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The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie
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“A book can’t change the world on its own. But a book can change readers. And readers? They can change the world.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“No one will ever say, no matter how good a parent he or she was, “I think I spent too much time with my children when they were young.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“If you want a child to know the truth, tell him the truth. If you want a child to love the truth, tell him a story.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“Home is the only place in which our children have a fighting chance of falling in love with books.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“When my head hits the pillow each night, I want to know that I have done the one most important thing: I have fostered warm, happy memories and created lifelong bonds with my kids—even when the rest of life feels hard.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“When we’re telling our children the story of Jesus healing Jairus’s daughter, of curing the lepers, of raising Lazarus from the dead, we don’t need to wrap up the story with a trite explanation about how God is powerful, good, or merciful. We don’t have to add anything at all, because there it is—truth bubbling up out of the story. It is the story.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“that the more children are read to, the higher their test scores are—sometimes by as much as a half a year’s schooling. This was true regardless of a family’s income. He goes on to say that reading aloud has proven to be so powerful in increasing a child’s academic success that it is more effective than expensive tutoring or even private education.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“We read with our children because it gives both them and us an education of the heart and mind. Of intellect and empathy. We read together and learn because stories teach us how to love.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“We need our kids to fall in love with stories before they are even taught their first letters, if possible, because everything else—phonics, comprehension, analysis, even writing—comes so much more easily when a child loves books.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“Raising our children isn’t just about getting them ready for adulthood. It isn’t just about preparation for a career. It’s about transforming and shaping their hearts and minds. It’s about nourishing their souls, building relationships, and forging connections. It’s about nurturing within them care and compassion for whomever they encounter.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“When read-aloud time doesn’t look like we originally hoped, we begin to doubt that it’s giving us any of those wonderful benefits we discussed in part 1. But here’s the thing: it still works. Even when it’s noisy, messy, and more chaotic than you’d like it to be, it works. Even when kids are grumbling, complaining, and don’t seem to be listening, it works.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“His research demonstrates that one extra day per week of parent-child read-aloud sessions during the first ten years of a child’s life increases standardized test scores by half a standard deviation. That’s as many as 15–30 percentile points—a tremendous gain.3”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“If you want to raise a reader, you should not rely much on your child’s school,” Dr. Daniel Willingham writes in Raising Kids Who Read.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“right there at the beginning that my own mothering prowess wouldn’t ensure my children would embrace my Christian beliefs, get into good colleges, or make life choices I would be proud of.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“because loving and connecting with her would always be worth my time and effort.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“To have an exact accounting of events in the particular order they unfolded in history, or to possess the ability to see God in every person, in every situation, in every place?”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“answer these three questions: 1.​Images: Can you picture the scene in your mind’s eye? What you’re looking for is text capable of transporting you inside the story so that you can see it vividly in your own imagination. If the book is illustrated, notice if the images capture you and whether or not you want to look at them just a bit longer than necessary. 2.​Vocabulary: Do the word choices seem rich and varied? Avoid books with overly simplified or dumbed-down language. The best read-alouds contain a wide range of words—the kind of words you want to speak out loud. 3.​Curiosity: Are you interested in finding out what happens next? The book probably won’t be worth reading if you answer this question with a “no.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“As a reading adult, I still prefer to get both my Dickens and my Shakespeare through audiobooks.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“FEAR”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids
“repeated readings of fewer books are better than a huge collection read infrequently.”
Sarah Mackenzie, The Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids