March 1, 2018

What We're Reading: February 2018

February inevitably finds me stir crazy and suffering from cabin fever. Every year being cooped up so much with all the kids (the endless talking! the squabbles! the complaining!) makes me question whether I am even capable of raising children that others will want to be around as adults. Fortunately, I know this is just how I do February, so I try my best to enjoy what I can in this season where the slowly lengthening days at least offer the promise that spring is almost here.

On the other hand, February is a good time for planning. I've planned our garden and we attended a seed exchange.  I've enjoyed working on our school plans for next year which involves selecting and previewing lots of amazing books.

It is also a good time for different indoor activities. The boys took part in a living history museum with members of our local homeschooling support group. We made a visit to the indoor trampoline place. My 2nd grader realized that he loves doing sewing projects! The kids have been busy crafting with paper and cloth and they've been working together to learn string games.

As always, our books, morning time, and poems help keep us learning together and often help us celebrate our current season as we look toward spring. Here are some of the titles we've been enjoying this past month:

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This month we finished up our study of William Blake and began to focus on William Wordsworth. We read the following every day for one week at morning time:

To Winter by William Blake
The Bad Kittens by Elizabeth Coatsworth
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways by William Wordsworth
The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth

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 this month:

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

The Aesop for Children
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle (Free Google Books illustrated edition)
Among the Night People by Clara Dillingham Pierson (Free Google Books illustrated edition)
The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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

Lunch-time Read Alouds

The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty (finished)
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton (continued)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (started)

Night Books

My husband has been reading to the kids:
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (started)

Free Reading

The 2nd grader has been reading:

How Much and How Many: The Story of Weights and Measures by Bendick, Jeanne
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The kids have been using:

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make by Andria Lisle
Cat's Cradle, Owls Eyes: A Book of String Games by Camilla Gryski

This month I finished more books than normal due to starting an awesome fantasy series and having a few lighter reads on my plate:

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin (so, so good that I'm saving the last one for a bit)
Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Emily of the New Moon by L.M Montgomery
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (very disturbing and I won't read another one while pregnant, for sure!)

I'm also slowly re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason with an in-person reading group and I started The Brothers Karamosov by Dostoevsky, but that is going to take awhile!

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 2nd Grade Plans 2017-2018.

What have you been reading lately?

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