What We Read: December 2016

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December 2016 was, despite the busyness of the holidays and the arrival of a new baby, a month of rest and lots of good books! I am honestly amazed at how much we read in December, but that's largely due to how I revised our homeschool for the holiday season so that we only did the 3 R's plus our Advent Bible readings, composer study, and afternoon reading time. In 2016, my goal was to read 25 books but, according to my Goodreads board, I actually read 41 books. This year my goal is to read … [Read more...]

What We Read: November 2016

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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 … [Read more...]

What We Read: October 2016

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October came and went so quickly that I am just now sitting down to see what we read last month. I have never been good about tracking our "read" books - until this school year. I have a Master Checklist for our school work on which I include the books the girls are reading as well as how many pages/chapters they are expected to read daily. This list/schedule has been a real lifesaver for me! Plus, if I remember, I try to post my books and read-alouds on Goodreads. Here's what we read in … [Read more...]

What We Read: September 2016

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Earlier this week I shared 3 booklists for my 3rd grader, which is a compilation of living books my oldest will be reading through this school year. I truly enjoy seeing what people read and getting book recommendations for myself and my girls, so I thought I'd share with you the books we read in September. Read-Alouds We have read-aloud times throughout the day, but breakfast is consistently the best time for us. Last month, we read 2 books together exclusively during that 30 minute … [Read more...]

Jan/Feb 2016 Books We’ve Been Reading

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Winter is my favorite season for reading. There's just nothing like snuggling up with a hot mug of coffee and a page-turner. This winter has been colder than usual here in Tennessee, and while my kids watch their fair share of "Wild Kratts," they're also spending quite a bit of time with some good reads. Weekly library trips, daily read-aloud times, "the quiet reading hour", and assigned books are just a few ways we make reading in our home a priority. And the rule is that Mama reads too. No … [Read more...]

Study Guides for Literature with a Christian Perspective {A Review}

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When someone asks me what curriculum we use in our homeschool, I hesitate because we're an eclectic mix of Charlotte Mason and classical. But if asked what we do all day, I would say READ. Aside from math and handwriting, the majority of our day is spent reading our subjects from a variety of sources. As a former doctoral candidate in English literature, I value good living books and look for any opportunity to insert them into our day. Recently, I was given the opportunity to review a study … [Read more...]

Reading Kingdom {A Review}

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My five-year-old daughter has started learning to read. It's been a challenge to find the right curriculum, but we have had great success with her current reading program. I have really wanted a tool to help her develop and hone her new skills and increase fluency. Like most children, Cora loves playing games on the iPad so when I was given the opportunity to review Reading Kingdom, I decided this would be a good option to try. In exchange for my fair and honest review, I received Reading … [Read more...]

2015 Summer Reading List

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Recently, I shared our family's Summer of Learning plans. I think the summer is the perfect time to start new habits and learn new skills because we don't have to compete with a million other things that are going on during the rest of the year. This summer, in an effort to nourish my poor thought-deprived mind, I am committing to read for 30 minutes every day. When I'm reading books of substance -- not trash that I escape laundry and hide from children in order to read -- but books that … [Read more...]

A Sing-Along Alphabet Book for Children {Review}

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By far our favorite part of the day is Read-Aloud time. As I select books for our children, I'm guided by the verse from Philippians 4:8 -- Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. We only have a limited time with our children, so it's important that we're reading books that instill goodness, truth, and … [Read more...]

Summer Reading Challenge: Explore New Genres

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Summer is almost here, and we are winding up our school year very rapidly. As I look forward to a nice relaxing little break, I'm also making plans for a summer of learning with interest-led unit studies, Five in a Row, nature study, and lots and lots of reading. More on this to come very soon! Since I have an avid, independent reader as well as a beginner, I wanted to create a challenge for them to want to keep reading during the summer months. Year round schooling helps to keep us in books, … [Read more...]