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Sarah Mackenzie helps your family fall in love with books, and helps *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

Read-Aloud Revival ‪®‬ Sarah Mackenzie

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Sarah Mackenzie helps your family fall in love with books, and helps *you* fall in love with homeschooling.

    RAR #240: Max Lucado: Nourishing a Child’s Heart with Books

    RAR #240: Max Lucado: Nourishing a Child’s Heart with Books

    When you hear the name Max Lucado, what comes to mind for you?
    Max Lucado is best known as a pastor, speaker, best-selling inspirational author, and, in many Christian families, he’s a household name.
    His books are written for everyone—especially those who are hurting, lonely, and discouraged. In his writing, he constantly points his readers back to the truth: that God loves you and you should let Him love you. 
    Max is also an author of children’s books, several of which are favorites around here. 😊
    Sarah invited him to Read-Aloud Revival to discuss his newest picture book, Just in Case You Ever Feel Alone, illustrated by Eve Tharlet. It’s a cozy, gentle book, perfect for snuggling up and sharing with your kiddos.
    How are stories uniquely positioned to help readers feel seen and understood? Which books did Max Lucado love as a child? And what does he hope his books will do in the lives of his readers, young and old? We dig into all of it.
    Listen in to hear: 
    The power of stories to meet people where they are and touch their heartsWhy Max Lucado wanted to write a book about lonelinessHow reading with your kids builds their sense of comfort and safety
    Learn more about Sarah Mackenzie:
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    • 38 min
    Best of RAR: How to Make Time for Your Own Reading

    Best of RAR: How to Make Time for Your Own Reading

    Do you ever find yourself wishing you had more time to read?  

    Oh, every day? (Yeah, we get that.)

    We’re pretty confident that every mom wishes she had more time to read. 

    Carving out a little time to enjoy your own reading life is worthwhile, even in those seasons when you think it’s impossible. (Sarah has six kids, and when three of them were babies age one and under, it definitely felt like an impossible season!)

    But reading makes us better humans, better mamas, and better women. It also makes us happier. And that matters. 

    Why? Because the key to a successful homeschool is a peaceful, happy mother. 

    When you know you can count on your reading life to be a source of joy and refreshment regardless of how tough the day is, you just might find yourself being a little happier. A little lighter. A little more joyful.

    On today’s show, we’re talking about how to make time for your own reading life, even when it feels like you don’t have five minutes to spare. 

    Listen in for:
    Ideas for sneaking in time to read (even on your busiest days)How to make the most of surprise pockets of timeStrategies for handling interruptions, prioritizing your reading, and finding time to pick up a book even when you’re exhausted
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    RAR #239: Practicing the Habits of a Lifelong Reader

    RAR #239: Practicing the Habits of a Lifelong Reader

    We all want our kids to read, right?

    If you’re listening to this podcast, it’s probably safe to say that you want your kids to grow up to read more often than the average adult does. We want them to be lifelong learners and avid readers who read for pleasure.

    So it’s worth considering how we can cultivate the habits of real adult readers in our kids so that they grow up to be the readers we want them to be. And it turns out some of those skills are actually in direct opposition to how we tend to approach reading with our kids.

    In this episode, you’ll hear: 
    How choosing what to read is a skill you can help your kids developEight habits of avid adult readersPractical tips for cultivating the skills of adult readers in your kids
    Learn more about Sarah Mackenzie:
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    • 40 min
    Best of RAR: The Point is the Doing (Not Getting it Done)

    Best of RAR: The Point is the Doing (Not Getting it Done)

    Today, I’m sharing two recent episodes from my weekly coaching podcast, Circle with Sarah, that is available exclusively to members of RAR Premium.

    I wanted to share them with all of you because I think the message applies to most of us.

    A lot of us have this funny habit of focusing on getting DONE with the thing we most want to do. Of getting it over with and checking it off the list. It’s maybe more prevalent in our lives than we even realize. And I want to invite you to think about how that impacts your homeschool and how you might find your homeschooling to be easier and more joyful if you’re aware of it.

    If you would like this kind of encouraging boost each week, get RAR Premium and you’ll get instant access to all of the Circle with Sarah podcast episodes and new episodes every Monday.

    I think it’ll make a difference in the peace and joy you experience day to day in your homeschool. Head to RARpremium.com to learn more.

    In this episode, you’ll hear: 
    Why we should treat learning more like knitting, doing a puzzle, or readingHow focusing on the doing lets us rest now, instead of waiting for when we’re “done”How to reframe your goals to focus on doing, rather than being done
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    • 25 min
    RAR #238: How Books Make Us Better, Happier Moms

    RAR #238: How Books Make Us Better, Happier Moms

    This year at Read Aloud Revival, we’re focusing on reading for joy.

    It’s so easy for reading to become another thing on your to-do list, but when we make reading a source of joy, of respite from our busy lives, it’s like running into a clear creek on a hot, dusty hike. Nurturing your reading life nurtures you, which in turn helps us be better moms, better homeschoolers, better parents, better women.

    Today I’m joined by Jennifer Pepito, creator of The Peaceful Press, which offers fabulous curriculum for homeschoolers, and she is the author of our spring RAR Premium Mama Book Club pick, Mothering by the Book: The Power of Reading Aloud to Overcome Fear and Recapture Joy.

    In this episode, you’ll hear: 
    How fiction can teach us as much about parenting our kids as a bevy of parenting manualsWhy connecting with your kids is the heart of homeschoolingFinding the balance between giving your all to mothering and letting go of the outcomes
    Learn more about Sarah Mackenzie:
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    • 37 min
    Best of RAR: What to Do When Reading Becomes a Slog

    Best of RAR: What to Do When Reading Becomes a Slog

    There is something kind of tragic that happens when our kids become readers of their own right. It doesn’t always happen, of course, and there are ways for us to prevent it. But it’s awfully common. That thing I’m talking about? When reading starts to feel like school.

    It happens to all of us at one point or another, and it’s very common especially at this time of year when school is well underway. Parents will notice a significant drop in how much their kids are reading for pleasure…if they’re reading for pleasure at all. 

    Obviously this isn’t what we want for our kids. But it’s easy to feel frustrated or panicked that our kids no longer seem to enjoy reading. 

    The good news? This is simpler to guard against than you might think.

    Today, I’m revisiting an episode from a few years ago about what to do when reading becomes a slog. What do we do when reading starts to feel like school?
    In this episode, you’ll hear: 
    The proven, positive impacts of free, voluntary readingWhy curriculums with long book lists raise red flags for meIdeas for making reading an invitation to enjoyment, not another thing to check off the list
    Learn more about Sarah Mackenzie:
    Read Aloud RevivalWaxwing BooksSubscribe to the NewsletterFind the rest of the show notes at: readaloudrevival.com/when-reading-isnt-fun

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

fluffkin5 ,

I recommend this podcast to everyone!

I began listening to Sarah McKenzie years ago, when I was still home schooling our children. Now, as a lover of books and a grandma, I still so enjoy her infectious joy and unbridled enthusiasm for reading! I wish all the librarians in the world knew about this podcast:)

HeatherBeautiful ,

A homeschool must!

This is my favorite podcast for mothering and homeschooling. The joy and enthusiasm for this topic is always in Sarah’s voice. Listening always makes excited to keep building memories with my family through reading books together. And the book recommendations are excellent :)

LiteraryLover📚 ,

Inspiring and encouraging!!!

Sarah Mackenzie is inspiring and encouraging for all the homeschoolers out there seeking the good and the beautiful books. She gives helpful advice for everyone’s reading lives, from mamas to babies, and in between. I recommend this podcast to mamas who need encouragement, and their kids who love to read and write! 🤩

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