Thursday, August 25, 2011

Reading Aloud Challenge: August 25

Okay, so we made some major changes in our school plans this week. Dropped books entirely, and are just in the midst of switching stuff around completely.  It actually turned out to be a decent read-aloud week, though not quite what I'd prefer.  Two weeks from now, well...

The basic plan, as I'm sure I'll be asked (!) is that Richard and Trina are starting Sonlight Core 1 next week.  We'll be skipping over the overview-y stuff (reading the archaeology book though).  William and Thomas will be doing Core 6, starting the week after that... however, we are going to get a start on The Golden Goblet this coming week.  Because that book has such L-O-N-G chapters.  I was hoping they'd let me not read it.  But alas, they want to hear it again.

Here is what we've been reading this week.

Still More Stories from 
Grandma's Attic (Grandma's Attic Series)Still More Stories from Grandma's Attic.  This one I was reading mostly to Richard and Trina, but everyone got involved this week. This whole series is amazing, and like I said in my review yesterday, I've had votes to start over with book 1 as soon as we get through all four.

Banner in the SkyBanner in the Sky.  This is Connor's... and (you knew this was coming...) all the boys are now listening.  What a great book!  We should finish early next week.

Angel on the SquareAngel in the Square.  Another book of Connor's.  Did I mention that we are kind of all over the place for Connor?  Decided that he is not going to do all of the 20th century stuff in Core 7, as he'll get lots of that in Core 300.  So we're wrapping up the history of the 19th century, but still filling in quite a few of the read-alouds (and readers) from the 20th century.
This one was great.  And we started and finished it.  Audiobook, in case anyone thinks I'm doing all of the actual reading.  I count audiobooks when multiple people are listening at the same time.

Snow TreasureSnow Treasure.  This is a book I've read before (unlike any of the above titles!) and the kids (all of them, naturally) are loving it.  We are maybe a third of the way into it, so the Nazis have only just invaded and the kids are just about to start their first mission... so yes, that means we are to the point of my kids bargaining with me.  "I'll do all the dishes if you keep reading..."  Love it.

Plans for this coming week? Finishing up the above.  Richard and Trina will be doing the next Grandma's Attic book, plus Charlotte's Web.  William and  Thomas will be starting Golden Goblet and possibly Mara, Daughter of the Nile.  Connor will be starting Number the Stars.  It is starting to feel like school is truly beginning.

How did your week go?  Sign the linky to link up your reading aloud post and I'll definitely come visit your post.   Love having you here... you motivate me when I feel like NOT reading aloud.

To see my first post when this turned into a linky thing, check here.


brandyb said...

I love reading aloud, and I am always looking for books to catch my boys interest!

Debbie Phillips said...

Great read-alouds. The WWII book, Snow Treasure, especially interests me since I don't think we have read that one. You guys are sure reading a lot of books. I linked up my post.

Michelle Smith said...

I'll try to pull my post together tomorrow, Debra.

Cristi said...

Great minds think alike -- I hope you and Trina enjoy Charlotte's Web as much as Lauren and I are.

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

I am going to check out Grandma's Attic. I seriously need to make a list. {getting pen and paper now} I didn't link up a post today b/c we are reading the same! We did finish one today though so I should have something to write about next week.

Jennifer said...

The girls are doing more hand sewing now and enjoy read alouds while they sew. Joseph usually draws or plays with Legos while I read.

Catherine said...

These are great book choices! I'm glad the boys still like me to read to them - although sometimes, we switch places. It's such a nice way to spend time together. I love that your kids are begging for more. Homeschooled kids rock!

Laura O in AK said...

Stopping by as I visit the blogs on the TOS Blog Cruise hop list.

My 11 year old read Snow Treasure last year while we studied WWII and enjoyed it.

Can I just share that you are an inspiration to me for reading aloud to ALL the kids? I do for the younger boys, but not the older ones. It might be time to test the waters (or at least get back to audio books as a family!)

Laura O in AK

Kym said...

I'm hoping to join in on this challenge once we are back in school. it looks like a great idea!

Debra said...

Snow Treasure is great. :)

And yes, I need to start a real list as I read these read-aloud posts, LOL.

Laura - I love my read-aloud time with my big guys. Not just the educational aspects (which are great) but the shared experiences part and the chance to have great conversations. I am not willing to give that up.

Kym-- looking forward to it!

Angela said...

We are reading The Boxcar Children with my younger ones, My oldest, The Silver Chair(Narnia), and the first book in the Kingdom Series(loving this one and almost done with it)The Kingdom's Dawn