There are few stronger family bonds than this habit of devoting an occasional hour to reading aloud, on winter evenings, at any rate. The practice is pleasant at the time, and pleasant in the retrospect, it gives occasion for much bright talk, merry and wise, and quickens family affection by means of intellectual sympathy. Indeed, the wonder is that any family should neglect such a simple means of pure enjoyment, and of moral, as well as intellectual culture.
— Charlotte Mason, Formation of Character
Happy New Year!
With my elder two at school since Easter, it has been very special to have time in the day to read longer chapter books to my four year girl that are pitched just for her. The two of us snuggled up on the sofa in the middle of a busy day might seem like an added luxury but it has become as important to our day as her phonics and maths lessons.
So if you are looking for something a big longer than a picture book to read to your little one, you may enjoy one of these:
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However there were three things that he emphasised as being key for today’s children: Continue reading
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