Reading New Moon With My Daughter

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

When I committed to the May Reading Challenge to read to or with someone, I wanted an unexpected opportunity to present itself. I waited. I trusted that such an opportunity would come and I would see it. I waited. I wondered. I made an alternate plan to pursue something else. But close to my deadline, it happened!

First, some background. Last year I read the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. When my daughter turned 14, I encouraged her to expand her reading genres and try these. Yet, I knew they were a little more mature and wanted to talk about some of the scenes and themes with her.

After she finished Twilight in two days, she started New Moon. She admitted they were better than she expected. Although I wanted her to slow down and let us talk about them, she is quick and not a big talker. Me—I’m a BIG talker; yet, she was plowing through them and wasn’t pausing for communication.

Until . . .

Sickness sidelined her unexpectedly on a school day, and I saw the opportunity. I rearranged my plans for the day. We settled into the couches where I read a chapter of New Moon to her. While she was a bit frustrated by the slower pace of listening, it did open her up to discuss the series. We engaged in some interesting conversation. And that was my goal!

Even as she returned to her book alone, I picked up my book, Watership Down, and we read for a couple of hours on the couch together. Interestingly, that opportunity opened my thinking about a plan to extend this challenge throughout the summer.

I thought my days of reading aloud with my children were over. They are becoming increasingly more independent and mature. But this summer may just be our window of opportunity to try one more read-aloud book together. And after finishing Watership Down, that might just be the right one. Or do you have some suggestions for a read-aloud with ages ranging from 9-14?

Did you read to or with someone this month? What benefits do you see from reading together? Tell me about it in the comments below or send me a link to your own post about it.

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  1. annie
    May 27, 2008

    My kids are exactly that range (9, 12, 14) and a mix of girls and boys. We still read aloud together + I think they all love it. Sometimes my oldest does opt out if she has an immense load of homework but usually she joins us.

    We’ve had good luck with the Susan Cooper series (started with Over Sea, Under Stone), of course Harry Potter (although after the first one years ago everyone read them on their own, too), classics like Little Women or Sword in the Stone or any of the Edward Eager books. Like you, I’m always on the lookout for something that will appeal to them all. As you said, it presents great opportunities to discuss and experience something together.

  2. Rachel Corbett
    May 27, 2008

    I made an effort to read with my kids a little extra this past week. Mine are still little so they really need it. But we seem to have gotten so busy that by the time bedtime rolls around it’s lae and I’m rushing them into bed with no story. Well, this was a reminder to me to SLOW DOWN and make time to read to them. I am really looking forward to the summer when we can slow everything down and hopefuly make some more time for those things that seem to drift away during the year.

  3. Julie
    May 28, 2008

    I also waited for an opportunity to read that was somewhat out of the norm and I never picked up on one. Even though the challenge is over, I think I will continue to watch for that opportunity. I still get the opportunity to read out loud to my daughter every day and that is definitely one I am grateful for.

    Speaking of reading out loud, I actually heard someone mention this the other day as a way to improve communication skills. He said that by reading out loud (kids books don’t count, they have to be books for adults) for 30 minutes 3 times a week, communication skills can be drasticly improved. I’d never heard that before but I found it very interesting!

  4. camille
    May 28, 2008

    I took this challenge as a chance to re-connect with my husband and read together. He reminded me that it was time for him to read the classic Winnie-the-Pooh to the new baby, who will be born in October. He did this with all of our other children, before and after they were born. I have pictures of him holding our newborn children just one or two days after they were born reading Winnie-the-Pooh. This time so far I let him do the reading. It was a time to just relax, listen to his voice and enjoy the simple humor of Eyeore and Pooh and Piglet! We will keep it up! And I’ve been contemplating our summer routine and want to add in even more reading together with my kids as we start visiting the library more often.

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