So in typical form, I disappeared only to resurface in the fall. Seems I’m more of a Sept. resolution kinda girl. And, as all good resolutions go, I drop it as soon as something shiny comes along.
I owe you a proper explanation of all that has happened in this past year, but I haven’t got the time right now. Instead, I give you a link free, and oh so helpful, list of what each of us is reading right now.
Me: The Well Trained Mind, again. I’m attempting to order all of our curriculum, but I seem to have hit the overwhelmed phase. Perhaps if I sleep on it, I will wake with clarity on just which portion of Institute for Excellence in Writing I should order for each of the kids. (Which isn’t actually in TWTM, go figure.) I am not a gifted writer, as is evidenced here clearly for you now, and I stress out when I think that I am responsible for teaching my kids how to write! I am also reading The Internet. Yes, all of it. No, I’m not referring to a particular book. But judging by the number of tabs and windows I have open on my computer, it would seem that I am attempting to Read. It. All.
Belle: I finally caved and allowed her to read the Hunger Games. She was so lost when she finished the Harry Potter series, as in she cried when she finished the last one and has since read them several times over. All her VA friends had already read it, so I gave in. I should add that to my reading list, so at least I know what she has read, but I’m not making any promises. Anyhow, we lucked in to a $1.99 deal on the Kindle, et voila! The One picked up Catching Fire for her this weekend as a treat. She is also reading Wizard of Oz and The Little Princess. I’m quite certain she has at least 2-3 other books going right now, but there isn’t a chance that I could keep up with her.
The Boy: While he doesn’t have the reading appetite of his sister, he doesn’t fight me when it comes to reading for school. The Boy is reading The Littles out loud to me right now. We are enjoying it, especially the sword fighting/arrow shooting! He loves the Magic Tree House series, though we don’t have any new ones right now. We’ll work on that soon enough.
Little Lady: (who does NOT like her bloggy alias, though I’m sure she’s forgotten it by now) This girl went from reading fairly well-truging our way through Little Bear books a word or two at a time-in April, to blow-me-out-of-the-water amazing this September. We didn’t do any formal lessons over the summer, so I guess it just clicked. She loves that she has joined the elite club of readers in the family. Last week she read Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin, and this week she is reading another Henry and Mudge…The Long Weekend, I think.
Read Aloud: Charlotte’s Web. I had dreamily looked forward to reading this with Belle for the first time a couple of years ago. I pulled it from the shelf and she announced, “I read that at school already.” With a sad heart, I put it aside. Good thing is, she’s forgotten most of the story now, and we’re all getting to experience it together. Even though Belle is nearly 11 (!!??!!), she actually enjoys our reading time the most-begging for just one more chapter when The Littles are ready to go play.
Well, that’s it for tonight. With any luck, I’ll make it back here within a week to update our reading.