What I’m Reading: Fall 2016

Well, I’m off of my summer fiction kick and back into the swing of my usual non-fiction!  Last fall I binged on food literature, but this year I’m into the topic of home school.

Home school itself is another story for another time.  BUT, for now I’m really, really, really excited to start adding a little children’s literature section to my reading posts.  Read-aloud’s are going to play a HUGE part in our home schooling.  I have always read aloud to my girls, but I’m really starting to get a lot more intentional about stuffing them full of timeless, well-written children’s literature every day.   LUCKY THEM.  I cannot even tell you how much fun I’m having with this.  

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We are easing in with picture books and some short chapter books as we work up our attention span an wean off of pictures on every page.  I got these book ideas from a few different sources; mainly Pinterest by searching for kindergarten literature.  Once you start to delve into age-appropriate read-alouds, you start to see the same favorites re-appear over and over.

On the same vein, I have cracked into an absolutely life-changing book which I HAVE NOT been able to skim.  I checked out the Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease thinking it would be a nice little reference to help me get familiar with some age-approriate read-aloud titles.  I am halfway through the book and have not yet reached that section because the author has been handing me buckets of research about literacy and what reading aloud does for your child.  It is a little bit mind-blowing.  If I wasn’t a book zealot before, I am now! Recommended to parents far and wide, whether home schooling or public schooling!

The other learning book I have on order is called Better Late than Early by Dr. Raymond Moore.  My mother-in-law sent me this interview  and his name has been coming up often in the Wild and Free community as an advocate for the academic and emotional benefits of delaying formal education.  I can’t wait to crack into it!

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Not a book, but I’ve been really getting into several podcasts lately that some of you might really like.  I’ve been listening to What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel all summer.  I just recently added At Home and Read Aloud Revival with Sarah MacKenzie. Since I quit exercising at the gym this fall (BOO), I’ve been trying to walk thirty minutes a day and I have found that walking to podcasts is my new favorite!

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On the subject of podcasts, I subscribed to Wild and Free and started receiving their monthly digital content bundles!  Wild and Free is a natural and traditional home school community (philosophies like Charlotte Mason, Montessori and Waldorf).  Each month members are sent a bundle contains a gorgeous magazine, a bunch of feature articles, tutorials, and several podcasts highlighting a different topic around family and home schooling.  (September was Mornings and October is Leaves.)  The contributors, who are all homeschool moms, share everything from ideas for morning routines, to discussing what it’s like to homeschool a dyslexic child.  This content has been gold to me in my homeschool journey; I can’t recommend it enough.  If you’re home schooling or thinking about it, you can download a free trial bundle.  

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From the Kindle, I read Shauna Neiquist’s Present Over Perfect and Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love, two of my very favorite authors.  I can now heartily recommend both of these books to women far and wide.

Last but not least, my photography dreams have come true because I am FINALLY taking Life Captured Inc.’s Photo Organisation class!  The course teaches you how to consolidate your personal photos and utilize tooling in Lightroom to catalog for memory keeping.  (This is my Christmas gift from David)  One of my life goal’s since we got married has been to organize our digital images and make memory books from them and I’m finally taking the first step!  Plus, I mean, two things I love…photos and organizing.

It will take me months to unravel this hot mess we have on seventy different devices and hard drives, but Life Captured’s images of gorgeous, mimimalistic memory books and journals are really spurring me on!

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I tried not to use too many words on this post and I hope you appreciate that.  It was hard, but I did a lot of deleting of over-enthusiastic sentences about books and children’s books and how the drawings make me want to be cozy and turn my house into a little hollowed out tree house where friendly field mice drink chamomile tea out of acorn tea cups and have bundles of herbs hung upon the hearth in the earthen kitchen in which lattice top apple pies are baked by a friendly Mother Bear.

These are the thoughts in my head.  Sometimes my husband asks me what I’m thinking and I have to tell him things like this, which is really embarrassing.  That being confessed, I think I’ll awkwardly and abruptly end this post here.  HAPPY READING!

 

 

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  • Iesha

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve never been much of a reader, but you’ve inspired me. I have to admit, I don’t always read aloud to my kids but I can’t wait to get started. Thank for sharing your knowledge on great children’s literature.

  • Chelli Jones

    Rach, please add Teaching from Rest by Sarah MacKenzie to your list. It was a game changer for me. Wonderful book.

    We read Mrs Piggle-Wiggle and it was fun to explain to my children some of the references to life before the iPhone. My kids enjoyed hearing Cam Jansen and Magic Treehouse books aloud. Beverly Cleary has some really fun books as does Kate DiCamillo. I like to find books that were made into movies because they can be compared/contrasted. I usually consult the Sonlight cores and readers list as it always has great options (as does MFW). When your kids get a little older I cannot recommend enough the Wingfeather Chronicles by Andrew Peterson.

    • http://www.fromfaye.com/ fromfaye

      You’re like the fifth person to recommend this book to me! So I got it on Kindle and read it on my flight to Kansas! It was awesome. I loved it. One of the Wild and Free writers also recommends consulting the Sonlight list! Added all of the children’s literature titles to my list!