Homeschool literature

I’m an avid reader.  Always loved books, always will.  God gave us such a magnificent thing by giving us the capacity to communicate via the written word.  Think about it for a second.  Reading allows us the opportunities to strengthen relationships, share our experiences, expand our knowledge, experience worlds that only the imagination can bring.  The ability to read is truly a gift.

And because I love reading so much and believe that the love of reading is the building block to learning, I make no apologies about our “school library” being filled with all sorts of literature for my children to choose from.  We have daily individual quiet reading time in our home.  Each school-aged child (currently only my two boys) has a shelf that I keep filled with books they haven’t read yet.  They are allowed to choose any book from that shelf for their daily reading.  My only rule is that once they start a book they have to finish it.  Once they’re done reading it, it goes into their filing tray with the rest of their school papers so I can record the book they read and the date they finished it.  Then it gets moved to a box for the next child in line.

Today my boys were beyond delighted when they got a new box in the mail filled with new books.  So excited they were that they begged to read during lunch, they read as they were walking to the car to run errands, they read in the car, they read when we got to our destination, and my oldest is still reading even now after we’ve arrived back home.  I think it’s safe to say they love to read.  Oh, how happy it makes my heart to see them love to read.

So, what was in the box that made a 6 and an almost-8 year old boy so excited to read?  Well, here’s what I bought this time….

Imagination Station’s “Revenge of the Red Knight” (This series is a favorite in our house)

The Chronicles of Narnia

Frog and Toad are Friends

Mouse and the Motorcycle

Tuts Mummy

Charlotte’s Web

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sugar Creek Gang (books 7-12)…my son LOVES this series.

Runaway Ralph

Little House in the Big Woods

Imagination Station’s “Showdown with the Shepherd”

Nate the Great and the Lost List

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow

Black Beauty

The Little House

The Biggest Bear

I already have my online shopping cart filled with books that I’m ready to purchase as soon as my school budget allowance is replenished. Hopefully these books will last us a month or so. No guarantess, though, since both my boys have been known to finish a book in a day. Can’t complain about that, right?!

So, how about you? Any favorites in your home that I should know about? I’m always on the lookout for different ways to expand our library.

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