Friday, July 18, 2014

School Books

July is half over and it is almost time for the Painter kids to get back to school. Usually we would be starting school now as I have us on a year-round schedule, but my parents are visiting at the end of the month so we are waiting until the first week of August. I am hard at work at preparing for it though. Here is a sampling of some of the fun things in store.

Bit is going to be in fifth grade. I am a bit blown away that my daughter is now old enough to be in the grade I used to teach. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???? As she pointed out to her father a bit ago (nearly sending him into apoplexy), she would be getting her Hogwarts letter this year if she were a British witch.

Anyway, our history journey has brought us to Explorers through 1815. We will be reading a lot of historical fiction that takes place during the time plus some great non-fiction, plus some other books I think she will enjoy.
A sampling:

There will be some classics thrown in there too: Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. And, of course, plenty of books she chooses herself, because that is important.

LM is going to be in 1st grade. His reading, thanks to Gerald and Piggie and Henry and Mudge, has taken off this summer. He will be reading a lot of books this year, and here is a sampling of some I will be reading to him now that he's mastered the art of concentrating long enough:

I'm looking forward to this year, but sad I don't have co-op classes to teach in this new town yet. I'm going to miss having students other than my own kids, particularly the high schoolers.


  1. That looks like a wonderful selection of books, I'm curious about Greenglass House and have yet to read Flipped, although I really loved the movie. If you don't mind me asking, what are some of the nonfiction you plan on reading?

    1. I still haven't watched the Flipped movie. Bit and I will have to do that together once she reads it.

      The non-fiction selections are:
      History of US Volumes 1-4 by Joy Hakim
      Several of the Scholastic published Cornerstones of Freedom series
      The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers (I LOVE this resource.)
      Jamestown: The Perilous Journey
      Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day
      The Witchcraft of Salem Village
      Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
      Ben Franklin: Inventing America
      The Notorious Benedict Arnold

      That's all I can remember right now....

  2. Ah. So fun! I've got some good memories with some of those and then with my kids. My oldest is going to be in 5th grade too! Scary!! ;)

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings