When our big kids were little we read piles and piles of picture books each day. Madeline, Curious George, Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy-winkle, Dr De Soto, the three billy goats gruff, the ugly duckling, the little engine that could, Diana and her rhinoceros, Wilfrid Gordon MacDonald Partridge, Alfie and Annie Rose, the little red hen, the little yellow digger, Ping, Hairy Maclary and Katie Morag all became good friends. When we got going on chapter books we didn’t stop with Little House on the Prairie or The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – we read the whole series.
But back then we weren’t reading aloud through history, our poetry selections had not moved much beyond nursery rhymes and The Very Hungry Caterpillar was as close to a science read-aloud as we got.
Now it’s different. As of January 2010 our listeners vary in age from three to fifteen. On a daily basis, we read aloud not only picture books and “junior literature“, but also some poetry, something from a junior history list, an engaging mathematics book, a living science selection and something that increases our “global needs awareness”.
When the smaller bodies are in bed, we are intending to also read with the older kids from a Senior Selection – just one book a month.
A couple of years back we realised the little ones were in danger of missing out on the wonderful stories we had enjoyed when the eldest kids were young, so we trawled back through our reading logs and picked out our favourites. Where once we read ALL the Milly-Molly-Mandy’s, now there is only one on the list. She will suffice to invite our younger listeners to want to open the other books themselves to find out what else happens to Muvver and Favver and Uncle and Aunty and Little Friend Susan and Billy – they’ll just need to learn to read first;-)
(each of the links above will take you to our literature, history, science etc plans, or non-plans as the case may be!)