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  1. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 2 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. 52 Books Blog - Audible Atwood: Since we are starting out the new year with traveling through Canada, I thought we'd take along an audiobook or two or three. Who better to start with than Margaret Atwood. She is most well known for the dystopian story, The Handmaid's Tale, which I read eons and eons ago. I'm trying to decide which one of her other stories I should try now. Before you turn up your nose at audiobooks, you have to know that I haven't always liked them either. Up until last year, I had great difficulties even listening to one. My problem is voices. If I find a voice annoying, then forget it. So I have to listen to all the samples, make sure I like the narrator. Then I discovered I have a preference for female narrators versus male. The ladies just seem to do a better job of male voices. The males end up sound like those performers in those off broadway female impersonator shows and throw me completely out of the story. Just think Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar and you'll understand. And yes, I'll admit I watched the movie (a couple times) which is just a fascinating train wreck. (if you are easily offended by anything including cross dressing men then don't look at the clip) Publisher Weekly's Best New Books for the week of Jan 7,2013 Retelling of Alice in Wonderland - conversation with A.G. Howard: in her modern day retelling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, A.G. Howard puts a gothic spin on the beloved classic, and sends sixteen-year-old Alyssa back through the looking glass to correct the wrongs of her great-great-great grandmother Alice. What are you reading this week? Link to week one
  2. Celebrating our 5th year of reading 52 books in 52 weeks. Yes, we are set to do it all over again in 2013! If you didn't join in last year, now's your chance. Since this is our 5th year, we will have a 5/5/5 challenge. Read 5 books in 5 Categories and/or 5 Genres. I have several mini challenges to make it fun and help readers reach their goal. All things C.S. Lewis Chunky and/or Dusty Books, Canadian Reads and readalong (under construction) Inspiration reading project, as well as continuing with the A - Z by title and author, Well Educated Mind and Mind Voyages. The rules are very simple - The goal is to read one book (at least) a week for 52 weeks: The challenge will run from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013. Our book weeks begin on Sunday. Participants may join at any time. All books are acceptable except children books. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2013. Books may overlap other challenges. I'm participating Mr. Linky is up on the 52 Books Blog Link your reviews on the blog Participate here and/or on the Blog
  3. Someone on the General Ed board asked the question,"Has the iPad revolutionized anything (or everything) about your homeschool?" I posted this response which I had been meaning to post on this board for awhile just in case someone might find it helpful. It has become indispensable for my dd (4th grade) who has a reading (and spelling) disability! Her level of independence has increased substantially and has allowed her to work on grade level. It has given me 2 hours of my day back! The best approach I have found to help her is to try to separate the necessary skills required for a task and use the iPad to simplify the task. So for example, if she is working on Vocabulary, I try to eliminate the actual reading and have her rely on her auditory skills which are very strong. If she is working on composition, we try to eliminate having to spell. We isolate spelling and work on that for a minimum of 40 min daily. We also isolate reading. She listens (and reads along) with Story of the World. I don't what we would do without it at this point! Siri is her new best friend. There are other voices in each app, but she has figured out how to get Siri to read everything to her. If she needs help spelling a word, she can speak it and Siri will spell it for her. I am still looking for a dictionary app that works like a Franklin Speller. I import her WWE assignments into Speak It and it will read it to her. She does her narration by dictating it on the Notes app (to help with her spelling) and then copies it. We take a photo of anything on a page that she needs to read (for example the last assignment of every Wordly Wise lesson is a lengthy excerpt which she needs to read) and the Prizmo app will scan it and then read it aloud to her. Wordly Wise also has an audio file to introduce the vocab for each lesson online. I downloaded them all and put them in itunes. She will listen to it multiple times (and read along) in the course of each weekly lesson. Her visual memory is very compromised and she practices spelling high frequency words daily on Spelling City. One of the best purchases we have made (other than the iPad itself) is a membership to Learning Ally. She listens to books read aloud and we are working on building on her reading fluency by having her read while she listens. With the Learning Ally app, we can slow down the speech if she is working on reading fluency or speed it up past normal speech when we are working on auditory skills. Story of the World is available on Learning Ally. So far anything I have wanted is there. She had exhausted all of the options at our local library. This is a much cheaper option over purchasing audio books. We also useAudiobooks. Quizlet has also relieved some of her dependence on me. We also use GoodReader and Dropbox extensively for our pdfs. Eventually, I plan to train her to use it for notetaking and I have looked at AudioNote. I am working on organization skills with her and we put her assignments in the Reminder app. For fun she is enjoying Stack the States. Khan Academy has been great for my jr high and high school students.
  4. Good morning, merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy Holidays or just happy day to each and everyone of you. It's week 52 and time to wrap it up for the year. It's been an absolutely delightful reading year and I appreciate every one of you. Yes, you have until the 31st to finish up your reads so no worries and no rush. Mr. Linky is up on the 52 Books blog to link to your reviews and year end wrap ups. 52 Books Blog - Year End Wrap up: While we are wrapping up the year, some of us will also probably be unwrapping books (me..me...me... )left so enticingly under the Christmas tree. Or using gift certificates to search out wonderful end of the year deals. I'm sure all of your wishlists have grown quite long during the year. Talk about what you are reading this week or tell us all about your reading year. 1) How many books did you read this year? 2) Did you meet or beat your own personal goal? 3) Favorite book of 2012? Yes, you can list more than one and even break it down by genre if you choose. 4) Least favorite book of 2012 and why? 5) One book you thought you'd never read and was pleasantly surprised you like it? 6) One book you thought you'd love but didn't? 7) One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance. 8) Any new to you authors discovered and you can't wait to read more of their stories? 9) Name the longest book you read? Shortest? 10) Name the most unputdownable book you read? 11) Book that had the greatest impact on you this year? 12) What book would you recommend everybody read? 13) Share your most favorite cover(s) 14) Do you have a character you fell in love with? 15) What was your most favorite part of the challenge? Did you do any of the mini challenges? 16) What are your goals for the new year? To read more non fiction? To dip your toes into a mystery or a urban fantasy or horror or romance? What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2013? Congratulations and thank you to everyone for joining in. No matter how many books you finished this year, the important thing is that you read and that makes you a winner in my eyes. Reading to me is as necessary as breathing. And reading is also like drinking a fine wine or enjoying a beer with your friends. Whether you sip and savor or drink it down, the joy is in the experience. I'm glad to have shared the experience with all of you. I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone's reading year and to more fun in the coming new year. Link to week 51
  5. I had signed up for ReadingTeacher.com to have access to the I See Sam books, but only 4 were printable from that site. Then I received an email saying that as of January 1 the site would be suscriptions based. So, I went looking around and found readinglessons.com. It took some effort, but I was able to find all of the I See Sam books available for download from this site. I had to register (free) and then go through the various lessons tabs, select the "resources" for that lesson and then right click each resource I wanted to download. But at least I can now have the full set of books plus some additional phonics resources. Here's the main link: http://readinglessons.com/
  6. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 51 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. 52 Books Blog - Pride and Prejudice: Happy birthday Jane Austen. To all those who haven't read P & P yet, now would be a good time. I'll haven't yet **gasp** so please join me this week in reading it or another one of her books this week. I know we're all planning for next year but now is the time to start thinking about which books this year were your favorites, not so favorite, new author or genre discoveries,or a subject you never thought you'd read about for our wrap up next week. I'll post the official unofficial list of questions next Sunday. And for a bit of lighthearted enjoyment - I posted Lewis Carrol's Poem Hunting of the Snark. What are you reading this week? Link to week 50
  7. Good Morning, dolls! Today is the start of week 50 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. 52 Books Blog - Oh Canada: Highlighting the The Canada Council for the Arts 2012 Governor General's Literary Awards plus a look back at Yann Martel's What is Stephen Harper reading project. Publisher Weekly: Best New Books for the Week of December 10, 2012 and 10 Best Christmas Romance novels by romance novelist Anne Browning Walker. Three of my favorite authors are on the list - Robyn Carr's Bring Me Home For Christmas (Virgin River series) Debbie Macomber's Angels at the Table (not your typical angels but I loved them) and J.D. Robb's (aka Nora Roberts). Holiday in Death (in death series) which I think is a strange choice for a Christmas novel but I loved it all the same. Goodreads 2012 Choice Awards highlighting the best books of the year will have you adding to your wishlists. :) What are you reading this week? Link to week 49
  8. My son can read the sentences in the explode the code book 1 work pages and can read individual words, but starts stumbling around, sounding out the wrong vowel and consonant sounds when we try to read a book (even bob books). Is that a tracking problem? Or is he just overwhelmed and uninterested? Stuff like this really makes me think I am in no way qualified to teach him :(
  9. Good Morning, dolls! Welcome to our new corner of the forum. So happy to see all my book friends who have decided to stick through all the changes. Relax and have a cup of earl grey tea, or coffee if you prefer, while we talk about books. Today is the start of week 49 in our quest to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Welcome 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. 52 Books Blog - Plans for 2013: Yes, we're talking about 2013 since we only have 4 weeks left in the year. We will be continuing with the Well Educated Mind and Mind Voyages perpetual challenges and possibly the A to Z since I've been hearing some requests for it. New this year will be the Dusty Books (read your own books) and Chunkster challenge (books over 500 pages long). Also Read a Canadian Author challenge and I'm thinking we should choose one book for a readalong. And like this year, there will be mini weekly challenges that pop up here and there such as read a russian book (but we choose different countries), choose a book by the title, the name of a color in the title, compare a book with the movie, etc. I'm personally going to do a Non Fiction Reading Project and read one a month. If you all want to join me in that, we'll add it to the linkbar on the blog and you can choose a specific number or leave it up to chance. Here is the list we've come up with so far for Canadian authors. All the links lead to bios and books Saul Bellows - Humboldt's Gift Pierre Berton - Klondike Ernest Buckler - The Mountain and the Valley Robertson Davies - The Deptford Trilogy or The Salterton Trilogy Patrick deWitt - Sisters Brothers William Gibson - inventor of cyberpunk and speculative fiction, dual citizenship (Canadian/US) W.P. Kinsella - Shoeless Joe (made into the movie Field of Dreams) Yann Martel - Life of Pi Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables series Farley Mowat - Never Cry Wolf by (non-fiction Alice Munro - tons of short story collections Michael O’Brien – Island of the World Michael Ondaatje - The English Patient Sinclair Ross - As for Me and My House Carol Shields - The Stone Diaries Thomas Wharton - Salamander by (historical fantasy, books/printing) I've already downloaded Neuromancer by William Gibson's books. :) So? What are you reading this week? Link to week 48
  10. I just finished posting on my blog about how OPGTR compares to the "old" version of HOP, K-2nd grade (yellow, orange, red, green, and blue,) including a chart that has every corresponding OPG lesson for each HOP lesson. But my information is outdated. I know there is a "new" version of HOP, and I was wondering how they compare? Has anyone bought/looked through and can tell me if they're the same with different packaging and labels, or are they significantly different? I know that the "new" version comes with DVDs. I'm looking more for what they are teaching at what level, and if the format is the same give-a-sound-then-the-words-that-use-it or if they're actually give the rules/reasons. Even if you have only the new version, would you mind taking a few minutes to look at the post and see how it compares to what you're using? Thank you in advance!
  11. 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 :)
  12. I have been stressing a lot over ds's struggles in learning to read (and posted about it a few times). In the last few weeks I have been reading Overcoming Dyslexia and scouring the internet to learn more about reading problems and how I can help him. We are nearly halfway through our school year and he is still on CVC words, although he wants to be able to read "bigger words". Then after 2 weeks off due to sickness and my mom visiting for Thanksgiving, we started school this week. I started with a K reading assessment that a ps K teacher friend gave me (it's what she gives to her students). He did pretty well on the assessment. I also had him reading a bit from some Bob Books. He did really well (not perfect, but much better). Today we did a lesson in OPGTTR and he again did much better than he had been doing. So now I don't know what to do! He is improving, but still has to sound out a lot of words. I'm not sure how he will do when I introduce blends, especially since he has a speech delay. He can't make most of the blend sounds yet. Do I just keep going and hope he continues to "get it?" or do I look for some type of intervention program?
  13. Good Morning, good afternoon or good evening depending on where you are. Today is the start of week 46 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. 52 Books Blog - Neil Gaiman: Happy Birthday to Neil. Read one of his books in his honor this month. PW Best New Books for the Week of November 12th What are you reading this week? Link to week 45
  14. Good Morning, my pretties! Today is the start of week 45 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. 52 books Blog - Thomas Wharton: highlighting a new to me author. Publisher Weekly column: The 13 Worst Review of Classic Books Publisher Weekly Blog: PW is about to come out with their 2012 Best books list. Editors talk about their picks for the best books (so far) What are you reading this week? Link to week 44
  15. Good Morning, my lovelies! Today is the start of week 44 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. 52 books blog - National Novel Writing Month: November is National Novel Writing Month and highlighted a few writing books including The Writer's Journey, Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler which is based on psychological writings by Carl Jung and the myth making philosophy of Joseph Campbell. Be sure to check out Publisher's Weekly Best New Books for the Week of October 29th which includes James Scott Card's Ruins, Jacqueline Kelley's Return to the Willows (imaginative sequel to Wind in the Willows) and Black Flower by Korean novelist Young-ha Kim. What are you reading this week? Link to week 43
  16. Good Morning, my lovelies! Today is the start of week 43 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. 52 Books blog - Authors birthdays: Another round of author birthdays this week include Ursula Le Guin, Jim Butcher, Debbie Macomber and Michael Crichton. Publisher Weeklys Best New books for the Week of October 21st includes a modern translation of the Japanese Tales from the Heike and the first book in a new Lemony Snicket series Who Could That Be At This Hour. Check out PW's Q & A with Snicket's rep Daniel about his latest series. What are you reading this week? Link to week 42
  17. I don't usually hang out here on the special needs board, but I have heard that those who do are so very helpful. My ds has a speech delay and has been in speech therapy since he was 3yo. He has a lot of trouble with articulation and especially with putting ending sounds on words. He is in K this year and learning (slowly) to read. We are 1/3 of the way through the school year and still struggling with CVC words. He often will do things like sound out a word, then say it with a different ending. For example he will sound out the word "rug", then say "run". Other times he seems to just guess the word based on the first letter. The way he reads sounds so much like the way he talks that I have to believe there is some correlation. I am wondering if any of you have had similar experiences and could suggest ways to help him. I would also love to read some research about why these 2 problems are related. Thank you!
  18. Good Morning, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 42 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. 52 Books Blog - Gulliver's Travels: Highlighting the 3rd book in SWB's Well Educated Mind. The gal I mentioned last week, Cherry Adair, her self published e-book Ice Cold is available this weekend for a special price of $5.59. Have no idea what she's going to charge after this so if you are interested, get it now at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A Chinese writer whose books were banned in China has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature - Mo Yan. He may be one to add to your wishlists. According to the Nobel committee: What are you reading this week? Link to week 41
  19. Good Morning, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 41 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. 52 Books blog - Hot Ice by Cherry Adair: One of my favorite romantic suspense authors has a new book in her T-Flac series coming out on October 15. She's self publishing in ebook on this particular one instead of going through her publisher. It will actually be up on Amazon and all online etailers on the 15th. Publisher Weekly has some interesting books this week listed in their Best New books for the week of October 8th. What are you reading this week? Link to week 40
  20. 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.
  21. Good Morning, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 40 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. 52 Books Blog - Banned Book Week: 30th anniversary of ALA's celebration of freedom to read. Bill Moyer and his wife are co-chairs this year. Check out his video discussing about banned books at www.bannedbooksweek.org. Links to ALA and classically challenged books on the blog. October is scary reads month: time to get spooky. wahahahahahaha! Did you hear about Life of Pi movie coming out on Nov 21st. Check out the trailer. Looks good. What are you reading this week? Link to week 39
  22. Good Morning, dear hearts! Today is the start of week 39 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. 52 Books Blog - Happy Autumn: Highlighted 3 books that have autumn in the title. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, find a book that have autumn or for you more experienced missionites, one that has fall in the title. The fall task will be more time consuming as there are so many choices. :001_smile: Are you ready for October's Scary Reads month? Have you decided what spooktacular book you are going to read? Did you vote in Stacia's Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves poll? Well!:tongue_smilie: What are you reading this glorious fall morning? Link to week 38
  23. Good Morning, my lovelies! Today is the start of week 38 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. 52 Books Blog - John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress: Highlighting the 2nd book on SWB's fiction list in Well Educated Mind along with an excerpt. My challenge to you is to read The Pilgrim's Progress at least once at some point in your life. I'm not quite ready to pose a readalong because it is just one of those books that you have to read when it is the right time. It's one of those books I have to digest a few pages at a time, otherwise my brain will explode. LOL! October is scary reads month. I've already read Frankenstein and Dracula so help me come up with a list of scary reads and we'll pick one (or two) to read for a spooktacular October. Doesn't necessarily have to be horror, but can be scary, spooky, chilling, psychological thrillers type of stories. What I currently have on the shelves: Bram Stoker's Snakes Pass Dean Koontz Odd Thomas T.L. Hines The Dead Whisper On Dan Simmons The Hollow Man Ted Dekker's The Priest's Graveyard
  24. Good Morning, my lovelies! Today is the start of week 37 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. 52 Books Blog- Harper Collins publishing has established a new imprint called Bourbon Street Books highlighting mysteries, crime and thrillers. Looks like they are concentrating on british fiction. They will be reissuing Dorothy Sayer's Peter Wimsey's with Harriet Vane series including Strong Poison among others. Speaking of mysteries, check out the article by Otto Penzler on Publisher Weekly: Why the best mysteries are written in English Who decided to jump in and read Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude with me and Stacia? I will not fall into the slough of despond. You'll earn extra bonus points for persevering. *grin* What are you reading this week? Link to week 36
  25. Good Morning, my lovelies! Today is the start of week 36 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. 52 Books Blog - Back to school: I've discovered K12's Human Odyssey and liked it so much decided to use it for 7th grade history spine. Also ordered the 2nd book in the series which will have in my hot little hands next week ;) Immersing myself in history with SWB's History of the Medieval World. Although I really should finish History of the Ancient World first. *grin* What is your favorite period of history to study and what history book have you enjoyed reading? Publisher Weekly's Best New Books list for September 3 is very interesting and eclectic. Blogger friend is hosting Stephen King Dark Tower Readalong which runs from September 2012 through July 2013. The very first book I read when bought my nook was Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger. Have the 2nd book in my tbr list so... Who wants to join me. What are you reading this week? Link to week 35
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