readaloud recommendation: Little House on the Prairie

if you’ve never read a chapter book aloud to your kids, you should. it can be some of the best bonding time, immersing yourself and your kids in the heart of a good story.

if you have girls…and i know nothing about having boys…read them the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. it is a lot of sunbonnets and feeding cows and playing in the creek, but it isn’t just that. there’s so much in that book that imprints on the mind how a child should be–Laura is brave, fiery but self-controlled, obedient and respectful to her parents but not void of a strong personality.

it also reinforces homelife. that it is good to go to church, obey and respect your parents, that your dad will always care for you, that your mom will always be gentle and capable. it establishes home as the center of a little kids universe, as it should be.

we’ve just finished On the Banks of Plum Creek (possibly my favorite of the series–some good foreshadowing in this one), and i have to admit that i teared up more than once reading this to the girls. there’s some interesting historical elements (like how they didn’t have Phones, which amazed my girls…but also the grasshopper plague, how pioneers lived at the time, etc), but the characters, especially Laura, are what captivate me.

ok, so if you haven’t read it, go read it! and don’t wait–my 4 year old and 3 year old love this series and i’ve been reading it to them for the past year.

what childhood series do you still love to read with your kids? any recommendations?

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  1. We started Little House in the Big Woods last fall and had to stop because it talked about bears, and Charlotte has a Fear (with a capital F) of bears. Maybe in a few years. I love that series of books!

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  2. You are the second person to encourage me to pick up Little House again! It’s been so many years since I have read it, though I do still own the books. Maybe this winter… winter is a good time for settling in with that series.

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  3. This is probably a question I should ask my special needs mom group, but how do you get your girls to sit still or do you let them play and run around while you read? It takes everything in us to get the boys to sit still for a five-minute storybook at the end of the day. I’ve always wanted to do this, though, so I’m wondering if you have any tips or advice.

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    1. we worked up to it, reading them longer and longer time periods….but it helps that my girls are fine with sitting and playing with puzzles or sticker books while i read to them, or just sitting and cuddling. i also read to them while they are in bed for nap and bedtime, and sometimes while they eat. if they aren’t listening, i typically give them a break and come back to it later–sometimes they need to run around! not sure if that is helpful though–from what i can tell, boys run around more than girls!

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