There are always books scattered around our house. It seems everyone around here likes to read more than one book at a time. Here are some of those books we’re reading this month.
Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 3 – Term 1
We finished our Year 3 – Term 1 of Ambleside Online about a month ago. Better late than never right?!?!? As with the previous years we added a Catholic twist. Here’s our recap of year 3, term 1.
I have taken a bit of a break from my Back to the Classics Challenge to read a few great mothering books.
I’m a sucker for books written about parenting, but motherhood is my favorite. I love that I can completely relate (most of the time) and that they have me laughing and crying throughout. There is something special about the bond of motherhood.
Catholic Charlotte Mason Homeschool – Year 2 – Term 3
We’ve finished our Year 2 of Ambleside Online. As with the previous years we added a Catholic twist. Here’s our recap of term 3.
As a Catholic family, it’s important to us that we have good resources for our children that highlight our faith. There are many Catholic books out there, but these are a few of our favorites right now.
Since having kids, reading has been one of the many things I wish I had more time to do in my day-to-day. This past year, I happened upon the Back to the Classics Challenge on Books and Chocolate. Because it was too late to try and be a part of the action in 2016, I decided the next year, 2017, would be my year to start the challenge.
We homeschooled over the summer so we are almost finished with our Charlotte Mason Year 2 Term 1, but I thought I would share with you what we have used for this term. We use Ambleside Online with a Catholic twist. I have added and subtracted a few things to make them more fitting to our faith and have really loved the way it has been working for our family. Here’s a peek into our curriculum.
I can’t believe it, we finished our second year of homeschooling last Friday!
The kids and I are ready for a little break and I feel like we accomplished a lot over the last year.
We started the year with lessons of mostly workbook activities. The kids were not loving school time and were getting extremely frustrated with the amount of workbooks we were using. I felt something wasn’t working and so I started rethinking our plan. I had been feeling a call to use Charlotte Mason’s ideas especially the living books more. And after researching, reading and praying, we made the switch to Ambleside Online after Christmas. I used our Christmas break to rework the schedule for Year One so we could fit it into the last 4 months of our year and be able to start Year Two over the summer (slowly) so that we would get to Year Three sometime next year and be caught up at Year four the following year. Fitting Year One into a few months was a lot of work, but the living books were amazing and the kids were always asking for more which was in complete contrast to the previous few months.
Here is a look at what we used in our second year (first/second grade).
Horizons (First Grade – Mister Man, Second Grade – Little Miss) – beginning of the year
Math-U-See – (Beta) – Second half of the year – this change proved to be one of the best decisions I had made. Mister Man was excelling at math and Sunshine was struggling, so I pulled Sunshine back to help her grasp the concepts better and Mister Man kept excelling. A few weeks after the switch, Sunshine started loving math and was excelling as well! I am so very glad I decided to make this switch!
Mystery of History – Volume 2 – This just wasn’t working for us.
Story of the World – Volume 2 – Better but still not what I was looking for.
- Our Island Story – Marshall
- Fifty Famous Stories Retold – Baldwin
- Viking Tales – Hall
- Lief the Lucky – D’Aulaire
- Benjamin Franklin – D’Aulaire
- George Washington – D’Aulaire
- Buffalo Bill – D’Aulaire
- Pocahontas – D’Aulaire
Burgess Bird Book – Loved this book!!!!
Apologia Exploring Creation – Flying Creatures of the Third Day– This was a great reference for the Burgess Bird Book.
Northeast Study – We went through the states in the Northeast one by one, reading books about each, eating their famous food and locating them on a map.
Paddle to the Sea – We read this and loved it! As we read we mapped Paddle’s journey from Canada, through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River eventually to France.
First Language Lessons – (Level 1 – Mister Man, Level 2 – Sunshine)
Copywork (Bible Verse and from readings)
Redwall (AudioBook – from the library)
A Child’s Garden of Verses – Robert Louis Stevenson
When We Were Very Young – A. A. Milne
Now We Are Six – A. A. Milne
Art – Picture Study/Artist Study
Art – Drawing/Process
Artistic Pursuits – Book One – Review Coming Soon
Music – Artist Study
Here’s what we have been reading in April. Enjoy!
The Borrowers – We finished this a few weeks ago and we all loved it. We had a lot of fun pretending there were borrowers in the house and talking about what they were taking for their homes.
Pinnochio – This is our latest read-a-loud. We are all loving this. They have seen the movie but the book is so much richer and more interesting than the movie and we are all noticing that as we read. We should be finishing this one up next week.
Morning Time Reading
Our morning time still consists of the same books and we are loving them all still. Morning time and evening reading time are our favorite times of day! The morning time books are: Parables of Nature, Blue Fairy Book , Just So Stories, Tales from Shakespeare, James Herroit’s Children’s Treasury, and Aesop
AmblesideOnline Poetry: Year One – The kids are loving this poetry as much as the others and I have been loving reading poetry daily with the kiddos.
Muddy Paws Busy Day – Finger Puppet Book – This is sure to get a laugh with the finger puppet. Sugar Plum cannot get enough.
When You’re Not Looking – This is a funny book that is extra large and colorful which is great for Sugar Plum.
Read Alone – Kiddos
Squanto: Friend of the Pilgrims – Mister Man has been loving the Clyde Robert Bulla books and this one has been especially fun for him, as he made the connection of John Smith with our reading of Pocahontas. It was so fun to see the connection come alive for him. He thought it was the neatest thing to have them intersect!
Riding the Pony Express – Mister Man loved this one as well. The Bulla books have been quick easy reads that both kids are enjoying right now.
Star of Wild Horse Canyon – Sunshine is reading this at the moment and loving it. She struggles to finish a chapter book I think it may be that she gets bored but it seems like she gets started and is excited to read them and then just abandons them half way through. We are working on this and one way is that I am doing more of the picking of books for her and the Clyde Robert Bulla books are easy reads and less intimidating than the ones she was getting about horses from the library. I’m hoping this will help in her book choices later on and the ability to finish a book. So far she has loved the few that I have picked out for her to read.
Redwall – We just finished this one (all the books in the series). The kids loved it! Such a fun adventure story with great characters and the reading was wonderfully done!
Pocahontas– This is another one the kids thought they knew the story from the movie but loved the book and the illustrations are beautiful as well. The connections the kids are finding in other books has been a fun extra to having read great books about history.
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.
What’s on your reading list this month?