I took some unexpected time off from blogging when my kids were at camp and we were on a family vacation. I truly meant to get some posts scheduled, but it just never happened. Anyway. I am back and school is about to begin again in the Painter house. Every year I like to feature the books I'm requiring my kids to read and discuss with me. (They also get plenty of choice books in between these to just read and enjoy.)
With Bit (8th Grade) I'm doing a genre study over the next two years where we will look at classic examples and tropes in several different genres. These will be supplemented by current titles she gets to choose herself. What we are tackling this year:
Poisoned Apples is part of a larger unit we're doing on Fairy Tales with a focus on feminism. (I have my fingers crossed she will want to read Bone Gap for her novel for this. I want to talk about it with her so much!!!!) And yes, my son will also get this when he's in 8th grade
We are also going to watch the 1996 Romeo and Juliet.
LM (4th grade) is studying Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation in history this year so some of his reading list reflects that. Some of it is just to inspire a further love of reading and have fun.
He's also getting a unit on Fairy Tales that I will be using several different picture book versions of tales for. As part of that we will also read this Tam Lin by Susan Cooper and Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges.
I'm excited about this year and so are the kids. I buy them their own copies of all the books we read and they arrived this week. One week until we start!