My grandkids love to have stories read to them. Two of them are 1000+ miles away. Makes it hard to sit down and read. I remember my mom reading us stories when we were little. When my grandmother came to live with us, needing much care, she didn’t have the time to read us stories. I had just read the Hobbit and love it, just had to read it to my younger siblings. They loved it and insisted I read all 3 Lord of Rings books afterwards. Be careful what you start!
Thankfully I can still read stories to little ones, even if far away, using today’s technology to record a story. I’d picked up a collection of Winnie the Pooh stories. While waiting on my youngest in the mornings, chauffeuring her from one place to the next, I brought along my laptop and the book. Using audacity, I recorded each story in the book and saved them onto an audio CD using Windows Media Player.
At the start of each story, I said Hi to all 5 grandkids. They loved hearing their names and their cousin’s names. I’d tell them which page the story started on. Sometimes I’d add a few thoughts at the end of the story. As they are still learning to read, I’d meow when it was time to turn the page. I wrapped up the book and cd’s, added a few other Winnie the Pooh things I’d found, and had a unique gift for my grandkids. The story doesn’t have to be from a book. You can tell about your life growing up, make up your own stories, etc.
My grandkids thought it was cool on their next road trip to listen to me read them stories as they followed along in the book. Give it a try! What books would you read to your grandkids? Try it out, record a story for them.
PS. My girls insisted that our avocado tree could not be a Christmas tree, so we had them pick out one from a friend’s overgrown tree farm.
Use Audacity to Record A Story
Save Your Recording and Burn to an Audio CD
If you want to save it as an mp3, simply burn as a data file instead of audio. You can get more recordings per disc.