July 27, 2015

{Guest Post} Favorite Books of the School Year ~ Staci

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While I'm moving and getting settled in our new state of Indiana, I asked some of my wonderful friends to share their favorite books of the school year with me. Enjoy the lists and hopefully they will provide inspiration for summer reading or for book choices for the upcoming homeschool year.

This week I'm featuring a book list from my Oklahoma friend Staci. We've known each other for several years - ever since we met in Sunday School and were in a small group together.

Staci is a 1st time homeschooler and just completed her very first year with her two girls ages 4 and 6. She left her corporate job to stay home with her girls and has fallen in love with the freedom that homeschooling provides. She also appreciates the ability to work on various subjects like reading, spelling, and math at a slower pace to suit the learning needs of her two girls.

Here is Staci's list!

Go, Dog Go
This is my youngest daughter's favorite book. She enjoys pointing out where all the dogs are as we go through the book.

Horton Hears a Who!
We are huge Dr. Seuss fans. It was actually difficult to decide which book they enjoy the most.

Green Eggs and Ham
Another Dr. Seuss book! They love the rhyming in this book and enjoy repeating what I read to them.

The Berenstain Bears
These are books the girls love to read and I love that they each have a lesson. I did at one time limit how many of these books could be checked out from the library at once.

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
This is the book I leafed to read on. My oldest is now struggling so I have started reading it to her. She loves how the poems go.

Where the Wild Things Are
A classic that is always fun to read!

The Bee Tree
This is a book that my oldest enjoys. She enjoys trying to retell the story in her words.

Princess books! (such as the Princess in Black - added by Lexi, although it's not Disney....)
I do not have a specific book for this one. If the book is about princesses or about Baymax or Big Hero 6, then it gets read over and over.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
This is a fun book that they unexpectedly liked. We have come back to this book a few times this year.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This is a book we have recently started reading again. My daughters love the movies and when told we had the books they wanted me to read it to them. It is a book we are slowly progressing through but I enjoy that they keep asking for it.

July 22, 2015

{Book List} Story of the World Volume 4

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This school year we are studying modern history with Story of the World Volume 4. I wasn't sure if I wanted to cover the topics of war, and communism, and other difficult discussions with my elementary-aged children.

However, I decided that my kids needed a background in these topics of modern history to better understand current events. 

So, we are jumping in to modern history with a list of picture books. It was hard work to find appropriate books on many of these topics. I tried to find a good mix of nonfiction and literature books that will interest my young elementary-aged kids. Here is what I plan to use this year.

Chapter 1 – Britain’s Empire

Chapter 2 – West Against East

Chapter 3 – British Invasions

Chapter 4 – Resurrection and Rebellion

Chapter 5 – The American Civil War

Chapter 6 – Two Tries for Freedom

Chapter 7 – Two Empires, Three Republics, and One Kingdom

Chapter 8 – Becoming Modern

Chapter 9 – Two More Empires, Two Rebellions

Chapter 10 – A Canal to the East, and a Very Dry Desert

Chapter 11 – The Far Parts of the World

Chapter 12 – Unhappy Unions

Chapter 13 – The Old Fashioned Emperor and the Red Sultan

Chapter 14 – Two Czars and Two Emperors

Chapter 15 – Small Countries with Large Invaders

Chapter 16 – The Expanding Unite States

Chapter 17 - China’s Troubles

Chapter 18 – Europe and the Countries Just East

Chapter 19 – China, Vietnam – and France

Chapter 20 – Revolution in the Americas…War in the World

Chapter 21 – A Revolution Begins, and the Great War Ends

Chapter 22 – National Uprisings

Chapter 23 – “Peace” and a Man of War

Chapter 24 – The King and Il Duce

Chapter 25 – Armies in China

Chapter 26 – The Great Crash, and What Came of It

Chapter 27 – Civil War and Invasion

Chapter 28 – The Second World War

Chapter 29 – The End of World War II

Chapter 30 – Partitioned Countries

Chapter 31 – Western Bullies and American Money

Chapter 32 – Africa and China After World War II

Chapter 33 – Communism in Asia

Chapter 34 – Dictators in South America and Africa

Chapter 35 – The Cold War

Chapter 36 – Struggles and Assassinations

Chapter 37 – Two Short Wars and One Long One

Chapter 38 – Two Ways of Fighting

Chapter 39 – The 1980’s in the East and the Mideast

Chapter 40 – The 1980’s in the USSR

Chapter 41 – Communism Crumbles – but Survives

Chapter 42 – The End of the Twentieth Century

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