Read Aloud – Amber The Story of a Red Fox by Shirley Woods is our pick for this month.
It is a fictional story following a fox from birth until her parents leave. I’m excited to get into this one especially because it seems to be a true living book; facts about the way foxes live and survive the wild are interwoven in the story. My kids are nature lovers and I know they’ll love this one.
Listen Aloud – I wasn’t quite sure what we’d pop into the cd player next so I searched some lists and found Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming on one. I enjoyed the movie as a kid and typically most people find book versions to be better than their movie counterparts. I’m in for listening, hoping the kids will enjoy this too.
“Assigned” Free Read – It’s time to take on Home Education (Vol. 1) by Charlotte Mason. I’ve read a lot of pieces of Mason’s works online and have done my fair share of researching CM on blogs and podcasts but it is time I truly dig in and learn for myself straight from the source.
Thankfully, there are printed editions now easily accessible. It’s not easy to sit in front of a screen and read. There’s nothing like a book in hand from which to read and underline and highlight (though, historically I haven’t proved to be such a reader to mark in my books).
I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased my own set from Living Press Books this past summer, and now that school has begun it’s time to do my homework. I chose this set because of the size and cost. If you would like to purchase a set or collect the volumes one by one, here are some other choices. Simply Charlotte Mason, The “Pink” Volumes, and Riverbend Press are available online or you can scour your local homeschool curriculum fairs or book sales, which are a couple of my favorite ways to find books for my homeschool.
Read for Fun – Becoming Mom Strong by Heidi St. John has a message we moms cannot miss (pre-order your copy now, release date is September 19th!!). I absolutely LOVE this book and it is such a great reminder that we need to be equipped by God’s strength to prepare our children and train them to walk in Truth.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram or even Twitter, you probably know that I am serving on the launch team, and feel so honored to be a part of this movement. Heidi has a lot of great swag (tee shirt, mug, necklace) to go along with her book and she’s written an amazing Bible Study for moms to Become Mom Strong as well that I can’t wait to get my copy! There may be a giveaway to my readers too! Hint, hint, wink, wink. This it too good not to share!
My second Read for Fun book is something that one of my best friends and I are reading and will be discussing at our lunch date, I suppose we are starting a book club of two. She’s the kind of friend who you can go a long while without seeing or talking to and when you do get together again it’s like no time has lapsed. I am thrilled to be starting a monthly lunch date tradition.
The book we chose is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. I actually heard about this book in a podcast I was listening to not long ago (I’m sorry I’m not sure which one) and had to look it up. Once I learned more about it I was intrigued and purchased a copy from Thriftbooks immediately.
It is set in post World War II in England. The story is about a writer who receives a letter from someone who lives on the Channel Island of Guernsey indicating he has a book that once belonged to her. Correspondence begins between the author and the members of The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The book is comprised of letters to and from this author which paints a picture of who the characters are and how they have come to know one another. You get a sense of what it was like during the war and what it was like during the time of German Occupation on Guernsey. I haven’t read a fictional book in quite a while and so far I’m pleased with this one.
Buttercup (age 7, Second Grade)
“Assigned” Free Read – The reading level my daughter is at has been changing and progressing quickly over these last 6 months. We no longer need phonics lessons but to ensure she continues to do well with her reading I do ask her to read aloud to me. She amazes me with her inflection and speed and I rarely need to help her with big words. All that to say that now I can have her read aloud to me the books from her Free Read list from Ambleside. Perhaps by mid school year I can ask her to read aloud a reading that requires narration, or perhaps not. She decided to start with Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.
Read for Fun – Mandie and the Invisible Troublemaker (book 24) by Lois Gladys Leppard is the book my daughter has picked up recently. Again I’m surprised at her choices because of the reading level. This one has much smaller print, she’ll be ready for almost anything soon enough, hopefully I’ll be able to help her navigate appropriate books.
She’s making her way at a steady speed but instead of her usual 2 days to finish a book it’s more like a week and a half right now. This particular series was one that I read and enjoyed as a child and the books on the shelf for her were mine. We have books 1-8 and a few random later ones. She didn’t start with book 1 because I had lent it out to one of her older friends thinking she wouldn’t want to read them yet. So she started with a much later book and will go to the first one next (which was my favorite in the series… because Secret Tunnel!).
Mom Read Aloud – My First Little House Books County Fair is on the list to read aloud because, of course, fall, fairs, and why not expose this little guy to a taste of Laura Ingalls Wilder? This is my most favorite time of year and living in New England we have such a beautiful autumn season with so many fairs and festivals to choose to go to.
Tell me in the comments what your favorite book is this month on your reading list…
& what you’d most like to win in the upcoming Becoming Mom Strong giveaway (This is a RootsandBooks.com giveaway).