Top 4 Silliest Ways to Read Outloud
Talk like the Queen
- When my husband would read to the girls, sometimes he would add an accent for flair. The running joke is that no matter if he tried an Australian or Indian accent, it always turned out sounding like an elderly woman from Wales. “Would you like a cup of tea?” Ask your kids to pick the accent and have fun!
Put Your Retainer in!
- I will never forget reading Skippy Jon Jones to my girls the day I got my new night guard. I couldn’t form my mouth to say words properly and we rolled in laughter as I tried my darndest to read an already fun book! Give it a try!
Choose Lyrical Books
- Have you ever dragged yourself through reading a book to your kids or skipped pages “accidently”? Yep. Me too. But I finally just stopped reading those books. The books I love have a sing-songy cadence and the rhymes are surprising, smart, and fun. These books… we all love!
Read on the Swings
- Another one of my favorite memories of reading to my kids is when we trek out to the swingset, barefooted, and book in hand. I would push them on the swing with one hand and hold the chapter book we were reading aloud together with the other. Or we pile in as a family into the double hammock and read together. These are precious memories I’ll hold forever.
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
-Winnie the pooh
Benefits of Reading Aloud
Never to Late to Start (or Restart)
I have the fondest memories of reading aloud with my children and then praying over them at the end of each day. It was the sweetest wind down and intentional point of connection for our family after busy days.
But after my husband died, it was one of our sacred routines that had to be put on pause. It was too painful for one of my kiddoes to keep this family practice without the cornerstone of our little crew. So to honor my little one in her grief and the sorrow and the trauma, we put reading aloud on pause.
“The most important thing is, even when we’re apart … I’ll always be with you …”
-Winnie the pooh
This is something I understand was necessary for a time, though I still lament letting it go.
But there’s a season and a time for everything. And I do believe it’s time to pick this back up again.
Reading aloud is a powerful way to build healthy family bonds. So let’s do it while we still can!