In our house we have rest time every day. It is a time for Thing 3 to take a nap. Thing 1 and Thing 2 can wind down from the morning events and mommy gets a little break. There are two requirement for rest time. Number one, is that you stay in your room. Two, is that I can’t hear you. Rest time has become a cherished part of the day for me and the boys.
Today, Thing 2 asked for a book on CD that we had checked out from the library probably 6 months ago. (Random, I know, but that is how Thing 2 rolls.) Anyway, it got me to thinking that I should make the boys their own books on CD from their favorite books to listen to during rest time. Thus we now have books on CD.
Simply using my compter and some left over CDs from college, I sat down and created a CD of each boys favorite books read to them by me.
I asked each boy to go and gather 10 to 12 of their favorite books. It takes me on average 5 minutes to read a story, so this would give the boys about an hour worth of stories to listen to during rest time. Then I sat down and read each story, making sure each one was a different track, so that if we ever just wanted one story we could go right to it. Once I had all the stories read, I burned all of them onto a CD and labeled it with the track number and story.
Over the next few weeks I hope to create several more CDs for the boys. I figure they will be great during rest time, on long car trips as well as for those times when mommy really needs to work on something else or everyone wants a different story.
Have you ever made books on CDs for you kids? What are some other rest time ideas?