Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Peek at our Bookshelf - April 9, 2013

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I've been doing a lot of prep work over the past couple of weeks.  I've been trying to get things organized and ordered (or wish-listed until I make my final decisions) for next year.  One of the books in Elliott's Year 1 curriculum is The Burgess Bird Book for Children.

The book is not really "scheduled" though; it's left up to me to choose a few chapters (birds) each term based on my region and the season we start.  Some moms have said on the Ambleside forum that they wished they had just read the book straight through.  So I've decided we'll just start now, since the book starts in the spring, and just slowly work our way through.  I've been trying to do a little bird watching here and there to get him excited, and I think I've got him hooked, so we're going to start this week.

Picture Book Challenge:  I sometimes feel like I leave Emory out, and because I have so many great picture books that we've never gotten to, I challenged myself last week to read at least one "new" picture book each week to the boys from our bookshelf.  Last week was Ferdinand.  This week's book:
Watty Piper
I know, who hasn't read this classic to their children?  That's why I'm challenging myself to read more!

We've been studying Ancient Egypt recently (Homeschool in the Woods - Great Empires review coming soon) so some of our read-aloud material has pertained to Egypt.

by Bernadette Simpson
{I "purchased" when it was temporarily free}
This doesn't exactly pertain to Ancient Egypt entirely, but it is a very nice picture book with a lot of interesting information in it.

by Cindy Neuschwander
This is a living math book, and is about two kids who go to Egypt with their father, who is an archaeologist searching for a mummy in a pyramid. The children and family dog get trapped inside, and have to follow the clues of the shapes to find their way. There's a good bit of vocabulary in there, math and otherwise, so it was a fun little read.

We're also going to do a King Tut sticker book that I've had on the shelf forever.  It's actually quite detailed, so it may take us 2-3 days to get through it.

So that's a little bit of what we've been doing and plan to do this week.  This post is linked up to Debra's Reading Aloud Challenge, so be sure to check out what other's are reading aloud right now!

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