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Our 10 Favorite Current Family Read-Aloud Books

When I wrote my revised curriculum, I promised that I would share some of the books I have been reading to Andrew. A few of the books are repeats from the list I shared a little over a year ago; but, now that Andrew has discovered the world of chapter books, those favorites are slowly being replaced! In another list I’ll share some of the books Andrew has been reading to me. 🙂

Here are 10 of Andrew’s current favorites:

1. Guess How Much I Love You. Andrew knows this book by heart now! It is a standard read every night before bed.

2. Children’s Book of Virtues. This is another that continues to be a favorite. There are so many little stories in this book that Andrew loves. And I love the underling moral virtues encouraged in all the stories.

3. Picture Book of Saints. This is a book that will remain a family favorite for a long time. Andrew never gets tired of reading and re-reading the lives of the different saints in this book.

4. Get Busy Beaver! This is a about a beaver family that is Quick! Quick! Quick! about building their dam. Except for the brother…who in the end surprises the family in a beautiful way. A sweet story.

5. The Hipponotamus. This is a fun story about a hippopotamus who wants to be anything but! Andrew often giggles and laughs his way through this cute story!

6. The Boxcar Children Series. When I called out for help in getting Andrew to practice his reading, this book came recommended by many moms – and I’m so glad! Andrew LOVES these books. There are over 100 books in this series, so I suspect we will be reading these for a while! (Each book stands on its own, so you don’t have to read them in order; but, I would recommend reading the very first book first.)

7. The Bobbsey Twins Series. These books are a bit above Andrew’s level but thanks to The Boxcar Children books, Andrew has grown to enjoy mysteries and enjoys these books very much.

8. The Flat Stanley Series. My sister-in-law handed these books down to us. Her sons enjoyed theses books and she thought Andrew would enjoy them, too. And he does. These stories chronologize the adventures of Stanley who was flattened by a bulletin board. Fun books.

9. The Magic Tree House Series. These books tell the story of Jack and Annie, a brother and sister team, who discover a tree house that is filled with books. Through these books, they are able to travel through time and place and encounter all sorts of adventures. A couple of books where a little too suspenseful for Andrew, but over all, he enjoys these books very much.

10. The Little Bear Books. I think I love Little Bear as much as Andrew does. 🙂 You may recognize Little Bear from the popular cartoon series on Nick Junior but; Little Bear started out as a classic book series way before the show. All the stories are heartwarming and enchanting and they never fail to keep Andrew mesmerized.

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for Me Wednesday.)

Are You Talking Like a Pirate Today?

Ahoy Mateys!

Did you know that today is the International Talk Like a Pirate day? Aye, it tis! I stumbled upon the talk like a pirate website by accident and thought it sounded like a fun thing to do with Andrew.

The website has some great ideas but be warned, the writers are somewhat crass and there are talk and recipes about alcohol – but, then again, what would you expect from a bunch of pirates, right?! They do have some appropriate stuff for junior pirates, a party kit and even a curriculum you can use, too, though.

“Plundering” (borrowing) from some the above linked curriculum, here is what I am doing with Andrew today:

Handwriting/Spelling/Reading: We will talk about the words that pirates used, such as ahoy, avast, embark, disembark, foul and grog. I’ll have him write the words out and read them back to me and I’ll adapt our usual spelling activities using the words above.

Math: Not sure how to incorporate pirates into the math lesson, so I’ll probably do our regular math.

Geography: We will talk about global positioning (longitude and latitude), nautical directions and seafaring.

Art: I will let him color this pirate boat.

Religion: Usual curriculum; plus, as a treat, I will let him watch the Veggie Tales movie, “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” 🙂

I may make one of the drink recipes from the site or find a “pirate friendly” recipe to make for lunch and/or dinner. And of course, we will be talking like pirates! Arrr!

What about you? Doing anything fun for “Talk Like a Pirate Day”?

Disclaimer: Yes, I know that real pirates and piracy is a terrible thing and I will be making sure Andrew knows the difference between pretending and real pirate life. Please take this post and these activities in the spirit of fun they are meant to be! 🙂

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 28, 2011)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Queenship of Mary and Happy Anniversary!

Ten Reasons I Love My Husband

Surf Dog! (Wordless Wednesday)

Revised Curriculum Plans for 2011-2012

No One is Hopeless

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (May 22, 2011)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

Anne’s Crazy Cake

My 10 Favorite Uses for Vinegar

Wordless Wednesday: Mr. Personality

Catholic Heritage Curricula Review


WFMW: Back to School Tip: Trust Your Instincts and Have Fun!

This month’s theme for Works for me Wednesday is “Back to School Tip.” These two tips I have are directed toward fellow new-to-homeschooling moms, but even if you don’t home school (or have been homeschooling a while), it’s still good advice. 🙂

I wasn’t homeschooled growing up, but I always knew I would homeschool my child(ren). For me, it was a no-brainer. The schools where I lived were flawed on so many levels and there was no way there would be any other option for me.  Thankfully, I have a husband who is very supportive of homeschooling!

Still, as much as I knew I was going to homeschool,I was very of nervous about it and spent a lot of time getting everything “just so.” I searched for the perfect curriculum, endeavored to put together the perfect schedule and gathered everything into our schooling area. In other words, my perfectionist tendencies kicked in big time! 😉 I also did a ton of research and asked tons of questions to every seasoned homeschooling mom I met!

It was in talking with one of those seasoned moms that I got the best advice ever:


There is no perfect curriculum or the perfect schedule. No one knows your child like you do. And, yes, you’ll make mistakes. Try different things and keep what works and disregard the rest. Ultimately, you know what’s best for your family!

The second best advice I got from a seasoned home schooling mom is this:


Life is messy. Stuff happens. Schedules get turned around and kids (or yourself) gets sick. Home schooling isn’t about “doing school at home” but about loving your children and helping your children to grow into Godly adults.

Relish the time with your children and enjoy the process of homeschooling. Time will fly and before you know it, they will be heading for college!