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Read-Aloud Reviva‪l‬ Sarah Mackenzie

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Join Sarah Mackenzie for inspiring interviews, tips, and booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books.

    RAR #173: What Happens in Your Child's Brian When You Read Aloud

    RAR #173: What Happens in Your Child's Brian When You Read Aloud

    Ready to dive into a little brain science? Today, we're discovering what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud.







    This is probably not a surprise, but... A LOT is happening.















    Dr. John Hutton of the Reading and Literacy Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital is joining me to break this down. I love how he puts it in the beginning of this episode: that scientists are using fancy methods to verify what we already know - that reading aloud is good for our kids.







    Want to know what happens in your child's brain when you read aloud? You're in the right place.







    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR:







    * how the brain actually reads* the immense value of dialogic reading (don't worry - you're already doing this!)* how reading aloud "primes" the brain for reading independently







    CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:















    TIME STAMPS:







    3:35The RAR Premium Spring Lineup! 6:09Lots of nature!9:44What's going on 'under the hood' when we read aloud14:40How the brain actually reads18:42Seen on an MRI23:44'A Goldilocks Effect'30:15'Neurons that fire together, wire together'37:25Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    "There's a maxim in neuroscience: neurons that fire together, wire together. So really, the more you practice anything, the stronger the neural circuits become."Dr. John Hutton







    "We say it all the time at Read Aloud Revival: there's nothing that a novel can give your child that a picture book can't."Sarah Mackenzie















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:















    * RAR Premium* RAR #151: It's a Story ... So What? Barb Rosenstock* Cindy West* Jonathan Rogers* Irene Latham* RAR # 130: Reading Aloud as an Obstinate Act of Love, Meghan Cox Gurdon* All About Reading* The Logic of English* Robert Munsch* Dr. Hutton's Latest Study* Blue Manatee Press* Blue Manatee Dialogic Reading (DR) series















    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:







    (All links are Amazon affiliate links.

    • 43 min
    RAR #172 Helping Your Developing Reader Fall in Love with Books

    RAR #172 Helping Your Developing Reader Fall in Love with Books

    Learning to read can be hard. And when our kids are still learning to read fluently and well, helping them fall in love with books can feel impossible.







    But it doesn't have to be that way.







    In today's episode, I'm going to show you how to help your kids fall in love with stories, and tell you why it will help them more to keep reading aloud than to cram in another long phonics lesson.







    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR:







    * a reminder that learning to read is a little like climbing a mountain! * the key to getting our kids reading (hint: it's NOT endless phonics practice)* how to become a book match-maker for your child







    I also answer two questions about transitioning from audio books to independent reading and the advantages and disadvantages to reading versus watching Shakespeare.







    CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:















    TIME STAMPS:







    2:45Q&A: Transitioning from audio books to independent reading6:57Q&A: Shakespeare and the advantages/disadvantages of reading versus watching11:26Climbing the mountain 13:31Three ways to help our developing readers15:35Spend more time (surprise!) reading aloud 18:14Favorite early reader books19:56Series for the win!22:33Ideas for great, page-turning series we love (and 'finding the right jelly bean'25:47'Secret Juice': How to use a series28:33You can't help your child too much32:09Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    "If our kids love stories, they will have an incentive to learn to read... because then they can get the stories for themselves."Sarah Mackenzie







    "You can't help your child too much, so don't worry about making this too easy on them. You want this to be easy on them. The most important thing is not to ruin the story by trying to turn it into a lesson. Let your child love the story and let them fall in love with the story. The reading skill will come with time."Sarah Mackenzie















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * The Great Homeschool Conventions* Pam Barnhill - Your Morning Basket* Colleen Kessler - Raising Lifelong Learners* RAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to Shakespeare* All About Reading* Logic of English* RAR #105: Favorite Early Reader Books (for kids who are learning to read)* Get RAR emails* Series to Hook Your Developing Reader (Book List)* Laura Martin episode about 'finding the right jelly bean'















    BOOKS FOR DEVELOPING READERS:















    (All links are Amazon affiliate links.)

    • 36 min
    RAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to Shakespeare

    RAR #171: How to Introduce Your Kids to Shakespeare

    The Bard. He can be a little intimidating, right? If you've ever wondered how to introduce your kids to Shakespeare, you are in a for a treat with this podcast episode.







    Many of us met Shakespeare in a way that didn't set us up to love him or even understand him. But today, I'm joined by Ken Ludwig, award-winning playwright and author of How to Teach your Children Shakespeare - my very favorite resource for doing just that!







    IN THIS EPISODE, YOU'LL HEAR:







    * Why we should make Shakespeare a part of our curriculum * How to get over the intimidation factor, once and for all* Exactly how and where to start teaching your kids Shakespeare (I promise, it's easier than you think!)







    CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:















    We recorded this conversation as a livestream. Watch it below:









    https://vimeo.com/499441979









    TIME STAMPS:







    3:54Great Homeschool Conventions are coming5:22Ken Ludwig is here7:12Why Shakespeare?10:06Cultural literacy12:34'Better students and test takers'18:59But what does it mean?20:01Memorization23:39 Open and go24:51Resources from Ken's site26:49A funny story about those audio passages ...29:57How to really understand what you're reading (Folgers Guides)36:33Where to start (which play?)39:49'Captain of our fairy band ...'45:03Even one play ...51:58Ken's favorite passage01:01:00'I go, I go. Look how I go ...'01:03:39Let the Kids Speak















    QUOTES TO REMEMBER:







    "You only have to start with a little bit (of Shakespeare), just a little taste of it and it starts opening doors."Ken Ludwig







    "(Shakespeare) makes them better readers, because they have to learn to read slowly and understand every word they read. That's how you conquer Shakespeare."Ken Ludwig















    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:







    * Great Homeschool Conventions* Pam Barnhill* Colleen Kessler* Ken's site* How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare Resources* Bernard Levin: On Quoting Shakespeare* Special Event: Emma by Jane Austen (with a special visit from Ken Ludwig)* RAR #06: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare with Ken Ludwig















    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:









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    YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY:







    * The astonishing impact of Louisa May Alcott* Favorite picture books for the Middle Ages and Renaissance* How to fold poetry into your routine

    • 1 hr 9 min
    RAR #170: How (and Why!) to Read Wordless Books

    RAR #170: How (and Why!) to Read Wordless Books

    Do you ever feel lost when it comes to how to read a wordless book?







    I'm convinced that some of the very best picture books being published today are wordless. They invite us to slow down, predict what will come next, make connections, and linger over a good story, well-told.







    Today I'm excited to share some of the best ones with you, as well as a simple guide for how to read them.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * why wordless books are worth our time* how to read a wordless books (with tips for what to say as you turn the pages)* just a few favorites







    I also answer a question about how to handle vocabulary when homeschooling, and if listening to books and reading are enough on their own. (Spoiler: )







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    • 35 min
    RAR #169: The Read-Aloud Challenge

    RAR #169: The Read-Aloud Challenge

    Here at RAR, we can't think of a better way to kick off a new year than to do it with books.







    That's why we kick off every January with a challenge for your kids-- to help them start their new year reading and reading and reading some more... and falling a little more in love with books in the process!







    Today we're sharing all the details of this year's Read-Aloud Challenge. I'll answer your questions, let you know how it works, which books "count," (spoiler alert: you're the boss!), and what to do if your kids get frustrated along the way.







    We're starting this challenge in January, but you can start it at any time! If you want your kids to read aloud for 25 days and fall more in love with books (and each other) in the process, you're in the right place.























    Ready to join us?















    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * how the challenge will help your family kick off a great reading year and reset your rhythm* setting your kiddos up for challenge success (even pre-readers!)* answers to your questions about the challenge including what counts and who counts!







    I also answer a listener question about whether new families will be lost or "behind" if they start a RAR Premium membership now. Hint: Nope!















    Time stamps:







    1:21The best way to kick off a new year2:48Helping new families navigate Premium4:52RAR's winter line-up9:34WHY a read-aloud challenge?12:36How to sign up your kids13:56Reading is its own reward, but ... a few fun ideas16:46Making smaller goals count!18:53Answers to common questions21:28You can't help too much24:45For developing readers and pre-readers ...25:56Using wordless picture books28:50Let the Kids Speak















    Quote to remember:







    "You can not help your child too much, so just help them whenever they need it."Sarah Mackenzie















    Links from this episode:







    * Join RAR Premium* RAR #157: Why Read Aloud to Kids Who Can Read Themselves?* Our favorite wordless picture books* Post your photos using the hashtag #readaloudrevival















    Books mentioned in this episode:









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    You'll also enjoy:







    * Why and how reading aloud will change your kids' lives forever (Mem Fox)* When your child doesn't love reading* Why re-reading is possible the best reading

    • 34 min
    RAR #168: Special Edition, Christmas Stories

    RAR #168: Special Edition, Christmas Stories

    Welcome to a very special Christmas episode of Read-Aloud Revival, featuring three audio Christmas stories from one of our very favorite storytellers: Jim Weiss.







    In this episode, 3 audio Christmas stories:







    * The Nativity Story* The Gift of the Magi* The Nutcracker







    Exclusive coupons for RAR listeners::







    * Maestro Classics Coupon: Use RAR2020 to get 25% off of any single CD or MP3 or the 12 CD collection or MP3 collection* Well Trained Mind Coupon: RAR2020 to get 20% off most stories







    (Discounts are valid through December 2020. May not be combined with any other promotions or offers.)















    Time stamps:







    2:14'A gift for the heart and soul'3:25Stories make excellent gifts (plus coupons!)7:41The Nativity Story10:57The Gift of the Magi22:50The beginning of The Nutcracker37:32Get more stories ...38:12Join us for Christmas School!







    Audio stories mentioned:







    (Don't forget to use the coupon code RAR2020 at checkout!)







































    You'll also enjoy:







    * Our favorite Christmas picture books* Christmas and Advent read-alouds with Elizabeth Foss* Storytime with Jim Weiss (and how to read aloud better)

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

Monica Switzer ,

Absolutely incredible!

This podcast is simply fantastic! On Mother’s Day my five year old was asked “what does mom do to relax?”, and he said “listen to Read Aloud Revival!”
And it’s so true! This podcast is invigorating! It’s the fresh life I need every two weeks. Sarah is so real, passionate and just like my best friend that I haven’t actually met yet! I’m a homeschooler but I recommend this to all parents, grandparents, teachers, etc! Thank you Sarah and team! You have me laughing and crying every single episode! You are my absolute favourite!

PianoTeachingMamma ,

Best

Sarah is the best and she is legit. 😉☺️ I am always inspired after listening. She even puts a new spin on things I already know!

Jteach10 ,

Thoroughly enjoyable!

I just discovered this podcast and have been working my way through it from the beginning. I read aloud extensively to my three sons who are now all grown. I wish this podcast had been around then, but I hope to use some of the ideas with my grandchildren. My youngest son (27) and I still read books aloud together from time to time and thoroughly enjoy it.

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