Thursday, April 21, 2011

Reading Aloud Challenge: April 21

We're back at school this week, and you can tell by the books we have finished!  What a great week for read-alouds.  Now, the problem has been too many late nights of these.  Uff-dah.  Hopefully the kids all caught back up on their sleep last night!

Madeleine Takes Command 
(Living History Library)We finished Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel Brill on Monday night Tuesday morning.  Um, yeah, it was something like 4.5 hours straight of reading aloud.  Great book.  The kids were busy constructing lego models of the bastions and fence and all.  They loved it. 

The Pirates of Pompeii (The
 Roman Mysteries)Tuesday night, we only stayed up just past midnight finishing The Pirates of Pompeii by Caroline Lawrence.  Apparently, this is book #3 in a series.  The AUDIO of book 1 is now on hold at the library.  Looks like we ought to even get it this weekend.  It is on TAPE though, so we aren't going to have a lot of flexibility in listening to this.

The Boxcar Children (The 
Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)
Yesterday, we finished The Boxcar Children.  We had been reading a chapter or so a day for the rest of the week, so we were about halfway through it.  I have a couple of kids clamoring to listen to the whole series.  We went through about twenty of them back when the big kids were about this age.  It's not happening quite yet, but I'm sure we'll be working through more soon.

The Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah EquianoI've been reading The Kidnapped Prince to Connor, while everyone else runs around outside.  Wow...  absolutely fascinating.  I thought we'd actually finish it up yesterday, but not quite.  Hopefully today.

Attack at the Arena (AIO 
Imagination Station Books)William continues to read Attack at the Arena out loud to me.  Expect a review next week. 

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 started listening to Andi's Pony Trouble.  Trina absolutely adores this book.  Richard enjoys it, too.  But Trina relates to being the baby sister and insisting she isn't a baby.

So -- plans for the week ahead.  We'll be finishing up many of the above titles, and the plans are to start The Arrow Over the Door and probably The Sherwood Ring with Connor.  William and Thomas will be listening to Black Horses for the King.  And I'm starting In Grandma's Attic for Richard and Trina.  There are some other possibilities too, but we shall see.

How did your week go?  Sign the linky and I'll definitely come visit your post.  I love getting inspired to read something new!


A Thoughtful Spot said...

Wow, you guys stay up 'til midnight reading? That's dedication! I have trouble not falling asleep in the middle of the afternoon. I am also in awe of how many books you read this week. Good job!

Debra said...

We don't usually stay up until midnight reading. It was just a weird week...

Tess said...

Got one done this week. Sorry I missed last week.

Michelle Smith said...

You've done really, really well this week, Debra. And I've done really poorly. ;) I'm going to have to look up the Madeleine book before we hit that time period in our studies again. :)