Sunday, January 15, 2006

Reading and Listening

In this blog I am simply assuming the value and importance of reading aloud to your children. One of my goals in reading to my boys (in addition to the main goal of learning) is to develop a love for hearing good reading. So, books on tape or audio dramatizations fit our goals well. My boys love to listen to audio stories while we travel. These are great ways to encourage the art of listening and a love for being read to. Even if we had the chance, we would not take a video option in our automobile because we have already established an enjoyment of listening. One of our favorites is Adventures in Odysey, produced by Focus on the Family. These are nicely done stories, with good adventure and good morals. One could quibble with places, but by and large it is great stuff.
I posted earlier about one of our other favorites, the Chronicles of Narnia .

We have also enjoyed finding books on tape available at Cracker Barrel restaurants. You can purchase the tapes and then return them for a refund of most of your money. The result is that you can essentially rent the tapes for a very reasonable cost. If you return the tapes in a week you pay $3.49. When traveling this past summer we made much use of these and really enjoyed listening to books from the Magic Tree House series, the Boxcar Children series and the Hardy Boys.

6 Comments:

At 12:27 PM, Blogger WES said...

Ray,
I got to your blog through Justin Taylor's blog. Looks like a good resource. I wonder if you could go deeper into why you prefer reading aloud versus videos?

Thanks, again.

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger sally apokedak said...

I just found your blog--from Justin's also, though I don't know him. I just followed some links. But wanted to say I'm glad I found you and I'm linking to you on my blog.

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...

Sally,
Thanks for the link!

Wes,
Thanks. I prefer reading to watching TV just in general. In reading (whether you are the one doing the reading or listening) the mind is more active and in watching the mind is more passive. More imagination is involved with reading and listening- which is one reason why in good literature 'the movie' is never as good as 'the book.' Leading my boys to love being read to prepares them to be readers themselves.

 
At 3:27 AM, Blogger Kris in TN said...

Hi Ray!

Got your comment on my blog about Book CloseOuts. Love your blog and will be bookmarking it for future reading. If you'd like to consider joining my Book Closeouts Yahoo Group, you can check it out here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/
group/BCOnewbooks/

I might be able to help you save a few $$'s on some good books!

Kris
www.homeschoolblogger.com/
classicaleducation4me

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger Roger & Haley said...

I found your site via Justin Taylor's blog, too, and have been thoroughly enjoyoing your book reviews ever since. I've been passing the link on to friends of mine that are always looking for good, biblical literature for their kids. Thanks for doing this!

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...

I have checked out Kris' site and indeed it does provide a good opportunity to save money on books! Check it out!

 

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