March 18, 2019

What We're Reading: Spring 2019

Spring is in the air in Pennsylvania! While plodding along in the winter doldrums, then taking our first  *real* family vacation to Florida, I hadn't shared the books we've been enjoying since before Christmas. So, here they are!

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Poetry


We finished our study of Walter de la Mare and we moved on to Alfred Lord Tennyson. We read the following every day for one week at morning time:

The Song of Shadows by Walter de la Mare
Nobody Knows by Walter de la Mare
The Little Green Orchard by Walter de la Mare (Four-year-old's favorite!)
Five Eyes by Walter de la Mare
Trees by Walter de la Mare
The Song of the Secret by Walter de la Mare
The Wind by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Land of Nod by Robert Louis Stevenson
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Break, Break, Break by Alfred Lord Tennyson

If you want to see more poems that we enjoy, check out Poetry to Read Aloud.

Morning Time

We finished the following books at morning time since January:

The Story of Painting for Young People: From Cave Painting to Modern Times by H.W. Janson and Dora Jane Janson
Beachcombing: exploring the seashore by Jim Arnosky
Grammar-Land by M.L. Nesbit (read as a free Google ebook)
Zathura by Chris Van Alsburg
Underground by David Macaulay
Outside Your Window, Winter Section, by Nicola Davies
The Japanese Fairy Book by Yei Theodora Ozaki (free kindle version)
Black Jack, last of the big alligators by Robert M. Mclung (free version on my free nature lore list)
Sea Star by Robert M. Mclung (free version on my free nature lore list)
The Amazing Bone by William Steig
Buttons and Beads: Lenape Princess Wynonah and the future president by Gretchen E. Hardy
Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
A Day in the Woods by Ronald M. Fisher
Marching with Aunt Susan by Claire Rudolf Murphy

We've also been reading at morning time, and will continue to read slowly for some time:

The Wonders of Chemistry by Archie Frederick Collins (free online)
The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (free online)

To see even more books we've enjoyed at morning time, check the Morning Time page.

Lunchtime Read Alouds


Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (finished)
The Mystery of the Roman Ransom by Henry Winterfield (finished)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Night Books

The boys have been loving the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper and my husband has been having a great time enjoying this wonderful fantasy series for the first time.

The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major
Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
The Grey King by Susan Cooper

I've been reading


Miss Marple: The Complete Stories by Agatha Christie
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The World is Our Classroom by Cindy Ross
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
The Grace of Enough by Haley Stewart
The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller

Whew! It looks like I've read so much. But I think it is still about 3 books a month. However, this time I have read an autobiography, a classic, cozy murder mysteries, a homeschooling memoir, historical fiction, thrillers, a YA novel and some high concept sci fi. Not too shabby. I will admit that I couldn't put any of them down, which is to say that I only read it if it was compelling to me. I have not been in the mood to slog through anything and I have set many books aside for this reason.

I'm also slowly re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason with an in-person reading group.

My husband and I are also just finishing reading The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) by Robert Jordan aloud to each other in anticipation of the upcoming Amazon tv show in the works.

These are most of the books we've been reading outside of our formal lessons. You can see the ones we use during school time at 1st-grade plans and 3rd-grade plans.

Read any good books lately?


Past Months:

What we're reading: November Edition
What we're reading: October Edition
What we're reading: September Edition
What we're reading: August Edition
What we're reading: Summer Edition
What we're reading: June Edition
What we're reading: May Edition
What we're reading: April Edition
What we're reading: February Edition
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