As a parent myself, I have cherished countless read-aloud moments with my own five children. I vividly recall the evenings spent engrossed in captivating tales, their eager faces illuminated by the soft glow of the reading lamp. These memories hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of the profound bond that is forged through shared stories.
One of the fondest recollections I have is of my son Sal, who passed away unexpectedly seven years ago at the age of 13. Despite the years that have passed, I still hold dear the evenings we spent exploring mythical lands together. Books like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy transported us to Middle-earth, a place he seemed to understand better than I. The enchanting world of The Chronicles of Narnia awakened our imaginations and filled our hearts with wonder. And Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn transported us to the banks of the Mississippi, where mischievous adventures unfolded and lifelong friendships were formed.
These shared reading experiences not only fostered a love for literature for my children but also created lasting memories that I will forever treasure. Through the power of storytelling, we formed a deep connection, one that transcended the pages of the books we explored together.
In today’s digital age, where social media and screens vie for our attention and seek to dominate our lives, it is crucial to make conscious choices that prioritize meaningful connections and lasting memories. To that end, the benefits of reading aloud are vast. Reading aloud also cultivates a love for reading, expands vocabulary, enhances listening skills, and sparks the imagination. It builds empathy and understanding as children step into the shoes of diverse characters and navigate their triumphs and challenges. Furthermore, the bond that forms between parent and child during these shared reading experiences is unparalleled.
At Cincinnati Classical Academy, we are dedicated to supporting parents in the education of their children and fostering a love for learning, providing them something far better than the superficiality of digital life. As part of our commitment, we have curated a recommended summer reading
list that offers a range of captivating stories for different grade levels. These books provide an opportunity for parents and grandparents to embark on new literary adventures with your children and create your own cherished memories.
Let us join together in embracing the enduring joy of reading aloud; together we can build a legacy of shared stories and shape a brighter future for our young scholars.