Podcast #9: Why Reading Aloud as a Family Matters Today

Writer's Reverie Podcast Episode 9 Stop for a Story

Do you sometimes feel like a fractured family? Too much busy in your lives?

The demands of home, work, church, school, activities, relationships, and the complexities of 21st century living keep many modern day families rushing about in opposing directions—especially now that school’s back in session and our summer vacations are just a happy memory.

But, did you know . . .

[Tweet “We can be separated from one another sitting home surrounded by modern communication tools.”]

Electronics captivate and shorten attention spans. Social media keeps us connected, filtered through touch screens and emoticons, but imprisoned in a virtual world of news and chatter. Minds learn to expect satisfaction at the click of a button. We lose the ability to wait in the realms of delayed gratification. We squirm with crankiness, weighed down with stress, chasing the minutes of our day . . . tick-tocking away.

Children are trained in this from their earliest years, now. Overstimulated and loving it, with insatiable appetites for non-stop action. It’s a challenge to keep up with them.

[Tweet “Do you ever just want to turn the world off and escape?”]

Turn back the clock?

Recapture a slice of simpler times?

Slow down?

Maybe even come to a complete STOP!

A hundred years ago, life moved at a much slower pace. Folks didn’t have all the modern conveniences to minimize the cumbersome details necessary to daily life. But, they seemed to have more time on their hands to accomplish the chores required of the day. People lived closer to the beauties of nature—more down to earth. Slower days, with less expected of them in it, they enjoyed the luxury of taking their time in their tasks. Minimal distractions. Harder work—but rewarding.

What if I told you that’s precisely what you can do when you prioritize family reading as a lifestyle . . . when you purpose in your household—with all ages, all at the same time—to STOP! For a story . . . 

LISTEN to the rest of this podcast by CLICKING THE PLAY BUTTON ABOVE.

You’ll learn:

stereoptican viewer

  • What this is and how it brought families together a hundred years ago.
  • Three reasons why reading aloud as a family is so important.
  • What Plato taught families in ancient Greece about storytelling.
  • Miss Kathy’s top recommendations to start your family read aloud list.
  • The definition of “family literacy” —and much more!

READ ONLINE: This is the audio version of my article featured in the SEPTEMBER 2016 of RUBY MAGAZINE:

PURCHASE the PRINT edition of Ruby Magazine, September, 2016.

Curious to learn more about One Hundred and One Famous Poems as mentioned in the podcast? Check it out here!

VISIT the Authors Showcase for links to purchase some excellent family reading to build minds and bind hearts.

The Author's Showcast at Pageant Wagon Publishing

CLICK to see some of my personal recommendations for Family Literacy read alouds, teaching and learning!

COMMENT Below and share what your most memorable read aloud was–and a current favorite!

SHARE This Post on your social media with people you love . . .

Reading aloud as a family quote by Kathryn Ross


blog signature

Sharing Podcast #9: Why Reading Aloud as a Family Matters Today this week with:

Grace Moments Link-up

Booknificient Thursdays

Vintage Cottage Mama

Katherine’s Corner

Thought Provoking Thursdays

Faith Filled Friday

Spiritual Sunday

Literacy Musing Monday

Create With Joy Book Nook

There’s No Place Like Home

Christian Bloggers Link-up

Sitting Among Friends

Shine Blog Hop

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2016 Kathryn Ross

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week! It’s a pleasure to have you.

  2. You hit the nail on the head about the harm of exposing our children (and ourselves) to too much electronic entertainment and social media. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

    • Thanks for the confirming thoughts, Leslie. I am curled up with a bit of a cold today, in fact, reading Jane Austen in anticipation for a mentoring student tomorrow. Nothing like a book in your hands.

  3. My Mother-in-Law had just posted something very similar this weekend (on her facebook)… I agree with you, thank you so much for sharing. It’s a great reminder and encouragement.

    visiting from a link-up.

    • It is almost like letter writing–a lost art. We’re all caught up in our own worlds in digital screens. Sharing story together has life long advantages to the fleeting images on a screen.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: