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Shhhh! I have a confession…I LOVE books! I don’t mean in a “collect and have shelves of books” kind of way, as I neither have the space or resources to do that.
What I mean is I do not read books, I devour them. I slip into a wonderful coma, oblivious to the world around me. It’s amazing, beautiful and maybe a tiny bit dangerous~ if you have a newborn.
It’s getting colder and nothing is better than coffee and a book. Except maybe dark chocolate, coffee, and a book. Or…coffee, dark chocolate, a fireplace and a book. Or…you get the point.
I love reading, for me, books are the open door to other times, other worlds, other minds. Books are power, and can change who we are, and how we see the world around us.
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Books are a huge part of our homeschool life. I want my children to have the same passion about reading as I do. I have always taught them books are special, unique to each reader, a gateway to new worlds and undiscovered places.
My personal goal is to make them fall in love with books and reading like I have. My educational goal is to expose the children to different types of books, from poetry to fiction, to biography and non-fiction and everything in-between. Either way-If you can read/research, there is nothing you can not learn about when you set your heart on it. Isn’t that what education is all about?[bctt tweet=”Books are power, and can change who we are, and how we see the world around us. #ihsnet #bookworm”]
Every year I start researching books, making lists of what I want them to read. Hunting the internet and stalking good reads, ones that catch and hold the attention while imparting some knowledge. Once such gems are found, I go to the Local Library to see what I can get. We often do not do book reports or novel studies on them, although a rare book report or novel study might pop up. Normally we read them and talk about them.
Related post: How to raise a reader when you HATE reading
This year, I am doing something new! I am letting them choose their own books. With a few set guidelines.
- They must be at age/reading level
- They chose 3 books at the end of last year to read this year, and one they will write a book report on.
- Aim for one book a month
- read for 30 minutes a day
They also read some books associated with their courses, for example, my son is re-reading Around the World in Eighty Days for his geography studies. He read it last year. So one book a month is about all he can handle, whereas his sister and I tend to be speed readers, a book a week is no problem.
I am not sure if I like them choosing their own books, it was and still is, hard to hand over that decision. You probably think I’m crazy (and I am!) but I worry they will not reach out and try new books but just stick to what they know and like. We will see.
Another reason why I love homeschooling. If it turns out they get stuck in a rut, next year, we will try a different plan.
Book Suggestions Please:
I did inform them they have to read one Sherlock Holmes book, which they both protested. Ugh! I love his books! Thus the force feeding!
Seriously you need to try one, so you can make an informed decision. I am currently looking for a super interesting one, that is not too scary!
Of all his books, which would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!
UPDATE: I’ve updated this to include this printable reading chart for you to keep track of the books your child is reading this year. Click on the button below.
Thanks for reading, check in Thursday to see what Sherlock Holmes book we chose! Please Share with others!
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