Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reading Aloud Challenge: April 28

This was a far more normal week of Reading Aloud in my family.  So if last week intimidated you (!), well, hopefully this week won't.

The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah EquianoConnor and I finished up The Kidnapped Prince.  What an amazing story!

I read aloud In Grandma's Attic to the kids, and reviewed it.  This is such a great book!  Everyone insisted on listening, although I was only requiring Richard and Trina.  We also got started on More Stories from Grandma's Attic, but did not complete that before the review.  I read a few chapters myself for purposes of writing the review. 

Attack at the Arena (AIO 
Imagination Station Books)William continues to read Attack at the Arena out loud to me.  This is going way slower than it ought to, because we are not being remotely consistent.

As long as I'm counting the kids reading real books aloud to me, Thomas is reading Robinson Crusoe to me from my Nook.  This is the version from Christian Liberty Press, and I can't seem to find it to grab a picture.  He's finally far enough into it to really want to keep reading, so he's reading 3-4 chapters at a sitting.

Andi's Pony Trouble (Circle
 C Beginnings #1)
Another review product, Richard and Trina are still listening to Andi's Pony Trouble.  Though, ummm, we only read a single chapter.  In Grandma's Attic took precedence, you know?

Arrow over the Door (Puffin Chapters)I read Arrow Over the Door to Connor.  Mostly I read to him while he washed dishes.  Seems a fine arrangement to me!  This was a pretty quick read, and it was fabulous.  Getting the Quaker perspective on the Revolutionary War, and the point of view of an Indian Tribe from Canada.  The best part was how the author explained what he knew from historical records, and what assumptions he made.

The Sherwood RingConnor's next read-aloud is Sherwood Ring.  And oh, we are really enjoying this as well.  We're only a couple chapters into it -- but there are only something like six chapters.  Long chapters, I might add.  This one is leading to some fabulous discussion.

So -- plans for the week ahead.  Well, mostly finishing up the stuff above.  We were supposed to start Black Horses for the King, and just haven't yet.  (You notice a total lack of mention of Thomas and William above!)  After Sherwood Ring, I'll probably start In Search of Honor.  After More Stories from Grandma's Attic and Andi's Pony Trouble, I'll be reading some James Herriot to the younger ones.  We've got a couple other possibilities out there too.

How did your week go?  Sign the linky and I'll definitely come visit your post.  I love getting inspired to read something new!  Though I didn't do much with visiting last week... Ooops.  Promise, I'll go visit y'all right after I get this posted!


Tess said...

I got mine up! It has lots of book images this week. Thanks Debra for hosting this.

A Thoughtful Spot said...

I finally got mine posted. It was like everything else this week.... behind and uneventful. :D

Michelle Smith said...

I was surprised we read as much as we did! However, I must also say that many times we only read a chapter or two of different things. We didn't complete reading anything. :(

Marie said...

I haven't been able to do this the past two weeks due :-/
But we are back in the swing of things now and I plan to post later today :-)

Eileen @ Ordained Praise said...

I would like to join this meme but only read aloud picture books to my four year old. My sixth grader and older children prefer to read on their own. Therefore, I will tell you about what my daughter has put in her 1st draft of her book report for "A Long Way from Welcome: A Mystery in Paris" by Echo Lewis.

Maggie, the main character, solves who is a real art thief with her friend. They visit some historical sights in Paris as their friendship strengthens. Maggie ends up risking her life to save someone else and confession, justice, and forgiveness occurs.

Let me know if you like to hear about children who read on their own or picture books read to a four year old. In any event, I will revisit your meme to hear all the good stories from time to time.

Debra said...

Eileen -- I'd love to have you join in! The big thing about this challenge is to be setting your own goals :)

Your daughter get a great job on that book report! Makes me want to look into the book :)

Debra said...

Yay, Marie! I'll be visiting yours and Heather's posts soon...

Beloved's Redheaded Bride said...

Oh! How excited a "Read Aloud" link up! Yippy. I can not tell you how my footprints sent me here but I sure have left them all over you little blog home! :)

I agree with you on your review of "Grandma's Attic". We also read the proceeding books as well. They always kept us in stitches.