Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Reading Aloud

At school, I hated being called upon to read aloud in the class.
I still come out in a cold sweat at the memory of Miss M, the English teacher, rolling her eyes in exasperation at my reading aloud of Titania's line, "Who awakes me from my flowery bed?" from A Midsummer's Night's Dream.
Now, I love to read aloud to the Boy Child.
As does The Brainy One, who has a beautiful reading voice.
We are both agreed that what we read should both fire The Boy Child's imagination and stretch his reading ability.
None of us is really getting on with Worzel Gummidge.
Is it okay to stop mid-way through?
Absolutely.
Next up, Kaspar by Michael Morpurgo.
What do/did you read aloud to your child/ren?

10 comments:

Margaret J said...

Keep up the good work.

debs14 said...

My children loved The Famous Five! I think children like to be read to because your voice gives expression to the words. They also loved anything by Roald Dahl, especially The Witches.

Abi said...

I love reading aloud to children. I think it's such a special part of the day. My parents read to me from when I was very small to the age of 11. We went through all sorts. I loved Ballet Shoes and the Railway Children, any sort of michael Morpurgo and by the end we had read Jane Eyre! It was fantastic. It is a treasured memory of mine being read to. My parents used to alternate on what the book was. Some books my Dad preferred and some my mum. The boy Child is very lucky!

Ladkyis said...

Worzel Gummidge is best for 8-9 year olds because you can do the voices and they can see the characters better, in fact I think my youngest was nearer 10 when we got to Worzel. I read The Enchanted Wood, The Faraway Tree and The folk of the faraway tree. I read the Amelia Jane books to my daughter My father read Huckleberry finn, I never liked that one. I read the whole of the Famous Five series and the secret seven oh and Noddy when they were very young OH, OH and I read Jennie by Paul Gallico, Manx Mouse by Paul Gallico, Thomasina by PAul Gallico, The day Jean Pierre was pignapped by Paul Gallico... Oh just look at Paul Gallico on wikipiedia all his books are there

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Aw, Ruth, I love this post. I hated being called on to read aloud in school - still don't really like to do it at work or in situations like that. But when Carrie was little I read to her all the time! I started reading to her when she was an infant - before I knew if she could even understand the concept. The result was that she had a huge vocabulary at a very young age (oh, was she a chatty one!!!) and she LOVES to read as an adult. I'm glad that you and TBO love reading to your boy. So awesome!

Sian said...

I've probably told you before about the "reading aloud" lessons we had when I was at library school. I've never thought of myself as any kind of performer, but reading out loud is something I love to do: we used to spend whole afternoons working our way through Teddy Robinson et al. When they were really little, different picture books used to suggest different accents to me: there was one called "Reckless Ruby" and she sounded like a Southern Belle, then there was "The Last Noo Noo" where everyone was broadly Belfast. TNSSO actually made me read her that one not so long ago for old times sake. So I say yay! to reading outloud (and to stopping Worzel Gummidge, which was never a favourite here either)

Maybe I've also told you about the time I had lunch with Michael Norpurgo? Very very nice man

Sian said...

now I'm embarrassed I've put a typo in his name...

Alison said...

I loved reading aloud to my own two, and it was one of my favourite parts of teaching!
Alison xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

We still read aloud to Clara, as this is something she struggles with. Books I loved reading to my kids when they were little included Dr. Doolittle and A Wrinkle in Time.
rinda

alexa said...

We all love reading aloud here ... my favourite memory is DH reading Winnie The Pooh to me when I had flu :).

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