Monday, April 4, 2011

Audiobooks

This past month we have started something new. Every time the four of us get in to the car we listen to an audiobook. I personally have been listening to various audiobooks over the last couple of years. It’s always books that I have read before but listening to it gives it a whole new experience to reading it to yourself and makes it able for me to conquer the chores of the house while still being absorbed into the story.

We have started the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books. I read through this series about a year or so ago and enjoyed them very much. It brings a whole new reality to Greek mythology and keeps everything very interesting to how things have been working out for the gods since we last heard from them some 2000-3000 years ago.

We finished up The Lightning Thief and are now almost done with The Sea of Monsters. Out of all the books in the series, The Sea of Monsters was the one that I liked the least, but listening to it brings it more to life, the characters have more voice and the story seems more fluid.

Each time we start the car, before we can even back out of the drive way Sidda is asking for us to put on Percy. Both kids are very into the story and talk to us about what we listen to and ask questions about everything. They absorb so much of the story it surprises me since they’re so young. This is the only instance in which MJ actually listens right now.

I love listening to the books in the car, even on short rides. Stories like this encourage us and our kids to use our imaginations and be creative in our thinking. I love that it is something simple that we can do as a family pretty much daily and we all want to do it. It’s something that we all willing participate. No complaining. No whining. Just enjoyment.