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What’s in Our Morning Basket?

We have had a very different year than we have ever had in the past and it has taken me a little while to learn to love the year I am with.   But we finally seem settled into aspects of our new routine.

That meant that this month we finally found our Morning Basket groove and have started a more consistent habit of reading together.

Our October Morning Basket continues to include a little of this and a little of that and we like the variety.  Of course, I started a Morning Basket Pinterest Board so I can collect ideas.  You can follow me there, or on pinterest in general, and explore new titles as well!

Check out what was in our Homeschool Morning Basket for literature this October.

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Books We Read, Homeschooling, Literature, Poetry

Most Beautiful, Imaginative Art and Poetry Books Ever

Our family has a favorite modern day artist. His mind-bending, beautiful images take us on an exciting trip into the surreal every time we view them.  His artwork stimulates our imagination and leaves us wondering how it is created so perfectly.

Meet: Rob Gonsalves

Rob is a Canadian artist who creates illusions in his art that will intrigue every viewer.  You can find him on facebook and you can find his images in several places online.  Our favorite place to view his artwork is in the four picture books he has illustrated.

Art and Poetry come together in these beautiful books by Rob Gonsalves.

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Book Clubs, Books We Read, Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

Literature List for Our 7th and 8th Grade Book Club

We made it!

Our school year has wrapped up and with the exception of a few loose ends in math, we are relishing our free time.

Of course, my free time includes time spent reflecting on our completed school year.  It’s important for me to re-evaluate choices that didn’t work, while also celebrating our successful ones.

One of my favorite successful endeavors this year was the creation of a monthly book club for each of my daughters. After reading the books, they gathered with their friends for amazing book club celebrations.

7th and 8th grade book club

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Books We Read, Homeschooling, Literature

What did we read this week? Our Homeschool Week in Books.

homeschool week books

(FYI: I periscope – @notbefore7 – every Saturday to share these books.  You can find the one for this list here.!)

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction:

(How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous is one that we read a little each day.)

Our read-aloud chapter books:

Geography, Antarctica Focus:

Poetry:

Fun and Learning, General Literature:

Crunch Munch is a book of the sounds that animals make while eating. It would be a good example of onomatopoeia if you needed one!

Cork and Fuzz is the first book series that my 6 year old is delighted with. He waits for them to come in at the library and then reads them right away!

What do you do with an idea? is a cute story about letting your idea take shape regardless of the opinions of others.

Some Bugs is a picture book nominee for the North Carolina children’s book award.

We love the Bats and the Froggy book series!

So what are you reading?

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Books We Read, Homeschooling, Literature

Our Homeschool Week in Books?

(FYI: I periscope – @notbefore7 – every Saturday to share these books.  You can find the one for this list here.!)

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction:

(How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous is FANTASTIC.  Interesting.  Informative. We read a little each day.)

Non-fiction Picture Books (Colonial Focus):

Our read-aloud chapter books:

(I adore all of the books in the Great Illustrated Classics series.)

Geography, Antarctica Focus:

(This book wasn’t only about Antarctic Animals, but had two sections specifically on them.)

Poetry:

(This book was unique in that every poem was written in both English and Spanish.)

Fun and Learning, Winter Theme:

Fun and Learning, General Literature:

(You’ll notice that this section has a lot of books this week, but I had a sick six-year old so we did quite a bit of reading on the sofa.)

So what are you reading?

Books We Read, Homeschooling, Literature

Our Homeschool Week in Books – February 8

(FYI: I periscope – @notbefore7 – every Saturday to share these books.  You can find the one for this list here!)

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction: reading a little each day:

(How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous is FANTASTIC.  Interesting.  Informative.)

Geography: Antarctica Focus:

Our read-aloud chapter books:

(We just started, Courage Has No Color, and it is FANTASTIC. All four of my kids are enjoying the book and it has been a platform for some excellent discussions)

Vocabulary: reviewing and adding a few words each week:

Poetry:

(Both of these poetry books are fantastic. I found them at the library, but have added both to my amazon wish list. You can view my periscope to learn more.)

For Fun and learning – winter theme:


Toys Meet Snow is a picture book based on the characters from the Toys Go Out series. Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home are hysterically funny stories with delightful characters.  The reading level has makes them perfect for kids entering the stage of chapter book reading.

For fun and learning:

Books the Kids read on Their Own:

(The GameKnight999 series is based on a character in minecraft. I can not speak to the content or writing, but the reluctant reader in this house has read them over and over. She doesn’t put them down.)

A little fairy tale viewing: Draw Me a Story, season 2 (Draw Me a Story – free on amazon prime)

Have a great weekend!

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