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    The Best Books for July

    This month I decided to go with a bugs and insects theme for the monthly book list! We are observing bugs all spring, summer and fall long but since I’m currently wrapping up my nature resource month over on Instagram (you can view the links to all the resources here), I was feeling extra nature-y and thought this would be a good theme for this month’s book list. The only problem about this list is that it could have been much, much, much longer. I may come back and add more books to it over time but I wanted to start out with some of our favorites and as we…

  • Lessons Learned From Veteran Homeschoolers
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    Chapter Books for Grade Three

    I was chatting to Raeca about books yesterday and asked her what kind of book list I should share today. (Some weeks I have tons of ideas and the next nothing comes to me.) She suggested I do a list of chapter books for grade three. While I have done a list of grade three read alouds (here and here) I realized I had not yet shared a list of independent grade three chapter books. So, we tried to remember the books Raeca read this year that she really enjoyed. All the books on this list she considers to be 4 or 5 star books.     She is at…

  • 10 Great Read Aloud Novels For Grade 3 - perfect read aloud chapter books and audiobooks
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    10 Grade Three Read Aloud Novels

    This has been a good year for read alouds in our home. We’ve re-read a few of our favorites and found some new favorites! If you’ve been here for awhile you’ll probably already know that when I say “read aloud” 90% of the time I mean “audiobook”. For us that works best, we mostly like to listen at lunch and when we are out driving. Oh, while we are on the topic of books, I took some time this week to organize the book lists on the site a bit. You can now view them by category! Check out the book lists by category: Picture Books Elementary Chapter Books Middle…

  • Books Coming out in 2019 we are looking forward to reading
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    Books Coming Out in 2019 We Are Looking Forward To

    A couple of years ago I would take time at the beginning of each month to look ahead and see what picture books were all coming out that month that we were looking forward to reading and then wrote a blog post about it. I thought it would be fun to do that again but instead of making it a monthly post this year it will probably be quarterly-ish. That’s what today’s post is. The books on this list are all coming out at the beginning of 2019 (or may have just came out) and based on the cover (cause yes, I totally judge a book by its cover) and…

  • Our Favorite Family Read Alouds - elementary read alouds we love as a family
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    Our 12 Favorite Family Read Alouds from 2018

    Here’s my first list of our favorite books form 2018! Soon I’ll share my favorite reads as well as our favorite picture books, but today it’s the chapter books. If you’ve read any of my chapter book lists in the past you’ll know that I have struggled with reading chapter books aloud in the past and while I wouldn’t say that I am great at it now I would say I improved by leaps and bounds this last year. It turns out I now know the secret to getting better at reading chapter books aloud: practice. No real surprise there. If you have struggled with with reading aloud in the past, one my…

  • Ten funny chapter books that will have kids laughing out loud. Great novels kids will love, especially the boys.
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    Ten Funny Chapter Books That Will Have Kids Laughing Out Loud

    In the last few months I’ve been realizing how much more Ephraim enjoys chapter books when they are funny. For that reason I’ve been trying to add more funny chapter books into our rotation and alternating them with the more serious ones. There are some writers that just have that knack for writing silly chapter books, the more out there the better it seems sometimes. I actually had a few more books to add to this list, I’ll have to make a part two soon! What are some of the funniest chapter books you have read? I’d love for you to let me know in the comments!     TEN…