• Picture Books About Knights
    book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    Picture Books About Knights

    Back in the spring we spent quite a bit of time studying knights. I was reading Knights in Training and hosted an online book club about the book and then I took my kids through some knight training exercises.     I would highly recommend grabbing a copy of Knights in Training and reading through it. Prior to reading it I had no idea of the code of conduct knights had to adhere to, it’s very inspirational and all of the codes they had to follow are ones I would like my children to follow. The ten codes knights were to follow: Love God Obey Stand Against Injustice Protect the…

  • Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for ages 7-10
    book lists,  books,  elementary,  middle grades

    Nine Summer Read Alouds and Audiobooks for 7-10 Year Olds

    This is my third year sharing a list of read alouds I would like to get to during the summer. You can view the first one here and the second one here. The first two lists were more early elementary based and this one is starting to get a little older as my kids get older. Since the books on this list are read alouds the reading level can be higher than when they are reading on their own. My kids are 5 and 7 and they both listen to our books though they are more geared towards the 7 year old. This being the third year of our summer…

  • 50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books

    50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child

    I’ve been going through our picture books the last few weeks and doing the unthinkable: setting some aside to get rid of. It’s like I’ve got two sides when it comes to this: my minimalist side and my bibliophile side. I want to get rid of everything but I want to keep the books. So, I’ve come to a decision to at least get rid of the picture books that aren’t our favorites. I know a great picture book can be enjoyed by all ages but as my children get older I feel like we have less need to keep so many picture books. Especially with our weekly library hauls,…

  • The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids - great for poetry tea time.
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  poetry

    The Best Funny Poetry Books for Kids

    Since April is Poetry Month I wanted to share a list of our favorite poetry books. I’ve actually already shared some of our all-time favorite poetry books so I thought I would great a list with a twist: our favorite funny poetry books. My kids love poetry, maybe it is because they are young yet, but I personally think the reason they love poetry is because of how we approach it, reading poems is usually done during poetry tea time. Except for us it’s more like poetry-hot-chocolate-and-cupcake time. I mean, what kid wouldn’t love that?! (Here’s more information on our relaxed poetry tea time.) I think this approach is brilliant (and I can…

  • The Best Novels for Grade Two
    book lists,  elementary

    Twelve of the Best Novels for Grade Two

    It feels like forever since I’ve written a book list! I used to do them every week but I took a little break and it’s been hard to get back in the habit, but I plan on bringing them back every two weeks, if there is a specific genre/type of book list you would like, let me know! For today’s list I am sharing some of my favorite novels for grade two. Because every child reads at a different level for some kids these books will be read to them, or listened to on audiobook, for those who are more advanced readers they can read these for themselves. My daughter…

  • Living Books for Composer Study: Antonio Vivaldi
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  music,  picture books

    Composer Study with Living Books: Antonio Vivaldi

    I’ve learned over the past few years the benefit of  reading living books and I am making a real effort this year to add as many living books into our days as possible. Composer study and artist study are not something that are generally taught in the regular school system but hang around homeschoolers for a little while and chances are you will hear about them soon enough! Composer and artist study could be really overwhelming for kids but teaching them with living books makes it so easy, both to teach and for the kids to understand. Who doesn’t love listening to stories about the lives of people in the past?…