Shakespeare for Kids

The first time I was exposed to Shakespeare was in a high school classroom.  The one and only play we read and discussed was MacBeth.  Even though we spent a long time reading and discussing the play, the archaic language made the story line quite difficult to follow.  As a…

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Middle School to High School Reading List for a Strong Reader

I compiled a middle school to high school reading list for my strong reader.  We started this list in 6th grade and are in the middle of 7th grade right now.  Most of the books on the list would be considered classics, but many contemporary novels are included as well.…

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Reading Aloud to a Visual Spatial Learner – Improving Listening Skills

As a parent I had envisioned times where my son and I could cuddle together and enjoy books.  From the time my son was small, he would run around and play and interact with other things around him as I attempted to read aloud.  Some kids have the ability to…

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Why Classic Books?

We have chosen classic books as reading books in our homeschool for a reason.  Classic books are books that were written by gifted writers who knew their way around a sentence.  The vocabulary is rich and the sentence structure is varied.  On the contrary, many modern books written for kids…

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4th and 5th Grade Level Reading Books

Here is a short list of reading books at the 4th and 5th grade level. I’ve listed the grade level that is listed on the Scholastic Book Wizard as well as the Lexile Level and a link to the book at Amazon so you can see inside the book. These…

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Literature Selections

My oldest son is moving toward literature analysis this school year.  We are using the book Figuratively Speaking to guide our literature choices.  This is his reading list this year: Poetry Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Autumn Within Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Rainy Day Edgar Guest – Home Ralph Waldo Emerson…

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List of Reading Books – 2nd – 4th grade level

I’ve compiled a list of books for my younger son to read this coming school year.  You will notice that the first part of this list coincides with Sonlight Grade 2 readers.  Last year we read many of the Sonlight Grade 2 readers so we are picking up where we…

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Reading Progress – Kindergarten and Second Grade

In our homeschool we don’t use a specific reading program.  Our reading program consists of reading.  Sometimes discussion of the books take place, but standard comprehension questions don’t play much of a role here.  Discussion allows me to understand how much my child understands about what he has read.  …

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