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  1. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 31 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books blog - 2013 Man Booker Prize Long List: The long list for The Man Booker Prize for 2013 has just been announced this past week and there are some very interesting books on the list. The Booker Prize foundation is a registered charity sponsored by The Man Group, an alternate investment management business. The prize is awarded to the best full length novel written by an author who is a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom for the first time in the year of the prize. The story must be written in English and can not be self published. The 13 nominee are: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson, Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw, Harvest by Jim Crace, The Kills by Richard House, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri,The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton,The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris,The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, Unexploded by Alison MacLeod, and We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo. Many of the books fit in with our Continental challenge and I've already added a few to my wishlist. August is going to be Shakespeare Reading Month, thanks to Shari If you've never read any Shakespeare, now would be a great time. Here's an interesting tidbit of news about Amazon dropping prices with 50% to 65% off on best selling hardcover books. Now may be the time to stock on those books you've been wanting to buy. What are you reading this week? Link to week 30
  2. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 30 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - More Bookish News: I'm sure everyone has heard the news about J.K. Rowling's The Cuckoo's Calling which was written under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. I recently downloaded and will let you know what I think. When Harry Potter first came out, I didn't give it a thought. But when I heard the hype about it and calls to ban the book, well of course I had to read it. And fell in love with the characters and the story. Same thing happened with Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Read it twice and loved it. Rowling was a bit upset about the leak revealing she wrote the book. I guess she hoped it stand on its own merits and sell not because of her name. There are many authors who have written stories under different pseudonyms including Don Delillo who published under a book under a woman's name. Even Stephen King wrote a few novels under the name Richard Bachman back in the 70's and 80's. And for those of you who are armchair traveling around the world with me. A Pack of Fun shared a link to A Year of Reading the World where a writer, Ann Morgan talks about a challenge she set for herself to read one book from every country in the world in one year. Be sure to check out her list of books. You may just end up adding a few to your wishlists. Today is also the anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's birthday. You may want to consider reading one of his books this week, this month, or sometime this year. I recently watched To Have and Have Not with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart so downloaded the book to read and compare. What are you reading this week? Link to week 29
  3. hi all, i am, or will be, new to homeschooling this fall. my dd will be 5 1/2, and starting her K year. i also have a son in jr high in ps and a 3 1/2 year old. anyway....i purchased, second hand, AAR 1. at the time my daughter could just read basic CVC words. in the past several months, she has begun full on reading, pretty much everything. i pulled out the AAR to familiarize myself with how we might pace it, knowing much of it would be review. turns out, it is looking like none of it will be useful to us any longer. i'm weary of moving to AAR 2. i'm figuring, if she taught herself to read without costing me a dime, surely we find a cheaper option to move forward with reading. i just have no clue what our next step should be. any advice? *pardon my lack of using capital letters*
  4. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 29 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Calvino Readalong: If not for Susan Wise Bauer's Well Educated Mind, I would have never heard of Italo Calvino's 1979 novel If on a winter's night a traveler. It is another one of those intriguing, weirdly written books that I seem to gravitate to every few weeks. According to Amazon: It's a story within a story and begins with the narrator telling you how to to read the book. The odd chapters are from a second person point of view with instructions or preparation for the next chapter and the even chapters are the story and in a variety of points of view. I'm going to be diving into the story within the next week or so. Books like these always remind me that reading is a visceral experience, a journey through a writer's creative mind and sometimes I just need to take the time to slow down, absorb, and enjoy the ride. I was thumbing through the book and saw this sentence "An odor of frying wafts at the opening of the page, of onion in fact, onion being fried" and immediately upon reading the word wafts smelled onions even before getting to the end of the line. Now I'm hungry. *grin* Come along and join me in reading If on a winter's night a traveler. What are you reading this week? Link to week 28
  5. I came across an online reading program called Study Dog. Has anyone here had any experience with it or heard anything about it? Thanks in advance, Aimee
  6. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 28 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Christy Awards: Highlighting the Christy award winners and nominees. More books to add to your wishlist. Flavorwire highlights what they think is the 10 best works of 2013 so far - I've heard of some of the authors, haven't read any of the books and not so sure I'd want to. For those who read more non fiction than anything else, the best so far. NPR Summer Adventures lists 5 Thrilling reads, as well as romantic and non fiction. What are you reading this week? Link to week 27
  7. Been reading your thread about your 5th grader son. My son is just the same. Reads beyond grade level but teacher says comprehension is an issue. When he reads he skips words or looses place. I feel his comprehension suffers because of this. We checked his eyes, tracking is an issue. What therapy and exercises did you do with your son? Thanks.
  8. Been reading your thread about your 5th grader son. My son is just the same. Reads beyond grade level but teacher says comprehension is an issue. When he reads he skips words or looses place. I feel his comprehension suffers because of this. We checked his eyes, tracking is an issue. What therapy and exercises did you do with your son? Thanks.
  9. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 27 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Eurorail through Europe: Monday is July 1st and that means it's time to continue our travels across the continents. If you've been doing the continental, I hope you had a grand time traipsing through Africa and are ready to take a ferry from Morocco over to Spain where we will begin our trip through Europe. I'm going to splurge on a global Eurorail pass which will let me visit multiple countries. Perhaps I'll take a champagne tour through France, watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace, sleep in a historic castle in Ireland, explore the black forests of Germany, or hike up through the Swiss Alps. Currently in my backpack is Carlos Ruiz Zafon's The Midnight Palace, Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler, Frank Delaney's Ireland, and Matt Rees' Mozart's Last Aria. Check out the link Eurorail through Europe where I've highlighted a couple books from several countries to help get you started on your travels. How about taking a literary tour of Europe. Be sure to check out Adelante's program- Ireland's Nobel Literature or Literary Traveler's Le Belle Epoque in Paris. Or take a tour of libraries starting with the world's largest library, The National Library of Spain in Madrid, founded in 1712 by King Philip V. Be sure to check out Flavorwire's stunning photo's of Europe's Most Beautiful Libraries. What are you reading this week? Link to week 26
  10. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 26 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Highlighting #12 in SWB's list of great fiction from Well Educated Mind. Week 26 and we are halfway through the year. Yes it has gone way too fast but time flies when you are having fun. How are you doing so far? Right where you wanted to be, behind or ahead of your goal? Speaking of goals, I'm thinking of next year already. (yes, I know - you are saying stop that Robin or my head will explode) Since the Hive knows our book chats exist, I'm not going to do the grand announcement at the end of the year. We'll just quietly continue and those who have been :ph34r: ( I see you - yes I do) can join in at that time. Because we really now how to :party: What are you reading this week? Link to week 25 :cheers2:
  11. I began using AAR1 with my 5.5 dd last August, we are currently 3/4 of the way through AAR2 and I feel like my dd is not as advanced in reading as I think she should be. Am I just going too slowly or is the program slow? We have only covered the 'ee' vowel digraph and have yet to get to some consonant digraphs and silent letters. What has your experience been with the program? The other issue is what to do after AAR2 since AAR3 isn't due out until late 2013. I appreciate your input.
  12. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 25 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Ode to Fathers: Happy fathers day to all the dads out there. B&N - dynamic dads in fiction 10 ten dads in science fiction and fantasy The Best Dad of Fantasy Fiction - Mr. Weasley of course Flavorwire - 15 Books that would make great last minute Father's day gifts. What are you reading this week? Link to week 24
  13. Hi all, Does anyone know of a reading program that would be good for a right brained learner? I believe my son may be one and he is struggling with learning to read. I'm thinking that he needs something more visual. Possibly All About Reading? Anything else out there? Thanks in advance, rowan
  14. If you have used OPGTR all the way through, at what point would you start adding in spelling. And if you wanted to add in AAS, after which lesson would you start? It seems like they overlap in a lot of areas, so I think it would work well together, just wondering when is a good idea to start?
  15. My 6 year old son is a fantastic reader, reading at about a 4th grade level. He no longer has decoding issues and has fantastic comprehension and information retention. He loves little work books, unlike my older children, so I use them as a reward after the rest of his work (go figure). He was working in a 2nd grade reading comprehension workbook today. Every other passage asks him to infer based on the 2 paragraphs of information. He frequently struggles with these pages. Today, the story was about a girl in a purple dress and shoes, with a purple backpack, purple pencils and 6 purple crayons. He read the multiple choice question: What can you tell about "Sally?" a) her favorite color is purple, b ) she rides her bike to school, c)... He immediately said, "OH, mom, listen to this...she's wearing purple and her back pack is purple..." (he was in effect, telling me why he knew the answer) So he knew and circled the correct answer. However, the next question asked him "how do you know this?" and he absolutely could not put into words the reason he instantly knew the answer. It's obvious he CAN infer from his reading, but he is rarely able to answer WHY. He struggles with other "how do you know" questions too. Is this an indication that he's working beyond his abilities/development? Is it enough for him to read between the lines without being able to explain why? Is there any way that I can help him verbalize how he knows what he knows? This reminds me of the way I feel about "showing my work" in math, which he struggles with from time to time too. Should I put away these exercises, which he enjoys until they ask him why, until he is able to verbalize this skill?
  16. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 22 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. I'm leaving on a jet plane. La la la la la la la la! :seeya: If one of you early risers would please bump this on Sunday morning as I will be traveling home from Texas and won't be online, I would appreciate it. 52 Books Blog - Crime and Punishment: Highlighting # 11 in the great fiction list from SWB's Well Educated Mind. What are you reading this week? Link to week 21
  17. A few years ago someone had posted a reading lit that was set up by time period. It was the list that I worked from for historical reading but now that my computer has died and we got a new one I have been trying to find this list again and have yet to be successful. So does anyone remember a premade list of historical fiction and non fiction. Thanks!
  18. Happy Sunday, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 21 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Literary Birthdays: Highlighting birthdays of several authors this week including Lorraine Vivian Hansberry who wrote Raisin in the Sun, Honore De Balzac, Dante, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to name a few. Links may be found on the blog. Consider adding one or more of these authors to your reading wishlists. Check out five books celebrating Dante's The Divine Comedy's rich poetics. What are you reading this week? Link to week 20
  19. My littlest is finishing up her third grade year. She struggles with the reading process. She has really come a long way and improves every day just a bit, so I am grateful. She still has to sound out so many words that reading fluently is a problem for her. She isn't doing nearly the amout of backward reading and reversals that she was--just occassionally now she will still reverse "b" and "d" or "was" and "saw". She also does some of what I call lazy reading---"then" instead of "when" or "a" when the word is "the", or "there" instead of "where". She can go back and correct those things when she realizes the sentence makes no sense, but the whole process is so slow! Any suggestions for something I might use or do to help her fluency? I would guess that after this year, she is reading on about a 2nd grade level.
  20. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 20 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books blog - Happy Mother's Day: Since I became a mother, I've learned that a mother's love is unconditional (or should be) When my son was little, we used to read Lisa McCourt's I Love You Stinky Face and it's one book I never could get rid of. It's binding is taped together now because of how often we read it and to this day the sentiment in the story has stuck with us. Even though my son is now 13, he still ends the day with 'Mom, I love you no matter what.' A mother's day poem is on the blog - be sure to check it out. On PW they have a list of the 10 Worst Mothers in books. I am on the hunt for the ten best mothers in books. The first one I can think is Molly Weasley from Harry Potter. Who else? What are you reading this week? Link to week 19
  21. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 19 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Out of Africa: Hey, it's May! Are you ready to gad about Africa? I'm ready to sail across the south Atlantic ocean to Cape Town and wind my way up through the continent of Africa. It is the 2nd largest continent covering about 11.7 square million miles with 54 countries so lots of ground to cover. Currently in my backpack is Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart, Sena Jeter Naslund's Adam and Eve, and Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. Adichie has a wonderful speech, courtesy of Ted, talking about the Danger of a Single Story, which I've mentioned before, but if you haven't listened to it yet, now's the time. You'll definitely want to read one of her books, once you've heard her speak. If you go to the linkbar Out of Africa on the 52 books blog, you'll discover links to a variety of African authors. Check out the books list on Goodreadsand Ivor Hartmann's list of must read African Authors. And one of my new favorite sites, flavorwire, has a list of 10 Young African Writers You Should know. Also check out Lost in Books - Take Away Saturday posts on fiction and non fiction selections from South Africa, Egypt, Kenyaand Zimbabwe. What are you reading this week? Link to week 18
  22. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 18 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Bookish news: Jessica Soffer of Publisher Weekly's Ten Best Book Endings. No she doesn't give it away but leaves you with the urge to read the books. Speaking of endings, my favorite group murder mystery writers blog - Murderati - is coming to an end. The contributing authors, including old members who moved on, have spent the month of April reminiscing and saying goodbye. Be sure to drop by and wish them well on their future endeavors. Now I need to find a new favorite group blog. Authors who share their birthdays today: Lois Duncan Harper Lee Alistair MacLean Terry Pratchett Ian Rankin Violet Winspear Which reminds me that I have Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird in my stacks which *gasp* I've never read. Now would be a perfect time, don't you think? Which classic have you had in your stacks forever but just haven't gotten around to reading it yet? What are you reading this week? Link to week 17
  23. I'm looking for some advice on how to help my 10-year-old son with his reading. Let me preface this by saying he has two older sisters who are fluent readers. We took the "delayed academics" approach. I did phonics with them a few minutes a day starting at age 6, but didn't push. My older daughter became a fluent reader at age 8. She went from what would probably be considered below grade level to well above grade level in a few months. The same thing happened with my second daughter at age 9. My son is 10 and is still struggling. Toward the end of last year I decided to spend much more time working on his reading and spelling skills. He is required to read to an adult for about 20 minutes every day (alternating paragraphs with the adult). He is required to read to himself for 15 minutes. I've just finished working through the B1 level of ABeCeDarian with him. He does Zane Bloser handwriting (has been doing that since 1st grade). His handwriting is okay, but not great. He does copywork a couple of times a week (actually more like once a week, but the goal is twice a week). He is using Sequential Spelling, Sentence Island, and Practice Island every day. He progresses at what seems like a "normal" pace with the programs but this doesn't seem to be transferring to his regular reading. He often reverses B's and D's. He often confuses short, simple words: reads "a" for "the" or "for" instead of "from". He'll read a word correctly in one sentence and struggle with it in the next. He often has to be reminded to sound out a word and not guess. He often has an easier time with longer words (3 or more syllables) than with the shorter, simpler words. Reading is hard work for him. It takes time and concentrated effort. On the positve side, he comprends what he reads. Math concepts come easily to him. He is bright and has a great memory for science and other topics that interest him. He is inquisitive, very verbal and has started typing out a very interesting original story. What can we do to help him become a fluent reader? Do any of you have children who have struggled in a similar way? Are there particular programs or curriculums you can recommend? Are there online tests that might help us identify the issues that are holding him back. Money is tight and I would rather not take him to a specialist, but I will if that is what we need to do.
  24. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 17 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome back to all our readers, to all those who are 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 below in my signature. 52 Books Blog - Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary: Highlighting book # 10 in SWB's list of great fiction in Well Educated Mind. Madame Bovary was Gustave's first published novel which he began writing in 1851 and worked on it for 5 years before having it published in the Paris Review in serialized form. The content was considered shocking and vulgar and Gustave, the publisher and the printer were put on trial for insulting public and religious morality. He was cleared due to the support from folks in both the political and artistic arena and the book soon became a bestseller. The story about Emma Bovary, an unhappily married woman, who indulges in a number of forbidden relationships in order to escape the emptiness of provincial life. Gustave is said to have been strongly inspired and influenced by French novelist Honore De Balzac’s writings. Click over to 52 books to read an excerpt from the first chapter. 1Q84 Readalong - are you still plugging away? What do you think so far? Judge a book by Cover - The Boy From Reactor 4 received the most votes and the other three books all tied for 2nd so... I'll probably end up reading all of them and for now they are on my wishlist. My best guess about The Boy before I go online and buy the book that it is a dystopian novel, has something to do with a nuclear power plant, and the boy is on the run from someone or something. Is that vague enough or what? What are you reading this week? Link to week 16
  25. We pulled our 3rd grade DD out of public school this school year (in October). In many ways, we're still trying to figure out what works best for us, and I can't for the life of me decide on what to use for LA next year! I'll have two 1st graders and a 3rd grader. So, for Grammar this year (3rd grade), we've used Abeka Language and a little bit of FLL 3. Abeka came highly recommended to me, and I figured we would continue it next year, but now I'm not so sure. I go over things with my DD, but many pages seem like "too much" for her in independent work (she gets a lot wrong on some pages). I'm wondering if grammar needs to be something that I do WITH her the whole time? I was wanting something more independent, though, as I'll also be working with two in 1st grade next year. My DD and language: She HATES writing! Says she "likes" Abeka Language, but some pages are "too hard." We haven't done much of the writing in Abeka. Instead, we've done narrations/copywork for history (SOTW) and a little science. We're just now trying a bit of WWE2. We're using Spelling Workout, which seems to be okay, but she's not a great speller (we're in book C). As far as writing, I'm intrigued by what I hear of IEW, but our budget is pretty tight. When using the WWE books, is other writing instruction necessary? Or is that enough for writing? It seems more like reading comprehension exercises? I've looked at MCT, which seems expensive. My DD doesn't LOVE language, so I'm not sure if that would be a good fit. Or does it help to instill a love of language? If I did try that out, is it very teacher intensive? What particular books (Island) would I need to get? I hear a lot of good things about R&S, but it looks a bit boring to me? Does MCT do diagramming? Or should I maybe just do FLL3 next year, since I already have that? I don't want to overload my DDs with "workbook" stuff, but I can't seem to figure out a good combo of curriculum. Sorry for the randomness and confusion of this post. I'm confused! Ha ha! I just want to figure out what LA would be best for a child who doesn't get super excited about language, and has trouble being motivated to "do her work." She's not real big on reading yet, either, but there's improvement as we continue to work on that. At this point, some of school seems too mundane and boring for her, although I'm trying to make it fun. :) What has worked well for your kiddos who may not be very excited about language? Oh, she DOES love to learn poems, although we haven't done a lot of that yet.
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