Because I can’t remember to post for Ginny’s yarn along. I’m just keeping track of these things here. Also, I have pictures (and a small case of Poison Ivy) to remind me of Wednesday’s Metro Park visit.
Audio Books: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
read by Judith Ivey. I’ve only read one other books by Kate DiCamillo – Because of Winn-Dixie – and I wasn’t too impressed by it. But this book. Beautiful storyline, wonderful reading. My 9 year old had no problems understanding the allegory, the 7 year old understood once the 9 year imparted her wisdom, and the 4 1/2 year old sincerely enjoyed the story of a china rabbit. I don’t believe the moral of the story was entirely lost on him.. Mama was moved to tears on more than one occassion.
My daughter read All-Of-A-Kind Family and More All-of-a-Kind Family. I haven’t pre-read these. I’m assuming they are good because they seem to be on every homeschooling book list ever published. I’m finding it difficult to both keep up with and pre-read books for her and find the time to read books for me. Anyone with older children who wants to shed some light on how to do this, I’m listening.
The 7 year old boy has finally found a bit of joy in a book. He has ordered all of the Billy and Blaze series that our libary carries and is reading them repeatedly. What next?
The 4.5 year old loves “Laura Books.” He goes to the bookshelf where our Little House Collection sits, pulls down a book and sits on the couch to “read” it. I attribute it to last year’s audio book marathon of the Little House books read by Cherry Jones (she has nearly ruined us for other audio books, we love her so much!). Ms. Jones read us through Ohio, Kentuckey, Tennessee, to Georgia and then back again. A few times. I ordered a few of the My First Litle House Books from the library for him. He enjoys the pictures, but I am not convinced he enjoys the story. Admittedly, I’m not Cherry Jones and I don’t have a fiddle playing in the background.
Me: I’m trying to get through When Children Love to Learn. It’s a book that I am enjoying, but I feel the need to read it slowly so that I don’t miss anything. We aren’t Charlotte Mason purists, here. But I love the philosophy and the gentle reminders to me. I’m finding it difficult to find any quiet time to let all of this soak in. Also, see the conundrum above regarding prereading books for the girl. While probably not necessary to pre-read, I did read Kateri Tekakwitha so I could speak intelligently with my daughter about it. Also, while the Vision series is intended for the YA – and younger ones at that – I find them helpful in a Cliff Notes kind of way. I’m no expert in any of the saints I need this kind of introduction and help.
There are piles of books still. But not piles of time.