Literature Update

A few months ago I posted a list of the literature we planned to cover this school year.  To recap, here is our list of books to read:

  • Our Island Story by H.E. Marshall (first published 1905)
  • Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin (first published 1896)
  • Parables from Nature by John Calvin Reid
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses
  • Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling
  • Burgess Bird Book by Thornton Burgess
  • James Herriot’s Treasury by James Herriot
  • Famous Composers for Young People
  • 365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials by E. Richard Churchill

We have finished quite a few of these, and made progress in several others.  The girls are particularly enjoying Our Island Story. We hung a classroom-sized map of the world on the wall and try to locate places on it when we are reading.  During the story of Caligula, Claudius and Caractacus, we saw how the Romans would have marched through Italy and France to reach the northern French shore where they picked up their seashells.   I am very pleased with the amount of material in this book.  It is obviously written for children, but hardly a childish book.

We are halfway through Fifty Famous Stories. This is another hit with the girls.  I am not sure if they just like the title or what, but they get very excited when it’s time to read it.

We finished Parables from Nature, Aesop’s Fables (2nd time reading that one anyway), Paddle to The Sea, and James Herriot’s Treasury. “Paddle” was fantastic.  I hope to take the kids up to the Great Lakes area this summer to see some of the places in the book.  We’ve already been to Detroit and Chicago, but I’d like them to see Niagara Falls and more of the Canadian landmarks.

Now that we are well and truly into winter and confined to the house much of the time, I’m going to start getting into the science experiments in earnest.  We kind of put them off while the weather was still somewhat mild in favor of getting more outdoor time.  They did enjoy the few (posted earlier) we’ve already done.

S5 is signed up for a Junior Robotics class at the Great Lakes Science Center.  It will be all day, so O4 and I will have several hours to poke around by ourselves at the museum while she’s learning about stuff.  She’s very stoked about going all by herself to an all-day class (not to mention the hot-dog lunch).


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