Our homeschooling journey this year has been far from perfect. One thing that I have managed to do consistently is to read our nightly read aloud selection. This is huge for me as I’ve never been very good at doing bedtime stories. We ended up doing more read alouds than I had originally planned!
Initially I had planned on doing these at the ‘close’ of our school day. However, my ten year old kept asking to be included. We switched to a bedtime reading and couldn’t be happier. It’s a sweet and simple end to the day and has become a favorite tradition. Another benefit is that it doesn’t feel schoolish. It’s just for fun!
Between August 2012 and June 2013, we’ve read the following books:
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Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder – I never thought I’d get my 5 year old to sit through this, and it wasn’t our first chapter book. We started with some shorter ones, and my girls loved it. Even my husband got sucked in at a couple of parts.
Book of Mormon Stories for Little Children, Marjorie G. Johnson – This book we did read during school as a gentle “Gospel lesson.”
Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Clearly – my girls loved this!
The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White – we are actually still reading this but should finish it by the end of the month. I wasn’t sure if my girly girls would like it, but they are enamored by the baby swans.
The Great Cake Mystery, Alexander McCall Smith – if you’ve read any of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, or enjoyed the series on HBO, you’ll love this. My kids loved the silly monkey antics.
The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner – after reading this, my oldest daughter, a reluctant reader, requested we follow up with the second in the series. I’m excited to suck her into a fun series like this.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Betty MacDonald – okay, who doesn’t love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle? My kids thought this was hilarious, and it was easy to sneak in a few lessons in there too.
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, and Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer, Jane O’ Conner - admittedly these books are “fluff,” but we have loved Fancy Nancy since the original book came out, thanks to Nana! The chapter books are easy to read with the vocabulary stretching words that we have come to except from Nancy Clancy!
My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett – A classic! My kids ate this exotic adventure story up!
We’ve also worked through Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 1-2 poems at a time. We’re not done yet, but I plan to read a handful each week until the end of the summer. These are so silly and ridiculous; it has been a gentle introduction to poetry!
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