Category: Language Arts: Reading


Princess-Themed Sight Word Game

A couple of years ago I made game-boards to go along with some cute princess-themed sight word cards I found over at Kelly’s Kindergarten. Print out both pages of the sight words  “Cinderella’s Ball.” (3rd game down) and/or the sight words under Sight Word Memory: Princess-easy (you’ll need to scroll down to the 15th game).  Print out the cards on cardstock. To play, place all the cards face down in...

Reading Roundup:  Author, Patricia Polacco 0

Reading Roundup: Author, Patricia Polacco

 The past few weeks, we’ve been reading through many of Patricia Polacco’s books.  I know as an adult, I get fixated on one or two authors (Paullina Simons–The Bronze Horsemen series, Jodi Picoult, Philippa Gregory, Rick Riordan). And LD has his favorite series too reading through all the Magic Tree House books, Beast Quest series (he’s on number 36), Andrew Lost and the A-to-Z Mysteries. We have all really enjoyed...

Reading Roundup — Australia 0

Reading Roundup — Australia

We loved this book!  It was about a farmer who winds up running a long race from Melbourne to Sydney. Wonderful pictures.  Below are two other Australian books we really love. Both books below highlight a lot of the native Australian animals. Please like & share:

Reading Roundup – China 4

Reading Roundup – China

We are using the Five in a Row book list  and some recommended children’s authors to add some spice to our children’s literature readings. WOW! Have we had a wonderful time so far on this adventure! Here is our children’s literature book list, a collection of authors and titles we are making our way through (though I liberally add in my own books/findings as you see!). These books have a...

Reading Roundup — The Amazon Rainforest 4

Reading Roundup — The Amazon Rainforest

We are using the Five in a Row book list to add some spice to our children’s literature readings this summer and into the fall. We bought two of the FIAR curriculum guides (for vol. 2 and 3) and will use the other two lists as a reference to bring great books into the house. We also will be going through the children’s literature author’s list suggested by Lucy Calkins...

Free Book — Beacon Second Reader 4

Free Book — Beacon Second Reader

I used the Beacon Second Reader with LD a couple of years ago.  DD has been reading them aloud in the past few weeks.  When I downloaded them a couple of years ago, I printed it all out.  I got a Nook for my birthday, though, and decided to download the book right onto the Nook.  Neat!! Anyway, these stories are at the perfect (if not a bit easy) level...

Language Worksheets 6

Language Worksheets

 I’ve made a few worksheets to go with our language and spelling lessons, but only just started writing them on google docs. I’ll post them in my Free Downloads area  if anyone is ever interested. They’re plain old worksheets, but this seems to work really well for my son to help review language rules with an absolute minimum of writing (which we do in other areas of our homeschool day)....

Reading (DD, 5 yr old) 8

Reading (DD, 5 yr old)

Here’s the reading update on DD, age 5 1/2. The past couple of months, DD has been doing lots of independent reading. We came to the end of her phonics program (we used Bob Books and then the Primary Phonics storybooks, sets 1-6) and it was time to set her free with the books we have on hand. I did this with LD as well and I can’t recommend independent...

Another book series LD is enjoying 8

Another book series LD is enjoying

We found another book series that has LD really engaged.  The books are called Andrew Lost and they follow the adventures of a young boy who builds a shrinking machine.  He, his cousin and their robot get lost on the neighbor’s dog — in the midst of blood-sucking monsters (fleas).  They continue on to other adventures 2) in the bathroom 3) in the kitchen 4) in the garden etc.  This...

Precious Words! 6

Precious Words!

LD actually told me, “Mom, I like reading more than TV!”  In the past few weeks he has zoomed through a fantasy series called Beast Quest and he would read one and often two books a day! The series is about a young boy who goes on a quest to release various beasts from a spell that was placed on them (the beasts protect their kingdom).  I’ve always loved sci...

Recommended Science Books: “Totally Amazing” Series 0

Recommended Science Books: “Totally Amazing” Series

 I was telling my friend today how much LD loves this series of books.  We first got a couple of these in a lot/group of science books that we got off of ebay.  But LD loved them so much that I wound up getting them all. There’s not a week that goes by that LD doesn’t pick up one or two of these to read through. They tend to reside...

What we use for Reading 4

What we use for Reading

It has been a while since I talked about DD’s reading (she’s 5).  We are still working our way through EPS Primary Phonics Storybooks. I can’t recommend this set of readers highly enough!  I have found them absolutely perfect after the Bob Books.  Each book (like the purple one at the left and the one straight below it) is 16 pages long and the story is reasonably good.  DD reads...