Does your read-aloud time ever devolve into chaos? Do you spend just as much time asking your kids to sit still as you do actually reading?

In this episode, I’m talking about how we can modify our expectations just a bit to make read-aloud time more successful.

Many kids listen better when they’re doing something with their hands (listen to Dr. Michael Gurian talk about that right here).

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how to keep your kids at read-aloud time longer
  • why it’s absolutely OK for kids to be “busy” during read-aloud time
  • what kids of all different ages can do while you read aloud

Consider this episode your permission slip for making read-aloud moments easier on you, and happier for your kids.

And there’s even a FREE printable list of ideas for what all ages of kids can do during read-aloud time:

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Episode 73
Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web

FROM SARAH

By the wonderful E.B. White, a touching tale of friendship, character and love, with charming illustrations by Garth Williams. Your kids will hang on every word—there's a reason this book is a classic! (psst... get out the Kleenex)

FROM THE PUBLISHER

E. B. White's Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White's Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, among many other books.

 

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Stuart Little

Stuart Little

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Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.

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Ralph Masiello’s Bug Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello’s Bug Drawing Book

$7.95

Who better to teach kids to draw creepy crawlies than the Icky Bug Man himself, Ralph Masiello? With simple, step-by-step instructions—and extra challenges for more experienced artists—this how-to book will have kids on their way to drawing bug masterpieces.

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Ralph Masiello’s Dragon Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello’s Dragon Drawing Book

$9.95

Author/illustrator Ralph Masiello explores the world of dragon lore, from the mystical Australian rainbow serpent to the revered imperial dragon of China. Just follow the steps in red to create your own mythical, magical beasts. Extra bonus steps in blue show how to add realistic scales and more adv...

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Ralph Masiello’s Fairy Drawing Book (Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books)

Ralph Masiello’s Fairy Drawing Book (Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books)

$7.95

With the help of Ralph Masiello, young artists have learned how to draw bugs, dinosaurs, dragons, robots, roosters and pigs, seahorses and sharks, pyramids and sphinxes, pumpkins and ghouls. Next up: the wonderful world of fairies.From tiny fairies to fairy godmothers, Ralph Masiello has compiled a ...

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Ralph Masiello’s Robot Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello’s Robot Drawing Book

$7.95

Illustrator Ralph Masiello shares his love of robots in this newest addition to his popular drawing series. Step-by-step diagrams show young artists how to use simple shapes and lines to create basic robots. Challenge steps and a visit to the "spare part warehouse" encourage kids to customize their ...

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Ralph Masiello’s Ancient Egypt Drawing Book (Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books)

Ralph Masiello’s Ancient Egypt Drawing Book (Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books)

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Emerging on the fertile banks of the Nile River over five thousand years ago, ancient Egypt was a place of mummies and pharaohs, pyramids and temples--a place that sparks the imagination. Young artists can dive into the underworld with Anubis, jackal god of the dead; creep past a sentinel sphinx wit...

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Ralph Masiello’s Farm Drawing Book

Ralph Masiello’s Farm Drawing Book

$7.95

With a chick, chick here, and a billy goat there, Old Masiello had a farm. Young artists can learn to draw chickens, cows, horses, pigs, and a barnyard full of animals in this easy step-by-step drawing book. Ralph even shows how to draw a tractor and a barn! Extra challenges help more advanced artis...

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Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD

Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD

$14.95

**Description from Amazon: Full of tips and strategies collected over years of shared experiences, Fidget to Focus is a gold mine of information and sometimes surprising, sometimes heart-warming stories about how to stay focused and on track, even when tasks are dull, tedious, and boring. Thom Hartmann, author of Attention De...

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Here’s a video where I show you my magazine holders (we get to read-aloud time SO MUCH FASTER now that we use this method!):

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Links from today’s show:

(One more bonus idea for older kids – check out these fantastic embroidery kits from CozyBlue Handmade.)

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WHAT KIDS OF ANY AGE CAN DO DURING
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