I had heard about read alouds from all the homeschooling blogs I read. I actually steered clear of that until recently. Well, I mean, I tried it a few times but it didn't go well so I just gave up. Reading aloud involves reading chapter books with no pictures aloud to my young children and some of them will sit there and some of them won't and some of them will whine and some of them, well, it just was not an enjoyable experience.
Until recently, I finally just waited until my younger two were taking their naps and started reading aloud to my 1st grader. He wasn't thrilled at first but then he started getting into the story. I started with reading Stuart Little by E.B. White. I honestly just didn't enjoy it and thought it was a little weird so I dropped that one and picked up Charlotte's Web instead (by the same author).
At first I thought my son wasn't really paying attention but then he started asking me to read more (shocked me!) and now I read it in the evening when my daughter and sons can hear it and my daughter likes it too.
The chapters are pretty short and I really like the book too. I'm not sure what we will read when this one is done but I plan to continue the reading aloud.
It is an effort on my part but once I sit down and do it I think we all benefit from it. If you have any good read aloud suggestions I would love to hear them.