We often have quite a number of books on the go at any one time. We read some books for morning history time, others for afternoon storytime, and still others for bedtime.
We have just started a trip through American History for the three elementary-age boys, Mr. Diligence, Mr. Sweetie, and Mr. Imagination. We read a chapter about Leif Ericson and the Viking discovery of North America, then the book Viking Adventure, and now we’re learning about Christopher Columbus. Pedro’s Journal is our story to go along with the history book for this one. We read the history selections and fiction to go along with it in the morning while breakfast dishes are being washed.
We also read a couple of pages from this book in the morning before we start on school, too. Fascinating!
In the afternoon, while lunch dishes are being done and I hold Little Miss to try to get her asleep for a nap (which only happens once or twice a week now), I read other stories. Mr. Diligence and Mr. Sweetie take turns choosing one, Mr. Imagination chooses one, and I usually have two different series to read a chapter each from. I also have Little Miss choose a picture book to read. Today, she chose this one.
Next, I read a book from a series about children somewhere. Right now, we’re reading the series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. We’re on the third book, and everyone is enjoying it. Esther loves Lily’s comments about her brothers—both Esther and Lily are oldest sisters with lots of brothers and no sisters (Esther didn’t have a sister till she was 16). Little Miss loves the story because it’s about a girl; she wants Lily to come play with her.
These are the other stories we’re reading in the afternoon. None of them have chapters that are too long, thankfully. Mr. Sweetie chose Whom Shall I Fear, and Mr. Imagination wanted All on a Mountain Day. I’ve been reading the Burgess books to the children for several years now; I think this is the last one, and then we’ll start a new series about animals.
Sometime during the school day, we read from this book. I am loving it, as I have all the Apologia textbooks we’ve used! We had quite an interesting lesson a couple of days ago about vascular and nonvascular plants. The boys did a leaf rubbing to illustrate vascular plants (they were supposed to draw a leaf, but I said to rub it instead), and then drew a picture of a bit of moss to show what a nonvascular plant can be like.
Depending on the evening, we often read a chapter or two from another book while the evening’s dishes are being washed. We started this book before we moved, because I try to read ones Gayle wants to hear when he’s home. Now that he isn’t with us on weeknights anymore (he’s working at his old job still, and coming to be with us for the weekends), we’re going ahead and finishing it, but recording it so he can hear it later. It’s a great book, and we’re all really enjoying it.
We started this one before we moved, too; we’ll finish it in the evenings after we’re done with the one above. Mr. Intellectual had chosen it for morning readings, but now that we’ve started school again I’m reading history books for that time. This is quite a fascinating glimpse at Russia just before the Revolution.
I’m reading a couple of books for myself, too. A friend just loaned me Large Family Logistics, and I’m enjoying the encouragement I’m finding in it. My other one is Love, Amy, a memoir formed from many years of newsletters written from China. I am thoroughly enjoying this book, including her tips for writing newsletters sandwiched between each year’s collection of letters.