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  1. If you had to pick JUST 3 books (literature) a year to purchase and read with a child, and that is IT, other than the Bible, what 3 books would you pick, for each grade Preschool through grade 8? Links to particular editions would be helpful, if you have favorites? You could look at this as a family stranded on an island with NO outside resources. Or you could look at this as what mom TAUGHT and the children can then read widely on their own. Or any other scenario you choose. But I'd like to see people's lists of just 3 pieces of quality literature per year. non multa, sed multum Plinius Not many, but much. (Meaning, not quantity but quality.)
  2. I have been listening to Andrew Kern of Circe Institute speak at our homeschool conference for several years, and it is beginning to sink in. I am reconsidering everything I know about educating my children. I truly am at a loss. I have no idea where to begin, as far as curriculum is concerned. I beg of you, throw me a bone...where do I begin? If I want my children to love learning, become human, and above all other things, love the Lord, what in the world am I supposed to be teaching and how?
  3. DD needs more audiobooks. What are your Librivox favourites? She has listened to/read all of Narnia (not that it's available on Librivox, just an example of what she likes). :bigear:
  4. My older DD9 has requested more books like Half Magic - where normal, everyday children experience/do magic (and not of the go to a magical land variety). I've got lots of fantasy on our bookshelf but it seems few of normal everyday kids - many of the books about magic are set in another world, going to another land, talking/magical animals or fairies/magical creatures. DD9 is a struggling reader so I would love to find at least some books easier than Half Magic (which I read aloud to her) and I'd be happy to hear about harder picture books too. Here's what I've found so far that appears to fit (*can read herself) Magic Finger by Dahl* the rest of the Half-Magic series of course Five Children and It Castle in the Attic So You want to be a Wizard (although I'd rather wait on this one) Harry Potter (we did this one as a read aloud on her request- started good but she got bored midway and asked to stop - after he went off to magic school ) questionable: Imp that Ate My Homework* (haven't actually read this but appears more about the imp?) No Flying in the House* ( since it turns out she's part fairy at the end) Spiderwick Chronicles* (not really about magic as much as magical creatures) The Lightening Thief (since he is part God) Also, here's some she's read and enjoyed but says are not quite the right idea - Magic Treehouse Katie Kazoo Flat Stanley ETA read alouds that also aren't quite right My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis Any suggestions?
  5. Hello! I am looking for a thorough literature curriculum for my 4th grader. She enjoys reading Dr. Dolittle and other classic children's literature. Has anyone discovered a great resource for literature that involves some discussion/comprehension questions for elementary students? Most of what I've seen is geared for high school students. Thanks!
  6. I love reading to my sons more than anything on earth. Every now and then, I stumble upon a kids book that just knocks my socks off. I'm talking HEART STOPPING good. Like I need to DROP EVERYTHING and READ THIS OVER AND OVER good. At the very top, top, tippy-top of our list is: Rebecca Caudill and Evaline Ness' "A Pocket full of Cricket" Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" Ezra Jack Keats' "Pet Show" What are your top three? Happy Reading! C
  7. I have just spent the last 20 minutes researching exactly how much it would cost to order three books for my son from Australia. (Answer: too much.) The problem is that he's been tearing through that Ranger's Apprentice series. He absolutely loves them, spent his own money to get the fourth one in hardcover because he couldn't wait for paperback or the library, spends hours each week crafting garb and weapons and accessories . . . So far, seven books have been published in Australia, but only the first four have made it to the U.S. And, since I just can't justify $83 plus shipping to get him three books that he'll read in less than a week, this means he's just about out of fun reading material. Again. Just to give you a sense of his taste, things he's especially enjoyed in the last few months include: - Percy Jackson - Keys to the Kingdom - Seventh Tower - David Rain's Dragons He's already read a bunch of the other series that are popular with boys: Harry Potter, Guardians of Ga'hoole, Demon in the Teahouse and sequels, Tom Swift, My Teacher Is an Alien, Narnia, Peter and the Starcatchers, Squire's Tale, Coville's Magic Shop books, etc. And we've ruled out (either because he has no interest or because I don't approve) Redwall, Artemis Fowl, Series of Unfortunate Events, Warriors . . . probably more but that's all I can think of right now.3 He's 10, but doesn't seem to have a problem with comprehension at any level. He does, however, dislike books with print that is small or cramped. Obviously, his favorites are boy-centered books with magic and adventure. I would prefer that they not be too violent or graphic, although I've had to loosen my standards a bit lately because I just can't keep up. So, any ideas of things to look for on our next library or bookstore trip?
  8. This is minor in the grand scheme of things, of course, but...Isn't it sad when classic children's books are republished with different illustrations/covers than the original? Is the assumption that the "old" pictures are too dated and won't attract today's children? Example: Lois Lenski's renderings of Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are what belong on the cover of the books. Not a cutesy substitute by a less-talented, more "contemporary" artist. Yes, book covers matter to me. Odd as it may be, there are times when I decide against a book purchase because I'm annoyed by the cover. I love Penguin Classics for that very reason; the chosen cover prints are usually appropriate and tasteful. Although, in order to have the excellent Pevear/Volokhonsky translation of Anna Karenina I broke down and accepted the ridiculous close-up photo of a woman's bare knees.:001_rolleyes:
  9. Am I the only one out there who really didn't like this book? I picked it up to pre-read because I was thinking of reading it to my boys but what a major disappointment. The themes were disturbing, to say the least: rejection by family leading to banishment and probable death, physical abuse which leads to physical deformity, murderous plots. A little bravery at the end just couldn't save this book for me. I see that it won the Newberry Award but I just didn't get it. I also didn't realize that it was being made into a major motion picture but I would be very curious to see how they "change" the plot so it's more mainstream. I think I'll be skipping that as well.
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