Michelle Isenhoff

read aloud books

The Educational Benefits of Audiobooks

“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” –Jim Trelease, author of The Read Alound Handbook The Benefits of Reading Aloud When I attended college back in the 1990’s, we elementary education majors got an earful about the 1985 findings of the U.S. Department […]

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911, Book Review

This is an oldie but goodie. Within, young Mary Lennox has been raised in India, but her socialite parents had little to do with her. When they die in a cholera epidemic, she’s sent to live with her uncle in England. Unfortunately, Mary has become a sickly, ugly, and a nasty little tyrant. And misfortune […]

Leaf and the Sky of Fire, by Jo Marshall, 2010, Book Review

My son was asked by Ms. Marshall if he would read and review this book on his homeschool blog. He agreed, and he’s still plugging away at it, but it was a pretty large undertaking for a low reader. In the meantime, I picked up the book and beat him to the punch. The setting […]

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