I always love looking at people’s piles of books so here’s ours from this morning.
We love our mornings of reading.
We started with a chapter of Acts with our audio Bible.
Then we read a chapter of “The Gospel Story Bible”. It’s a lovely way to review and chat.
Today we finished reading the final chapters of “Queen Elizabeth II”. She’s an interesting lady and I enjoyed finding out about her.
(This afternoon we picked up a stack of documentaries about her from the library.)
We read this book about Guy Fawkes as it had to go back to the library today. We’ve read about him before so I got the boys to do a quick narration before we started. I was pleased with how much they remembered about him. All this reading actually sinks in. Phew!
We also started this little book about the Tower of London. It’s jam packed with information so we’ll just move through it a few pages at a time.
This term we are reading through “The Usborne History of Britain” so we read several more pages. Every couple of pages, I get a boy to narrate back what they remember. Tomorrow we’ll review what we read today.
The aim is to finish this book before the end of the term and we’re doing quite well so far. Just a little, every day, is a great way of steadily moving through a book. I like this nibble approach as it allows us to contemplate and discuss the topic for longer and I think it ‘sticks’ better this way.
“The Great Fire” is just a short novel. It’s about the Great Fire of London. The plan is to read a more indepth book (we are waiting for it to arrive) but we found this at the library and decided it was a nice introduction while we wait.
For Science we are learning about genetics and we’re currently working through “My Name is Gene”. I must say, I’m not a fan of this book. One minute it’s too complex and the next minute it’s too childish. But, until our new selection arrives, we are trying to make do. As long as we take it in small bites, we are okay. If we hadn’t already read lots about genetics, we’d be completely lost.
“Great Joy” by Kate DiCamillo was a lovely book (definitely check it out). We used it as the focus of our literature analysis. It’s not a long story but it’s a treasure trove of discussion. The climax is a simple question from a little girl. The denouement then had us holding our breath and the conclusion left me all goosebumpy. It’s an absolutely beautiful book for Christmas time.
Finally, we read another installment of “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. We’re enjoying this story a lot!
It’s takes a lot of self-restraint to put it down after one or two chapters.
But, sadly, we can’t read all day. Eventually we have to pick up our pens.
But don’t feel too badly for us. 🙂
We managed to squeeze in more reading later in the day, with an hour of our audio story, “The Scorch Trials”, while we were driving to and from errands. And then this evening, the boys got another hour of their read aloud with Daddy.
Oh yes, we love our books.