Read Aloud – We are currently reading The World of Pooh by A.A. Milne. As a child I never read or was read to any of the Winnie the Pooh stories, but I did love the movie. So as a classic that I see on so many reading lists I decided we needed to check out the Hundred Acre Wood for ourselves. At first I didn’t care for the writing *gasp* BUT I am thoroughly enjoying reading this aloud to the kiddos. In fact, I just go to the couch and nonchalantly say that I’ll be reading Winnie the Pooh and the kids are there with me in no time.
Listen Aloud – About once or twice a week, depending on the week, we travel about 40 minutes to take my 4 year old son to speech therapy. This is always a wonderful time for an audio book. Right now we are listening to Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot. This is a wonderful book and I’m so pleased with the story. It’s about a robot who was stranded on an island and who is learning to survive. The robot encounters many different animals and even begins to care for one as it’s mother. I love how the author seamlessly integrates facts about the animals into the story: he describes the animals’ homes, what they eat, and how they protect themselves. Every time we get in the car I hear “story please!” I’m excited to see how it all unfolds.
“Assigned” Free Read – The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis is the book currently residing in my purse for those times we have a few minutes waiting someplace or while my son is in speech. I am slowly beginning to work my way through Ambleside Online Year 4 for myself, including the free reads. I had never read the Narnia series but loved the movie growing up and all the movies that have been released more recently. So I decided I needed to experience the books for myself.
Read for Fun – I have quite a few books on my shelf that I’ve started and have yet to finish. My goal is to focus on three until they are read and move on to the others that need finishing. So my top three I’m reading, depending on my mood are: Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee, Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh, and Die Young by Hayley and Michael DiMarco.
Love Idol is about letting go of the approval of others and finding unconditional love of God. Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl talks about the importance of fostering loving and connected relationships with your daughters especially between the ages of 8 and 12 because these are the years that form our little girls’ values and morals. I’m finding this to be a great read even now for my just turned seven year old. “To Die Young is to live for Christ and nothing else, to be set free from the bondage of sin and self, and to live a new kind of life.”
Buttercup (First Grade, age 7)
“Assigned” Free Read – Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla is an older ‘early reader’ book. My daughter is reading well, but doesn’t have the stamina yet for any of the free reads listed on AO year 1 free read list, at least not by herself.
Read for Fun – The Critter Club by Callie Barkley is a book I had been eyeing at Target for a while (that store is trouble!). Anyway, I saw a book about animals, a book that takes care of pets and finds lost pets, a CHAPTER book, a chapter book that has lots of pictures and big easy print for new readers. I opened to the first chapter and asked my daughter to read it. About halfway through that first page she stops and says “hey Mom, I can read this, I can read a chapter book!”
Yes, I already knew that she could, I just had to find a way for her to know she could. “Can we get this?” “Um, okay.” I said. Score! Well, I have to be honest… I am okay with her reading this ONE (sigh twaddly) book because I want her to know she can pick up a chapter book and read it. So far I’m disappointed because the first chapter the characters are at a sleepover (and this book says for ages 5-9 right on the cover) and they are playing MASH, talking about husbands and crushes on boys in class. Ugh… So far, that’s been the only part of the book I just shake my head at. I really could care less for all that social drama growing up too fast stuff. But, she’s reading this to me aloud so I can at least be aware of anything else that comes up.
Little Buddy (age 4)
Mom Read Aloud – Cowardly Clyde by Bill Peet is a longer picture book I picked up at the library. We’ve enjoyed other Bill Peet stories so this seemed liked a good couch cuddling choice.