27 March 2017

Our Week Ahead becomes ...Books Being Read ~ March 2017

Trying to find time to get regular 'our week ahead' posts up is just not happening... so I thought I'd share what we've been reading this month, along with a quick comment about the rest of our educating at home topics. 

Jay and Daisy are plugging away at their academic subjects though we've needed to make changes to Jay's academic workload as he spends more and more time away from home with part time work.  Since Jay now has less time to sit and read, we've switched some of his titles over to audio book - works perfectly; and, amazingly he's electing to go through the fiction titles that have been sitting there waiting to be read.  The Surfeit of Lamprey's had been dust collecting on his book basket list since last year; it now been listened to and enjoyed.

Daisy is rather enjoying using Greenleaf's Guide alongside her reading of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People.   Greenleaf doesn't go through the entire book, so Daisy is electing to read through the rest of it anyway 

** For NZ-ers:  Whitcoulls stock and sell The Greenleaf Guide to Medieval Literature.
Reading for Daisy is never an issue, she'll happily do that anytime, any day, anywhere - so she tries to focus on getting academic subjects out the way first.

Both children are at the age where indepth discussions are a natural follow on with the books they are reading - this is something I've intentionally cultivated; generating open dialogue over issues/character, or lack there of,  etc... in books being read.  This  has been our life with a literature based approach to education right from the young years.

Book Baskets:
Book Sale Find:  Just Binne
Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Timelines  (Church History)
Bede's Ecclesiastical Hist of the English Speaking Church
How to Write Clearly ~ Beechick  
The Prince of the House of David ~ Ingraham
The Faerie Queen ~ Edmund Spenser (1590's epic poem)   (unabridged audio)
Horrible Histories: Vile Victorians ~ Deary  :-P   (library sale find)
What She Could;  & Opportunities ( A sequel) ~ Susan Warner
Just Binnie ~ Dick King-Smith  (so nice to find a positive presentation of belief in God, and the power of prayer, in a Modern Times chapter book .  I found this easier chapter book book in a library sale; and, since I enjoyed Daisy decided to read it too.)
The Secret of Walter Mitty ~ Thurber  (Short story)
The Most Dangerous Game ~ Connell  (Short story)
A White Heron ~ Jewett  (Short story)
How to Read Slowly ~ James Shire
The Student Leadership Challenge ~ Kouzes & Posner  (Leadership Course. Spine)
Leaders Who Last ~ Dave Kraft   (audio)
Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps & Timelines  (Church History)
Surfeit of Lampreys ~ Ngaio Marsh ( Mystery)
Died in the Wool ~ Marsh   (Mystery)     (audio  the one thing I don't like about James Saxon narration is the heavy! affectation he injects into the reading.)
Christian History Made Easy ~ Timothy Paul Jones   (Church History)
The Most Dangerous Game ~ Connell (short Story)
Arsenic and Lace ~ Joseph Kesselring (play.  indepth discussion about mental health scenarios evolved from this.)
Book Sale Find: .... then there were nine
.... then there were nine ~ Phyllis Johnston  (NZ Hist)

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