What can a university professor say about the value of reading aloud for future academic and relational success?
A lot, actually. If that professor is also a mother of many, she’ll lend a perspective on fitting read-aloud time into busy family life, and the value of even five minutes a day spent diving into a story with your kids.
In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Catherine Pakaluk from Ave Maria University. She shares why students who have been read aloud to fare better than their peers in college, how she carves out time to make reading aloud a priority as a working mother of seven, and why even five minutes a day can add up to a whole heck of a lot of reading.
Episode 9 Show Notes:
- Links to Dr. Joseph Price’s research, which Dr. Pakaluk references on the show: The Effect of Parental Time Investments, Time vs. Money- Which Resources Matter for Children?, The Time Use of Teenagers
- Story Nory– free audio stories read every week by Natasha Gostwick and friends
- Books Should Be Free– lots of free audio books (especially classics)
- Dr. Pakaluk likes the books recommended in The Well-Trained Mind; her kids enjoy Anne of Green Gables, Little House on the Prairie, and books by G.A. Henty
- Sarah recommends everything published by Bethlehem Books
- Ave Maria University is a thriving college that emphasizes truth and beauty in the hearts and minds of its students. Did you know that about 1/3 of students at Ave Maria University were homeschooled all the way through high school?