Books Books Books – Booklist – March 2016

Books Books Books – Booklist – March 2016

Our reading continues and we are loving every minute of it! Here’s what was on our booklist in March.

Booklist – March

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

Read-A-Louds

White Fang – We finished this…. Finally! It seemed like it continued on forever, but Mister Man loved every bit of it so it was well worth it! Sunshine was ready for it to be over about half way through. I loved it as well. I kinda wish we would have waited a few years, but they followed pretty well and understood, so I think it was a good read overall.

The Borrowers – This we started mid-way through the month, we should be finished with this next week. We are loving this book, it’s an easy, quick, fun read that was great to start after reading White Fang. This is my favorite part about reading, we can be tranported into so many different worlds in a matter of days!

Morning Time Reading

Parables of Nature – We are still loving this book. Hearing the kids narrate the story and tell me the lesson of the story is sometimes funny… I need to start writing them down. I would love to read them again years from now!

Blue Fairy Book – Still loving these. There’s nothing like a good fairy tale to start the morning!

Just So Stories – These are both kids favorites. They are the perfect length to keep them interested and they have so much fun trying to figure out what the story will be about.

Tales from Shakespeare – Mister Man is still asking daily for “More Shakespeare” – I love that he is loving Shakespeare!

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

James Herroit’s Children’s Treasury – We’ve almost finished this and I am actually kinda sad. Sunshine has LOVED this book, it has given her even more interest in being a veterinarian. I haven’t told her yet, but I downloaded a collection of his stories on her kindle…. it’ll be a great surprise when she finds it!

Aesop – I had been reading this from my Kindle but I just bought the hardback version and I am loving it! I definitely recommend this as an actual book! The illustrations are beautiful and there is something about being able to hold and read the book that the kids are loving as well.

Poetry

When We Were Very Young – We just finished this and the kids actually read the poetry for the last few weeks. They did so great, even keeping a good rhythm and reading slowly so everyone could understand.

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

Now We Are Six – We also finished this one in March. Another one that we all loved. A.A. Milne has a way with words and we loved the fun poems and illustrations.

AmblesideOnline Poetry: Year One – We are just starting this. So far we are loving it as well. I think we are all just enjoying poetry!

Picture Books

Tickle Time– Yes another Sandra Boynton, this one is fun because Sugar Plum is starting to anticipate the tickling. She gets a big smile on her face right before I go in for the tickle. Adorable!

Booklist - March 2016 - Modern Momma Musings

Sassy – Baby Sees – Sugar Plum loves seeing the waving illustrations of family members. But she especially loves the mirror in the back of the book. This has been a great book to make her smile and practice waving.

Make Van Gogh’s Bed – This was a purchase I made because I wanted to expose her to famous art early on. This has been a hit from the beginning. She loves the interactive touch, feel, move, etc..

Read Alone – Kiddos

John Billington: Friend of Squanto – Mister Man started this and read it in a day. He absolutely loved it. As soon as he finished he was asking for another one from the inside cover. Luckily I had one more Robert Clyde Bulla and he started that one.

The Sword in the Tree – This is the other Robert Clyde Bulla I happened to have. He is about halfway through this one, but I am guessing he will have it finished in a day or so. He seems to be enjoying this one as much as the previous so I may be purchasing some more soon (the library does not have any of his books).

The Hundred Dresses – Sunshine really enjoyed this book and has been referencing it randomly since she read it. Always a good sign with my less eager reader.

Audio Books

Redwall – I decided to get an audio book from the library for car rides. This has been a wonderful addition to our day. The kids are quiet, it keeps them from bickering and they are enjoying the story all at once! Score on so many levels!

Literature Study

Billy and Blaze  -We had a great time working through Billy and Blaze for a literature study with More StoryTime Treasures. It was a fun book and the study guide helped us look closer at the book, grammar, and more.

Geography

We just finished Paddle to the Sea for our Geography the kids loved this book!!!! In fact, Sunshine wants to make a boat and send it on the river to see what happens. So we may be making a boat this week. I love when books make an impression like this one did. Next week we plan to watch the videos of the book as a fun easy Geography lesson!

History

We are still loving Fifty Famous Stories and Our Island Story. I did buy the softcover versions of these, I am not sure I needed them, but it does make it easier to find the next reading, especially in Fifty Famous Stories, since we are skipping around the book a bit.

Buffalo Bill – This is our newest bio and we are loving this one as well. I’m learning all kinds of information as well!

Religion

Our Island Saints – We are on the last saint right now, and will be finished next week. We’ve learned a lot about the saints and will continue our saint studies next month, but until then it will be the Bible for our religion readings.

That’s what we have on our bookshelf this month. This will be the final month for our AmblesideOnline Year One studies but we will move right into our Year Two studies following so it should be an easy transition. We plan to take Year Two slowly over the summer. The beauty of homeschooling year round is we have a nice schedule and structure throughout the year (something my kids thrive on), we don’t lose anything over the summer and we can take vacations and breaks whenever seems fitting. Yet, a few more reasons we love homeschooling!

What’s on your reading list this month?

Books Books Books – Booklist – February 2016

Books Books Books – Booklist – February 2016

We are reading a ton around here as usual. Here are the books we’ve been working on this month.

Booklist – February

Booklist - February - Modern Momma Musings

Read-A-Louds

White Fang – We’re still working on this one. Almost finished, but it’s taken a bit to get through. Sunshine is ready to move on to the next read-aloud but Mister Man is still loving it, I am as well.

Morning Time Reading

Parables of Nature – This is a fun morning time book that the kids are enjoying. Anytime we combine nature into a book the kids are excited about it.

Blue Fairy Book – The kids have been enjoying all the fairy tales they thought they knew from Disney and then some fun extras. It’s been a joy to read them the stories they really only knew from the Disney movies. To see them realize the connection and differences has been a lot of fun from my end.

Just So Stories – These are fun stories about how animals became the way they are now. The kids are having fun guessing what the story will be about just from the title. They get excited when they are right or wrong because it’s fun to hear a funny reason why the elephant has a long trunk, for instance. These are fun morning time stories and the kids enjoy hearing them and narrating them.

Tales from Shakespeare – I never thought my kids would enjoy Shakespeare as much as they do. They beg to hear another Shakespeare story. It’s been a lot of fun reading these with them. The characters are easy to confuse so we are using a whiteboard to keep everyone straight but the kids are eating them up! This version has been great because it is an easy to read and understand version of his plays so that later when they really read Shakespeare they will have an understanding of the stories and be less intimidated by his writings.

James Herroit’s Children’s Treasury – These stories are timeless. Sunshine adores this book because it involves animals and the stories are beautifully written and illustrated.

Aesop – This has been a fun addition to our mornings as well. The kids enjoy the short stories and are starting to understand that they are not just a literal story, they can dig a little deeper. It’s fun watching them realize this.

Poetry

A Child’s Garden of Verses – We just finished this collection of poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and we all really enjoyed it. This was our first real attempt at reading poetry daily and the kids and I all loved hearing the poems first thing in the morning.

When We Were Very Young – This collection of poems by A. A. Milne has been a fun morning read and a great way to get our minds working.

Picture Books

Moo Baa La La La – Sandra Boynton may be my favorite author for babies. Her books are simple, catchy and my kids have always loved them. In fact it’s a favorite for Mister Man and Sunshine to read to Sugar Plum as well.

First Words – This is a fun one for the kids to do with Sugar Plum. They have a good time pointing to the pictures and telling Sugar Plum about the images.

Corduroy – One of my very favorite picture books. The story just touches my heart. This has been a fun one to read to Sugar Plum before bed.

Read Alone – Kiddos

Magic Tree House Series – I believe Mister Man is close to finishing all of these, it takes him about an hour to read the whole book and he is loving them.

House at Pooh Corner – He was into the Pooh series this past month, finishing Winnie The Pooh and then completing Return to Pooh Corner. He enjoyed these.

Paddington Bear – Mister Man just started this after finishing both Return to Pooh Corner. He seems to be enjoying this one as well. Paddington always made me smile and he is laughing and smiling along with the book.

Misty Inn Series – This is a child’s version, inspired by Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague.  Sunshine picked it at Barnes and Nobles as her book this month and she seems to be enjoying it. She is still working through it but has been telling me all about it as she reads a few chapters.

Geography

We are still working through Paddle to the Sea for our Geography and the kids are constantly asking for another chapter. We are learning so much about the Great Lakes and the surrounding areas. These are two reasons I am loving the Charlotte Mason – Ambleside Online curriculum; the books are amazing and spreading them out over a long time, makes the kids want more and more but making them wait really makes them crave more and take in more of what we are learning. This concept never occurred to me until now and I wish it would have sooner.

History

We are continuing our reading of Fifty Famous Stories and Our Island Story and are still loving both of them.

Benjamin Franklin – We just finished this and the kids loved it. We learned a lot about Ben Franklin and they were already begging for another similar book to read.

We also added in an audio adventure The Dragon and the Raven – this was a great supplement to our King Alfred studies.

Religion

In addition to our Bible readings we are also continuing to read Our Island Saints. We are still enjoying this one as well! I’ll be reviewing the audio adventure this week. So look for that soon!

That’s what we have on our bookshelf this month. Most of these will continue for another month or so which has been working really well for us.

What’s on your reading list this month?

Books Books Books – Booklist – January 2016

Books Books Books – Booklist – January 2016

We are starting the new year with a lot of pep in our reading journey! Here’s what we are enjoying this month.

Booklist - January 2016

Read-A-Louds

White Fang – Mister Man has been asking to read this ever since he saw it on the bookshelf. We started it after Christmas and he has been enthralled ever sense. I did have to change a few bits of language as we were reading but for the most part it has been a great read aloud for my kiddos. Sunshine really isn’t very interested but Mister Man wants more and more each night. I don’t remember ever reading it as a child so I am enjoying it now with the kids which is a fun experience in itself.

Picture Books

On the Night You Were Born – I love this book. Sugar Plum seems to love it too so we read it quite a bit.

Love You Forever – Seriously, if you need a good cry, this is the book to pick up. I cannot read it without getting teary-eyed and I have now read it too many times to count!

Read Alone – Kiddos

Winnie the Pooh – Mister Man just finished this and loved it just as much as Sunshine. He even decided to continue on the Winne the Pooh series and read House at Pooh Corner next. He is about half way through this one now and seems to be enjoying it as well.

Boxcar Children – Mister Man finished these up quickly. He would start one and it seemed like the next day be asking to have the next one loaded onto his Kindle. I’d say he enjoyed them!

Horse Diaries – Sunshine is still loving this series and continues to pick up new ones each library trip.

Because of Winn Dixie – Sunshine just finished this and loved it!

Science

Burgess Bird Book for Children – Finally finished this before Christmas! The kids and I really enjoyed it. We are spending some time digging deeper into our studies of birds and will start Burgess Animal Book for Children in a few months.

Geography

We are reading Paddle to the Sea for our Geography to round out our study of the Northeast. We have finished the Northeast and I plan to dig a bit deeper as we read Paddle to the Sea so that they have a real understanding of the area.

History

We have been reading Fifty Famous Stories and Our Island Story and are loving both of them. In fact the kids ask for more than one chapter each time which makes them really excited the next day.

Benjamin Franklin – We just started this and it’s been very good so far. We really enjoy the d’Aulaire books so I am assuming I will like this as well.

Religion

To add to our study of England’s history we are also reading Our Island Saints which is beautifully written. I am loving this up close look at the saints in story form and the kids seem to be getting much more out of the stories as well.

That’s what we are reading. What are you reading?

Books from My Bookshelf – December 2015

I once read that an avid reader’s home has books in every room. Yep. That would definitely be our house.

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I love to get lost in a good book. I read for pleasure on my kindle but there are certain books that I have a need to hold, highlight and write on the pages. Regardless of what type of book I am reading, I have always got at least a few books going at one time, not including the books I am reading with the kids.

Each month, I will be letting you in on my reading life. What books I am working through and my opinion of the books. Think of it as a homeschooling momma’s book journal. Maybe it will help you find your next great read.

Here’s what I am reading or finished in December.

Ignatius Catholic Bible

The Bible

I’ve actually never read the bible all the way through so I started last year and am making my way through it now. I am on Jeremiah at the moment and truthfully it’s been a bit difficult to get through but I am persevering. The Bible will definitely be on my list of in process reading for a while and it’s the most important book I can read. I read this every morning during my “mommy time” before any kiddos wake up and start the craziness of the day. It’s been a great way to focus, pray and start my day.

My Life with the Saints

My Life with the Saints – James Martin

I’m really enjoying this one. It’s been very entertaining, enlightening and an easy read that has made me want to learn more about the saints. I am thinking my next book may be one of the saint’s biographies/memoirs. James Martin is a Jesuit priest and it’s his memoir of how certain saints have influenced his life. The detail, stories and descriptions of the saints are wonderful and draw you into each saint as well as James Martin’s life.

Deconstructing Penguins

Deconstructing Penguins – Lawrence Goldstone

This is one I bought to help enlighten my process of read-a-louds with the kids. I just finished the book and I think it will be a great reference as we dig deeper into books. It’s definitely full of information and examples. Now I just need to implement what I learned from the book to get the kids thinking harder about the books we read. I’m in no rush to push this on my kids (they’re only 5 and 7), but it is nice to know how to get the conversation started and what I can start implementing now.

Burgess Animal Book for Children

Burgess Animal Book for Children – Thomas Burgess

I am actually pre-reading this before we start reading it for our science text in January. I am also working on designing some worksheets to accompany the book as well as brainstorming ideas for experiments and activities to dig deeper. I will make these available for my readers, hopefully, soon! We just completed the Burgess Bird Book for Children and the kids and I loved it! The kids got much more out of the living book than they did out of our textbook. Daily they are relating something they learned or see something that reminds them of the book. Learning at it’s best! Needless to say, we have abandoned the textbook, although I am using it for reinforcing ideas and concepts as needed, and are using living books for our science studies. I am loving the Burgess Animal Book as much as I loved the bird book so I am excited to share it with the kiddos!

 

 

 

Books. Books. Books. – Booklist – Advent and Christmas Booklist 2015

Books. Books. Books. – Booklist – Advent and Christmas Booklist 2015

Over this past Advent we read quite a few great books to help us celebrate. Here is our complete booklist from our Advent countdown, read-a-louds, and even some extra Christmas books we had available to pick up and enjoy. Our favorites are indicated with ***.

Christmas and Advent Booklist - Modern Momma Musings

Read-A-Louds

***The Family Under the Bridge – Natalie Carlson – We really enjoyed this one, it was a quick easy read that had a heartwarming story.

***A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens – LOVED this! I even think the kids ended up getting more out of it than I realized. So glad we started this tradition.

Advent Countdown and Extras (alphabetical)

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Charles Schulz

Christmas in July – Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski

A Christmas Prayer – Amy Parker

***The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey – Susan Wojciechowski

The Christmas Story – Isabelle Brent

The Christmas Story – Tara Larsen Chang

The Christmas Witch – Steven Kellog

***The Clown of God – Tomie dePaulo

The Gift of the Magi – O. Henry

A Humbug Christmas – Tobin Fraley

I Love Christmas – Collection of Christmas Stories, Poems, Carols and More – Walter Retan

Joy to the World – Christmas Stories from Around the World – Saviour Pirotta

***The Last Straw – Frederick Thury

The Legend of the Poinsettia – Tomie dePaulo

***The Little Fir Tree – Retold from Hans Christian Andersen by Cathy Goldsack

The Little Star of Bethlehem – Christine Felicelli

The Man of the House at Huffington Row – Mary Brigid Barrett

Merry Christmas, Little Critter – Mercer Mayer

Mooseltoe – Margie Palatini

Mucky Pup’s Christmas – Ken Brown

***The Night Before Christmas (multiple versions) – Clement Moore

Nonna Tell Me a Story – Lidia Bastianich

Nutcracker – ETA Hoffman

***The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

Rudolph’s Second Christmas – Robert May

***Silent Night – Will Moses

***A Small Miracle – Peter Collington

The Story of Christmas – Linda Jennings

***Timmy’s Gift – A Christmas Story (Precious Moments) – Samuel Butcher

 

Christmas and Advent Booklist - Modern Momma Musings

Our Christmas book collection seems to continue growing, year after year. I love adding new books and rereading the old favorites.

Now it’s your turn…. what are your favorite Christmas books?

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol Read-Aloud

A Christmas Carol Read-Aloud

This year, we began a few new Advent traditions. One of those is reading aloud the beautiful book, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

A Christmas Carol

I made sure to purchase one with enticing illustrations and, after checking out a few versions at the library, I found the P.L. Lynch illustrations were my favorite, however there are quite a few choices.

A Christmas Carol - Dickens/Lynch

I read the book many years ago, but never out loud. I am amazed at how the words flow off my tongue so naturally. The way Dickens writes is stunning and a perfect example of the type of books I want my children to be exposed to in a read-aloud.

While I realize A Christmas Carol is written in a language more easily understood by adults, my 7 and 5 year old are still enjoying it even if they are not grasping every word. The words are like music to your ears, somewhat like an opera performed in a foreign language, you do not understand what is being said but the sound of the words makes you connect with the opera in an emotional and beautiful way. Dickens sounds just like that, emotional and beautiful.

Unfortunately, we have read a few books aloud that I found myself wishing we could stop. I noticed the writing is not well done, the sentences don’t flow as I hoped, but the story-line is there and I want to show my children we don’t quit something we start. However, in my mind, I am wishing I could find a different way to get through them. We persevere but in the end I think we are all glad when they are finished.

Even my young children can recognize when a book is not written well. You can see their eyes glaze over and they begin to lose interest. When a book is written well, they are almost put into a trance. They come in closer, and are still as they listen. Even when they are not grasping every word, they are trying to take it all in because it sounds beautiful.

I know my kids are not getting everything that I am out of  A Christmas Carol, and I would never expect them to. I believe exposing them to the well written, emotional story is something important. They know the basic premise already so we are building on that knowledge as we read, and the exposure to the language of Dickens is priceless.

Seeing their faces light up as they are brought into a new world as we read is worth every minute. I plan to read this every year as our tradition and I expect that they will catch more, see more and connect more with the story each year.

Your turn. Are you reading A Christmas Carol to your young children during this advent?

 

Books. Books. Books. – Booklist – November 2015

The kids are officially devouring books! They are reading them in a couple days and spending any free time they have reading. I am loving watching this love of books come alive in both of them. Here’s a bit of what we have been reading lately.

Booklist November 2015

Read-A-Louds

Indian In the Cupboard – We finished this early this month and we all loved it. It brought back memories of my childhood and the kids could not get enough of the fun storyline. I plan to read the others in the series sometime in the near future, hopefully they will be as loved.

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency – This was a silly read for the kids. I wasn’t crazy about it, but the kids seemed to enjoy it.

The Wind in the Willows – Unfortunately, we had the abridged version of this story and I felt like it was lacking in storyline. It left many things unexplained and cut from one thing to the next without much to make the connection. We will definitely be reading the unabridged version in the next year or so. I feel like it would have been a great read-a-loud if not for the abridged version. the kids loved it though.

Picture Books

Anything by Dr. Seuss – Always a favorite author.

Mouse’s First Fall – Mister Man loves reading this to Sugar Plum while I am changing her diaper. It’s the perfect length.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Both kids loved this and now we are passing that love onto Sugar Plum. Such a fun book.

Read Alone – Kiddos

Winnie the Pooh – Sunshine finished this and loved it! The look on her face when she finished was priceless and it was only moments later she was asking what she could read next. I love that it started her desire to read more.

Circle C Beginnings – Sunshine read the three in this series within a few weeks. She loves anything horse related and could not put these down. They were great beginner chapter books.

Horse Diaries – Sunshine just started this series and seems to really enjoy it. We will be picking up a few more from the library this week.

Hardy Boys Secret Files Series – Mister Man has been going through these in a day. He loves them and doesn’t want to put them down.

Magic Tree House Series – Another series that Mister Man has been enjoying. We own the series so he has been mixing them in with his library choices and has now read most of them.

Science

Burgess Bird Book for Children (In Process) – We have almost finished this and should be done next week. Still loving it!

Geography

We’ve talked about Pennsylvania this month and have read The story of Punxsutawney Phil, “the fearless forecaster”, A humble life : plain poems. They’ve been very informative and fun reads for the kids.

History

We have been doing Story of the World but we mixed in a bit of Thanksgiving history for this month too. We read An old-fashioned Thanksgiving and really enjoyed it.

 

 

Readers They Will Be

Readers They Will Be

They’ve always loved books, being read to them, but it seems like just yesterday reading out loud or on their own was like pulling teeth. Their goal was 30 minutes a day reading aloud to me a book of their choice. Now this week both Sunshine and Mister Man have both completed multiple beginning chapter books.

Raising Readers

It happened in what seemed like overnight. Mister Man finished Geronimo Stilton The Haunted Hotel and could not wait to go to the library to get another. We didn’t make it t the library that same day s I suggested he pick a book from our shelves to read instead. He choose a Ready Freddy book and git started immediately. The next day he had finished it and could tell me about the book including many details. My mouth dropped! Amazing. In the last week he has read 2 Ready Freddy books, 2 Geronimo Stilton Books and a Magic Tree House Book.

Raising Readers

Not to be outdone by her brother, Sunshine has begun reading more on her own as well. She is loving anything involving horses so she started with Circle C Beginnings books. She’s in the middle of the second one after devouring the first one with excitement.

All I can say is I am very thankful for libraries!

Books, Books, Books – Booklist – October 2015

October has come and gone. We’ve been reading a lot and we just started a nightly read aloud time before bed cuddled up on the couch. It’s been absolutely amazing! Great way to end our days and get in a few more minutes of family time! The kids have actually asked for more and more chapters each evening instead of quiet time in their rooms….no complaints there!I love that they love books so much!

Booklist - October

Here’s a booklist of the many books we’ve read (or are still reading) this past month.

Just for fun Read-A-Louds:

  • The Indian in the Cupboard (in process) – I remembered loving this as a child and was excited to share it with my little ones. I have been so happy to see them enjoying it as much as I did!
  • Geronimo Stilton, This Hotel is Haunted – This is one Mister Man chose to read for his own day to day reading. I am not a fan of twaddle books, but this was one we had sitting around that came in a set of random books. It was a Halloween type read and so I let him read it for his daily reading with me. I was surprised by how much he enjoyed it and immediately wanted to read the another of this set. While I wish he wanted to grab something with more substance I am letting him read these to get his reading jumpstarted. He is finally wanting to read on his own and I am in no way going to discourage that.
  • Winnie the Pooh – Sunshine is still working on this beauty but she is almost done and is getting excited to know she read the whole thing!

Picture Books:

History

  • Leif the Lucky – This was a fun addition to our Viking study. The kiddos loved the illustrations and D’Aulaire’s writing made the vikings and their discovery of America come to life. We’re spending some extra time on the Vikings due to the kids interest level so we are starting D’Aulaires Norse Gods and Giants tomorrow.

Science

Geography

  • We’ve been talking about New York the past few weeks. We’ve really enjoyed They were Good and Strong a great, simple memoir of Lawson’s family history in America. It was easy for the kids to follow and a fun way to see lives connect.

Music

  • Why Beethoven Threw the Stew – We just started incorporating this book into our music studies. It’s been a fun, easy read for all of us to enjoy. It’s entertaining and funny so the kids are learning about the composers while laughing and seeing them as real people. The descriptions of their compositions has helped them to understand the music in a new way and really get a good understanding of what they were putting into their compositions.

Books, Books, Books – Booklist – September 2015

The month of September has come to a close and here’s a booklist of the many books we’ve read (or are still reading) this past month.

Just for fun Read-A-Louds:

  • Stuart Little – This book was a great, easy read that led to some fun discussions with the kiddos.
  • Homer Price (in process)- We just started this as our newest read-a-loud. We have loved McCloskey‘s other classics: Make Way For Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, Lentil, Time of Wonder, and One Morning in Maine. So we were excited to read our first McCloskey chapter book together. So far it has lived up the hype. The kids are laughing out loud and we are just having a blast!

History

Science

  • Burgess Bird Book for Children (in process)- We love this. The kids love the perspective from Peter Rabbit and are learning so much about birds as we enjoy the beautiful writing style and stories. It really makes you feel like you are there in the orchard meeting the birds as they arrive for Spring. We are only about 1/3 of the way through and are adding a bit of extra notebooking to enhance our reading. This is our main science text and we are using the Apologia Flying Creatures textbook as a secondary source to learn more in depth about birds (Opposite of my initial plan – but it is working very well for us). We are also accessing our Field Guide and Audubon books to add a bit more to our studies.

Geography

  • Time of Wonder – This was a great book to enhance our study of Maine. We borrowed it from the library but I will be adding it to our home library soon.
  • Blueberries For Sal – One of our all-time favorites. The kids ask to hear this one multiple times a day!
  • Lighthouse Seeds – Another great addition to our study of Maine.
  • The Sea Chest – Sweet story to add to Maine. I think I enjoyed it more than the kiddos though.
  • Paul Revere’s Ride – The kids liked this one and it really gave us a good feel for the adventure that started in Massachusetts.
  • The Bear That Heard Crying – This was a sweet book that made us all get warm fuzzys inside and was a great read for our New Hampshire studies.
  • The Ox-Cart Man – Great book to give a circular description on life for a farming family in New Hampshire.