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  1. I am looking for an online homeschool book club for my youngest son. Upon doing my research I have come across many, but I would like to know which ones are good and valid. Kindly let me know - TIA!!
  2. I'm debating a big issue. I have a 5 year old, 2 1/2 year old and 13 month old, plus one on the way. They love books!! But little hands are quickly ripping and ruining our collection. They love iBooks and kindle books. What are your thoughts on going mostly digital for children's books? I'm tired of throwing real ones away!
  3. My 11yo son just finished The Hobbit and loved it. He is not one who generally speaking loves reading, so I would like to strike while the iron is hot here. Can you recommend some books for him to read next that he might like as well? Thanks! Beth :)
  4. I need your book suggestions, please! What books do you feel are powerful enough to change people. If you were to compile a dream reading list for the entire world to read so we all could have a different perspective, become empowered and more tolerant, perhaps, and willing to be better people, neighbors, parents, etc. what would you want just your community to read? You all are awesome, thanks!
  5. I didn't feel like searching so sorry if this has been asked previously. Now to my question: Is there a book list out there somewhere that goes with the OPGTR book? We are on lesson 73 and I have no idea what "level" or "grade" that puts us on. My 6 yr old can read cvc words, 2 and 3 letter blends, and simple long vowel words. We really love using OPGTR, but I think we would both enjoy reading lessons more if we could incorporate some books. I would like to do 2 OPGTR book lessons a week and read the other days.
  6. My dd and I have had a rocky relationship. We love each other dearly but have struggled to understand each other. Alte Viste Academy introduced me to a book ("Strong Willed Child or Dreamer" by Dr. Dana Scott Spears and Dr. Ron L. Braund) that has made all the difference. The reason I mention the book is because it has allowed me to understand where dd is coming from and has allowed me to talk to her without her becoming defensive. I've made a number of posts about the bad influence that Neighborhood Diva has made on dd10. Dd 10 was, for a time starting to become a Mean Girl clone. I also posted that after going to camp and seeing that there were really sweet girls out there that were not Mean Girls, dd decided that she wanted to stop being friends with ND (Neighborhood Diva). After talking through with her some different ways to handle it, dd10 chose to just be "busy" every time that ND came over. I offered to let dd use me as an excuse but dd said "No, this is my choice. I will not lie and say that it was yours." (Boy was that convicting to hear! Of course I couldn't continue to ask her to lie and go against her convictions. This is the child that I've had lots of trouble with lying in the past.) Day 1 - ND came over 4x. Day 2 - ND came over 3x in one hour and only stopped because dd said that she'd be busy all day. Day 3 - ND came over 2x. The last time she said "Come over if you ever decide that you aren't too busy to play." Day 4 - We didn't see ND at all. Day 5 (today) - ND was gone until evening. In the evening, ND came over. Ds15 said that dd was busy but when ND insisted on talking to her, he came in to tell dd. Dd went out to talk. ND was mad at being put off and wanted to know what was going on. Dd told her that she didn't think the friendship was healthy and that it was best for them to stop being friends. She still wants to be friendly and is not mad at ND but did not want to play anymore. ND cried a bit and then got angry. Dd stood her ground gently. (You have to know dd. She is on the shy side and is very tenderhearted. This was very difficult for her to do - to stand up to a much more dominant personality.) I am so proud of dd. I feel like she has grown up some with handling this situation. She was true to her ideals and handled the situation bravely and I believe, honorably.
  7. I'm not in the mood for classics at the moment and preferably nothing that's overly depressing. I don't mind some inappropriate stuff. In fact, I was very close to ordering 50 Shades of Grey, but didn't because so many said that it's very poorly written. Here are some books that I've loved in the past. If you can suggest anything, would be so grateful. Harry Potter books A Thousand Splendid Suns - I love Khaled Hosseini's style of writing. Yes, his books are very sad, but I just love his writing. The Help The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Allende. :D The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy - I wish there were more in this series. I'm really craving something like these. Good storyline and strong protagonist. The Geography of Bliss - enjoyable, funny in parts Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - great writer, sad subject matter, but fabulous writer Books by Mitch Albom, Fannie Flagg, the older stuff by John Grisham, some of the books by Ken Follett, and pretty much all books by Maeve Binchy Funny in Farsi Confessions of a Prairie B*tch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver The Da Vinci Code Thank you.
  8. What books have you read recently that you loved, or do you have on a list of books you want to read?
  9. Good morning dolls! Today is the start of week 14 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, welcome to all those just joining in and to all who are following our progress. Mr. Linky is all set up on the 52 books blog to link to your reviews. The link is in my signature. 52 Books - Read A Russian Author Month. Highlighted the first chapter of The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky Also on Wednesday April 4 52 books will be hosting Frank Peretti for his blog tour ASK FRANK so be sure to stop by and give him a big welcome, say hi, ask him a question or two or check out his new book Illusion which I highlighted in week 9. We will be doing a giveaway as well. What are you reading this week? Link to week 13
  10. This is a spin-off to some other posts I started. I noticed a lot of you suggest purchasing good books to use in your home library. What books (fiction or nonfiction) do you and/or your children use frequently? I would think the WTM would be an obvious choice on this forum :001_smile:, but what about encyclopedias/dictionaries, read-alouds or other works of fiction that you or your children read over and over, books that have influenced you as a parent/homeschooler that you review frequently, and well, you get the idea! I use the 1000 Good Books list, All Through the Ages, and the Sonlight catalogs as a guide for our library trips, but it's always nice to hear what you love so much!
  11. My 10yo loves books with magic, Half Magic being her all time favorite. Can you help me make a list? I'd like to display a little selection in our class. Thanks! The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes No Flying in the House by Betty Brock Half Magic series by by Edward Eager :lurk5:
  12. I need some light-hearted, funny (not stupid) reading. All of my reading lately has been "self-help", "improvement", how to teach better, live better, be better, etc. I just want to sit down and enjoy myself reading a good book. NOT a drama! NOT a heart-break! NOT a love found, lost and found again. YUCK! I get too emotionally invested. Thanks, Angela
  13. Hey gang! Anybody going to be attending the conference? I volunteered to work the registration desk Wednesday afternoon, fri/sat morning. Plus attend the writer's workshop on Thursday. Left Coast Crime is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, where readers, writers, librarians and other mystery and thriller enthusiasts gather to share their mutual interest in the genre. Opps - here's the link
  14. I'm curious: how many of your kids will read unabridged work? This year, a lot of our literature has been adapted works. We especially like the Illustrated Classics from Candlewick Press (Don Quixote and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver). In fact, the only unabridged work we've read this year is Wordsworth, bits from Paradise Lost, and Robinson Crusoe. Is this bad? Is it okay for a logic age kid to read some adaptations now, and then read the unabridged versions in high school, or will they end up being unprepared for the real classics?
  15. One of my dreams is to have a beautifully organized library! I decided that now was the time to start building that dream since we've successfully filled two 8 foot high and 3 foot wide book shelves. Yesterday, I sorted all the fiction books by author and labeled every spine with the first three letters of the authors last name. It looks so pretty! Now, I'll be able to train the children on how to put the fiction books away alphabetically. I'm stumbling on how to organize the non-fiction books and I'm looking for advice and suggestions from all of you. I could organize the non-fiction by author also, but with elementary children, I think it would be easier for them if I group the books by subject.Which subjects is the question. Right now, I have them piled willy nilly by the following categories. 1. Mechanical 2. Animals 3. Sound 4. Dictionaries 5. Atlases 6. Bible reference 7. Countries 8. History 9. Biographies 10. Outer space/Astronauts 11. Ponds/Rivers/Water 12. Human Body/ Anatomy 13. Time Management/Organization 14. Toys/Games 15. Internet/Computers 16. Music 17. Character Sketches/Virtues/ Devotionals Wow, that seems like a lot of categories. I was thinking originally that I would group the books by subjects, but that could/would change year by year. I was also thinking that if I did group by subject that I would at least break the sciences down using the Apologia Elementary Science textbooks as my subject titles since we will be using these texts throughout our elementary years. So under the General Subject of Science, I would then break everything down into Astronomy, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy, and then I'd add Earth Sciences. Any advice or suggestions? Once, I categorize all the books then I need to label these books also. Looking forward to having you weigh in on this, because once everything is labeled, there is no turning back! Oh, my sister expressed concern about actually labeling the spines of the books but I decided that I wanted to do that for my sanity. Yes, as the kids get older, some books will not be required any longer, but since I generally just give books away when we are done with them, I can't see anyone being upset about a small address label being on the spine of the book since they are getting the book for free.
  16. Okay Chicks - This is for all you early risers. (let's just pretend it's sunday morning.) Good Morning! Today is the start of week 6 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers and to all who are following our progress. Mr. Linky is all set up on the 52 books blog to link to your reviews. The link is in my signature. 52 Books blog - D is for Dickens. February 7 is the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birthday. So in honor of Dickens and since Oliver Twist is #5 in SWB's WEM fiction list, I'm going to read it. My challenge to you is to read something by Dickens this month - novel, short story, play or nonfiction. It is up to you. Moby Dick: Prepare yourself. We'll be starting it next Sunday. You may want to check out Nathaniel Philbrick's Why Read Moby Dick. Great little book with lots of history and information about the author and the book and wonderful introduction to reading the story. What are you reading this week? Link to week 5
  17. Has anyone found that once they have a Kindle (and therefore instant access to hundreds of classics) that they simply don't keep all of the 'reference' books they once did, unless they have an emotional attachment to the book itself? DH bought himself a Kindle for reading tech stuff and now I find myself reevaluating that 30 year old paperback copy of Silas Marner, among others.
  18. He's feral at times, I swear. He is the energy/trouble/noise level of 3 2 yr olds. I'm not kidding, other people will vouch for that. He will deliberately do something he knows he's not to do. He could level the house in 1 day. He's climbed into the running washer, emptied the fridge, played "crash" with the eggs, smeared maple syrup all over the carpet and tv, screams "WHY MOMMY WHY" whenever I try to redirect him... He's exhausting. Totally. My running joke is homeschooling for the first kid, military school for the second. He's high energy/high need and sensory seeking. I know that, and I've read sensory books. But any sort of discipline or correction does no good. He's a 2 year old bully with his almost 5 yr old brother. I need parenting suggestions, book suggestions, or any ideas of how much sedative to give a 2 yr old.... :lol:
  19. Are you ok with another? I need book recommendations. I don't read a lot of fiction, but I want to start. Favorite authors include: Kurt Vonnegut, David Sedaris, Lester Bangs. I like philosophy, but I can't handle anything too intellectual at the moment (pregnancy brain). Controversial ok, other religions or cultures ok. Would prefer no chick-lit unless it's witty and not whiny (no Shopaholics series for example). Thanks!!
  20. I am not sure what you would call these, but I have been enjoying these types of books lately...any recommendations for others? Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Superfreakonomics - Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner Blink - Malcolm Gladwell Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell Brain Rules - John Medina Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely The Millionaire Next Door - Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko TIA
  21. I posted on this subject, less specifically, several months ago. I've been leading a class for homeschoolers titled U.S. Geography through Literature. Originally I thought I'd use the Barefoot curriculum, but ended up creating my own. We've done Tree in the Trail, Paddle-to-the-Sea, and will be starting Minn of the Mississippi shortly. I have been digging through websites, databases, and the minds of friends and librarians to try and find books that traverse the other regions of the country (e.g. Southwest, Northwest/West Coast, Southeast). My previous post inspired a couple of lists of state by state picture books, but what I am seeking is a short chapter book (think Holling), collection of short stories, or the like that has both a plot and a connection to place, ideally, places. Would LOVE some suggestions! gina
  22. What are some of the books your K'er just fell in love with? Any books you think "every" K'er should be read? What books on tape/cd did your K'er love to listen to? Right now my DD loves the book "Nothing" by Jon Agee & we just checked out other Agee books that she is enjoying, it seems she has found her first favorite author :001_smile: !
  23. Saw this article and thought I'd share it: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2D514v/www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/american-girl-series-author-creating-series-for-boys/2011/10/25/gIQArC6FKM_story.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads Interested what you all think about the line that non-fiction or books in the "grossology" category is as beneficial for boys reading-wise as traditional fiction narrative. Also, can someone tell me about this "Captain Underpants" series? Is it twaddle-ish? Appropriate for a 6 year old?
  24. Along the lines of sneaking spinach into the muffin... I love kids books with compelling stories and a rich vocabulary. After reading Scranimals (Jack Prelutsky and Peter Sis) for the 100th or so time, my 3.5 year old asked why sitting SUFFICES for the potatoad. (It *does* sink in!). I'm ready to add to our collection. Here are our top "vocabulicious" books - please share yours! Raggedy Ann Stories (Johnny Gruelle) Able's Island and Dominic (William Steig) Stuart Little (E.B. White) Have a great day! And thank you for sharing. Cheers, Caitlin
  25. I'm ready to get rid of LOTS of books. But I still have this feeling of guilt... What if I need it again? All the money I spent! What should I do with them? If you did it please talk me through it. But if the idea is anathema to you, please don't try to talk me out of it. Jennifer
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