Storytime

Everything I have read regarding home schooling young children always emphasises reading aloud to them. A lot. Mindful of this we’ve been making regular trips to the library and coming home with a pile of picture books and a few non-fiction. E has enjoyed books about birds, plants, human body – senses, and most recently Common and Garden Birds of New Zealand. I have found it interesting to note her interest in biology.

However, I’ve been finding she’s less interested in the shorter picture books, and rather chooses longer stories from her bookshelf, which have been read so many times and getting a bit boring for me, and aren’t really very stretching for her either.

So, on a whim the other day I grabbed C S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia off my bookshelf while the kids were having lunch and started to read. Her attention was captured from the opening line of the first book The Magician’s Nephew: “This is a story about something that happened a long time ago when your grandfather was a boy.” Since then we have read everyday and while I think some of the language is difficult for her to understand we’ve been making steady progress. I think we are up to chapter 9. Most days when I tell her we have to stop, she says “Oh please….a bit more, I want to know what happens next.” She’s so enjoying the adventure and the rich fantasy. I’m also enjoying reading it. I’m so excited that she’s growing up and I look forward to other books we can enjoy together.

I think I had underestimated how much she enjoys being read to, as well as her understanding. I’m so glad I took the plunge to attempt these books.

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7 thoughts on “Storytime

  1. our whole family has a LOVE AFFAIR with narnia.
    we’ve read it while eating lunch, during winter nights by the fire, and we’ve watched it lol…
    now my fifth baby is enjoying reading it with his daddy.
    i think the whole series is a rite of passage. X

  2. I love it too! I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, although I’m less familiar with the other titles. The paperback edition we have although titled The Chronicles of Narnia, only has the first three books. Will definitely get the others though.

  3. How old is E? My 3-year-old daughter LOVES reading and I’m dying to share some of my favorite childhood chapter books with her, but I’m not sure if she’s ready to sit and listen to a non-picture book yet.

  4. Hi Jen, E is 4 and a half. It’s worth a try with your 3 year old. You might want to start with something like short stories, so that one chapter is one story, because she may have trouble following the plot from one reading to the next. Maybe some of the Winnie the Pooh stories. The House at Pooh Corner – A A Milne is a book that can be read as a collection of short stories. The language might be a bit flowery though.
    I don’t know how to link here in a comment, but try 1000 Good Books from the Classical Christian Education website, for some age appropriate suggestions.
    Good luck….it’s fun.

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