Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Turning Pages

We have been doing some reading around these parts, which has been so nice, like a little piece of normal life has been put back into place.  Trying to find the time to do all the reading I would like to do with the kids is tricky.  There is so much reading to do for school {history, science and geography} and then we have the books that we just want them to experience reading because we enjoyed them too.

I have started reading to the kids at bedtime and I am so glad to have that back into our routine.  We started reading the Redwall series last year and finished the first book with the audiobook version that was read by the author, Brian Jacques.  I love these books for a read aloud.  The vocabulary is above what Caeden could read now independently so it's nice to be reading it to him and we can go through it together as necessary.  The vocabulary is what makes the writing so good though.  Mr. Jacques wrote Redwall for blind children and wanted the vocabulary to be as descriptive as possible so they could "see" using their imaginations.  That's my kind of writer...and he does it.  We have started on the second book, Mossflower and we are loving it!

For Maleiah we do lots of picture books at bedtime and also we started Milly-Molly-Mandy which is the first chapter book that we have started reading just to her.  This is a sweet story about a little girl named Millicent Margaret Amanda, Milly-Molly-Mandy for short and she lives with her family in a little white cottage.  She helps her family and has a sweet friend she calls Little-Friend-Susan and she is only four years old so the adventures she goes on are something Maleiah can relate to, like blackberry picking, a sleepover with a friend and gardening.

For his own reading, Caeden has been reading the How to Train Your Dragon series which are quite funny, a couple Choose Your Own Adventure books and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

As for me...I have been reading Water for Elephants {which I LOVE, can't wait to see the movie!}, cookbooks {which I hope to post about}, books about homeschooling {to get me pumped up for next year!} and books on gardening in Texas {for I know nothing, nada, zero, zilch}.

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

Marjie Salo said...

Hi Manderly,

I was wondering if your kids would be interested in being penpals with my kids. If they're not interested that's okay, it won't hurt our feelings or anything like that. I'm not sure if I have your email. I have an unidentified AOL email addy...could that be yours? Do you have mine? If not you can get it from Amanda.

I'm glad to know about the Redwall series of books, it's on Jonah's list. I take pictures on my iPhone of books I come across at the library that I think Jonah will be interested in later and then I add them to his online library account for future reference.

Joy and I recently discoverd the Betsy Tacy series, so we're eagerly awaiting book 3. I'm going to put the Milly Molly Mandy Story on hold for her.