Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Reading Aloud Challenge: a reasonably normal week

Well, we had our first semi-normal week this year, I think.  We floundered a bit early this week as we tried to figure out what to start.  And everything, basically, is Kindle.  So getting photos is tough.  I'm getting tired of the same photo every week.  Hmmm.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is our new primary read-aloud.  I've never read it.  See, I need to go through these various lists of the best books, most influential books, classics everyone should read... I need to go through them and figure out how to get them all in as read alouds over the next 11 years, while I still have kids in the house.

Anyway, we aren't very far into this yet, especially as we keep getting sidetracked to go researching submarines of the Civil War, or other such stuff.  I have to say it is nice to be reading a book with chapters of a reasonably consistent length though.

We've stayed up to date (though weekends just don't happen -- so Fridays we read Friday and Saturday, and Monday we catch up by starting with Sunday) in The American Patriot's Almanac by William Bennett.  This past week, we read about Japanese-American internment camps, John Glenn, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Iwo Jima, the Amistad, and Old Glory.  The kids are really loving this now. 

Advice for Seekers by Charles H. Spurgeon is still slow going, but it is still going.  Connor is really liking it.

We also started reading Sacagawea, by Karla Akins.  This is an upcoming Crew review, and we are really liking the way this story is put together.  Enough so that my older kids are asking if we can manage to go through Fort Mandan on our next trip to Fargo.  We'll have to see about that.

Thomas is reading The Complete Adventures of Curious George, by Margret and H. A. Rey, aloud to Richard and Trina.  Yay, Thomas!  They'll finish today, apparently, so I doubt I'll report on it again. 

This photo is slightly better, right?  I need to get more real books...

How about you?  What are you reading out loud?  I'd love some inspiration, so feel free to link up your posts about reading aloud, or leave me a comment and tell me I can do it... 


Unknown said...

I really like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Jen said...

I read through 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea a few years ago with my son.

Do you do this Read Aloud Challenge each week?

Debra said...

I am really trying to post this every week! Some weeks, lots of people link up, which encourages me to keep going.

I have never read 20,000 Leagues, but I am enjoying it. :)