One full week of school down, thirty five more to go.
We've launched well and look forward to many exciting days to come. Currently, the weather still hints of summer, but it won't be long before the crisp fall winds drive us indoors for hibernation. We'll unpack our favorite sweat shirts, slip into warm socks, and cozy up with great books. Because...September.
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Here's what we'll be reading.
Read aloud- everybody
Sarah, Plain and Tall- When I announced at dinner a few nights ago that we'd begin reading (or more accurately, re-reading) my most favorite children's book of all time, my kids all knew exactly what book I was referring to. They glanced at each other around the table and said in musical unison, "Sarah, Plain and Tall." So, we'll read it...again. And love it...again. We'll watch the movie version...again. And maybe, just maybe, they'll let me re-read the other four in the series. (fingers crossed)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street- I don't typically like to read aloud sequels. I'd rather use them as bait to lure my children into independent reading. But because ALL five of my kids nominated the original Penderwicks for our #1 read aloud of 2015, they've been begging me to read the second book in the series. How can I refuse? Like the first book, I'm sure this one will need some on-thy-fly editing as I don't like crass/sassy language. But, that's certainly doable.
Jamie- that's me!
Killing Lincoln- I turned the last page of this one a few days ago and still can't stop talking about it. Perhaps it is because I went to Gettysburg this spring, or that I'm an accidental history buff (Homeschooling will do that to you.), or because I have a secret fetish for presidential potpourri...whatever the reason, I absolutely loved this book. And I simply will not rest until I have told everyone...ev-er-y-one...to read it. It quite literally rewrote everything I thought I knew about the death of Lincoln.
Word-filled Women's Ministry- I'm half-way through this one and I'm just not sure what to think of it. There are nuggets of truth sprinkled here and there that are really good and well-worth reading. And yet, the writing style is quite drab and many points are unnecessarily belabored.
Sweetie Pea- 8th grade
Blue Willow- (Mom-assigned book) My daughter continues to work her way through the Middle School MUST READS list. This one is a bit below her reading level, but as her grandfather (my father) was a product of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, she was anxious to read it anyway in order to get to know him a bit better.
Watership Down- (Just-for-fun book) The Hubs listed Watership Down as one of his top 5 favorite books from his teen years. With that glowing endorsement and her love for fantasy fiction, my daughter jumped at the chance to begin this timeless classic.
Super Boy- 5th grade
Snow Treasure- (Mom-assigned book) I knew that my WWII obsessed son would enjoy reading how a group of Norwegian boys outwitted Nazi soldiers and smuggled nine million dollars worth of gold out of Norway on their sleds.
World War II: An Interactive History Novel- (Just-for-fun book)
Blonde Warrior- 4th grade
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood- (Mom-assigned book) My son is finishing up this one that he started last month. He's read and re-read it several times and asked if he could read it out loud to me so that we could enjoy the story together.
The Case of the Vanishing Painting- (Just-for-fun book)
Greased Lightning- 2nd grade
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain- (Mom-assigned book) When my son assured me that he was ready to start reading "big boy books...books with chapters...books like the ones the older kids read," I knew he had to start with this one. It's on my list of MUST READ books for young boys and is the perfect first launch into real novels.
The Dude- Preschool
A Treasury of Peter Rabbit and Other Stories- (Read aloud by mom) I love this particular version of Potter's classic because unlike many "collections" of her works, this one has only a sentence or two on every page along with one of her original illustrations.