• 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…

  • 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?…

  • Children' Books About Egypt - teach your children about Egypt and it's ancient history!
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    Children’s Books About Egypt

    As part of the Explore the World From Your Home digital resource guide that I’ve created I’ve got book lists for the countries included in the guide thus far. Today I thought I’d share some of the books from the Egypt section with you! The Explore the World digital resource guide is more than just book lists, included in the guide are virtual field trips, a variety of video clips, online treks to explore and discover and more! Plus at the beginning of the guide I’ve shared our absolute favorite resources for exploring the world from our home. Each month 1-2 countries are added to the guide so once you…

  • The 40 Best Classic Read Alouds for Kids
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    The 40 Best Classic Read Alouds for Kids

    I really value a lot of the classics. We definitely don’t just read classics (which you’ll realize right away when you look at our book lists), but there is a reason these books have stood the test of time. While I was an avid reader as a child I hardly read any classics, something I wish I could go back and change. But, classics weren’t the books that were prominent in my childhood so I stuck to The Baby-Sitter’s Club series and all the Nancy Drew I could get my hands on. This is not something I want my children to say about their childhoods so we are making sure…

  • Eight Great Middle Grade Novels Even Adults Will Enjoy
    book lists,  middle grades

    Eight Middle Grade Novels Even Adults Will Love

    I have developed a love for mid-grade novels in the last few years. Generally middle grade novels are geared towards ages 8-12. They are around 30,000-50,000 words and don’t have any profanity, graphic violence or sexuality. There are a ton of novels that fit into this category and today I wanted to highlight some that not only your middle graders will enjoy, but I think you will as well.   EIGHT MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS ADULTS WILL LOVE Think Little House on the Prairie in free verse, I just love this one! May B. I’ve known it since last night: It’s been too long to expect them to return. Something’s happened.…