“…the voice that tells us a story aloud is always more than a carrier wave bringing us the meaning; it’s a companion through the events of the story, ensuring that the feelings it stirs in us are held within the circle of attachment connecting the adult reading, and the child listening. To hear a story is a social act.” — Francis Spufford, The Child that Books Built
I love Francis Spufford’s reminder that “to hear a story is a social act.” So as term gets underway for our young ones, let’s keep reading to them, drawing them onto our knee, holding them close and bringing the stories alive as we immerse ourselves in yet another imaginary world.
My youngest is 5 1/2 years old now and learning to read for herself. This of course takes practice, which we aim for daily, but I still make sure I’m reading to her too each day. We’re working our way through Enid Blyton’s Noddy Series at the moment, which brings back such fond memories of my own childhood.
This same emphasis is true in many classrooms – my daughter reads aloud to her teacher each day and they close each day with a story. Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach is currently being read to the girls.
Scroll down for more ideas to read aloud to your 5 year olds:
Autumn Books and Inspiration
Read Alouds with my 4 year old
Best Family Read Alouds of 2019
20 Family Read Alouds
Classics for Young Independent Readers
20 Picture Books for 3-5 year olds
Picture Books for 2 year olds
The children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times—a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story-books”
— Charlotte Mason (Vol. 1, p. 153)
So it looks like holidays are off the cards this summer for most of us but in Charlotte Mason’s words we can still “have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times…” So at a time when we can’t travel and see people so easily, books are a magical way of doing just that both for us adults and our children. So let’s help our children travel this summer and choose books to take them places. They may even make some friends along the way. Continue reading
Excerpt from “Oxford” by Tom Lovatt-Williams
I see the coloured lilacs flame
In many an ancient Oxford lane
And bright laburnum holds its bloom
Suspended golden in the noon,
The placid lawns I often tread
Are stained and carpeted with red…
These lines from Lovatt-Williams’ poem ‘Oxford’ capture perfectly the beauty of this city over the last few weeks. Lockdown has definitely made me far more appreciative of the way nature is changing around us here in Oxford as we take our ‘daily exercise’. Continue reading
It’s all about the Tudors this term in our house. There’s nothing like well-written historical fiction to bring history alive for young ones, alongside visiting museums and relevant places of interest. Continue reading
With Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday upon us, I’ve updated my book list. Perhaps you are looking for ideas for your family or as gifts for godchildren or grandchildren, you can browse my list here, Continue reading
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.
— J.K. Rowling
Rowling talks of bedtime stories, and of course there is something special about children all ready for bed being read aloud a story about a faraway land before they drift off to the Land of Nod. Continue reading