So that's what this has come down to. I'm going to blog once a week about everything we've been reading, because life has taken over (in a good way!) and that's all I have time to do. (By the way, if you ever decide to paint your cabinets and you decide to use oil paint, just know that oil paint takes days and days and days to dry, but each of your children will find a way to document their fingerprints in the paint so you will have long-lasting memories when the stuff finally hardens.)
First of all, this is almost out:
Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud, the author of the Bartimeus series. If you want to preorder it, you can, and you will be blissfully happy on September 17th when Amazon delivers it to your door. (British Ghostbusters. Awesome.)
Here's what we've been reading:
Mary read Warp Speed by Lisa Yee. And here's a quote from her: "Mom, by the way, I loved Warp Speed. I read it in a day, it was so good. You've got to read it. I couldn't stop."
And so I will.
Lucy has been pouring into her E.D. Baker books again, because school is starting and she has been STRESSED OUT!
These are the sort of books that de-stress her.
Calvin read this:
Tracker by Gary Paulsen. He is now a Gary Paulsen fan. I don't mean to be sexist here, but these are boy books, or for anyone who loves adventure, wildlife, survival, death, stuff like that... This is not a book for de-stressing.
Shaemus read this:
A simplified version of the Jules Vern original. Some people are opposed to annotated books. I'm not one of those people if it is done well, and I like Classic Starts. They do a nice job. Shaemus LOVED it.
Flannery has been into fairytales lately. This was one of her favorites:
The illustrations are so gorgeous, she will sit and listen to pages and pages of text and giant words she can't possibly understand. Love this.
I've been reading this:
Whoa, it is riveting. The words underneath the title say: A sister lost. A body found. The truth buried.
I've also been reading this and I LOVE IT. It isn't just a blast on our educational system in America, it helps you to understand as a parent what you can do to help your child get the best education they can. It all starts at home!
I'll also try to include a homeschool idea every week.
We really like Basher books for their hilarious definitions of all sorts of important terms. We use them as dictionaries and try to make up Basher definitions of our own for other topics. I'm constantly amazed by what my kids don't know. Mary the other day asked me what a revolt was, so I asked her if she understood what a revolution was, and she said she did not. I still have a hard time believing this, but she swears it is true. Obviously, we have some holes. Mary will be making up a Basher character about "revolution" very soon. (You have to check them out to see what I mean about Basher character.)