Summer Reading Challenge: Explore New Genres

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...]

What We’ve Been Reading Aloud in September & October

I'm always curious as to what others are reading. I like to keep a running list in the notes app on my phone so when I'm at the library, I can find a new book for myself or my kids. So, I thought, someone might be interested to know what we've been reading during read-aloud time. If you are looking for some good read-aloud books for your first grader, check out this post. This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for details. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White If you've … [Read more...]

Our Charlotte Mason/Classical 1st Grade Reading List

As I mentioned in this post about our revised 1st grade curriculum, the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling is playing a major role in how we're learning this year. In particular, we're reading lots of living books. What is a living book? Simply put, a "living book" is a book that makes the subject come alive. Think the opposite of your typical school text book, which is dry, dull, unimaginative, full of facts but not apt to draw you in to the topic and leave you thirsting for … [Read more...]

How to Encourage Good Reading Habits in Kids

I'm a book nerd. Reading is my favorite pastime and slowly my girls are also claiming it as their own. One way to encourage healthy reading habits in children, I've learned, is to let your child see you reading. Even though you may have many (or even all of your) books on an electronic device, there's something about holding a physical book in your hands that provides a visual example to your child that reading is important to you. Try to make it a point to read from an actual book each day … [Read more...]

3 Chapter Books Series We Love + a FREE Reading Log

There's nothing more special than snuggling up with your children with a good book. Our family loves to read, but we've really struggled to find chapter books that keep our children engaged and interested in what happens next. Perhaps that's due to their young ages or short attention spans, but we've started and stopped too many books to count. Most often we have stopped a chapter book because of one or more of the following reasons: Too long Too descriptive Used too advanced or … [Read more...]

My 2014 Summer Reading List

Besides Seattle's Best Level 4 Medium-Dark & Rich Coffee, two of my favorite things are making lists and reading good books, and even though we don't take summers off from school, all of the summer reading lists popping up online are pressuring me into making my own :) So, here's what's on my 2014 Summer Reading List, by category. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get at least a few of these read in the midst of school and preparing for baby because I'm still a ways off from my 2014 goal of 40 … [Read more...]