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Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*True or False: Dangerous Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger

*True or False: Farm Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: A Surprise Visitor by Poppy Green

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Great Big Paw Print by Poppy Green

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Poppy Green

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Mouse House by Poppy Green

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Journey to the Crystal Cave by Poppy Green

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Silverlake Art Show by Poppy Green

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*If You Grew Up With George Washington by Ruth Belov Gross

*Once Upon America: Facing West: A Story of the Oregon Trail by Kathleen V. Kudlinski

*Magic Tree House: Narwhal on a Sunny Night by Mary Pope Osborne

This week as a family we are reading:

*Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

*Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

*When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest

*The Respiratory System by Krystyna Poray Goddu

*Letters: English and Spanish by Susie Jaramillo

*La Oruga Muy Hambrienta by Eric Carle

*Say and Play Bilingual: Oink, Moo, Meow: Oink, Muu, Miau by Sterling Children’s Books

*Siesta by Ginger Foglesong

*Mi Munro by Margaret Wise Brown

*¡Bravo! by Ginger Foglesong Guy

*The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

*Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert

Photos from Inspired Education's post 13/11/2023

Today we read Snowflake Bentley as part of our American history read alouds. We were reminded of a special snow we experienced a few years ago when the snowflakes landed perfectly visible on my husband’s jacket and gloves!

The next time it snows, head outside to see if the conditions are just right for this to happen for you too! And don’t forget to read about the man who changed how we see snowflakes forever!


This week I shared with my kids their immigration story. I’m so thankful for the many, many people who have researched our family lines and made this information accessible to us! Despite MANY dead ends along the way, I was able to find 364 separate families that immigrated to America! I was also able to share with them that one of their ancestors was a passenger aboard the Mayflower. We’re reading this beautiful book this month leading up to Thanksgiving!

As we began studying Ellis Island and countless journeys across the sea, I wanted my kids to have a clear picture that our ancestors were immigrants, that we are connected to these stories. This lengthy research project of our family tree has done just that!

There is something special about drawing a story out over time. My littles beg every night for “one more page!” They can hardly wait until bedtime to find out what will happen next in the story!

Photos from Inspired Education's post 09/11/2023

We kicked off the holiday season with A Christmas Carol! Check out your local high schools and community children’s theaters for great performances year round!


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Tales From Maple Ridge: The Big City by Grace Gilmore

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Clover Curse by Poppy Green

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit

*Happy Birthday, Samantha! A Springtime Story by Valerie Tripp

*I Survived: The California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis

*Individual Sports of the Winter Games by Aaron Derr

This week as a family we are reading:

*One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul

*Impunity Jane: The Story of a Pocket Doll by Rumer Godden

*A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

*A Christmas Carol illustrated by Alan Marks

*A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers

*Twice as Many Friends ¡El doble de amigos! by Brian Amador

*America the Beautiful Wendell Minor

*Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler

*The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P. J. Lynch

*Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert

Photos from Inspired Education's post 08/11/2023

The first snow of the year means dropping everything for hot chocolate and games at our favorite local coffee shop! Family traditions ❤️


Every year they get so excited to decorate their playhouse with Christmas lights! This is probably the last year they will fit inside of their treasured playhouse, and I’m feeling all kinds of emotions about that! Cheers to one last year of playhouse memories!

Photos from Inspired Education's post 06/11/2023

Today we learned how Isatou Ceesay and the women in her village recycle plastic bags into purses in The Gambia.

This creative idea helped rid her village of large trash piles. The trash piles of plastic bags on the streets caused “dead livestock, strangled gardens, and malaria outbreaks.”

Now, the village is “much cleaner, the goats are healthier, and the gardens grow better.” Mosquitos also have less breeding ground so there are less malaria outbreaks.

Well done Ceesay! You are an inspiration to us!

You can visit to learn more as well as purchase your own purse!

My kids are so excited about the opportunity to support these women and have their very own recycled coin purse. We each contributed equally to buy two bags. We cannot wait for their arrival!

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia by Miranda Paul


A big shoutout to all the families who are homeschooling with a little one in tow! This easy set up used to keep my little guy entertained for so long! It’s just colorful paper taped onto the table to make tunnels! Then add allll the trains, trucks, and construction vehicles!


Fall is a great time to explore nature!

Nature’s playground for our children is always changing. It is filled with wonder if we will only stop to observe it!

We love to take a blanket to the forest and sketch in our nature journals. Afterwards, it is usually teepee building and imaginative play for these two! We like to change it up throughout the year - we take painted rocks to play stick tic tac toe, we bring hammocks for reading, we bring field guides for birdwatching, and sometimes we bring friends to share in the fun!

Watching my children delight in nature is an incredible gift, and over the years, I have discovered its treasures for myself as well.


Current read! Enjoying it so much!


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Tales From Maple Ridge: Logan Pryce Makes a Mess by Grace Gilmore

*Tales From Maple Ridge: The Lucky Wheel by Grace Gilmore

*I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis

*Snow by Marion Dane Bauer

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

*History Maker Bios: Amelia Earhart by Jane Sutcliffe

*Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

This week as a family we are reading:

*The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R. C. Sproul

*Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

*Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

*Chanticleer and the Fox adapted from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and illustrated by Barbara Cooney

Photos from Inspired Education's post 28/10/2023

Today for our Reformation Day study we ate a Diet of Worms with our breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The Diet of Worms is where Martin Luther was asked to recant, which he would not do! We also used some craft foam pieces to make our own printing press. We are thankful for Martin Luther’s courage and Gutenberg’s printing press so that we can all own Bibles!


Labeling African countries during our geography lesson today including a red heart for the Red Sea!

This is from Simply Charlotte Mason’s Cycle 1 history/geography/Bible curriculum. I laminated the country names, and I have my kids rotate placing them on the map and writing them out. Placing them on the map allows their brain to work quickly as they remember all of the countries. Occasionally writing out the names helps cement the names and spelling in their memory. We have learned so much about each country by adding a picture book study into the curriculum! Don’t worry, Algeria is still hanging out waiting to be placed. 🙂


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Childhood of Famous Americans: Hellen Keller and the Big Storm by Patricia Lakin

*Sniffles, Sneezes, Hiccups, and Coughs by Penny Durant

*You Should Meet: Roberta Gibb by Laurie Calkhoven

*Magic Tree House: Good Morning, Gorillas by Mary Pope Osborne

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: The Maple Festival by Poppy Green

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Winter’s No Time to Sleep! by Poppy Green

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

*Samantha’s Surprise by Maxine Rose Schur

*Anna Hibiscus by Lauren Tobia Atinuke

*Pet Vet Book 1: Cranky Paws by Darrel and Sally Odgers

*Magic Tree House: Hurricane Heroes in Texas by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Warriors in Winter by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: To The Future, Ben Franklin by Mary Pope Osborne

This week as a family we are reading:

*Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by James Rumford

*The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Pemner

*Ellis Island by Patricia Ryon Quiri

*Helen Keller by Leslie Garrett

*The Heart: Our Circulatory System by Seymour Simon

*A Friendship Yarn by Lisa Moser

*Living In the Master’s Plan: 30 Family Devotions by Ray Vander Laan

*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder


This week’s handicraft!

This aquarium was a huge hit! His favorite part - the turtle moves!


How to Raise a Reader
Part 1 - Pre Readers

Reader question: "I’ve noticed your kids read ‘above their level’- you’re clearly a reader yourself. How did you teach them to read so well so young?"

This question comes with a long and complicated but important answer! I wanted to share the things we did in our family that we feel led to our kids having a true love for learning and reading. Every child is different and their interests vary. Keep in mind that we pursued these things because our children truly loved them!

By age group...

Before You Were Born

I was a teacher the year I was pregnant with my oldest. She had great benefits of hearing me read books aloud every day! Beyond that, however, we also read to her at home while she was still in my tummy! My husband was a little skeptical when I handed him the first book to read to her. I’ll never forget it. It was called Ellison the Elephant. It will always remain a very special book to us! Reading to a baby in utero has so many special benefits, and I am sure future research will show even more benefits!

0-2 Months

When my kids were newborns, I read to them daily as I rocked them. At this age, I chose longer books with rich language and sentence structure. Sometimes I picked up a chapter book such as A Bear Called Paddington, and other times I chose beautiful picture books such as The Quiltmaker’s Gift. There’s nothing like that special bonding time with 100% undivided attention given to your little one.

3-12 months

At just 3 months of age, I began reading books with textured pages in them. I would take my little one’s hand and run it over the texture. I was shocked at how quickly they started reaching for the pages themselves! There are also some great books for tummy time that we used as well!

Books at this age should not be kept pristine, but rather given to the child to play with in his own way. My children loved to flap small books and always put books in their mouths.

Sitting in your lap and listening to you read shows children the correct way to turn the pages, pause and look/talk about all the things they see, and turn the page again.

There are countless “touchy-feely” books out there, and they are so great for helping kids fall in love with books. Equally as important is the special time you are spending with your child. They will associate books with your gentle touch, your inviting lap, your kind voice, and your undivided attention.

It is also important for books to be accessible to your children. You can keep them in baskets on the floor, low shelves, or my personal favorite - on a picture ledge that allows all of the books to face out.

12-18 Months

At around 12 months, we started reading books specifically to develop vocabulary. My favorite books for this skill were the Usborne’s series “Very First Book of Things to Spot” and their “1000” book series. The pages of these books are a thinner board book style. They are perfect for growing hands to practice gripping smaller things and help keep the book in good shape after years of use!

These two book series have simple, bright illustrations that engage little ones. I would spend a very long time on each page pointing out shapes, colors, animals, emotions, and anything that was on the page. At first, I did all the talking and pointing as we went through the pages. Very quickly, though, I would begin pausing and asking my kiddo if he could “point to the duck with a scarf.” Before you know it, your little one will begin to copy the words and start talking up a storm as you read the books together.

18 months - 2.5 years

What a special age this is! A child’s vocabulary begins to explode during this age. At 18 months, we gave our children wooden puzzles. Their favorite puzzle was the alphabet puzzle! Within just a few months, they could identify and place each letter. We continued to play fun games with letters. I would hand them a cereal box as they sat in the grocery cart. I would ask then to find different letters all over the box. They LOVED this game!

At age 2, their very favorite book was All Better by Henning Lohein. They loved kissing the boo-boos and placing the band aids on the page.

During this age, we would read countless books throughout the day. We read a wide variety of topics. They learned shapes, colors, numbers, animals, construction vehicle names, emotions, and a host of other things through books.

2.5 - 3 years

At age 2.5, I began very short 10 minute informal “lessons” per day with each child. We played with one letter per week and learned its sound. So for letter a, they learned that it makes 3 sounds. This is a particular way of learning phonics that I was trained in at my Charlotte Mason school. It is also taught in the homeschool curriculum Logic of English and possibly more curriculums that I am unfamiliar with. The sounds are short a (apple), long a (ape), and aw (ball). You simply teach the three sounds.

Throughout the week, we ate foods that started with A such as apples, avocados, and asparagus. We played with a toy Ark and read the corresponding Bible story. We read about Antarctica. On a trip to Costco, we counted how many A’s they could find (there were a lot!).

We had the most fun, though, by sharing our learning with others! We were so lucky to have 3 great friends in our neighborhood with girls only a few months apart in age from my daughter. Every Monday, the moms came to our house with their littles and we called it “preschool.” One mom brought a letter craft, one mom brought snacks. I taught the girls the letter sounds and read them books. We used any hands on activities that we could find. One of the girls’ favorites was making the letters with do-a-dot markers. There was always music and dancing as well. These 26 weeks that we spent together are some of my fondest memories as a mama.

Each week, the girls practiced their new letter sound as well as the previous letter sounds. We even had a palm tree that the letters climbed up each week to mimic the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. By the end of the 26 weeks, they knew all of their letter sounds!

During this stage and the others before it, you might notice that your child likes to read the same book over and over. This is developmentally appropriate and also very good for them! The more times they hear the vocabulary in a book, the more likely they are to make that vocabulary their own. If you get stuck reading the same two or three books every day, you can implement a fun game that I called “You Pick, I Pick.” Let your child choose any book he likes and then you also get to choose any book that you would like. Your book will likely make its way into the “favorite book” group of you child. In this way, they can still read their favorite books while being exposed to new books on a regular basis.

Throughout all of these ages, we made books a priority. We brought books to hotel rooms and on airplanes. We gifted them books, and we asked for books as gifts from family. We visited the library and checked out dozens of books at a time on a weekly basis. We wrapped 24 already owned Christmas books each December and let them open one each night. Then we would read it as a family by the light of the tree. We read a book about going to the dentist before their first ever dentist visit. We said yes to the pleas for “one more book” before bedtime.

All in all, books have been a daily part of our lives since before our kids were even born! Check out the video below to see my kiddos learning the skills of prereading and falling in love with books at young ages! Also check my stories to see some fun photos of us reading over the years. Stay tuned for part 2 where I will go into more detail about teaching them to read and beyond!

Photos from Inspired Education's post 20/10/2023

Last week we celebrated our 7 year old reading his 50th chapter book this year! We asked him what he wanted to do to celebrate, and he chose a tea party and game night! We had a blast! He says some of his favorite books were the I Survived series, Magic Tree House, and history biographies!


My daughter entered kindergarten already reading. We loved her school very much except for one thing. They told us that only kindergarten level books could be sent home with her for reading practice. The focus was to get all of the kids reading. My kids love to be challenged and learn, so it was a hard year for her to sit patiently every day as her classmates learned letter sounds and eventually began blending simple words.

We began to think about homeschooling because our sweet, curious learner was coming home in tears every day. She loved her teacher, playing with her classmates, and specials time. But ultimately, she was bored.

Fast forward to our second kindergartener. These are the words we were pulling out of his books last year. He knew all of the words on these cards due to our method of building vocabulary. He was excited to read and learn every day!

Our children are such sponges when they are little. Sometimes school can rob them of their natural curiosity and learning pace and frustrate them. This works both if they are not ready for certain material and if they are already beyond the learning material.

I have taught several homeschoolers how to read at ages 7 and 8, and there is no stigma with that in homeschooling! It’s beautiful!

We all learn best at our own pace, and we are so thankful that homeschooling offers that gift to every family that chooses it.


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Natural Disasters: Earthquake! by Marion Dane Bauer

*Clouds by Marion Dane Bauer

*Wonders of America: The Appalachian Trail by Marion Dane Bauer

*Secrets of American History: Revolutionary War: The Founding Fathers Were Spies! Bg Patricia Lakin

*Secrets of American History: World War I: Fearless Flyers, Dazzle Painters, and Code Talkers! by Elizabeth Dennis

*Wonders of America: Yosemite by Marion Dane Bauer

*Wonders of America: Yellowstone by Marion Dane Bauer

*Stories of Famous Americans: Harry Houdini Escape Artist by Patricia Lakin

*Animal Feeding Time by Lee Davis

*The New Pony by Catherine Hapka

*I Survived The Attack of the Grizzlies, 1967 by Lauren Tarshis

*The Cobble Street Cousins: In Aunt Lucy’s Kitchen by Wendy Anderson Halperin

*The Cobble Street Cousins: A Little Shopping by Wendy Anderson Halperin

*Magic Tree House: Civil War on Sunday by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Twister on Tuesday by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Earthquake in the Early Morning by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*The Cobble Street Cousins: Special Gifts by Wendy Anderson Halperin

*The Cobble Street Cousins: Some Good News by Wendy Anderson Halperin

*The Cobble Street Cousins: Summer Party by Wendy Anderson Halperin

*History Maker Bios: George H. W. Bush by Catherine A. Welch

*Meet Samantha by Susan S. Adler

*Samantha Learns a Lesson by Susan S. Adler

*Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

This week as a family we are reading:

*Clara and Davie: The True Story of Young Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross by Patricia Polacco

*A Picture Book of Sitting Bull by David A. Adler

*The Life of Martin Luther by Agostino Traini

*Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier

*How Birds Sleep by Sarah Pedry

*Te Amo, Sol, Te Amo, Luna by Karen Pandell

*Primeras Palabras by Ballon Media

*Chico, Mediano, Grande by Graciela Repún

*Hello Night, Hola Noche by Amy Costales

*My Breakfast with Jesus by Tina Cho

*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Photos from Inspired Education's post 18/10/2023

My girl was in her element this morning on our field trip to a rescue ranch. We have always encouraged her passion for animals. We check out countless books from the library on all kinds of animals, we watch tv shows that feature veterinarians, and we visit as many animals as we can. Last year we even drove across the country to visit the Columbus Zoo so she could meet animals and zoo keepers from her all time favorite TV show.

Thank you *homeschooling* for allowing us the opportunity to pursue our kids’ passions in unique ways.

What ways do you encourage and pursue your kids’ passions on your homeschool journey?


Reformation Day study day 2! We read a book that went more in depth about Martin Luther’s life and made chocolate hammers! It was a great treat to end the school day!

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier

Photos from Inspired Education's post 16/10/2023

Reformation Day study day 1! We read about the life of Martin Luther and nailed some of his theses onto the Castle Church door!

Book: The Life of Martin Luther: A Pop Up Book by Agostino Traini


This week’s handicraft: string art!

This is a kit that my daughter was gifted for her birthday. The foam piece was stamped to show where each pin goes. She gives it two thumbs up and can’t wait to complete the other two designs!


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Six Silver Spoons by Janette Sebring Lowrey

*Wonders of America: The Grand Canyon by Marion Dane Bauer

*Wonders of America: Niagara Falls by Marion Dane Bauer

*Wonders of America: The Mighty Mississippi by Marion Dane Bauer

*Magic Tree House: Buffalo Before Breakfast by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Tigers at Twilight by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Dingoes at Dinner Time by Mary Pope Osborne

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood

*History Makers Bios: Frederick Douglass by Catherine A. Welch

*Addy Learns a Lesson by Connie Porter

*Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Connie Porter

*Happy Birthday, Addy: A Springtime Story by Connie Porter

*Addy Saves the Day: A Summer Story by Connie Porter

*Changes for Addy: A Winter Story by Connie Porter

*A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

This week as a family we are reading:

*Naming Liberty by Jane Yolen

*The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss

*Verdi by Janell Cannon

*Ancient Egypt and Her Neighbors by Lorene Lambert

*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder


This week’s handicraft was a hit! Boys can sew too. 💙

Every kit that I think his sister will love, he loves more. Never underestimate the determination of little brothers who want to be just like their big sisters!


For two years, my kids dragged their feet when it came to spelling. They loved learning. They loved every subject. Except spelling.

This summer I attended an amazing homeschool conference, and I was able to get eyes on a new spelling curriculum. I instantly loved it and knew it would be a great fit for our family.

Spelling You See combines phonograms, copywork, and dictation to make a unique spelling program. My kids finally get excited for spelling! While level B has a gentle approach with nursery rhymes, level C uses short paragraphs about animals that my daughter enjoys.


This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Science Comics: Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter by Joe Flood

*Animals do the Strangest Things by Leonora and Arthur Hornblow

*Let’s Get Turtles by Millicent E. Selsam

*Childhood of Famous Americans: Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig by Stephen Kresnsky

*Sophie Mouse: Looking for Winston by Poppy Green

*Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson

*History Maker Bios: Thomas Edison by Shannon Zemlicka

*History Maker Bios: Eleanor Roosevelt by Mary Winget

*History Maker Bios: John Hancock by Candice Ransom

*Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson

*Science Comics: Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter by Joe Flood

*The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Book Three: The Great Escape by M. J. Thomas

*The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Book Four: Journey to Jericho by M. J. Thomas

*The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Book Five: The Shepherd’s Stone by M. J. Thomas

This week as a family we are reading:

*Feathers Together: Inspired by a pair of real birds with an unbreakable bond by Caron Levis

*A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison by David A. Adler

*The Storyteller by Evan Turk


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes: The Adventurous Life of the First Giraffologist by Karlin Gray

*Smithsonian: Spacesuits by James Buckley Jr.

*The Adventures of Sophie Mouse: Forget-Me-Not Lake by Poppy Green

*Countries We Come From: Liberia by Rachel Rose

*Yasmin: The Farmer by Saadia Faruqi

*Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game by David A. Adler

*Young Cam Jansen and the Knock Knock Mystery by David A. Adler

*Who Would Win? Ultimate Bug Rumble by Jerry Pallotta

*Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs Great White Shark by Jerry Pallotta

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla

*Anne and Her Tower of Giraffes: The Adventurous Life of the First Giraffologist by Karlin Gray

*Winnie The Early Years: Homesick Horse by Dandi Daley Mackall

*The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Book Two: Race to the Ark by M. J. Thomas

This week as a family we are reading:

*Countries We Come From: Egypt by Rachel Anne Cantor

*Lily: The Girl Who Could See by Sally Oxley

*Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

*Countries We Come From: Morocco by Joyce Markovics

*There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares

*The Dead Tree by Alvin Tresselt

*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder


If you have a little one who loves all things baseball and war, this book will be a huge hit! Ted Williams fought in both WWII and the Korean War. The book dedicates a few pages to each of these as he took time off of baseball to serve his country. The rest of the pages are filled with home runs from the greatest hitter who ever lived. My little guy was beaming from ear to ear the entire time we read the book. We ended the book with a YouTube video of his last baseball game. His last hit ever after a long and successful career…a home run!


We have been using Tiny Theologians ABC Names of God to learn more about God’s names and attributes. I love how they help each other when they forget one of the words 😍


Weekly Reads

This week, my 7 year old is reading:

*Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

*Chang’s Paper Pony by Eleanor Coerr

*Good Dog: Life is Good by Cam Higgins

*Good Dog: Barnyard Buddies by Cam Higgins

*Good Dog: Puppy Luck by Cam Higgins

*Good Dog: Sweater Weather by Cam Higgins

*Good Dog: All You Need is Mud by Cam Higgins

*Magic Tree House: Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Day of the Dragon King by Mary Pope Osborne

*Magic Tree House: Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Pope Osborne

*Billie B. Brown: The Beautiful Haircut by Sally Rippin

*Billie B. Brown: The Birthday Mix-up by Sally Rippin

*Billie B. Brown: The Little Lie by Sally Rippin

*Billie B. Brown: The Secret Message by Sally Rippin

*Hey Jack! The Extra-Special Group by Sally Rippin

*Hey Jack! The Bravest Kid by Sally Rippin

This week, my 9 year old is reading:

*History Maker Bios: Nellie Bly by Shannon Knudsen

*The Cobble Street Cousins: A Little Shopping by Cynthia Rylant

*The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Book One: The Beginning by M. J. Thomas

*Magic Tree House: A Big Day for Baseball by Mary Pope Osborne

This week as a family we are reading:

*The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth

*One Wish: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University by M. O. Yuksel

*Simple Machines: Screws by Sarah Tieck

*The Fort on Fourth Street: A Story about the Six Simple Machines by Lois Spangler

*Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys by David A. Adler

*Simple Machines by Cody Crane

*Childhood of Famous Americans: Ready to Read: Annie Oakley Saves the Day by Anna DiVito

*Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner

*Prarie School by Avi

*Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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