Over the last several days, aside from my daily read alouds, I've been (as usual) enjoying my own private reading as well alhamdulillah. I requested these two books from the library (I forgot to mention: there are some things that contridict Islam in the books - please skip that and benefit from the material that is in accordance with the Shar'iah) :
Even before I received them (and started reading them) I'd ordered Baby Read Aloud Basics off of Amazon for...guess how much...a penny! Plus shipping of course but still, a penny! Alhamdulillah! I'm going back for the Read Aloud Handbook too insha'Allah.
If you don't read aloud to your child regularly (here Umm An-Nu'man winces), please grab these books from your local library, find them on Amazon for that penny I talked about, borrow them from someone you know who has them, but get them into your hands and read them insha'Allah. Even if you do read aloud to your child(ren) regularly (here Umm An-Nu'man says alhamdulillah very merrily), they are worth the read (and the penny). And once you've begun reading these two books, your mind will snap awake and say, "Hey! Guess which book needs to be at the top of the daily read aloud list?" And your wonderful, alert mind will readily provide the correct answer insha'Allah: The Quran.
We listen to the Quran each day alhamdulilah and we read aloud from the Quran regularly but not as often as I'd like but our new goal: each day, every day, start the day, end the day, it doesn't matter where in the day but the Quran needs to be read aloud insha'Allah.
اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ
خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ
اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ
الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ
عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ