Thursday, June 9, 2011

One proud Momma....

Sometimes readers can be pretty boring and the stories pretty lame. DS5 is reading and he went a completely different route than DD8 when she was reading at his level. For one, there is no fight, no struggles. I don't have to force it. We began phonics because he requested it. So last December, we began Kindergarten Phonics... every other day we would do a page or two, or as many as he wanted. Sometimes we went days without doing any phonics, and then we would pick it up again. He is now almost finishing First Grade phonics and instead of readers he is reading Mo Williams. Again his own choice.

As you know we go to the library every other week, and we check out about 30 books at a time. They just so happen to have some new books with Gerald and The Pig and DS5 picked them up at home and began reading them. Because they are written with dialog balloons like comic books he asked me to read them with him. So the first time I was Piggie and he was Elephant. The second time we reversed roles.

The next morning I woke up and heard voices in the living room and thought he was talking and playing with DD3 but no, he was reading his Mo Williems books again by himself. Everybody else was sleeping.

So today we are going to go back to the library and get some more Piggie and Elephant books and maybe even the Pigeon book.

Living and learning. Each child is so different and unschooling has really helped me see that we are NOT all fishes and we shouldn't be swimming in schools. HA!!!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Reading list of May 2011

Here are the books we read this past month. For a look at some Audio Books and other subjects we have been studying through mp3 files look HERE.

The list below was read by DD8 and by me and DH to the children. DS5 is now reading readers. All books that are level 1 or level 2 were read by him on his own.

Ready, Set, Swim! (Rainbow Fish & Friends (Hardcover))


Garfield's Furry Tales
Grandma's Latkes
Bonny's Big Day
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition (Reading Rainbow Books)
Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill: A Phonics Reader (Step Into Reading)
Clouds (Now I Know)
Patulous: The Prairie Rattlesnake
Alfonse, Where Are You? (Dragonfly Books)
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (Lyle the Crocodile)



More books coming in the month of June. We love to participate in the Summer Reading Program put together by our local Public Library. For our family, it's a fun activity where we meet new friends, enjoy crafts, science exhibits and plays. We love it!!

What are you up to this summer??? What books have you been reading?