24 June 2017

Favourite Picture Books ~ Pinterest link

We get asked by mums with younger children, "What are your favourite picture books?"
And so over the last few years we've been compiling a visual display of many of our favourites over at Pinterest to refer people to.

Some of the books,initially, made the cut just because the illustrations are amazing works of art,

or, where the story is so good that it supports the illustrations, not the other way around;

 however,  most are on our fanourties list because both the story and their accompanying illustrations are wonderful....



See the list here:  Our Favourite Picture Books  - Pinterest

You can skip to this post if you are interested in pins for our favourite New Zealand and Australia books for children.

21 June 2017

My Book Basket ~ June 2017

It's always interesting, for me, to see what other mums are reading/listening to, so I'm sharing the collection of items in my book basket for this month for others to browse through.  It doesn't mean I'll finish all these items before the end of June, I have to approach books and audios with a sip reading mentality otherwise I'd get discouraged over seldom finding time to finish a book in a short space of time.
Creating a New Old House ~ Russell Versaci    N/F
Interesting!  Library book.

Elbows off the Table Please ~ Jo Seagar    N/F
Enjoying this cookbook so far. Library book

Julie Biuso's Never-ending Summer    N/F
self inflicted misery: choose a summer cookbook to read during winter  :-D
Red Cross second hand book sale purchase.

On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature ~ C.S. Lewis  N/F
Companion reading this with Jay

The Story of Art ~ E.H. Gombrich  N/F
Red Cross second hand book sale purchase.
The Man Who Was Thursday ~ G. K Chesterton     Classic Fiction
I'm only about 3 chapters in and am waiting to see where Chesterton takes the characters in this book: still interested so I'll carry on ;-P

In Farleigh Field ~ Rhys Bowan     Mystery/Fiction
Dropped after chapter 3, just not a happening book for me.   Might have another try during a summer break, some time.  Maybe.

Death Around the Bend: A Lady Hardcastle Mystery.  bk 3 ~ T.E. Kinsey   Fiction
Pre-read for Daisy

Gift From the Sea ~ Lindberg     audio      autobiographical/inspirational
This is definitely a pause and ponder listen for me.

Pennies for Hitler ~ Jackie French    audio     Y/A historical fiction
For Daisy?

The Face of A Stranger  ~  Anne Perry     audio     Mystery/Fiction
Okay for Daisy?

19 June 2017

Homeschooling Boys Through High School ~ Archive Post for me :)

I'm nearing the end of educating my high school 'boy'  - who is actually a young man now - and yet topics like this one still hold great interest for me.

These topics sound encouraging/interesting, so archiving them here also:

06 June 2017

Our Month Ahead ~ Books to Read in June 2017

Daisy and I have settling down into scheduled learning during late autumn and on into early winter; a good amount of reading and written work is achieved in these cold stay-indoors-more months, so much so that when we had a look at where Daisy was in her English work schedule we found that she is weeks ahead of where I guesstimated she may be at this time of the year.  

Beneath are some of the titles still being read from last month, along with the books to be read this month.  (I'll update with any extras as we go along. The C beside each item means completed.)
Here are our initial literary/book basket selections for  June:



Family Book Basket:
Shorter listen at only 3hrs long.

02 May 2017

Our Month Ahead ~ Books to Read in May 2017

Thinking of the all the Southern hemisphere families we know as we all endeavour to settle into home educating during the winter months; and of the Northern hemisphere home educators as they wind down their learning year and prepare for summer time break.

We've just had 2 weeks of term break and are now back to scheduled learning.  Ho-hum ;)
It feels like we've been going full pace during term break attending to around -the-home projects and tasks, which is so good as it's nice to start a new term with a sense of achievement during the weeks away from scheduled learning.

I think I'll skip creating weekly updates from now on and just go for Our Month Ahead posts as this years reading assignments, and book lineups, are intentionally pretty spread out to allow time for all the other subject areas we are working in; and, not sure about other highschooling years, educating at home, families but our reading time has definitely morphed into a vastly different look this year:  the sheer number of books we read has become less and yet we discuss so much more (age and maturity stage of teens) - and the literary goals do not seem to be, so much, about completing the books but about immersing ourselves in the thoughts and discussions surrounding the themes in the books..... along with rabbit trails, which happen constantly and are creating some delight filled distraction.

Beneath are the titles we completed during the end of April , along with the books to be read during May.  (I'll update with any extras as we go along. The C beside each item means completed.)
Our literary/book basket selections for this Month:

Family Book Basket:
KJV Life Application Bible.  Excellent Bible.

19 April 2017

Audiobooks ~ Audible's 50% off Sale

Audible has their 50% off sale running again, and this is where I try to do some listening time stocking up.

I thought I'd share some of the items on our current wishlist that we may purchase, or already have.  (I don't use affiliate links; so this is not a promotion for payment post :) )

For those that may want to read our reviews of a few audible purchases you can find those here.
Different ~ Nathan , and, Sally Clarkson  autobiographical/ parenting/ inspirational  
it's more economical to purchase the whispersync kindle off amazon first, then purchase the audio

I keep encountering this on other readers lists.  One mom said I'd either really enjoy it; or really not ;-) 

At Bertram's Hotel ~ Agatha Christie   golden era/cosy mystery 
Preview Christie titles for Daisy?  She's keen to go through the unabridged editions.
(Returned. Content too mature for Daisy (15).  Mother abandons child for hedonistic life style, bigamous adultery, and patricide.  The dramatised version didn't seem to highlight those things as much.) 

4:50 From Paddington ~ Agatha Christie  golden era/cosy mystery
(Returned.  The graphic detailing of the murder put me right off - didn't help that I was listening to it late at night :-P )

The Riddle of the Sands ~ Erskine Childers mystery (pub 1903)
purchased $0.98 whispersync kindle first, meant the audiobook was $4.49

The Courts of the Morning (A Richard Hannay Mystery) ~ John Buchan
purchase $1.14 whispersync kindle first, then audiobook is $2.99)

Enemy Brothers ~ Constance Savery   children/historical fiction 
 Daisy and I decided we really do want to go thru this book - the audio on sale is cheaper for NZ-ers to purchase than a new printed book.

When My Name Was Keoko ~ Linda Sue Park   children/historical fiction 
the printed books are all - currently - American spelling. Go for audio option

kindle version currently not available... cheapest option this week is audible.  Be a good tie-in, belatedly, for us having read The Modest Proposal ~ Swift last year.

Just as I Am ~ Billy Graham  Autobiography

A Seaside Practice ~ Tom Smith    autobiographical

(purchase whispersync kindle first)

 I could only find printed books with American spelling, so we keep umm-ing and ahh-ing over using a credit for this.  The 'sale price' is not very attractive.  (Sat 22/04 update:  Found a 2nd hand printed, unabridged copy during a op shop book browse, English spelling :D)

(found on SarahElisabeth's blog)  Due to the narrator, I think I'll read the printed format with this one.

Death Around the Bend ~ T.E. Kinsey (pre-ordered at the sale price)

The titles beneath have been recommended on reading associates lists .... wondering if any of you have read these titles?  I always wonder if cosy reads, written by modern authors, for adults,  have "clean "  - not detailing gratuitous sensuality - adultery free, respect based straight romance:  many modern cosy mysteries we've encountered definitely do not.  (Comments welcomed)

Strangeways to Oldham ~  Andrea Frazer   cosy mystery

News of the World ~ Paulette Jiles American Historical Fict
Such a good book!!  The WTM moms recommended it.  Has 2 small cursing excerpts.  Child prostitution is one of the topics (not graphic or detailed).