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Sarah Mackenzie will help your kids fall in love with books, and will help *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

Read-Aloud Revival Sarah Mackenzie

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Sarah Mackenzie will help your kids fall in love with books, and will help *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

    RAR #193: A Relaxed, Read-Aloud Christmas

    RAR #193: A Relaxed, Read-Aloud Christmas

    Sometimes, it can seem like the holiday season is over before we even had a chance to truly celebrate. And so this year, we're wishing you a relaxing read-aloud Christmas, full of plenty of cocoa, warm blankets, and snuggles with your favorite people.







    If all of that sounds like a dream - we've got what you need to make it happen. So listen in to this special episode, and Happy Thansgiving and a Merry, Merry Christmas!







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * how to be more present this holiday season (it's what our kids want most of all)* ideas for the best Christmas picture books, novels and audiobooks* everything happening at RAR to help you celebrate Advent, Christmas and beyond







    CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON TO START LISTENING:















    TIME STAMPS:







    1:44Puppies!! 3:46An invitation to slow down7:09What your kids want is you9:49Free Christmas resources13:14Christmas School!17:47For mamas 20:13RAR Book Club25:13Get ready for the 31-day challenge26:55Let the Kids Speak







    A QUOTE TO REMEMBER







    "Let's take the pressure off and just say, 'This Christmas I'm coming as I am.' Because the truth is, the baby king is going to be born no matter what you pull off or what you don't, and that is really good news."- Sarah Mackenzie







    LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:















    * Everything Christmas from RAR* Christmas School* Lita Judge* How to give or get RAR Premium as a gift* Join the RAR email list (or text BOOK to 33777)







    Pictures of Tomie dePawla and Gilbert:















    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:







    (All links are affiliate links.)







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    • 31 min
    RAR #192: Help! My Kids Hate Narration

    RAR #192: Help! My Kids Hate Narration

    When my kids were young, I tried narration in my homeschool.







    But instead of working how it was supposed to, it made my oldest daughter freeze with panic. She actually started hating books she had previously loved. Read-aloud time became fraught. And the quality of her education suffered for it.







    In today's episode, I'm diving deep into the Charlotte Mason (CM) idea of narration, and offering an idea for what to do if narration simply isn't a good fit for your family.







    In this episode, you'll hear:







    * What's the goal of narration anyway?* What my family does instead of narration (and we like it so! much! better!)* A reminder of what we're going for (spoiler alert: narration isn't the only way to get it)







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    Listener Guide







    Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:







    4:23What is narration, exactly?7:08Just find another tool 10:15The students should do the thinking15:17What's the goal?16:47Open-ended questions and conversation26:14Low-quality answers30:34Re-reading is GREAT reading34:01Don't let a tool override your instincts36:07Let the kids speak















    Books from this episode:









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    Links from this episode:







    * RAR # 166: What's the Deal with Open-Ended Questions* Join RAR Premium* RAR #141: Why Re-Reading is Possibly the Best Reading* RAR #163: A Reader's Guide to a More Tranquil Mind, Alan Jacobs * RAR # 145: The Importance of Reading at Whim and Developing Your Own Taste, Alan Jacobs * RAR Premium: Water Your Bamboo (Circle with Sarah)* RAR Premium: How to Talk with Your Kids About Books (Even if you haven't read them yourself)* RAR Premium: Best Tips for Talking with Your Kids About Books























    What is narration, anyway?







    If you’ve been in homeschooling circles for long, you’ve probably heard about narration.







    Narration is a method most widely associated with 19th century British educator Charlotte Mason. Homeschoolers use Miss Mason's methods a lot, and I've gained a lot of wisdom from learning her philosophy of education.







    Narration is a basic tenet of CM education, and according to CM (Charlotte Mason) methodology, it's this:







    Asking a child to tell back what they just read (or what was read to them). 







    Now, if narration works well for you, keep on keepin' on. You probably don't need the rest of this post. After all,

    • 39 min
    RAR #191: Helping your ADHD or Dyslexic Child Love Reading

    RAR #191: Helping your ADHD or Dyslexic Child Love Reading

    If you have a child with ADHD or dyslexia and want him/her to love reading, this episode is for you.







    I'm sharing tips and tricks to help kids with ADHD enjoy reading and read-alouds in this episode of The Read-Aloud Revival.







    You'll hear...







    * audiobooks: help or hindrance?* what worked for one of Sarah's dyslexic kids* Sarah's go-to resource for all things related to homeschooling a child with ADHD















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    • 15 min
    RAR #190: Sarah’s Favorite Stories About Christian Saints and Heroes

    RAR #190: Sarah’s Favorite Stories About Christian Saints and Heroes

    Looking for my favorite stories about Christian saints and heroes? You're in the right place!







    That's what I'm talking about in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival. (Heads up, I'm Catholic, so a lot of these titles will be of special interest to Catholic listeners. )







    There are lots of wonderful stories of Christian heroes, but these are some of my favorite short picks, perfect for mixed-age groups.







    You'll hear...







    * my favorite non-gory picks (because some of these stories can get... well, gruesome)* recommendations for a wide age-range* Bible hero ideas (including a favorite on audio)















    Books and links mentioned in the show







    * Ben Hatke* Lydia Grace Kadar-Kallen* Bookshop* The Story of God's Love for You on Libro.fm

















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    * Author access with Sally Lloyd Jones author of the Jesus Storybook Bible* Christmas novels to read aloud with the whole family

    • 13 min
    RAR #189: What if my kids always choose screens over books?

    RAR #189: What if my kids always choose screens over books?

    Many of us worry about how screen time impacts our kids' reading life. So how do we manage screens in a way that still makes it likely our kids will love to read?







    That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival.







    You'll hear...







    * the case for helping kids engage with screens in a healthy way* two times a day we go screen-free at our house* how to set goals to help kids want to read more















    Books and links mentioned in the show







    * RAR #43: Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham

















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    * Helping our developing readers fall in love with books* Answering your Qs about audio books for kids

    • 12 min
    RAR #188: My kids aren't picking good books at the library. What do I do?

    RAR #188: My kids aren't picking good books at the library. What do I do?

    If you take your kids to the library and they consistently choose books you aren't excited about them reading... what can you do?







    That's the question I'm answering in today's short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival.







    You'll hear...







    * Sarah's favorite places to check book reviews* an alternate way to get library books* dealing with silly books vs ones those our kids really aren't ready for















    Books and links mentioned in the show







    * RAR #154: When Your Child Doesn't Love Reading* Redeemed Reader* Commonsense Media* Books Boys Love RAR Booklist* Books Girls Love RAR Booklist

















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    * Using the library without losing your mind* How to choose books for your kids

    • 13 min

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FD8717 ,

Always Encouraging

We are a homeschool family, and I just get so jazzed up and refilled by listening to this podcast! It’s like my “mom time” when I can’t actually get away for mom time. It has helped me refine the idea and goals for my family culture. Parenting, teaching, reading aloud, this podcast is wonderful for them all! I have relistened multiple times, and will continue to do so. I do hope that Sarah continues to be the sole hostess however, I’m not a fan of multiple commentators as a regular format.

Trisha the Pod ,

Trusted Resource

Finding quality literature for our children can be a daunting task. Finding appropriate titles to fit your child’s reading ability and interest is an ever changing target. Sarah provides resources to assist parents in finding just the right book to capture your child’s attention.

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Love this podcast!

I’m grateful to Sarah Mackenzie for starting this movement for today’s parents who are searching for an antidote to the typically “crazy busy” family style most live- a style that often leaves us drained and breathless: enter read-alouds, slowing down, appreciation for word and picture and the savoring of Family time! After years of listening to this podcast, I’ve recently joined RaR premium and am so excited to be a part of it!

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