A few days ago, I told you about how I make a book list during the summer of all the books that my kids will most likely read during the school year. I also list the books that I will use as read alouds and any books that we may use for certain subject areas. Once I've made my list, I start doing a little research on how much each book costs on Amazon and on used book sites, like Thriftbooks. I write the prices down and then take these lists with me to my local used book sale. Well, I'm happy to report that I checked off A LOT of the books that I needed from my list, just by spending about an hour at the used book sale last week. I thought it would be helpful if I uploaded my book list here so that you could see it if you're interested. Disclaimer: I have A LOT of books listed. This doesn't mean that I will go out and buy all of these books, although I wish I could. It's so helpful though, for me to have a list of additional resources that I can pick up at the library throughout the year if my kiddos take a special interest in say, volcanoes when we start learning about the different parts and types of volcanoes with our CC community. I DO buy all of the readers on my list. I don't use a full reading curriculum, so I don't feel guilty spending the money on these books and I make sure to get them for great prices. My little learners love to read and it's been engrained in their brains that "good readers, reread books." So, these books get used over and over again at our house.
Our family is involved in a Classical Conversations community in our area. You can learn more about CC here. As a homeschooling mama, I love being involved in CC. It provides accountability, friendships, community and we have thrived using the classical education model in our homeschool. So, you'll notice that a lot of books on my booklist correspond with the material that we will be learning with our community. A lot of the books that we read correlate with the history material that we learn in CC, but I also have listed books focusing on other subjects as well. My Mini-Me is going into 1st grade and is a budding scientist, so I've pulled some ideas for her; however, my 4th grader, who I'll call Gamer, would read about history all day long if he could. I hope these lists help you with book ideas for your own family. Got other ideas? I'd love to hear about them. Feel free to comment your favorites below.
Thanks so much for visiting. I'm Heather. I'm a wife, mother and educator who loves trying to make beauty of the life around me.