Homeschooling Reads

These rainy days have kept us cozy, and we have been reading so many good books.  Homeschooling allows us the freedom to read whenever and whatever we want.  We frequent the library a bunch and even have a homeschooling book group that has chosen the best books…  I highly recommend 21 Ballons by William Pene DuBois, and then we just finished Call it Courage by Armstrong Perry.  These were both Newberry winners, but I had never heard of them.  My kids, ages 6 & 7, both thoroughly enjoyed these books’ adventures, the latter being a little scary in places but still a great read.   We also just finished The Golden Years, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, which was such a treat.  This year we have focused on mid to late 19th century pioneer history.  We read the whole Little House Series, supplemented with short stories about Western Ho,  wagon rides, homesteading, and Native Americans.  The kids did a play, “Gold Fever,”  based on another great book, By the Great Horn Spoon, by Sid Fleichman in their homeschool class.   We also just finished another book that played in to our weekend plans, Patty Reed’s Doll, which was an account of the Donner Party.  The visit to the Donner State Park Museum along with the book provided much discussion and interest.  

I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way…


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