Monday, February 16, 2009

Assigned Reading...

I am figuring out that I am a "relaxed" home school mom... I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  I have been asked by others what books I am having my children read for assigned reading.  I typically answer by sharing the books that they have already read because.... I have no idea what they will read in the future!  

I am a book person so our home is full of wonderful classics to choose from.  
The way that it "works" is... when a book is finished I ask my children to go pick out their next adventure.  The book that is chosen by each child is brought to me for approval (sometimes they try to pick "easy" books) so I can be sure it is challenging enough!  I LOVE doing our assigned reading this way because the kiddos cant blame mommy for the book chosen!

I must pause here to mention a dear friend of mine ... I have bookshelves full of great books because I am constantly asking her what to purchase!  I discovered the art of reading when I was in middle school so as a child I missed many wonderful children's literature selections.  This dear friend (and neighbor) has helped me fill my bookshelves with GOOD books and not twaddle!  Thank you dear friend!

My little blessings and their assigned reading...

My eldest Princess (age 8) has started Rascal by Sterling North- she picked this because her daddy said it was one of his favorites as a child.


My little drama queen (age 6) picked The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

When asked why she picked this particular book she said...
 because her sister wants her to read it!


My Little Knight (age5) gets to begin 100 easy lessons with mommy!


The way that we do their reading "assignments" is each day a chapter is read.
My eldest Princess reads on her own and comes to narrate to me afterwards, the little drama queen reads her chapter to me so that I can help her with the words that she doesn't know or tries to skip over, she also narrates after sections from her books.

I am grateful for good books...
great friends who suggest them...
AND
children who love reading them!

11 comments:

  1. What great pictures of your children enjoying living books.

    We'll be sure to pick up "Rascal" as we've never read it.

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  2. I'm grateful for all those things too! Friends who read are the BEST- because I love to exchange great books and ideas on what to read next since another person might try something that I might not normally try. I think your eldest would be ready for the "Witch of Blackbird Pond." I first read this in elementary school and it showed me what a privilege being able to read is! (very few characters in the book can read)

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  3. great post. and, a question for you...do you like that 100 steps to read book? did you use it with your girls? just wondering because i will start my own homeschooling adventure next year and am shopping around for learning to read books.

    (thanks for swinging by my blog and for your sweet comment. let me know how your food turns out.)

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  4. It so nice to find another homeschool Mom that calls herself "relaxed"! I know several homeschool Moms and I can tell from the questions they ask me that they are much more scheduled and strict in their methods of schooling than I. We do follow some schedule -
    it's not chaos by any means but I just find that learning in life is so much more than sitting down and filling out workbooks! Thanks for encouraging me that I'm not the only one who thinks being relaxed is a good thing! :)
    Blessings!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to 'meet' you - I love to learn about new books for my kids to read as well.

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  6. What great pictures of your children enjoying living books.

    We'll be sure to pick up "Rascal" as we've never read it.

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  7. great post. and, a question for you...do you like that 100 steps to read book? did you use it with your girls? just wondering because i will start my own homeschooling adventure next year and am shopping around for learning to read books.

    (thanks for swinging by my blog and for your sweet comment. let me know how your food turns out.)

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