Audiobooks are my new favorite sanity saver. After watching and reading my new favorite blog/vlog, I started thinking about ways I could get more literature into our day without having to just do read alouds all of the time. (Which I still do at least 30 mintues a day)
I checked a few audio books at the library just for the kids and I to listen to in the car (we have almost an hour drive each way to the closest sizeable town) and discovered some wonderful side effects I hadn’t planned on. Now we listen to audio books all of the time and as a work from home parent I think you might find audio books useful too.
Here are the ways audio books have saved my sanity:
- When the book is on in the car, my children are quiet and listening, no more fighting! (and Mama can get some think time!)
- I downloaded some podcasts and audio books onto my son’s mp3 player, and while I am shopping/garage saling/ sourcing, both of my children listen to the book. Again, it gives me more think time and I am able to shop a lot longer than usual, and it’s not just staring at a screen for my kids, they are actively engaged and learning and being exposed to classic literature. So much better than playing games on the ipad or watching a dvd. (which I have nothing against, I also use them when needed- anything for mom to get her work done!)
- Now that my kids are back in school, I get an audio book or two for myself, from Amazon, the library, thrift stores and more. It makes me feel more like a grown up again and gets my brain thinking again. You can choose books to learn from or just some fictional thing to keep you entertained- great for late night listing, photographing, and more.
- We’ve had some great discussions and are learning a lot about history, which has lead to some field trips, watching some documentaries and making a timeline in my son’s room so he can understand where things happened in history. Even my 3 yr old talks to me about the books we’ve read. She was telling me just today about how her toy cow was like the goat in Heidi that she milked.
- As a bonus, my son’s classroom at school has a classroom economy program- which I totally love!- and they earn classroom money for reading and audio books count. Some days we listen to audio books for 120 minutes (when we have to go to town more than once) so my son is able to earn more classroom bucks and learn at the same time.
- I love anything that has to do with multitasking- how about you?
Here are some of our favorite audio books:
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