I enjoy the biographies. Although, I am not so sure that my children enjoy them as much as I do.... I have a 12 year old, 10 year old and 8 year old doing them. My 8yo (almost 9 really) doesn't pay attention well, but he'll do this again before high school, so I am not terribly bothered by his in/out listening skills.
I read with interest, use lots of inflection, and ask questions and admit amazement out loud at times - we discuss the book as we are reading: "can you believe that his sister did that for him?? Can you imagine if Jenna worked a job, and lost a fiancé all to let you go to college??? What amazing love they showed for their family member!" Stuff like that - because it IS amazing! That helps them see it on a level that hits closer to home I think. That it is a real story - about real people...that they, too, can have good character, make mistakes, do good, keep trying, etc. And it keeps us all more interested.
hsm wrote:We are trudging through Cameron Townsend and are way behind. We are about to finish Canada and are barely half way through the book.
Also - try to just do each chapter a day - because it is much easier to do one little chapter, than to feel behind, and have 6 chapters to catch up on! Bring it in the car when you're waiting... have the kids read a few pages each to you while you're preparing lunch/dinner/snacks..... Keep them involved in different ways. I have found that keeping it a consistent thing keeps their interest more than anything.