Do you have loads of bookshelves at home? We have several and I think they are growing…am I alone here? I love books, I may have mentioned that before.
Getting a box in the mail from Amazon totally makes my day!! Its right up there with chocolate and coffee 🙂
Homeschooling is all about books in my opinion, they are the foundation of our learning. If you don’t believe me ask my librarians, who know me and the kids by name.
I don’t consider reading a hobby, for me its a need. It’s how I escape, travel, learn, create and feed my creative urges. I’ve worked hard to inspire a love of books in my children and respect too.
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“Books are precious”
Ever since the children were little I have repeated, “Books are precious.” Therefore, they learned at a young age not to throw them on the floor, and to take care of them.
Doing this has helped them to see the value in books, and they both love to read. My youngest will often forgo “screen time” to pick up a book. I will find her cuddled on the couch with the dog, re-reading her favorites.
This year, instead of a book list for reading, I am endeavoring to let them pick out their own books. So far, it is going…momma is keeping her mouth shut and letting them choose. I am going to be honest with you, this is really hard for me.
I see all these books I know would be so great for them to read, to broaden their horizons, and get out of the ruts. This exercise has been beneficial for them and me.
For them, it allows them to research, and make decisions.We love to read, check out what is sitting on our bookshelf! #ihsnet #bookworm Click To Tweet
One of my children finds it difficult to do things for themselves. So this has been allowing them to do new things, in a comfortable setting. They are familiar with the library, so reserving a book, finding a book, asking them to order a book-although these tasks are not hard to do. For them- it is a bit stressful. They have come a long way by now, and it is becoming no problem! Yay!
For me, to let go, and to step back and allow them to do what I am teaching them.
I want them to be independent, to stand on their own, to understand they can ask for help when needed and I’ll be there. So I need to give them plenty of opportunities to trust their own judgment. This is a great opportunity to do so because really, the worse thing? They will get a book they hate! No biggie!
The Books on our Bookshelves:
Today I am sharing all the books we have read this month! Check out what’s been sitting on our bookshelf:
The River by Gary Paulsen-We read The Hatchet last year, and this is a highly recommended book. It is so good! Therefore recognizing this author, C picked it out knowing chance are it would be good. And he was correct, he really enjoyed it.
Watership Down by Richard Adams–This one is on his must-read list for the year, they had 3 each.
I have not read it, and when I asked my son what it was about his reply was, “Rabbits.” I know the details are insane huh?? (use your sarcastic voice when you read that, thanks!)
It’s 400 plus pages, so I don’t expect him to be picking anything else up off the shelf soon. Oh and he’s decided he needs to read 3 chapters a day in order to be done by the end of the month.
The Cay by Theodore Taylor -She tells me this was really good but sad . I remember reading this in school, and I think I really enjoyed it. Perhaps this mom should pick this up off the bookshelf soon.
No Dogs Allowed by Bill Wallace-She decided she wasn’t a fan of this one. She tells me she did not like the main character, and that influenced the way she felt about the entire book. However, she had picked it up to read before and decided to finish it.
Geronimo Stilton: Field trip in Niagara Falls-She has finally decided she likes these books. It was funny as I had recommended them to my children a few years ago. Wanted to buy a set. No no! They didn’t like those, “Ew! Yulk!” Now?? They love them! Sigh! Kids!
Queen Bee by Chynna Clugston-She really liked this one, it was a different type of book than she normally reads. It was a comic styled book. She really enjoyed this. (Yay for trying new things!)
Geronimo Stilton:The lost treasure of the Emerald Eye-Again, recognizing the author she chose this book. She really enjoyed it.
Please note there are two of these books on the list, huh huh? Momma might just know a thing or two…of course I wisely said nothing 😉
*Anyone else get excited when children start recognizing authors? I can not remember most of the authors I like or even the titles half the time. However, the kids seem to really zone in on authors they like.
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge-One of my daughter’s favorites. She pulls this from the shelf to read again and again. It’s an older book too so I am very surprised.
Can you tell who my reader is? 😉
So the big question is…What’s on your bookshelf this month? Let me know. For more book suggestions for your readers check out my Pinterest Board:
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