Friday, September 6, 2013

Reading (Kids)

Current and recent pleasure reading:

9-year-old: 
The Boxcar Children (the original story, not the spin-off series)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Understood Betsy

11-year-old: 
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Comes Back
The Hound of the Baskervilles

School Reading:

9-year-old: 

History/British:
The Cambridge Historical Reader

History/Ancient:
The Children's Plutarch:  Tales of the Greeks

Geography:
First Lessons in Geography (a memorize-&-recite kind of thing, like a catechism)
Tree in the Trail

Religion:
Hurlbut's Story of the Bible
Great Moments in Catholic History
Mother Cabrini, Missionary to the World
The First Christians

Science/Nature:
Among the Meadow People
A World in a Drop of Water

Math:
Life of Fred:  Honey

11-year-old: 

History/British:  Story of the English

History/Ancient:  The Children's Plutarch:  Tales of the Romans

Geography:
First Lessons in Geography
Charting the World
Adventures in Geography

Religion:
Pearls of Peace:  A Rosary Journey Through the Holy Land
Hurlbut's Story of the Bible
Great Moments in Catholic History
Father Marquette and the Great Rivers

Science/Nature:
The Practical Geologist
Geology and Fossils Junior Explorer Activity Book

Math:
Life of Fred:  Honey

Lunch-Basket Read-alouds: 
Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children
The Shining Company
Our Island Saints
George Washington's World (continued from last year)
The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat (topics from our Tuesday MathArt class)

What is the 15-year-old reading? 
All this stuff.  He should be finishing Unit 1 this week.


I, meanwhile, have found several more Agatha Christies to hoover up. Everybody else go read and don't talk to me.



2 comments:

Celeste said...

Thanks for the recommendation of First Lessons in Geography! I can't believe I haven't seen this one before. We're doing The World at Home(by the Kirbys) and Highroads of Geography this year, and we did Long's Home Geography for the Primary Grades last year. I'm always on the hunt for good geography resources, as my kids enjoy the subject, and I particularly appreciate the older perspective on geography, which seems to combine it more with natural history, science, history, and anthropology than modern texts usually do. Anyway--this one will be going on my list as a potential option for next year.

Sally Thomas said...

I'm really liking it, Celeste. The kids . . . well, it's not that inspiring, compared with most of their reading, but it is useful memory work, of which I can see the value, even if they can't. There are some archaisms which drive my stickler child crazy: in Lesson 2, for example, it says that there are two continents, the Eastern and the Western (and then it divvies these two up into North and South American, Europe, Asia, and Africa), but the stickler has to insist, vehemently, that there are SEVEN continents . . . and of course, he's right, and he knows it, having gone to the trouble of memorizing those seven continents formerly. So, there is that. But overall I like that they are committing to memory terms like "peninsula," "isthmus," "strait," etc. It makes a very good skeleton on which to hang all kinds of more detailed knowledge about the world, and I am wishing I'd discovered it sooner. Better late than never, though.