The snow is upon us...already. With one day-long dusting behind and a big snowfall projected for later this week, I'm already focusing my efforts on my attitude. (This warm-blooded, southern girl sometimes has trouble being thankful during the tundra-like temps of midwest winters.)
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Although I could tighten my fists and bristle at the thought of the cold, dark months ahead, I'm trying to focus on the positives of hibernation season...eating lots of soup, wearing comfy sweatshirts and wooly socks, smelling cider boiling on the stove, and reading books...lots and lots of books. Yep, I'm gonna be grateful IN all things...even winter. I think I can...I think I can...
Well, while I work on my sturdy resolve, take a look at what we'll be reading...snow or no snow.
Read Aloud- Everybody
From now until Thanksgiving, we will be using our read-aloud time to enjoy some Thanksgiving-themed books. I'll be sharing my complete list for this mini-unit in a few days. But, here's the book that we are currently reading.
Jamie- that's me!
Out of a Far Country- About a month ago, Dr. Christopher Yuan, a prodigal son turned Moody Bible teacher and preacher, was the key-note speaker at a day-conference hosted by my church. He told of God's redemption and restoration in the broken lives of both he and his mother. Theirs is the story of forgiveness and faith that only God could write. I bought their book and have recently begun reading it.
PLEASE NOTE: While this is a Christian book, it may not be suitable for all audiences as it paints a very vivid picture of both the drug and homosexual community in order to show God's absolution in the midst of both.
Sweetie Pea- 6th grade
The Care & Keeping of You- (Mom assigned book) Since this book was meant to be a practical guide to some sensitive topics, I asked my daughter to only read a couple of pages each day. I wanted her to really soak in the information and not just rush through the book to check it off her list of "to do's." For that reason, it has taken her over a month to read through it. It is an excellent resource for tween girls that approaches body changes in a respectful and matter-of-fact way.
When she completes this book, Sweetie Pea will be moving on to The Body Book. While this book is very similar to The Care and Keeping of You, I feel that reading both will make for a more well-rounded approach to the topic of a girl's developing body. I'm not a huge fan of the author's "cool" writing style and acknowledge that it is not as comprehensive a guide as the other. But, I do appreciate the fact that The Body Book displays puberty and menstruation from a Biblical perspective, as a gift of God...not a curse or something to begrudge.
Super Boy- 3rd grade
Twenty and Ten- (Mom assigned book) This moving drama set in a French boarding school during WWII has my son hooked! I read it to my daughter several years ago and thought it would be a great book to tuck away for my son someday. Turns out, I was right. Even after reading his required number of pages/chapters per day, he asks, "Mom, can I read just one more page?" What homeschool mom is going to say no to that?!
Creepy Crawly Critters- (Read-for-fun book) All I can say is...I'm glad my son is the one reading this book, not me!
Blonde Warrior- 2nd grade
Five True Dog Stories- (Mom assigned book) This true story about the adventures of five different dogs throughout history has my son just itchin' for reading time each day. After each chapter, he immediately runs and tells one of his other brothers all about what he just read. This is one of my favorite early chapter books and I'm privileged to have shared it with three of my five kids.
The Best Nest- (Read-for-fun book)
Greased Lightning- Kindergarten
Scholastic Phonics Ready Readers- This is a series of graduated phonics readers that come in a boxed set. This is set 2 in the series.
So, that's what we're reading. How 'bout you?