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  1. Hi Guys Trying to get a handle on what my daughter reads: the books with the Animals with the Big Eyes make alot of appearances at my house. I know reading should be a bit hard so that you have to stretch and guess the meanings of words to expand your vocab, and I get that my daughter likes to relax with downtime, but there would have to be some really rollicking good fun books that are pitched just a bit harder than her comfort level?(so she would be drawn along by the story and improve her vocab along the way) The book,by Elizabeth Wilson, seems a bit dated and slanted to American? HIstory. I live a bit remote out here in rural Australia and could possibly order some from my local bookstore, but Im after maybe an easily accessible list of books, that have stood the test of time. For a ten year old girl. Any suggestions welcome, thanks so much barb
  2. Hello all, I'm finally at that point in the year when I start to panic about record keeping and getting my course descriptions, transcripts, etc. up to date and in place. As a result I've been reading about homeschool record keeping and have a question for the hive...how do you handle book lists? Several places I've read that high school students should keep a list of all books read, both for class and for fun. So how does one go about this in terms of ultimately including it with a college application. Would they be listed in their own document? Are they part of a course description? How do you handle books where you are reading a selection from the book and not the whole book? How do you handle avid readers of a periodical-not the hollywood gossip magazines but a more scholarly journal? I'm feeling a bit lost on how I would use this information but I know we need to stay on top of it (if it is necessary) because creating it at the end of 3 or 4 years would be insane and painful. Thanks!
  3. We used Sonlight's Readers list and guide this year and it was not highly successful. He liked all the books that weren't too girly. I switched out a few of the books for that reason. We have a few more to finish over the summer. I want him to read everything I see, which isn't realistic. I need suggestions to help narrow it down. We will be studying the Middle Ages mostly this year, so historical fiction books around that time period would be great. (and I'm getting ready to look at WTM list to see what I can get from that... Wishing I didn't have that on my Kindle. It's too hard to flip to where I need to go!!!)
  4. I am so at a loss. Researching. Looking at samples. Researching more. I even went to the homeschool bookstore in Michigan while here visiting family and looked at different curriculum in person. I don't know what to do. After learning to read we don't do a "reading curriculum" for a while. Dd is ready for more now though. What do I mean by more? I don't know. She is ready for deeper understanding of what she reads. Does that make sense? I had decided to do lit guides with books but I can't find any good non fluff guides. She will be doing ancients and biology. I want her lit to correlate with that and a good list of classics but more than just reading them. (have I said that yet? :lol:) I just don't know what I want. I want something like Excellene in Lit for logic stage kids that follows history and science schedules plus good books. So, what do I want for dd? She tested at a lexile reading level of 969 2 months ago. Looking at this chart that is anywhere from 5th grade though high school (how do you make sense of these charts with such a big range?) So. Tell me what to use :D
  5. 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!
  6. I love the idea of supplementing curriculum with lots of library books. What are your favorite reading lists? It can be online lists, books, catalogs, whatever. Here are some that I really like to get the ball rolling: http://livingmath.net/ReadersbyConcept/tabid/268/Default.aspx http://www.pennygardner.com/sciencebks.html http://www.classical-homeschooling.org/celoop/1000.html http://amblesideonline.org/curriculum.shtml#years Here are some books with great reading lists: The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease Read for the Heart: Whole Books for the Wholehearted Family by Sarah Clarkson Catalogs with great books: Sonlight Veritas Press Winter Promise So, what are some of your favorites?
  7. My dc are getting a little bit old for read-alouds, but we had such good times when they were younger! Our top 2 faves: Charlotte's Web Animal Farm
  8. Reading magazines and books often suggests other books to read. I can put those books in my shopping list on Amazon, but I wish there were a site that let me make notes on books, describing where I heard about a book and/or why I'd like to read it (or have my children read it). Ideally the book site would let members share their current reading lists and comments with others (if they so chose). Is there already such a site?
  9. I'm not sure what to give my nine-year-old. He picks up any new fantasy series that comes out, and reads popular non-fiction as well as magazines like Science News, Mac World and National Geographic. He went through a children's classics stage before the fantasy series stage and was pretty bored when he tried revisiting them, so anything like Mark Twain, H.G. Wells or Robert Louis Stevenson is off the table. He reads the news, and historical fiction, too. I'm not sure I'm ready to give him, before age twelve or thirteen, the scifi of my adolescence. It seems like I'd have to pre-read every single book intended for the grown-up market in order to know what is appropriate. I want the protagonists to not be evil, any sexual behavior to be in the context of love, and no sadism. Oh, and we're not Christian. He likes the Trailblazer series (missionary work), but I'm drawing a line that excludes Henty and Ballantyne (and anything else that's misogynist). Is there a website somewhere for parents of children who have read everything already? I did try looking, but the first list I found had A Clockwork Orange on it. *runs screaming in the other direction* Help! What does my kid read now?
  10. Does anyone know where you can get a reading list for gifted kids? My 9 yr old has tested at a reading level of 11.4 grade. Obviously, the content of a book this age might not be appropriate. She is quite sensitive too! Anyone know where I could find book lists for her reading level? Or books that would be appropriate? Thanks so much!
  11. dd really likes Junie B. and Rainbow Fairies. I'm thrilled she's reading on her own. Really. But, I'd like to find some.... Different :) series to introduce her to. She has no interest in Boxcar Children. She also loves the Little House series, but still balks at attempting books that big. Definitely a girly girl. Doesn't like Magic Treehouse. I don't mind if she keeps reading Junie or the Rainbow series, but I'd like them to be mixed in with something a little less ....twaddly.
  12. What are the best versions of Robin Hood and King Arthur to read aloud to 2nd and 4th graders? Also, at what reading level would you place Saint George & the Dragon? Would my 4th grader be too old to read (and enjoy) this independently? A Book in Time places it at an upper elementary level, Amazon says ages 4-8... Any other good Middle Ages books for a strong reader (the 4th grader-to-be)? I am working on an individual reading list for him... or at least gathering ideas for one...
  13. Please tell me what is on your 9th graders reading list. Also, I am looking for time period books for early American history ie: colonial days, revolutionary war and any must read biographies.
  14. My son, who is seven, is an accelerated reader. He read The Hobbit with me at five... reading level was fine, but the print was small and we were working on building stamina. But now I am having a hard time finding books that he truly LOVES. I'll give you some examples: He loved (and read alone): Dangerous Journey Grettir the Strong by Allen French Harry Potter (I had to cut him off after the first four though because of nightmares.) Robin Hood; Green Chronicles of Narnia (He likes his books violent. Out of this list Grettir is probably his favorite.) ETA: I just went up to turn out their light and he was reading The Story of Peter Rabbit. I forgot to mention that he is a huge Beatrix Potter fan He has HATED and refused to finish: The Door in the Wall Any fairy tale involving heroes that fall in love and do dumb things like Lancelot and Guinevere. Pretty much any modern fiction. He will not pick up a chapter book on his own at this point, though he was reading Magic Tree House type stuff at 5 years old. Since then, he will read for school, but I'm having a hard time getting him really "into" reading, except for comic books: Tin Tin, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, etc... Now I remember my oldest going through this at a point, but then he got into the Hank the Cowdog books and has not looked back. I think that on some level, the seven-year-old doesn't like it that his older brother has already read all the books at our house and he feels like he can never accomplish anything first, you know? He is EXTREMELY competitive. So... any suggestions? Books or otherwise?
  15. I came on here a month ago and asked for book suggestions for a just turned 5yo who was reading at about a 2-3rd grade level. You were all so helpful!!! I am hoping you can help again as she is continuing to zoom forward with her reading abilities and now is claiming everything is too easy again. I am guessing she is closer to a 4-5th grade level now. I had her read the Cynthia Rylant Books, Magic Tree House books, the stepping stones series, and the Fairy Books (Disco fairy etc) and she liked them for a while but now says they are too easy and can finish one in about 1 hour or so. I have her tell me the story afterword and she is really reading them. Anyway she is asking for something more challenging, but I need something that is age appropriate as well. Like I said she is just 5. I am having a really hard time with this balance. She likes fairies, a little bit of mystery (kid style....like the missing shoe type), animals, science and history. She is scared easily and gets overwhelmed with disturbing ideas as she is very thoughtful. I prefer things that are not too twaddly as well... (and we are Christian as well, so tend to be a little bit conservative on somethings) Any ideas???
  16. Here's a request from my husband, who is putting together his book list for a children's literature course taught to college students, primarily future teachers, focusing on middle school readers. This English literature course studies books for 5th - 8th graders. He's looking for new and more recent books that kids this age enjoyed. They can be books for boys, for girls, or both. If your child has a specific reason why they like a book, that's helpful. I have been printing out lists everyone has compiled and these are always helpful. They are good reminders. My husband is always changing and tweaking the courses he teaches and tries to keep them current. But it is hard to keep up with all the latest books. He thinks it's important that elementary education students know what's popular, too, and that they learn how to keep up with what students like as well. Any ideas you have would be helpful and maybe this could be a fun resource for people here to see what middle school kids read and enjoy. Thanks!
  17. I'm starting to get concerned that my dd still does not enjoy reading. She's reading Mr. Popper's Penguins right now for assigned reading, and she is "tolerating" it. I'm trying to find something for "free" reading that she'll look forward to each day. She enjoyed the Pippi Longstocking books but is not interested in them anymore. She enjoys funny books - like Super Fudge. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  18. What do you do with a child who reads 4-5 grade levels above her age? I just can't seem to figure out what to do sometimes...:001_smile: My younger dd (6) just finished Understood Betsy from Year 2 and The Princess and the Goblin from Year 3 of Ambleside Online. I already having her doing a crazy combo from Year 1 and 2. I think she could do most of Year 3 next year but do I want her to? And where can I find books that are appropriate for her to read? I'm so out of ideas...:confused: She started reading Mara, Daughter of the Nile until I read some thoughts here about the book (I had not read it) and read some of it myself and was glad I did. I told her I didn't want her to read that and she was fine with my decision. I'm thinking I could try Heidi with her...what do you think? She's reading Ballet Shoes right now. We read together as a family and are reading The Phantom Tollbooth right now. Here's my big question: If she's reading like this at this age, what will I do with her next year and the year after...:lol:Please advise.
  19. I would love some book suggestions for my youngest. He reads at about a 5th grade+ level, loves science and boyish adventures. It doesn't need to be modern, although he loves Homer Price, Encyclopedia Brown, and Tin Tin. Maybe something like The Railway Children he really liked reading that one too. I would prefer it be light on magic and vampires (does Barnes and Noble really need a whole 10' x 4' section of these Harry Potter/Twilight wannabes - rhetorical), but I don't mind some (magic level of Tolkien, Lewis, MacDonald.) After 2 other boys I should know these things, but I don't. He's my first voracious reader of fiction. Thanks :001_smile: Karen
  20. My son is a great reader as long as he likes the subject. He just finished "The Sword in the Tree" and I could'nt get him to put it down! I need more short chapter books that are heavy on the boy stuff (swords, war, dragons, trains, dinosaurs, etc.).
  21. What are some good Read Alouds for Kindergarten/Ages 5-6??
  22. My 7 yo is a voracious reader. He also reads at a very high level, but I'm having trouble keeping him in books that are age-appropriate in themes. I'm just wondering if someone might have suggestions for books that I've missed. He has enjoyed The Famous Five, The Moffats, The Saturdays, Jenny and the Cat Club, Paddington Bear, Mary Poppins, Henry Reed, Homer Price, My Father's Dragon, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Freddy books by Brooks, and many books by Dick King-Smith, E.B. White, William Steig, etc. He particularly enjoys scifi/fantasy such as Edith Nesbit, Edward Eager, Narnia, and the Peter and the Starcatchers series. I'm struggling because there is no way I can pre-read his books (unless that was all I did), and there are fabulous books that I would rather he waited to read until he is a bit older. The scifi/fantasy genre is particularly difficult to find appropriate books in. Suggestions for classics are great, too.
  23. The last ones I read were the Stephenie Meyers Twilight series. Trying to get into her "Host", but it's not doing it for me. So whatcha got for me? TIA! - Stacey in MA
  24. I'm new-ish to this forum, and am looking for some good book lists for a 5yo who reads chapter books. I *know* there's a list here somewhere . . . can someone help point me in the right direction? Stuff like Trumpeter of the Swan, Charlotte's Web, . . . that kind of stuff.
  25. My youngest is a boy, elder siblings all girls. We have ballet books, pony books, girls adventure stories, Little House series, Heidi series, What Katy Did, Little Women series, Anne of Green gables etc etc Trouble is...he doesn't go a bundle on any of these. ;) Any ideas for boy books. He has read and enjoyed all the Redwall books, and the Narnia books, and he hates books written in the first person. Thank you Willow.
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