November has flown by! While I am really excited about the upcoming holiday season, I admit I’m feeling a tad anxious about all the busyness of this time of year. We have a new baby set to arrive in early January, so my mind is racing as I think about all that needs to be done this month.
This month we finished Term 1 of school, had a week off for exams, and then spent the last weeks of November reading Thanksgiving-related books, so my girls’ assigned books have been fewer than in September and October. Part of me feels guilty that we haven’t read more books this month, but then I have to remember, we haven’t been sequestered in our homes: we’ve been living life, and November has been a whirlwind of activities from dental appointments to piano lessons.
And I have to remind myself that December will only be busier.
Moms, don’t feel guilty for what you aren’t accomplishing. Take stock of all you have done in a given day or week. And if there’s an area where you want to improve, start right now and just do it. I’m a classic procrastinator when it comes to things I don’t want to do like cleaning the bathtubs, but when I dig in and do it, it feels so good!
Here’s what we read in November:
This book is the last in the trilogy, and the girls have really enjoyed all three books. I guess there’s something about adventures with dragons without parental supervision that really tickles them.
I love this book. Every year when I dig out our Thanksgiving box with decorations and books, I smile when I see it. This is our 3rd year to read this classic treasure aloud during the holidays.
My sister-in-law, who homeschools her 6 children and is my hero, has recommended this book multiple times, so I knew we needed to read it. Set in New York City in the early 1900s, this book is about a Jewish family with 5 girls (just like we’re about to have) and their unique lives. We are about halfway through this book but devouring it during the breakfast hour.
I’ve been wanting to read some G.K. Chesterton and the first book our local library pulled for me was The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare. I’m not sure I fully grasped this book’s message, but I was intrigued by Gabriel Syme, the main character who is a poet and police detective charged with the duty of infiltrating and spying on an anarchist group but incidentally becomes one of the council members. A very strange but thought-provoking book. I can’t wait to read some more Chesterton.
If there’s one book I would recommend for a homeschool mom this year, it would be this memoir by Cindy Rollins, a mother of 9 children (8 boys, 1 girl). This book is sprinkled with humor, confessions, practical advice, and enouragement, and you can easily read it in one sitting because of Rollins’s conversational style. I highly recommend this book and will be glad to loan it to you if live near me.
Kate (Age 8)
For Fun Reading
Books from the American Girl Beforever series — These books are historical fiction/mystery featuring an American Girl and life in her era.
Cora (Age 6)
Cora loves mysteries and devours any series at her reading level that she can find. This is her newest series: it’s for younger readers who may not be able to read the original Nancy Drew books just yet.
Annabeth (Age 4) & Abigail (Age 2)
Annabeth and Abigail have listened to all our Thanksgiving books. This month I see that I did not spend very much one-on-one time reading with them. Hopefully, in December I will do better.
Baby Farm Animals by Garth Williams — I love these Little Golden Books for toddlers. Williams’ illustrations are so gentle and sweet.
Moms, what have you been reading?
What books have your children enjoyed reading?