This year, I have decided to be more laid back when it comes to read alouds. Its all part of my new 'schole' mindset. I have decided to purposely try to "teach from a state of rest". (SERIOUSLY. Go read that book. It is life changing.) For some people, rest comes naturally. I am not that person.
SO---Instead of planning and scheduling everything, my plan is to just find a good book...and read it! I still have a list of books that I want to read--but I will no longer will suffer from the guilt of being "behind" or "ahead".
For that reason, I will be keeping a running list of the books we have read together as a family on this page. I will be updating it often as we finish a book.
At the Beginning of the year we fell into sort of a "Ramona Quimbly rabbit hole". My children love Ramona's character. As an adult, I find that Beverly Cleary is a genius when it comes to capturing the heart of a child at all of these various ages. Reading these books is like growing up all over again. I am not sure how she can remember so accurately the way children think or feel about the world at all of these different ages, but she does a wonderful job. As a mother, I found that these books helped me to remember what it can feel like to be a child. It has helped me be more understanding and look for the good intentions in some of the seemingly crazy things my kids do! (Yes, my kids sometimes DO act like Ramona!)
The Young Reader's Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet by Adam McKeown
I'm getting ready to host our first Homeschool Shakespeare club. This month we are studying the play Romeo and Juliet. So we decided to read through this re-telling as we study the play. This is a FANTASTIC chapter book version of the play. It is gorgeously illustrated and contains the perfect amount of true "Shakespearean" English.
The Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley
Columbus by Edgar Parin D'Aulair and Ingri D'Aulair
This again is another reason why not planning is actually working out. We are studying ancient Greece and Rome this year in history---so I NEVER would have planned to read a book about Christopher Columbus. However, the kids were reading a biography about him during reading, so I pulled this off the shelf and read it. The D'aulairs have written several biographies---and they are all fantastic. Check them out if you haven't.