One of the things that has encouraged me in my reading aloud to my children was a workshop I had the privilege of attending with Mem Fox. Mem Fox is a much loved Australian children’s author. After she encouraged us to read aloud to our children every day she gave a little demonstration. Picking up one of her own books she read it in a fairly monotone, blah-kind of voice. To be honest, we all recognised the voiceit is the voice parents use to read when they dont really want to. The voice we use when weve read the same picture book over and over again. The voice we use when we want to be somewhere else. After we had a guilty chuckle at ourselves she read the same story again. This time she read it with enthusiasm and excitement in her voice. Not only was she showing us how to use our voices differently but she had timed both effortsand to our surprise the animated telling took about the same amount of time as the boring one. The lesson was clearwhen we impose our droning on our children we arent doing anyone any favours, we arent even saving ourselves time! If we were to read with drama and gusto we would all enjoy the experience so much more. I share this link to Mem Foxs website where she gives us Ten Read Aloud Commandments
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HI I'm Belinda - welcome to my online space. I am a family life coach and help parents to raise their kids with faith, values and life skills in a way that is intentional, relational and heart focused. I am married to Peter, and live in the far north-west of Australia on a small farm. We have four adult children whom we homeschooled from prep-year 12. They've all left home now. But over the years I have taught and supported mums and dad (both face to face and online). I am passionate about families being a strong and healthy unit that helps the individual to grow but also celebrates the community of family.