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Our Homeschool Week in Books

(FYI: I periscope – @notbefore7 – every Saturday to share these books.  You can find the periscope for this list on my katch account.)

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 a new one for us this week. It is not for the faint of heart, but we find it interesting.)

History:Colonial Focus;  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 fantastic platform for some excellent discussions)

Vocabulary: reviewing and adding a few words each week:

Poetry:

(Loved this poetry book. Filled with great information as well as fun poems.)

For Fun and learning – winter theme:

For fun and learning:

Books the Kids read on Their Own:

(The Star Wars Lego book has been fantastic for youngest reader, age 6)

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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Books We Read, Homeschooling

Afternoon Bin: What we read this week

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction: reading a little each day:

(We finished up, If You Lived Here, and built sample houses from salt dough!)

Non-fiction History – Colonial Focus:

Our read-aloud chapter books:

(My 6 and 8 year old boys did not want to stop reading the Poppy series after we read, Poppy (Tales from Dimwood Forest by Avi. Their father has been reading the entire series to them at bedtime. I can not recommend this series enough!)

Vocabulary: reviewing and adding a few words each week:

Geography Fiction and Non-Fiction Fun: South America is our focus for January

Poetry:

(One of our favorite poetry authors)

For Fun and learning – winter theme:

For fun and learning:

(My 6 year old loves these books! So glad we have them back in the house again.)

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

Have a great weekend!

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Books We Read, Homeschooling

Afternoon Bin: What we read this week

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction: reading a little each day:

Our read-aloud chapter book: (history focus)

Vocabulary: reviewing and adding a few words each week:

Geography: South America is our focus for January

(We made two recipes from the cookbook for our poetry teatime. The fresh limeade was fantastic! The cornstarch cookies were yummy, but we won’t repeat them.)

Poetry: (history focus)

For Fun and learning:

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

Have a great weekend and if you want to watch me discussion of these books on periscope, then you can view my video on katch!

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Books We Read, Homeschooling, Literature, Uncategorized

Our Afternoon Basket: What we read this week

Well, our morning basket didn’t remain as our morning routine for more than two days.

I learned very quickly that my kids are ready to get their seat work done in the morning.  It was hard to get them focused on seat work after a morning of reading and relaxing.  So we made a switch.  We do our seat work in the morning, and then after a break and lunch, we are ready to relax while I read.

I have really enjoyed our afternoon reading time and feel like we are remembering to fit in a variety of subjects and topics that we previously overlooked.

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction: reading a little each day:

Our read-aloud chapter book: (grammar lesson using this book)

Vocabulary: reviewing and adding a few words each week:

Geography: South America is our focus for January

Poetry:

For Fun and learning:

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

Have a great weekend!

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Books We Read, Brave Writer, DIY, Homeschooling, Periscope

Christmas Ornament for our book clubs

This school year, each of my daughters is involved in a book club. It has been such a sweet time of friendship and learning for each of them.

When I saw this ornament, I knew it was the perfect craft to make in honor of this memorable year of our book clubs.  With a few minor adaptations to make the construction a bit easier and somewhat more secure, I knew this would turn out as a precious memento of our year!

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Books We Read, Homeschooling

Story Sunday: What’s in our book bin?

This week we have been enjoying, “Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art.”

image1If you have a budding artist in the house, then I can not recommend this book enough.

In the pages of this fantastic book, you will find a collection of short, focused biographical pieces from various childrens’ book illustrators.  Each illustrator shares a very brief story about their journey as an artist.  The illustrators write in a way that is very conversational, as if they were talking to the reader.

Included for each illustrator are images of early doodles from childhood as well as first published pieces.  We particularly enjoyed some of the photographs of the illustrators in their studios.

Some of the featured illustrators are well loved in our house: Tomie dePaola, Eric Carle, Jerry Pickney, Chris VanAllsburg, and RoseMary Wells.  (many of whom have become authors of children’s books as well)

Others were unfamiliar to us:  Barry Moser and Alice Provenson.

There are many more included in the book and we look forward to reading them.

One suggestion is to use this book over the course of several weeks.  Read your children several of the books illustrated by one specific illustrator and at the end of the day/week/reading time, read the biographical story by that illustrator.

Or you can do what we did and just enjoy several of the stories by illustrators right away.  We got started with a few whom we know well.  We’ll get a few books by some of the unknown illustrators and then read their story as well.

I doubt we will read all 23, but I am quite confident that the budding artist in the house will read the majority, if not all!


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