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I try to have a sample reading list ahead of time for each child to ensure they pick out good, quality literature. Yes, I let them make their own selections, but I also recommend a few titles that I think they will like.
Through the years, we have read countless books. Many of these I believe would be great for most children. Here are a few of our favorites that you may consider putting on your summer reading list.
Babies and Toddlers
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (there are a few in this series like Baby Bear, and Panda Bear that are also great!)
- Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
- Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
- Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
- Babies (So Tall Board Book) by Gyo Fujikawa
- Peekaboo Books (babies LOVE these types of books)
- Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- If You give a Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
- Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
- Edwina, the Dinosaur that didn’t know she was extinct by Mo Willems
- Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- Seuss Books
- Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean
- Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Aweibel
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett
- Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
- Splat the Cat by Rob Scotten.
- Amelia Bedeliabooks by Peggy Parrish
- Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
- Harry the Dirty Dogby Gene Zion
- Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
- Historical American Girl Series (Authors Vary)
- Circle C Beginnings by Susan K. Marlow
- Bindi Wildlife Adventures by Bindi Irwin and Jess Black
- Magic School Bus series by Joanna Coleand Bruce Degen
- Sisters in Time (Authors Vary)
These books we have not read, but they have gotten rave reviews by other homeschool moms and are on my kids summer reading lists.
- Frindle by Andrew Clements
- Runaway Ralph . by Beverly Cleary
- Summer with Elisa by Johanna Hurwitz and Debbie Tilley
- The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
- By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
- Hol es by Louis Sachar (Newbery Medal winner, 1999)
- Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien and Zena Bernstein
- Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Fiderle
Have you ever heard the phrase “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents”? I whole-heartedly agree with that statement! Read alouds are a favorite in our home. We have read every book on this list, and my kids love to have that time together as a family. Our read aloud time is during lunch, but really, you can carve out time anywhere in your day to sit down and read a book as a family. Just find a time that works for you!
Read Alouds for the Whole Family
- Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh and Leonard Weisgard
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Charlotte’s Web by EB White
- Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor
- Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard Atwater
- Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Animal Stories by Thornton Burgess
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- In Grandma’s Attic by Arlette Richardson
So, take this list, or make your own and go to the library! Summer reading programs can be found at your local library and most bookstores like Barnes and Noble.
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We all know how important reading is for our kids. Children who are good readers typically do better in school. Reading helps kid become fluent, independent readers. Reading opens up learning opportunities, helps kids to develop empathy, opens the door for new ideas, and encourages a good imagination.
Many of us have closed the books for the summer, and while we know learning doesn’t have to happen when school is “in session”, in reality summer is usually when we allow our children to have “down time”. Learning may not stop, but it slows down. Thankfully though we can encourage our children to continue to learn throughout the summer with a great selection of summer reading titles and by participating in our libraries summer reading programs.
Summer reading programs are in full swing across the country and the opportunities for learning abound. There are many benefits to participating in a summer reading program.
Summer reading programs:
- Encourage reading to become a lifelong habit
- Offer activities for those who may be reluctant readers
- Reading over the summer helps children keep their academic skills up
- Studies have found that children who take part in their libraries summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills.
We participate in our libraries summer reading program each year. My kids LOVE the library and love to participate in the fun hands on literature related activities they offer.
Come back Monday for a list of books that would be great to add to your child’s Summer Reading list!
No one will deny the fact that homeschooling is a full time job. However, it is also not our only job. We have to keep up with our homes, parent our children, work at our churches, outside activities, our paid jobs, and still have time for our spouse. This can all take a toll on our homes and our marriages.
One of the most important relationships you will ever have is with your spouse. Homeschooling does not trump this. Making time for your marriage while homeschooling is important, and something that must be done. How can you do this?
- Schedule Date Nights: Date nights are important and there are tons of inexpensive options out there. If childcare is a problem offer to swap childcare with a friend once a month. Or, put the kids to be early one night and order pizza and a movie.
- Get up Earlier: If your spouse leaves for bed while you are still asleep try to change this. Even if it is just once or twice a week. Get up with your spouse and have time together before they leave for work. Even 15 minutes of alone time without children can mean a lot.
- Go to Bed at The Same Time: Does one of you stay up later than the other? Make a commitment to go to bed at the the same time at least 2 nights a week.
- Get Creative: See if you spouse will help you grade papers in the evening and talk about the kids, or what happened in your day. Do dishes together, sit with your spouse while they work on the car, go grocery shopping together. Find ways to spend time together that you may not usually do. Get creative and see what happens!
Marriage is hard work, and is a relationship that needs nurturing. The only way to do this is by making time for each other. In the rush, rush, rush mentality of today’s society this can be hard. However, you must make the choice to make time for your marriage. Homeschooling is just one of the many jobs that you have; make sure it is not the only one you are completing.
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.