Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bedtime Stories

My family is on a very late night schedule. Kylie is the only one that puts herself to bed early on in the evening. She has to get up very early-the rest of the children don't. There isn't enough of me to go around in the evenings and normally it makes for a very loud, hard to calm evening. That is until this past week.

A few months ago I picked up some mp3 players for $5.00 a piece. I bought 4 of them. This week I discovered that my local library system has a Digital Media Center. I can check out audio books and music and download them right to my computer for three weeks at a time. The kids and I went through the list of available books and they all chose books they felt they would like to hear. Each night, I load 1-2 hours worth of reading onto each of their mp3 players. They head to bed at 9:00, listen till done, go to sleep and can't wait for the next evenings chapters. Even the two year old has her own player. She loves it.
With all of these books, we are still in the middle of reading three different chapter books during the day.
This weeks listenings: Land of Elyon Book 1, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Keeper of the Grail bk 1, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Dr. Seuss Collection, The Diamond of Darkhold bk 4 Ember Series and Anne of Green Gables.

I'm enjoying the quieter evenings, Kylie is loving the quieter atmosphere and I'm getting a little more time with hubby. It's been a good, good thing!


steffenboysmom said...

What a great idea! My oldest ( who is 18) listens to his at night. ( praise and worship) It helps his night terrors! Can you believe that?

Kristin said...

Finally! So glad you're back to the blog. I thought I was going to have to fly to Washington and make sure you were still alive.

I love Anne of Green Gables! Who's reading that one? I own all of them. I went back and read them all again a couple of years ago. Do any of your kids read the Eragon books? I love those too. I got the new one for Christmas, but still haven't read it.

I want to read Inkheart now since the movie is coming out soon.

Love you!