Have you ever wondered what makes a great book? One that grabs your attention, moves you through thrilling events, to a different land and beyond? To experience life in another time, culture or world altogether is the amazing gift an author has. In all my years of reading, I have noticed that different people are attracted to different things in a book. These unique likes and dislikes can make finding just the right book for your child a challenge.
For this month I will be sharing some of the books we’ve been reading, things I look for when choosing a book for my children, links you have loved and I have loved reading, along with two of my favorite new things! Grab a drink, won’t you join me?
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Keeping track of books:
The first month back to school is always tough for us as we try to settle into a routine again. Last year I tried letting the children choose their own books to read. This year they begged me to pick them. I settled for a middle ground. I pick 1-2 books for them to read each month, along with the book I read aloud. (Which I HATE doing, but do anyway) and then they read whatever they like the rest of the month. I get each of the children to track what they are reading using the chart you can find in the homeschool bookshelf. Grab your key here!
I also keep track of it in the sidebar to the right and I will be updating the Grade pages so keep an eye out there!
Lastly, I created a board on Pinterest to keep track of the books we have read and enjoyed this year. I used to try to keep them separate for each child but I discovered they are sharing the books back and forth so…Now I just keep them all on the same board. You can take a peek here, and if you want to be kept up to date please follow the board.
This year I am also using strewing. I grab any other books I think the children might be interested in and lay them about the house or read them myself. The trick is not to ask them to read them. Just ignore the children! Curiosity always gets my two and they will pick them up, read the back, check out the book and then decide if they should read it or not. *wink!Sharing the books we are reading this month! #ihsnet #bookworm #teenreads Click To Tweet
Books we read this month:
Alright this month so far we have read the following books:
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook (Junior Edition) -For the record, I loved this book! Very practical yet written to appeal to teenagers. There were cheat sheets and work pages in the back! Some of the topics were about how to get along with your siblings, how to get along with your parents, how to get a raise and make money. So cute!! I may have “borrowed” this book! I loved this one so much that I have already blabbed all about everywhere! (Grab your copy here from Amazon.ca)
Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (Junie B. Jones, No. 19) -I think he was hungry when he picked out this book, he asked if this one “counts”. It’s a book, right? It counts! (Get your copy from Amazon.ca)
Loamhedge (A Tale of Redwall) My son loves these books, it is a series, I have not read them. He does want to make scones, keep posted for the outcome of this idea 🙂 (Get your copy from Amazon.ca) We are planning the scones for next week. So the post will be coming soon.
Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever -This book sounds so cute! When her teacher assigns a report about animals and all the popular animals get snatched up, Ellie McDoodle is stumped for a topic. Find out how she fixed that problem! Grab yours from Amazon.ca
Peter Pan (Scholastic Classics) -A classic and my choice for the month. This little book made the trip camping with us! (You can find this at Amzon.ca as well) Here is an interesting fact, Tink says, “silly ass” in the book a few times. This horrified my daughter and she informs me I should warn you all. Consider yourself warned!
Friday Barnes, Girl Detective This book was a strew. My daughter hates all detective books and you might as well forget to try to get her to read it. The cover on this one is so bright and cheerful! Just take a peek yourself! She just couldn’t help herself. I was happy I grabbed it to see if it would catch her attention. We will see if she tries the next book in the series or not. (Get your girl detective on at Amazon.ca )
How I choose the books for the kids:
There are a few things I look for when I choose what books I want the children to read. I try to make sure they get a variety of books from biographies, poetry, classics and just for fun. I also try to get something I know will interest them. This year I am adding picture books to the mix after I read about using them to learn harder subjects.
My daughter will gobble up anything with pets, my son will like anything I think is boring. I also like to give the children lots of time to browse at bookstores or the library and I watch to see what they tend to be lead to. Which sections of the library do they tend to return to?
I also discuss with other homeschool parents and see what they are picking up for their kids! These are usually the books that get strewn around and might get picked up.
Lastly, I try to choose books we can do some sort of craft or life skill lesson with. For example, I picked up a book about women inventors and I have a baked good to make with it. Keep an eye out for it coming next month.
Any tips you use for choosing books? Let me know below, please.
Read aloud for the month:
I am choosing books my son will be using in the Analytical Grammar Review books, the first one up is The Wind in the Willows. Follow Ratty and Mole on their adventures! (Grab your book here in Canada!)
Now there are issues I have with reading out loud. One is, well I hate it. To combat that and save my sore throat I am using Audible for the times I just can’t do it! What I love about Audible is I pick the book from my computer and I can load it up on my phone and go. We can listen wherever we are! Go ahead and grab your two free books and a 30-day trial and see for yourself!
The second issue is the children get bored!! Well duh, it is boring to hear someone go on and on and you are sitting there doing nothing. To combat that we do snacks such as hot chocolate and I printed off basic lined paper from NotebookingPages.com. I get them to bring their favorite art supplies and they can doodle, color, draw or write while they listen.
These two strategies have saved our “read aloud” times. I almost like them.
What I am reading this month:
My books this month were an entire series from Ally Carter called Gallagher Girls Books. This series is YA and is about a young girl named Cammie who goes to a special all-girl school. It follows her adventures through to her graduation. I really enjoyed this light reading and the books are very clean for young ones. There is some kissing. My kids don’t like kissing so there is your warning 😉 (Check it here on Amazon.ca)
I also read Lord of the Far Island which was given to me to read. I was really thinking I would not like this one, however, I totally didn’t figure out who did it! If you like Victoria Holt you will love this one. (Pick it up here at Amazon.ca)
Links I Loved:
I have a new feature I offer my awesome readers who are on my email list and it is called Friday Features. Every Friday, unless I accidently send it out on a wrong day but really who does that??
As I was saying, on Fridays I send out a special email containing a weekly digest, blog posts I have loved and any sales, deals or new curriculum I have found, or tools that have helped me in some way. This is a bonus feature that you can unsubscribe from and still get my weekly awesomeness. Not on the list? Join up here!
Below are the top four blog posts enjoyed the most:
- 5 No-Nonsense Organization Tips for a No-Nonsense Homeschool– Shelly shares how she organizes her homeschool. She is very honest and open about her method.
- Free 8th Grade Homeschool Art Curriculum and Notebooking Pages Tina has mad skills people and her pages are awesome.
- Homeschool on a Dime: Curriculum for 3 kids on $100 Amy is sharing how she completes this seemingly impossible task
- Dear Homeschool Mom Who is Failing This post got me from the first paragraph. If you are a seasoned homeschooler or just brand spanking new you will love this if you ever feel like you are failing!
Links You Loved :
Readers picks for this month are:
Homeschool Students SPEAK UP!-This is where the students of those being homeschooled answered your questions. Be sure to check it out if you ever wondered what the students really think!
STEAM Kids: Let’s make Learning Fun!-This is a review of a great book. Seriously you will be seeing me talk about this book more next month and what it is doing to my homeschool! Hint: First Youtube video coming up!
What “Back to School” Really Looked Like! (hint: not pretty!)-When grand plans go swoosh out the window. If you are having a bad day, week or month you might like company.
Practical Tips for Raising a Kid-preneur-Lastly, you can raise your child to be an entrepreneur! Get all the encouragement you need from a homeschooling mom named Laura!
Coffee & Books! Need I Say More?
Whew if you have stuck with me for this round up give yourself a cookie! I hope this post inspired you to go pick out some books for your kiddo’s! Next month I promise I’ll just give you the list now that you know how I keep track and how I pick them out, ha!
Before you go I would love to hear what you are reading this month? I might need inspiration for next month so leave me a note below!
More in the series: Coffee