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5 Great Read-Aloud Books

Have you ever read a book to your children? I loved this time that we spent together as a family. We had a lot of discussions, laughs and even cried (or at least I did ). Well-written books should evoke a response from us such as joy, empathy, sorrow, just to name a few. Here are some books to consider for your Read-Aloud time:

Moose Country by Sam Campell-  Although this is not a well-known series, if your child likes nature this book, and others in the series. will be ones they will enjoy and want to read many times. They are about the life of a man who lives in the Canadian wilderness and the antics of the animals that he loves.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins– by Richard Atwater  Imagine Mr. Popper’s dilemma when penguins arrive at his house! This is a classic book that everyone loves.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a silly, funny book of poetry that is the perfect introduction to this genre of literature. You will find your children wanting you to read “just one more”.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse, has a problem and must have the help of rats of NIMH to save her family. The race against time makes this book hard to put down.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson The Herdman family are a bunch of unruly, loud, and obnoxious kids who want to run the Christmas play. read what happens in this funny and touching story. There are also two more books in this series should you wish to read more.

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 If you have a book that your family has enjoyed, please let me know. I would be happy to add it to the list.

Have a great week! -Lisa-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio Adventures for the Car

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Many an hour did we spend listening to audio adventures as my boys were growing up. I loved listening to them.  We still talk about the books we listened to while we were in the car.

Perhaps you are going on a long road trip and need some audio books to pass the time.  Why not consider some of these resources? There are free and paid services as well as some specific series and titles my family has enjoyed over the years.

EPIC has thousands of books to read and has an audiobook section too. The cost is $7.99 per month and you can cancel at any time.

Librivox has free ebooks that are public domain and read by volunteers. Books are available to stream online or download. Some of the books include dramatizations that are done by a group of actors while others feature a single reader.

Loyal Books has over 7,000 free titles to listen to and enjoy. Some books to consider listening to include Treasure Island, Anne of Green Gables, and Swiss Family Robinson.

Adventures in Odyssey is a series that we first heard on the radio. You can listen to it that way or you can purchase CD’s to enjoy whenever you wish. Our library carried some of the series and the kids loved them!

Redwall by Brian Jacques is the beginning of a series of villain and heroes in the animal kingdom. Once you have listened to this book you are going to want to listen to more of these adventures.

All Creatures Great and Small is one of my all-time favorites. James Herriott was a veterinarian who lived in Great Britain and tells hilarious stories of farmers and their animals.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien just can’t be beat listening to it on audiobook. Everyone had a favorite part and many hours were spent listening to the stories of the Hobbit and “The Ring”.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

Homeschooling with Real Books

Homeschooling with real books (library/trade books) is much more interesting than exclusively using a textbook. The use of literature can be used to introduce, develop, or reinforce a concept that you are teaching. You may totally agree with me and are getting excited about doing this, but then comes the next thought, “Where do I begin? What books would I use?”

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Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books by Kristin Draeger is just such a resource you need! Kristin shares her personal homeschool experience of how she created this 120+ page list of books, games, puzzles, videos, and music.  I appreciate that she has created such a fantastic open-and-go reference guide. She has taken the time to do this so that you can do other things! Kristin has categorized the books into the subjects of math, science, history/ geography, literature, grammar, and art history. She has also created subcategories of books for students K-3 and 4th-8th grade.

I love that Kristin has included extras for your student like this CD (or streaming option) that is about addition, skip counting, and money, but also includes some art, history, and information about space.

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Math games are a terrific way to practice what has been taught without the use of yet another worksheet. Kristin recommends this logic game and I second it as my sons had this when they were young. It is compact and comes with a travel bag so that it can be played in the car or taken to doctor’s appointments. If you’d rather not take it out, it can be used as a culminating activity after your math lessons. If you click on the picture, you not only see the game, but you can watch a short video on the webpage on how it is played.

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Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books is a great deal at just $10.00. This is one book that I think you would return to time and again for ideas for your library trips or stock your own library shelves with real books.

  • Note- Kristin mentions the Kratt brothers  Zoboomafoo series. You can click on the highlighted link to watch these science programs for your K-3 grader since they were not released onto DVD.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~ 

I received a free review copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

5 Online Math Courses

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Are you looking for some help in math or different curriculum for next year? I have several that have come recommended by fellow homeschool moms.

Math Help Offers courses from pre-Algebra through college algebra. The classes have lessons, tests, and help if needed. Classes are $49.99, which I think is a great deal!

Learn Math Fast Offers math courses from 1st-12th grade. It is self-paced so your student can move as quickly or as slowly as needed. Books are $45.00 and can be bundled for a discount.

CTC Math Offers online tutorial classes for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. They also have worksheets, tests, and reports so that you know the progress of your child. This is great not only for you but if you do a written narrative or need to document your child’s work. You can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription.

Aleks Math  From their website- “Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.”

Acellus has a program called Power House that your student can take up to 6 classes. The fee is $25.00 per month and is available for students K-12. It is a self-paced online video lessons program and tests are automatically graded, saving you time. 🙂

COURSE FEATURES INCLUDE:

    • Video-based lessons
    • Interactive practice problems
    • Help videos for difficult concepts
    • Reviews & exams
    • Memorization drills*
    • Digital books*
    • Onsite lesson plans

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

 

January 18: Winnie-the-Pooh Day

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What child [or parent] doesn’t love Winnie- the -Pooh? This lovable, adorable bear has been a wonderful companion of children since 1926.

In honor of the day that will celebrate the impact of literature, here are some facts about the characters and the author, A.A. Milne.

  • Winnie-the-Pooh is so well loved and recognized that he even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
  • Winnie-the-Pooh’s name came from a combination of a real bear and a pet swan.
  • Pooh was purchased at Harrods department store in London and given by A.A. Milne to his son Christopher Robin on his first birthday, August 21, 1921. He was called Edward (proper form of Teddy) Bear at the time.
  • The above picture is a set of a lot that was sold at Sotheby’s in 2008 for $1,262,863.00 British sterling pounds ($1,623,029.00 US dollars)

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  • The original toys are encased in bulletproof glass and live at the New York Public Library in the Children’s section of the building.
  • The stuffed animals range in height from 25″ (Eeyore, the biggest) to 4 1/2″ (Piglet, the smallest).

I thought it would be fun for your child(ren) to have some quotes from Pooh and his friends for copywork. I hope you enjoy these and spend some time discussing them. There is a link below to click on for the document to download for your convenience. (The adorable bees border is from ClipArtMag.)

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