October 28, 2018

What We're Reading: October 2018

I honestly don't know what is happening to the time. I blink and it is gone. The baby is army crawling. How was it just yesterday that I was holding a newborn?

We wrapped up term 1 and squeezed all the kid's exam into 3 days so we could take a quick family trip to Williamsburg, VA. We took 2 full weeks off of lessons to enjoy field trips and just more margin to our days. We limped our way through the end of the busy soccer season, which seemed much harder this year with 2 children playing and a new baby. We spent not nearly enough hours outside but enjoyed ourselves when the weather cooperated or when we had friends along! We learned a few new plants and explored some places we hadn't seen in a while. And we read a lot of books, of course.

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Poetry

This month we finished our term 1 study of Emily Dickinson's poetry and we are moving on to our term 2 study of Walter de la Mare. We also used morning time to prepare for a homecoming weekend visit to the College of William and Mary, where my husband and I met as freshmen. We read the following every day for one week at morning time:

The Wind's Visit by Emily Dickenson
The College of William and Mary's Alma Mater by James Southall Wilson
Young Night Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Cupboard by Walter de la Mare

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

Morning Time

Once again, we only finished a few books at morning, but our 30 minutes a day of reading here and there continues to add up.

We finished the following books at morning time this month:

The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Ox-cart Man by Donald Hall

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

The Story of Painting for Young People: From Cave Painting to Modern Times by H.W. Janson and Dora Jane Janson
The Wonders of Chemistry by Archie Frederick Collins (free online)
The Fall of the Year by Dallas Lore Sharp (free online)

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

Lunch-time Read Alouds

 
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (finished)
A Little Maid of New England by Alice Turner Curtis
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

Night Book

My husband has been reading to the kids:

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski (finished)
Redwall by Brian Jacques

Free Reading


The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Betsy Tacy Treasury by Maud Hart Lovelace
Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman
Who Killed Mr. Boddy? by A.E. Parker (and others in the Clue series)
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

Peter (8) did a fair amount of reading this month as usual. He read The Westing Game for our homeschool group's books and bowling mystery-themed book club this month. He absolutely loved reading the Betsy Tacy Treasury and we'd often hear him laughing out loud! Of course, he enjoyed trying to solve the puzzles in the Clue books. I had held off giving him these books which I had bought at a library sale because I found the concept of people killing each other to be pretty dark. But I knew he would relish solving the matrix-type puzzles and he did. Some kids might be too sensitive for those, however.

With the younger children

A few of the books we've been reading this month include:

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches by Alice Low
Five Little Pumpkins
Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor
Animal Cafe by John Stadler
A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel
George and Martha Round and Round by James Marshall
George and Martha Rise and Shine by James Marshall

I've been reading


The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg for our discussion group
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh

Many of my friends read closer to 3 books a week rather than 3 books month! But this slower pace of reading works for me. It gives me more time to digest what I'm reading for myself as well as the many titles I read aloud.

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

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.

Past Months:


What have you been reading lately?

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