I recently discovered podcasts. What can that possibly do with reading? It turns out a lot! Before you quit reading because you think this “doesn’t pertain to you”, please don’t! I promise it will! The benefits of reading aloud are so many! Here are a few ideas that will be useful to you no matter what stage in life.
- Read to your kids! If you’re past that season in life read to your grand-kids! You don’t have to be a home school mom. You don’t have to be a stay at home mom (or dad). If you really feel pressed for time try audio books!
- If you’re a teacher, please try to make time to read aloud to your students. Some of my fondest memories are of read aloud time. All of us would groan collectively as when the chapter came to an end. I even had a teacher in high-school that would read aloud to us and the response was similar.
- Maybe you don’t have any children in your life. Schools, nursing homes, and even animal shelters are great places to look. Schools are often looking for volunteers to either come in and read or to listen to children read. Nursing homes are full of people who just want a visit from someone, a book is a wonderful way to connect and spark conversation! No matter your age young or old they would most definitely enjoy your visit! Animal shelters will often welcome the idea of little ones reading to animals. Especially if you have a struggling reader. Animals can calm them down, they don’t judge, and are always happy to see you!
- Find a book that you both enjoy. Reading aloud is much easier when you don’t want to put the book down either. If the book you picked out isn’t working it’s OK to try a different one.
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
― C.S. Lewis
So where does the podcast come in? You have to check out Sarah Mackenzie at Read Aloud Revival! She gives so many wonderful ideas and has lists of many resources. I am hooked! If you are more of reader she also has a wonderful blog and website you can check out that will list all of these resources. I mostly love that she does this simply because she loves the beautiful things that come with reading aloud. Read Aloud Revival podcast is my pick for this months favorite thing.
Do you have any reading aloud tips or suggestions? What about a favorite podcast that makes you waiting for more?