #1: I thought curriculum choices made a huge difference7:07Mistake #2: I overplanned9:19Mistake #3: I underprioritized reading aloud11:58Mistake #4: I didn't combine my kids for enough subjects16:04Mistake #5: I thought our homeschool needed to be extraordinary18:45Mistake #6: I tried to make my homeschool look like a classroom20:42Mistake #7: I prioritized my role as teacher over my role as mom22:27Mistake #8: I compared my kids to other kids23:26Mistake #9: I thought I could do a better job homeschooling with more25:07Mistake #10: I was too hard on myself31:24We won't regret this32:49Let the Kids Speak Links from this episode: The RAR Quiz or text QUIZ to 33777Pam Barnhill on skill subjects versus content subjectsRAR Premium More support for your coming year: RAR Premium is the best place I know for homeschool professional development, key resources like Family Book Clubs, writing workshops taught by some of today's best children's book writers, and support for your whole year. In RAR Premium, want to help your kids fall in love with books, and help you fall in love with homeschooling. You'll also enjoy: Water your bamboo - How to focus on the process (not the outcome) in your homeschoolHow to fold poetry into your routineHow to choose books for your kids
2020-07-25
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RAR #158: Adventuring with Your Kids (yes, even now!)

Greta Eskridge and I discuss how books can be the conduit for adventuring with your kids, no matter your circumstances or your resources.
2020-07-10
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RAR #157: Why Read Aloud to Kids Who Can Read Themselves?

Why read aloud to kids who can read themselves? It's a fair question. Not many of us remember parents or teachers reading to us once we were old enough to read on our own. But the benefits of reading aloud to kids who are old enough to read themselves are numerous. That's what we're tackling in this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast. In this episode, you'll hear: 5 major benefits to reading aloud to kids who can read themselvesHow reading together can help us connect during challenging timesWhy experts agree that reading aloud is an absolute game changer when it comes to academics For a one-page PDF you can share and distribute, pop your email in below, and I'll send it to you. Download the "Why Read Aloud?" PDF Free to reproduce and distribute. (Disponible en inglés y español.) There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address Send it to me Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } Click the play button to listen: Listener Guide:
2020-06-26
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RAR #156: Answering Your Q’s About Audio Books for Kids

In today's episode, I'm answering several of your questions about audio books for kids. Let's talk favorite narrators, whether audio books hold you children back from learning to read on their own, and more. In this episode, you'll hear: how to choose winning narratorswhether it's holding our kids back to let them listen to lots of audiohow I handle books in a serieswhether or not to assign books during quiet reading timewhen your husband is not a big reader Listener Guide: 4:58Choosing audio book narrators11:19Are we holding our kids back by using audio books?17:19What are your thoughts on introducing higher level books to young kids? 22:10How do you handle reading aloud books from a series?26:44Should I assign books for my son to read during quiet time?29:58What to do when your husband isn't a reader33:48Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "There is no greater impetus or motivation for (a child) to want to be a reader than to love stories." - Sarah Mackenzie "There's really nothing so powerful to help your child become a reader for life as to fall in love with the regular habit of free, voluntary reading." - Sarah Mackenzie Links from this episode: RAR PremiumRAR #66: Do Audio Books Count as Read-Alouds?OverdriveLibbyAudible DealsThe Great Big Audible Q and ARAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #154: When Your Child Doesn't Love Reading (this is what I meant when I suggested Episode 153... it's actually Episode 154, about how most of your child's reading should be free, voluntary reading) Some of my favorite narrators: Jim DaleKatherine KellgrenCherry JonesHugh BonnevilleStephen FryMeryl StreepMorgan FreemanGlenn CloseJack Nicholson Some of my favorite audio books for kids: Nothing Found Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Water Your Bamboo - How to focus on the process (not the outcome) in your homeschool The importance of reading at whim and developing your own tasteCreating a book club culture at home
2020-06-15
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RAR #155: Your Questions… and Library’s Most Wanted

In today's episode, I'm answering your questions - from reading to separate age groups and how to make time for that (!), to what to do if summer reading programs make your kids want to read LESS... In this episode, you'll hear: when summer reading programs aren't usefulhow to handle a drop in comprehension when kids start reading longer booksideas for easy chapter bookshow to make time for reading aloud when your kids want to be outside all dayfavorite fairy-tale-esque book recommendationsreading aloud to different age groups Listener Guide: 2:25When reading challenges become a battle5:46A drop in comprehension with longer books9:31Easy chapter book ideas13:42Reading aloud during warmer weather months17:57Fairy tale-esque book suggestions22:27Reading aloud to different age groups27:47Library's Most Wanted32:31Beyond books - Imagination36:10Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "Our goal is to launch our kids into their adult lives as avid readers, as humans who love to read." - Sarah Mackenzie "Encountering these issues in books, where you can talk through them and discuss them with your kids, can really be a great gateway of sorts, a way to have conversations about hard topics with our kids in a safe way." - Sarah Mackenzie "Without imagination, our kids won't be able to love reading stories, and they need imagination to sustain that mental theater constructed of words and characters. " - Carolyn Leiloglou Links from this episode: January RAR 31-Day Read-Aloud ChallengeRAR #85: Reading Messy Books About Hard Topics with KidsRAR #41: Navigating Fantasy: A Guide for Christian Parents, Carolyn LeiloglouTo get a signed copy of Carolyn's book Library's Most Wanted: The TwigHouse Full of BookwormsCarolyn Leiloglou's Author site Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Keeping up with advanced readersReading aloud as an obstinate act of loveWhy read picture books with older kids?
2020-06-01
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RAR #154: When Your Child Doesn’t Love Reading

We know that we want our kids to love to read. And it's important (really important!) to give them the best chance fall in love with books. That's why so many of us get worried when we have a child who doesn't love reading. It's a valid worry. What can be done about it? On today's episode of the podcast, I share ideas for what to do when your child doesn't love reading. We can't exactly make our kids into readers, but we can give them the best chance possible that they'll become readers for life. And it's a lot of fun to do so! In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing simple tips to help your kids become voracious readers, and why the single most important part of your child's school day is free, voluntary reading. In this episode, you'll hear: Why free, voluntary reading is the power player in your child's reading lifeThoughts from experts in the field on building lifelong readersHow to help our kids choose books they'll love I also answer a listener question about what to do if your child is intimidated by lots of words on the page. Click the play button below to start listening: Listener Guide: 1:13Simple steps to raise voracious readers3:01Question: What if my kids are intimidated by text-heavy books?6:11Reading with the ear9:16Why we want our kids to love reading12:17 Some books are ... boring14:09Finding the right jelly bean15:46When one child loves to read and their sibling doesn't18:07Not just for school21:17Free, voluntary reading 24:11Schedule time, not titles27:04Reading below reading level28:46The Book Whisperer's advice33:16Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "No single literacy activity has a more positive effect on comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, writing ability, or overall academic achievement than free voluntary reading." Stephen D. Krashen, The Power of Reading "My credibility with students and the reason they trust me when I recommend books to them stems from the fact that I read every day of my life and that I talk about reading constantly. I am not mandating an activity for them to do that I'm not doing myself. I do not promote reading to my students because it is good for them or because it is required for school success. I advocate reading because it is enjoyable and enriching." Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer Links from this episode: RAR PremiumWOW - Writers on WritingMiranda PaulMaryrose WoodRAR #59: Books to Make the Whole Family Howl, Maryrose WoodRAR #137: Why Your Kids Love Graphic Novels (and which we like best)Kindle PaperwhiteRAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel WillinghamFor the QUIZ, next QUIZ to 33777RAR #64: Helping Resistant Readers Fall in Love with Books, Laura MartinRAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best ReadingRAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: Finishing the school year doesn't need to be a slogHow to choose books for your kidsIf you want your kids to love reading, try this
2020-05-18
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RAR #153: Jim Trelease’s Read-Aloud Handbook, 8th Edition

In today's episode, I'm joined by the woman who recently faced the daunting challenge of updating Jim Trelease's much beloved Read-Aloud Handbook. Cyndi Giorgis takes us behind the scenes of updating The Read-Aloud Handbook, and some of the interesting (and most surprising!) bits what she learned during the process. In this episode, you'll hear: what's in the Read-Aloud Handbook's whole new chapter (it's a good one)updates about audiobooks and other technologythe most important thing Cyndi learned in her research about reading aloud I also answer a listener question about the best picture book treasuries to invest in right now. (We've updated our list of favorite picture book treasuries.) Click the play button below to start listening: Listener Guide: 2:16WOW! Writers on Writing3:40Best bang-for-your-buck treasuries7:02Meet Cyndi Giorgis and The Read-Aloud Handbook8:20Working with Jim Trelease9:55A daunting task11:09Visual Literacy14:13Graphic novels15:45Living in technological times16:48Time spent reading to our children is a gift19:18The influence of dads21:42Recommendation time!26:58Balancing classics and new books28:56The impact of 'The Read-Aloud Handbook'34:00Let the Kids Speak Quotes to remember: "Read it to me is a test. Let me read it to you is a gift." - Katherine Paterson "The Read-Aloud Handbook was the first time I realized that reading-aloud was a good all unto its own, not just something you do until your kids can read to themselves." - Sarah Mackenzie "It's not about teaching a child to read, but rather about offering children the pleasure of reading." - Cyndi Giorgis Links from this episode: RAR PremiumCyndi Giorgis does a Read Aloud of the Day (#ReadAloudoftheDay) that is available on the Read-Aloud Handbook Facebook page as well as at cyndigiorgis.com and on Twitter and Instagram RAR #78: Favorite Picture Book Treasuries Books from this episode: Nothing Found You'll also enjoy: What the Scholastic Reading Report means for you, Andrea PinkneyBooks for kids who don't love reading (yet)Eavesdropping on the soul, a conversation with Katherine Paterson
2020-05-05
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RAR #152: Finishing the School Year Doesn’t Need to Be a Slog

Being stuck at home is getting old fast, but finishing the school year doesn?t need to be a slog. We've heard you loud and clear: it's really, really hard to concentrate on homeschooling right now. And we all want to finish the school year strong, right? On today's episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I'm sharing something brand new that I am over-the-moon excited about: a workshop series we're calling WOW: Writers on Writing. This workshop series will help you spice up your home learning and finish your school year well. Here's what the workshop series looks like: The workshops cover a wide range of writing skills, and all of them are taught by published authors. Your kids attend the live workshop each Tuesday (or watch the replay later). They'll learn a specific writing skill from one of our favorite published authors. Then they'll complete simple writing prompts to practice that skill throughout the week. This can easily make up your kids' writing curriculum for the rest of the school year, especially for ages 8-16. It's a fun, rejuvenating, and effective way to get a win right here at the finish line of the school year. To participate, get RAR Premium. The workshops are just one part of our top-notch spring and summer lineup. Get RAR Premium Want to hear me talk about the spring and summer lineup? Click the play button below. What else do we do in RAR Premium? Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. Here's what we'll be reading and who we'll be meeting this summer: Those Family Book Clubs have something to offer everyone in your family-- from toddlers to teens. We've obtained permission from publishers to read aloud the selected books on video for you while libraries are closed, so you can participate even if you don't have easy access to the books. Premium Members get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and then their kids get to meet the author/illustrator in a live video Zoom to ask their questions. There's nothing else quite like it! Get RAR Premium Circle with Sarah Premium members get monthly classes that help you take small, simple, important steps toward falling more in love with your homeschool. ?I love teaching these! This summer, I'll also be unpacking my book, Teaching from Rest, to help you get ready for a new school year. It's all happening in RAR Premium, my favorite place online and the best place I know of to help your kids fall in love with books, and help you fall in love with homeschooling. It's a feast! Head here to check out all the details and to join us. We have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there's no risk to give it a try and see if it's a good fit for your family. Get RAR Premium
2020-04-21
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RAR #151: It’s a Story… So What? Barb Rosenstock

When is a story worth telling? And why are the best stories in history seen through the lens of a single human being? We're diving into those questions to day with one of the most talented and effervescent authors I know: Barb Rosenstock. I recommend every single one of Barb's picture book biographies. Listen to this episode and you'll know why. You'll find links to her books at the bottom of this post. In this episode, you'll hear: the magic of "So what?"... just wait till you hear her talk about this!why Barb and Charlotte Mason could be friends (and she didn't even know it!)how Barb researches her books and lands on stories she wants to tell I also answer a listener question about gift book ideas for teachers. Click the play button below to start listening: More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; ...
2020-04-07
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RAR #150: Water Your Bamboo?How to Focus on the Process (not the outcome) in your Homeschool

Did you know that when you plant bamboo, you will water it, protect it, nurture it...and nothing happens for 5 years? At least it looks like nothing is happening, because it's all happening underground, where the bamboo is growing a complex root structure. But above ground? Nothin'. You've got to faithfully water and care for that plant for f-i-v-e years before you get any proof that you're making any progress. Homeschooling is a lot like bamboo. In today's episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, I'm sharing the audio from a recent Circle with Sarah (our monthly coaching sessions in RAR Premium) in which I'm talking about this same experience in homeschooling. You work, and you work, and you work, and you can't always see the difference that slog is making. But the seeming dormancy? It matters. In this episode, you'll hear: The power of one small action - it can change everythingHow to be sure we are using the right measuring stick (...are you?)How to know where to put your energy next I also answer a listener question about what to do if you cry while reading emotional books aloud. (anybody? ?????) Click the play button below to start listening: More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0p...
2020-03-24
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RAR #149: Keeping Up with Advanced Readers, Colleen Kessler

If you have a gifted, twice-exceptional, or advanced reader, this episode is for you. Today I'm chatting with Colleen Kessler of Raising Lifelong Leaners. A gifted specialist and mother of her own gifted and twice-exceptional kids, Colleen understands the challenges of connecting advanced readers with books... ... and the challenges that arise when your advanced reader can read anything, but isn't emotionally ready to have free reign at the library. In this episode, you'll hear: what to do when your kids can read "older" books, when you know they aren't ready for the contentBook recommendations that feature gifted or twice-exceptional kidsThe answer to whether your child can read too much (we know... it sounds like a good problem to have, but it can be a struggle!) I also answer two listener questions about finding books for sensitive kids, and great book series for young, voracious readers. Click the play button below to start listening: More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .
2020-03-09
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RAR #148: 3 Books I Adore, Reading Curriculum, and What We’re Reading Aloud this Spring

I've got a brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast for you, and it's a good one. In this episode, you'll hear: Which 3 books I'd bring with me to a desert island ? (it was torture to answer this listener question!)Whether or not we use reading curriculum at our house ? (and what I recommend)The skinny on what we're reading aloud this spring at RAR (our book choices are just ?-- scroll down to see what I mean) Click the play button below to start listening: More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .ck_modal .ck_minimal { min-width: 400px; } .page .ck_form.ck_minimal { margin: 50px auto; max-width: 600px; } Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:
2020-02-25
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RAR #147: Our Favorite Math Read-Alouds

Math....are your palms sweating yet? ?Yep, I know. But you've asked for books that will enrich and enliven math for your kids, and we took on the challenge. In today's episode, the Read-Aloud Revival team is talking about delighting and learning math together through great read-alouds. In this episode, you'll hear: why you might want to add math read-alouds to your dayhow to add them in when you already feel pressed for time (no need to dump your existing curriculum!)our favorites. Of course, right? And yes - we actually all have FAVORITE math picture books... can you believe it? I also tackle a listener question about stopping to look something up when you're reading aloud to your kids. Is it a good idea? More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .ck_minimal, .
2020-02-11
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RAR #146: The Astonishing Impact of Louisa May Alcott

In today's episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, you'll get to know why Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was such a wonder (and indeed, she was!). And who could be a better guest for this conversation than Jan Turnquist? Jan Turnquist Jan Turnquist is Executive Director of Orchard House, the home where Louisa wrote Little Women, and Co-Executive Producer, Director, and Host of the Emmy-Award Winning documentary, Orchard House. She's a true Louisa May Alcott expert, and has wonderful insight into the Alcott family, and why Little Women has endured. In this episode, you'll hear: my own very favorite part of visiting Orchard House (hint: it has to do with drawing on the walls!)the beauty in re-reading Little Women at different life stageslittle known details about Louisa May Alcott, and the very unique and rather revolutionary Alcott family I'll also tackle a listener question about whether it's worthwhile to have your kids watch movie versions of a book after reading it. (What I say here just might surprise you!) More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .
2020-01-28
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RAR #145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs

In this episode of the podcast, Alan Jacob invites us to read at whim, develop our own reading taste, and raise kids who do the same. Don't miss this one!
2020-01-14
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RAR Special Edition: The Woman Who Gave us Miss Rumphius

I want to introduce you to a remarkable woman. She won two Caldecott Awards, illustrated more than 100 books during her career, raised four children, and lived life with unique zest and liveliness. You may recognize her illustrations in any of the following books, including my own favorite, Miss Rumphius, and one of her Caldecott winners, The Ox-Cart Man. Barbara Cooney was a gift to the world, and in this special edition podcast, I want to introduce you to the woman behind these magnificent books. In this episode, you'll hear: how this mother of four managed to illustrate over 100 booksstories about what it was like growing up with Barbara as a mother (listen in for roosters in the kitchen and mice in the car!)how Barbara made sure her legacy and love for books would continue after her death in 2000 Think you love Miss Rumphius? Just wait till you meet the woman who wrote her onto the page. You'll love these books even more after you meet the one and only Barbara Cooney. Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 5:19Claire Danes reads Miss Rumphius8:25Knowing beauty, sharing beauty 12:03The Ox-Cart Man - 'so exquisite' 13:01 Roosters and mice14:20The Blue Hornet18:08'An astoundingly good mother' 19:58A turquoise tunic and hot pink silk pants21:40'She opened my eyes to beauty in this world'22:48 Doing something meaningful - a new library24:36Barbara Cooney's legacy lives on ... More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3p...
2020-01-06
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RAR #144: Take the 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge

January is one of the most exciting months of the year here at RAR. Why? Because it's time for our 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge, our most popular event of all. The FREE 31-Day Read-Aloud Challenge will nurture family relationships while helping your kids fall in love with books. https://vimeo.com/378395817 Click the play button below: How does it work? Request a packet by popping your email in below.Print a tracker for each of your kids.Choose a reward for winning the Challenge. Everything you need to know is inside that packet. What if my kids can't read yet? They can join in too! Kids who aren?t reading fluently (or at all) can still take part. They?ll simply flip through a picture book and tell the story in their own words? that counts! You'll find ideas for your pre-readers inside the packet. What can they read? Anything. It all counts for the Challenge. Who can they read aloud to? Anyone! A grandparent, sibling, pet, stuffed animal, lego guy... anyone at all. How do they win? Your kids win by reading aloud for at least 10 minutes on 25 days in January. Why 25 days? Isn't this a "31 day" challenge? Because we believe in grace! There are 31 days in January, so that means your kids have 31 opportunities to make progress on their goal. Once they've read 25 days, they've won. What's the reward? You'll choose a reward that best fits your family. Look inside your packet for ideas. We suggest you choose a reward that is a gift of your time and attention (rather than a material gift). What's the point? We know kids benefit tremendously from hearing books read aloud. But when kids do the reading aloud themselves, they make tremendous leaps in both their decoding skills and their comprehension. This is true for kids of all ages, not just those who are learning to read. Reading aloud forces the reader to speak every word in order. In time, they develop skills in elocution, intonation, and pronunciation. Even better, Challenge participants say their children form incredible bonds with each other. They often fall head-over-heels with reading, even if they weren?t voracious readers before. Can I get this packet in Spanish? ¿Necesita una traducción al español? Yep, you sure can. When you sign up for the Challenge, you'll get a link to download the packet in either English or Spanish. Ahora se ofrecen tanto en inglés como en Español.
2019-12-25
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RAR #143: Kate DiCamillo is Back!

That's right ... Kate DiCamillo is back! And what she has to say is so good, you might find yourself listening more than once. In this new episode, Kate and I chat about her newest book, Beverly, Right Here, and we also discuss why parents and teachers so often try to quantify what our kids are getting from books. We have some ideas about how we could better help kids develop their own robust reading life. I also answer a listener question about how to read aloud with highly visual kids (kids who really want pictures to go along with their books). In this episode, you'll hear: why the kinds of questions we ask our kids about books matterhow to keep joy in readingwhat Kate really wants readers to get from her books More free resources and booklists Get the best episodes and reources from the Read-Aloud Revival Keep an eye on your inbox! We'll keep you posted whenever we have a new podcast episode or a great free booklist or resource for you. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. Email Address I'd like to receive the free email course. Yes! Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form.ck_minimal { /* divider image */ background: #f9f9f9; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5em; overflow: hidden; color: #666; font-size: 16px; border: solid 1px #d1d1d1; -webkit-box-shadow: none; -moz-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; clear: both; margin: 20px 0px; text-align: center; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h3.ck_form_title { text-align: center; margin: 0px 0px 10px; font-size: 28px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal h4 { text-align: center; font-family: 'Open Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; text-transform: uppercase; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; padding-top: 0px; margin-top: 0px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal p { padding: 0px; } .ck_form, .ck_form * { -webkit-box-sizing: border-box; -moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_form_fields { width: 100%; float: left; padding: 5%; } /* Form fields */ .ck_errorArea { display: none; /* temporary */ } #ck_success_msg { padding: 10px 10px 0px; border: solid 1px #ddd; background: #eee; } .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="text"], .ck_form.ck_minimal input[type="email"] { font-size: 18px; padding: 10px 8px; width: 68%; border: 1px solid #d6d6d6; /* stroke */ -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ background-color: #fff; /* layer fill content */ margin-bottom: 5px; height: auto; float: left; margin: 0px; margin-right: 2%; height: 42px; } .ck_form input[type="text"]:focus, .ck_form input[type="email"]:focus { outline: none; border-color: #aaa; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_subscribe_button { width: 100%; color: #fff; margin: 0px; padding: 11px 0px; font-size: 18px; background: #6fc171; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px; /* border radius */ cursor: pointer; border: none; text-shadow: none; width: 30%; float: left; height: 42px; } .ck_form.ck_minimal .ck_guarantee { color: #626262; font-size: 12px; text-align: center; padding: 15px 0px 0px; display: block; clear: both; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by { display: block; color: #aaa; font-size: 12px; } .ck_form .ck_powered_by:hover { display: block; color: #444; } .ck_converted_content { display: none; padding: 5%; background: #fff; } .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 .ck_subscribe_button, .ck_form.ck_minimal.width400 input[type="email"] { width: 100%; float: none; margin-top: 5px; } .ck_slide_up, .ck_modal, .ck_slide_up .
2019-12-09
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RAR #142: What We’re Reading This Winter ??

In today's brand new episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, you'll hear: should you let your kids read ahead of the family read-aloud?how many books can little kids keep up with at once?the simplest way to help your kids fall in love with books (and help *you* fall in love with homeschooling) I'm also sharing our winter Family Book Club picks in RAR Premium. We always say this, but it's worth repeating: our book club selections are cream-of-the-crop... ...and this winter it's no different! ? Click the play button below: With thousands of happy members inside RAR Premium, we?ve heard a lot of great stories about how their kids are falling in love with books, and how moms like you are falling in love with homeschooling. This note from Amber is one of my favorites: "I think the biggest and most surprising difference from joining RAR Premium is actually in my husband. He is so connected to what the kids and I are doing now, and he wants to watch the Author Events and be a part of the Family Book Clubs. I regret waiting so long to join." And here's another one from Sara: "Before we joined, I wondered if we?d use it all that much because my kids were just 6 and 2. I wish I would have jumped in sooner! The master classes are the best thing I have ever done for my homeschool. Just try it! You really have nothing to lose, but a world of goodness to gain." And the clincher is this one from Kameron: "Membership here is worth more than I pay for curriculum for a year. I promise you will not regret it." Good stuff, right? Your kids can fall in love with books, and you can fall in love with homeschooling. Join us in RAR Premium.? We?re waiting for you! Get RAR Premium Each season in RAR Premium, we read 1 novel and 3 picture books as part of our Family Book Club. We choose books with kids of all ages in mind, because we believe that families connect best when they read together. ? Here's what's up next in our Family Book Club: Premium Members also get a Family Book Club Guide to go with each of these, and we always wrap up by live streaming the author or illustrator of that book, so your kids can ask their own questions. There's just nothing else like it. ? but actually, RAR Premium isn't just for your kids. In fact, most of our members would probably tell you that the person who gets the most from being a member is Mama herself! ? That's because we offer regular Master Classes that help you teach from rest and lead with confidence in your homeschool. There's a whole library of Master Classes available to you (it's a huge library!) when you join RAR Premium. You can see the list of what's included in the library right here. (We hear often that a single one of these classes is worth the price of membership? and we've got a whole library of them for you to watch at anytime!) Brand new this coming January, however, is something a little extra special. Circle with Sarah are our upcoming monthly coaching sessions to help you teach from rest, get to the things that matter most in your homeschool, and best of all... ...help you fall in love with your homeschooling life. If you want to make reading aloud the very best part of your upcoming school year, we are your people and RAR Premium is your place. Come join us! You?ll find out why our members say things like this? Get RAR Premium Listener Guide Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast: 1:40Your place and your people2:25When kids want to read ahead in your read-aloud5:20How many read-alouds is too many?8:11What we're reading this winter9:50 Meet the authors and illustrators!11:22Christmas magic13:04A perfect picture book15:29Little House17:52Renee Graef is coming to RAR19:03Painting with Nana!20:18 Circle with Sarah22:11'Knocking over dominoes'23:37Let the Kids Speak Links mentioned in today's show:
2019-11-21
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