We started out using audiobooks during lunch time. With 4 kids so close in age (6, 4, 2, and 1) the volume of chatter and
Currently we use audiobooks a few different ways. Tyson (6 yrs old) no longer takes an afternoon nap. I need him to have quiet time in the afternoon because a) the other 3 kids are napping, and b) I need a break from questions and kid duty for a couple of hours! Ty usually gets to listen to an audiobook in the school room while he does some quiet "table time" (that's what we call special activities that we get out to use only at the table for the designated person) like Legos, Magnatiles, Zoob manipulatives, puzzles, etc. He loves to be around people all the time and will constantly tell me things or ask me questions from the other room during his "quiet time." But when he's listening to an audiobook he is completely captivated by the story and really just does his own thing. I love it because it gives me a mental break and my own time to get things done without constant interruptions from that adorable 6 year old face. Here he is using his new favorite art "tool:" Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make a World
|Afternoon quiet time|
Another time we use audiobooks is when all of the kids have some free time together (dangerous, I know!) and want to get out an activity like coloring books or puzzles. They are much quieter and focused on their OWN activity (as opposed to arguing or trying to play with someone else's things) if they are all listening to a story together. It definitely makes something like coloring last a lot longer if they are engrossed in a story! Of course the 1 year old and 2 year old don't have as long of an attention span as the big kids do, no matter what, but it still helps and they listen as the come and go from the school room and play room.
|Saturday morning puzzle time|
These are my favorite for younger ages (2+ yrs) and for when all of the kids are listening together:
- Frog and Toad Audio Collection. The kids love these during lunch time.
- Arnold Lobel Audio Collection
- Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends. Great classics for every child to know and love.
- James Herriot's Treasury for Children. Wonderful short stories about a variety of animals!
- Charlotte's Web (unabridged)
- Great Stories from Your Story Hour. These are a mixture of short history and adventure stories teaching values and character traits for all ages. This link is for Volume 1, but there are many more! So far we own Volumes 1-5. You can purchase difference places online.
- Peter Pan (unabridged)
- King Arthur and His Knights. Jim Weiss has narrated many popular stories in these shortened versions of classics. We buy mostly unabridged, like I mentioned, but there is also a time and a place for these short stories as an introduction to classic literature. I can't wait to read books like Treasure Island to my kids, as well as them reading the stories on their own, but until their old enough we really enjoy Jim Weiss' versions. This is one of many (our local library has quite a few).
- Adventures in Odyssey: For God and Country. We definitely listen to some Adventures in Odyssey! So far I try to stick with the more historical and biblical stories. These are more for fun and not necessarily building their vocabulary ;-)
- Classical Kids Volume 1. The kids LOVE these! There are about 4 CD's in each set and they combine beautiful classical music with narrations about Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, etc. I knew the kids would enjoy these, but it's surprised me how often Tyson chooses these for his quiet time.
- Classical Kids Volume 2
- Under Drake's Flag. Great historical drama full of character and adventure.
- Kingdom's Dawn (Kingdom Series Volume 1). This is a series that we are just starting to purchase. We gave the kids the first CD for Easter this year and Tyson has been enjoying it so far.