One of my favorite parts of my day is my drive to work . It’s only about 15 minutes from my house to school, but I try to make good use of the time I have. Until recently, I listened to my iPod and just relaxed. However, I recently began listening to my first audiobook. As a highly visual learner, I shied away from listening to books because I assumed I would just tune out. Plus, I love to sing along with my radio (at the top of my lungs), so losing that time made me a little sad.
A few days ago I had to drive to a wedding that was over an hour away. I downloaded an audiobook onto my iPod and figured I would give it a shot. As I drove up the parkway and into the mountains, that hour flew by! I was enjoying the story and realized that listening to a reader would also help me with my read-alouds. It’s interesting hearing another person’s interpretation of character’s voices, mannerisms, and speech.
Every morning when I get into my car, I place my iPod into it’s stand and set up the FM transmitter. Even though I only have 15 minutes (at the most), listening to someone tell me story has now become my favorite part of my morning routine. Even when I pull into my parking spot at school I sometimes spend a few more minutes in the car, finishing a chapter. For someone who has regretted the loss of her pleasure reading time, audiobooks are filling a great void in my life.