Tuesday, March 2, 2010


We love to listen to tapes!

But - most of the stories available on tape are not the sort of thing we would like our children to listen to.

We have made our own tapes, and shared the idea with others.

The picture above is the type of little tapedeck that our daughter loves to carry around with her, and she can listen to it in the car, or in bed without disturbing others.

These tapes are very comforting for the child when they are unwell, or if they were to have to spend time away from home for any reason.

I encourage you, if you are going to make tapes for the children, to make copies of precious ones. Tapes can be easily spoiled - especially if 2 year olds start playing with them, not understanding how special they are. :o)

And keep the tapes carefully labelled, and put up high in a safe place. Probably best if the children only have one tape at a time to listen to.

One Mum came back to me and said her boys were loving listening to the tapes too - and what else could they make recordings of?

So that set me thinking, and I've come up with the following ideas.

If you have more to add PLEASE let me know, and we can share ideas!

1. Pieces of scripture. Short bits or very long passages. Spoken or sung.

2. Other songs you sing WITH the children, so they can hear Mummy and their own voices.

3. Months of the year, and days of the week.

4. Spelling words.

5. Character Training lessons - available from the link shown in the sidebar. On your tape you can sing the song, read the scripture, ask the children questions and get their answers all on the one tape.

6. Interview Daddy and ask what he loves best about the children.

7. Interview Grandparents - prepare a set of questions first i.e., where were they born? what subjects did they like at school? what was their first job? was there a war on when they were small?

8. Tape all your favourite poems from all your favourite books.

9. The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and the fruits of the spirit.

10. Catachism

11. Books of the Bible

12. Read the whole book of Proverbs a little at a time onto one specific tape.

13. Times tables.

14. Give Grandparents (or other supportive older person) a stack of the child's favourite books, and have the Grandparent read the books onto a tape.

15. Keep one tape aside marked "Diary". Occasionally put this tape into the tapedeck and chat with the child about things they have been doing, places they went etc.

16. Read a short story onto the tape, then have the child narrate the story back onto the tape.

17. Long chapter books you will read to the children at bedtime - you may need several tapes - be sure to label them correctly as you tape them - i.e.,
RAILWAY CHILDREN Side 1, Tape 1. then
And the next tape will be
RAILWAY CHILDREN Side 1, Tape 2 etc

The Mummalady

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