About Joy Cherrick

Joy is the Co-founder of Scottsdale Moms Blog and the City Moms Blog Network. She absolutely loves her life with hubby Kevin and their four children. Joy is a lover of Jesus, an admirer of nature, a research analyst on all things related to life, a home manager, a home educator, a crafty art-eest, CrossFitter, daughter and friend.

What kids learn from simply reading together

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The following is a guest post by Joy Cherrick of Scottsdale Moms Blog.

Reading time in our home started off as a bit of a chore for me. Though I love cuddling up with my little ones on the couch, I’d rather be cleaning up a mess or fixing a meal or attending to the baby or otherwise checking something off of my list.

However, when I first looked into a preschool curriculum for our homeschool, I found that every educational philosophy took me back to the basics: reading to my children with a heavy helping of play.

I looked hard for a curriculum with worksheets or some other measurable task to check off; but reading a book was always at the basis of every list and every educational philosophy that I encountered.

And so, I submitted myself to what the research says works best. I grabbed my glass of water and rounded up my wiggly preschoolers for some good old-fashioned read-aloud fun with mom.

As I mentioned, it didn’t start off as an easy thing for me to do. My mouth would get dry and my voice would tire. But I’ve found books that I enjoy and have developed a stamina for reading for as long as an hour! And I’ve been surprised and thrilled by what Reagan (4-and-a-half) and Elliot (2-and-a-half) have learned about the world just through reading!

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