We like books in this family. We really want to like books, and we want our children to love them.
I usually don’t like making a reading list for the year. Makes me feel too boxed in, and a failure if I don’t read those books, especially if I didn’t read even one of them by April! I tell myself I’ve seen better success by just going with what I feel like at the moment.
Now as a homeschooling mom however, I’m realizing my inadequacies and have proceeded on a random course of self-education. I’m also realizing my time limitations! Nudged by the example of our teammates—who are reading hounds: making yearly lists, reading them, exceeding them, and writing reviews of ALL of them—I made a list of books I’d like to read this year.
If I’m going to understand some of the subjects and philosophies I feel I need to understand in order to classically educate my children in a Christian manner, I knew I’d better get going now on some of this reading. I expect to exceed this list and didn’t include much Christian fiction, because I’m sure I’ll read that and don’t want to make a science out of it. That’s my leisure reading. But this is my homework:
To prepare for the logic stage:
10 Ways to Destroy Your Child’s Imagination by Anthony Esolen (Seth really wants me to read this one!)
How to Read a Book OR How to Speak, How to Listen by Mortimer Adler (I’ll probably read the latter and save the former for next year. Seth says the latter is easier.)
Homeschooling in general:
Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell
I’m almost done with this. I have a goal to review this one for Ita Vita to organize my thoughts.
For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
This is waiting for me in America. It’s my homework for My Father’s World, the curriculum I’ve chosen for our content subjects and the arts for elementary. It explains Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, hopefully in a digestible format. I also want to review this one.
History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer
I love Bauer’s writing style in The Well-Trained Mind, my favorite tome ever for homeschooling, as well as her children’s history curriculum Story of the World; so I’d like to read her adult history series. This volume ends after the fall of Rome, just like the children’s first volume.
Politically Incorrect Guide to English Lit
Some classics—Uncle Tom’s Cabin for sure
Biography of William Carey by S Pearce Carey—already 10% done! (about 400 pages) We read to one another at night when the kids go to bed. He reads to me while I exercise or wash dishes, and I to him while he does home maintenance projects. We want to finish by the time we leave for furlough.
Pilgrim’s Progress by Bunyan or Heaven by Randy Alcorn (We’ll see what we feel like after furlough.) 🙂
Some Christian fiction goals:
Finish Auralia’s Colors fantasy series by Jeffrey Overstreet (I’m in the middle of book 3) and three others. I’ve had a shelf of books new-to-me for going on two years that I haven’t had time to read yet. I’d like to tackle three of them. I find it ridiculous how busy I am now with four kids…homeschooling…mission stuff…no time even for my Christian fiction! sniff
One on family: either Beautiful Girlhood (in preparation to go through with Callie some day) or The Wilderness Within by Benneth Jones (actually I think this one might be more devotional for women)
Would also like to get to one devotional—Changed into His Image by Jim Berg. I’ve been wanting to read this for years, and never got around to it.
Children’s lit—This is not a chore. I love children’s lit! It was my favorite class at PCC, and I wasn’t even an education major. I was given some books that I need to preview to make sure they’re good for the kids. If you’ve read any of these and can give me your reviews, that would be so helpful—whether they had any objectionable content, or were absolutely the best-ever-must-schedule-this-one-as-a-read-aloud-every-year-type book. I won’t get to all of these, but I hope to get to some of them.
Midnight Magic by Avi
My Brother Sam Is Dead by Collier
The Slave Dancer by Fox
Voices After Midnight by Peck
Summer of My German Soldier
Onion John by Krumgold and Shimin
Anastasia Again by Lowry
The Giver by Lowry
Park’s Quest by Katherine Paterson
Soup by Peck
Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White
The Man in the Box—A Story from Vietnam by Mary Lois Dunn
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary
Now just to get the time to read them all!