“A family reading program that reflects American patriotism, the Foundation for American Christian Education’s Family Program for Reading Aloud contains discussions of more than 200 literary classics.
“Part I is mostly directed to parents of elementary-school children. The new second edition now also include a Part II on reading in depth for high-school students. Some topics: the ocean, pioneers, teaching and learning, and the French Revolution. Some authors covered in depth: Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Washington Irving, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. A section on restoring heroes and heroines in literature includes Richard E. Byrd, Charles A. Lindbergh, Eddy Rickenbacker, Anne Bradstreet, Lydia Darrah, and Mercy Otis Warren. The last section highlights people who preserve our history” (Mary Pride in The Big Book of Home Learning).
“Reading aloud to children is one of the most important factors in developing children who read well. As they hear well-written, imaginative language, their vocabulary grows along with their appreciation for and interest in the written word.
“We cannot over stress the importance of reading aloud to our children. We are giving our children the message that we value books, and that reading is something that we choose for enjoyment and for other purposes. . . . Most children desire to be like their parents and they most likely will adopt our attitudes toward reading.
“Choose books above the child’s reading level for reading aloud to them. Their comprehension vocabulary is usually higher than we give them credit for. Introducing them to the beautiful sounds of language in the hands of a skillful writer opens a new dimension in their lives.
“A Family Program for Reading Aloud by Rosalie Slater is more than just a list of recommendations. It outlines the Principle Approach as applied to literature and a study of American history. Great recommendations for those who want to read for more than just enjoyment” (Cathy Duffy in Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual).