April 2, 2018

What We're Reading: April Edition

Despite the several inches of snow we had this morning in Pennsylvania, spring is in the air and I've tried to celebrate with our poetry and read aloud selections this month. I am fondly looking forward to a month or so from now when we'll be able to move lunchtime read alouds and eventually, morning time, out to the picnic table on the front porch.

For now, we'll have to content ourselves with poems about daffodils and stories about fireflies, rabbits, and kittens.

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This month we continued our study of William Wordsworth. We read the following every day for one week at morning time:

Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth
The World is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth
The Rainbow 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:
Treasures in the Sea by Robert M. McClung
The Rabbit Problem by Emily Gravett
Teklas's Easter by Lillian Budd
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature (Spring section) by Nicola Davies
The Tremendous Tree Book by Barbara Brenner
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

The Aesop for Children
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
Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends by Opal Wheeler

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

Lunch-time Read Alouds

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton (finished)
Tales of Pirates & Buccaneers by Howard Pyle
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Night Book

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

Free Reading

The 2nd grader read the next volume in the Incorrigible Children of Ashton place after the boys finished the first volume as a night book. Now he is waiting for the library to buy the next volumes in the series because we asked about them :-)

It has also been a big month for rereading. He has reread most of the Horrible Histories and been on a kick of re-reading all the Beast Academy graphic novel textbooks. I only let him read the parts that we have covered as part of his math lessons, so after finishing volume 4A this month, he really wanted to review, I guess.

The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) by Maryrose Wood
Beast Academy Volumes 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A
Horrible Histories by Terry Deary

With the younger children

Besides rereading Highlights and High Five magazines over and over, we've been reading:

James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot
The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
It's Not the Stork by Robie H. Harris, Michael E. Emberley
Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
Jumanji by Chris van Allsburg
Zathura by Chris van Allsburg
Curious George Goes to the Hospital by H.A. Rey & Margret Rey
Curious George Flies a Kite by H.A. Rey & Margret Rey

I've been reading

This month I only finished one book because I've been busy with the Brothers Karamazov. I'm really enjoying it, but it is hefty one so I need to focus to finish it before the library wants it back for good.

I've also been spending my free time finishing up all my planning for our next homeschooling year and planning a free, local homeschooling conference for mid-April.

Fortunately, the one book I finished was a good one.:

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass

I'm also slowly re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason with an in-person reading group and still working on The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky.

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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