You may be wondering “what exactly is a homeschooling crime?” Basically it is something that no one would expect a homeschooler to commit or even admit to doing. Believe it or not, there are moms out there that struggle with different aspects of homeschooling their children. A lot of times we may not want to admit to these “crimes” for fear of what others may think of us. There may be friends and family members that don’t agree with our way of life and we may be fearful to let them know that there are areas we struggle with.
This series is a satire of sorts. It is meant to be funny, and maybe even a little sarcastic, but it is also meant to encourage, and to let you know that you are not alone in your struggles.
Many moms feel guilty for committing these “crimes” and may even feel like they don’t measure up to other homeschooling families. Each post in this series will highlight and examine the crime, with practical solutions, links and suggestions to help solve and prevent the crime from happening!
This week our crime is….
The Mom Who Doesn’t Like to Read Aloud
A mom who doesn’t like to read aloud to her children? How in the world can you homeschool if you don’t like to read aloud to your children? Isn’t that the best part of homeschooling, to cuddle up on the couch and read books to your kids? I will admit, that I am one of those moms.
I, Sarah Shelton, do not like to read aloud to my kids!
GASP! What? Aren’t you a Charlotte Mason homeschooler? You don’t like reading to your kids? What kind of mom are you? What a crime not being able to enjoy reading to your children!
Yes. I have said all of these things to myself. I have beat myself up over the fact that I don’t like to do read alouds. When we first started homeschooling I was using a curriculum that was FULL of read alouds. We read so many books, every day. I hated it! My voice would get dry and crackly, I would get sick of making fun character voices and having to pronounce words with a dramatic flair. I would be thinking of ways I could make the chapters shorter; I would peek ahead and see how many more pages were left in each chapter. It was awful. I felt awful that I didn’t enjoy this part of homeschool. My kids sure love me to read to them!
Reading aloud is something that is just a part of homeschool. There are some books that kids just need to have read to them, and family read alouds are great times of discussion and sharing stories together. There has got to be another way for those that don’t enjoy it…
Let’s solve this crime:
You can avoid reading aloud by using audiobooks! The audiobook can read the story aloud to your children with a much more excited and fun voice! There are some amazing audiobooks out there that sound like a theater radio show!
You can get many audiobooks for FREE on the public domain using Librivox. Volunteers read the books outloud for your whole family to enjoy for free! These readers actually enjoy reading aloud! It’s wonderful! Librivox is also great when you have multiple children that have big chapter books that need to be read aloud. You can download it onto a tablet or phone and they can listen to their books on different devices.
Keep it simple:
Even if you don’t enjoy reading aloud you can make it enjoyable by choosing short and sweet books. I do love reading children’s story books and picture books to my kids. It’s the long chapter books that wear me out! You can have a daily story time of fun and sweet little books, while you leave the longer chapter books to audio books.
Just do it:
Sometimes you don’t have a choice and you just have to do something that you don’t enjoy doing! If you really don’t like to read aloud I don’t recommend a literature heavy curriculum unless you are comfortable with using audiobooks. We use audiobooks and do short story times, but I do pick one book as a read aloud for that month. I don’t read aloud from it every single day, but we do read from it a couple of times a week. It may take us a month or two to get through a book but at least we are doing it! At the beginning of the year I will pick a few books that we want to read together as a family and I put them in a basket and just make myself do it!
I was happy to find this post on How to Stay Awake While Reading Aloud! This mom falls asleep during her read alouds! And I thought I was bad!
I hope this helped you to know that you may not be the only one breaking some “Homeschooler law!” Stay tuned for our next post to find out about another homeschooling crime!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!