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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Belinda and her husband, Peter, live in the far north-west of Australia on a small farm. They have four adult children whom they homeschooled from prep-year 12. Over this time Belinda has taught and supported women both face to face and online. Her heart is to encourage families to be intentional, relational and heart focused in all areas of family living. She continues to do this in her new season of life – as her kids leave home one by one leaving her with more time.
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