I am a mom of 6 children, who also happens to homeschool. Changes came in 2010 when our 6th child was born and we've had to make many adjustments to our homeschooling schedule. At the end of last year I sat down and wondered what I could do to make our day more productive, and yet still give my very needy 1 year old the attention she craves. That's when I made the decision to start homeschooling on the lap. I've veered toward a literature based curriculum and we sit on the couch and read our way through literature, history, science, and whatever else we want to learn about. That way my 1 year old can sit on my lap and feel like she has some sort of attention from me. Of course we still do workbooks for Language/English and Math :).
All this to say, children need to be read to...no matter what their age. My older girls are 8 & 9 and they still look forward to it every morning. They write out vocabulary words they need to learn, details they find interesting, etc., which helps with comprehension. My younger ones just love being able to hear a story and have someone read to them. It is also building their vocabulary and you'd be amazed at what little children retain.
I'm going to try to do book reviews of what we read through. Many of our books can be found at the library, which happens to be our second home. :)