Blogging Through the Alphabet – Letter W

I can not believe how far we are in our Blogging Through the Alphabet! I love having this time each week to stop and share with you about our favorite books. I am excited to see what my co-hosts, Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood, have to share this week!

This week I had a hard time. The Letter W has so many good books that I love, and I wanted to share them all! I knew that I couldn’t share them all, or this post would be too long. So I narrowed it down to two. This was hard! I picked one for the older kids and one for the younger, The War of the Worlds and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

The War of the Worlds is a classic book. This book and the radio story caused a lot of issues when it aired in October of 1938. They aired it as a news broadcast, and many people started freaking out before they found out it was a story being acted out.

Since this time, there have been movies made that my kids love. They love the idea of aliens and the what could be. The films that were made are fun to watch and full of action, but Moe Man found out that the book is better! He read it while we used Sharon Watson’s Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide and couldn’t put it down.

Reading a classic like this and being able to enjoy it is a great thing that I love to let my kids have access to. This is a book that will be read many more times during our homeschool years, and re-read for fun in the meantime!

The second book I want to share with you this week is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. This is a book that I had read to me while I was in school and one that I had to have in our house!

Reading and hearing poetry is an essential thing in childhood and adult life. Understanding the rhyme and rhythm that comes through poetry is a great way to help build strong writers and readers. Because of this, I wanted to have a fun book to keep poetry fun in our homeschool. Just like the days when I was in school, I have started reading a poem a day from this book. When we finish it, the kids beg for me to start again.

While I love reading this book to the kids, they also like to steal it off the shelf and read it on their own. These poems are fun and light. They are laughable and allow the kids just to have fun. I love seeing them laugh while reading these poems and trying to make up their own silly rhyming stories.

What are some of your favorite W books? I would love to hear about them!

 


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Wow, another week has flown by in the house! I can not believe we are onto the letter V already in our Blogging Through the Alphabet! This was me thinking and planning about our next adventure with this alphabet journey! Have you stopped by and said hello to my co-hosts, Kirsten from DoodleMom or DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood?

I was worried about this letter, what would I pick? We are getting to some of the tough letters of the alphabet, and They can be hard, no matter what your topic is. Finding a book that I have read for V seemed daunting at first, but I realized there was a favorite book that I almost forgot about, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle!

Any book written by Eric Carle is an excellent book in my opinion! I love the artwork that goes with the story. The stories are simple, yet fun and engaging. My kids have always loved them. Just this week, March 20th, was The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day, so this just seemed like the perfect fit for this week!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a fun book to read. The pages are cut out as the caterpillar eats through the various fruits and vegetables, but he also has a splurge day when he eats way too many sweets. When he gets a stomach ache from this, he decides to eat healthy again before making his cocoon.

Not only is this a fun book about the science behind a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly, but you are also able to use the stomachache as a learning time about healthy eating. My kids could certainly feel the pain as they saw how much junk food this poor caterpillar ate in one day!

While I was walking around our library yesterday, I found another cute little gem, I Love Mom with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. While this has very little to do with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, he is pictured on every page of this story. This is one of those books that mom falls in love with and the kids can agree with.

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Tom Sawyer – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Here we are, another week into our journey through the alphabet! This week we are on the letter T! I hope you are enjoying your time following along with us, and I love to read through your posts each week as well! Have you stopped over and said hi to my co-hosts Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood?

This week I want to share a book that Moe Man has read and one that we have listened to on audio drama. One that every child should read or hear at least once in their childhood. This book is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

We currently own the Young Reader’s Classics of Tom Sawyer, and Moe Man has read through it. At the time I had him answer a few questions as he went through the chapters and really didn’t have a plan. However, he remembers it. This is a book that even a reluctant reader will read and remember!

I wish I had known about the Glencoe Literature Library when Moe Man was reading this book, but I know that I will be using this with Ray Ray in the short future. This site has numerous free guides to go with some great books. These guides offer so much, and I love coming here when I need to find a book for Moe Man to read.

Tom Sawyer is a kid that every kid can relate to at some point or another. He finds a way to get out of trouble, out of work, and even how to save the day. While this is not the easiest to read, we also have it on audio drama. This means that while we are in the car, we were able to listen to the story acted out. I loved that the little kids could hear the story and be drawn into it through this experience. It will make it that much more fun when they actually read the story themselves.

What did you write about for the letter T? I would love to read it! Please share it with me!


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Strays – Blogging Through the Alphabet

We are nearing the end of our alphabet for this season. I am thinking of doing another round after this. Is there any interest in following me on this again? We still have a few letters left. We are currently on the letter S. I hope you enjoy this book that I want to talk about. After you finish here, make sure you stop by and see my co-hosts Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood.

This week I want to talk to you about the book Stays written by Remy Wilkins. This is a book that is geared towards the young adult age, but after reading it myself, I would say this is a book for adults as well! I had thought of letting Ray Ray read this book, but decided that 9  might be a tad young for some parts of this book. Moe Man is the perfect age for it, and the topics are great for him!

Strays is about a young boy named Rodney who is being dropped off to stay with his uncle while his mom is getting a house set up for them after his dad left. Not only is this a hard time, but now Rodney needs to stay with his strange uncle who doesn’t even have a TV! This would kill my kids!

Rodney finds out that his uncle seems to be into some strange, maybe even scary things. When Rodney meets a demon named Birthless. A demon, yes. This story is going to take you and your child through the battle of good and evil, demons and angels. Birthless wants to be good and works hard with Rodney to figure out how to take down the army of demons that are on their way.

These two partners have a lot to take on, saving the world is not easy. But they learn to do it together. They learn that sometimes a friend, a baseball bat and some bunnies are the best tools in the world. There were many funny parts to the story. But there were also a lot of scary parts. Parts that made me scared. Made me wonder what is happening around me. This is why I decided that Ray Ray would not be ready for this book yet.

The story is a great one, one that makes me believe in the power of good. One that makes me wonder, can a demon turn good? It is a book that I am glad that I have in the house. I am delighted that Moe Man is reading it right now. This is a book that opens your eyes and helps build your faith.

Have you heard of Strays? Does this sound like a book you would read, or have your teen read?


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R is for Redwall – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Growing up, I always had books read aloud to me. This is part of the reason that I love to share books with my kids. It is also why I like to share those book that we love with you. I am glad that you have joined myself, Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood, for another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet.

This week, we are on the letter R. Wow, have we really made it that far already!? This week I want to share a book that I remember my mom reading aloud to my brother and me. She would sit in the hallway between our two rooms at bedtime and read a chapter or more if we begged her enough. This book that I remember so fondly was Redwall by Brian Jacques.

Redwall is the story of the Redwall Abbey mice, yes, I said mice. These mice have to defend themselves against Cluny the Scrouge, a rat and his army. They have no idea how to do this, but they know that if they had the sword of Martin the Warrior, they would be able to defend themselves adequately. But how to get that sword?

A young mouse named Matthias may be the key to solving this problem. But what can a young mouse do? Especially one with little experience when it comes to the rats? But young Matthias, the favorite character of mine and now my kids, might just be the hero everyone is looking for.

This book is filled with fun, adventure, and mischief. The girls and the boys loved it. Finding one like that can be hard, but knowing that both my brother and I loved it growing up, gave me some assurance. Not only that, but many other books go along with this in a series. I haven’t yet read all of them, but it is going to be a goal to do that with my kids.

Have you read Redwall yet? Have you read the other books that go with it? I would love to hear about which is your favorite in the comments!


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Quiet Books – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Welcome back to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet! I am glad that you are able to join Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood as we work on the letter Q this week! This letter always proves to be difficult for me, but focusing on books, made it a little harder. However, I think I found a great book that is great for the younger kids.

Have you heard of quiet books? These fun little books that are full of different activities to keep young kids busy when they need to be quiet. I loved to have them in the diaper bag for when we were busy someplace, but couldn’t have a lot of toys usually at church.

You can find many different varieties of these books. At Wal-Mart, Usborne Books, Amazon, Carter’s, etc. You want to find a quiet book, you don’t have to look too hard. And if you are crafty enough, you can make your own from some simple materials.

I love having quiet books around when the kids want to get their hands on something. Little kids always want to have their hands on something. I love the ones that add in fun activities, simple learning skills like zippers, matching, and many other fun things. Letting the kids have fun, be quiet and learn are great things to have on hand whenever you may have some downtime.

I had no idea what quiet books were until I was given one when Ray Ray was born. A quick Pinterest search shows so many great ideas that there is no excuse why you shouldn’t have one in your bag for your kids as well!

Do you have a quiet book? What is your favorite part of it?


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Letter O – Blogging Through the Alphabet

We want to welcome you to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet! Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood are excited to see another week of what everyone has to share with us! This week, we are sharing the Letter O, and we can’t wait to see what you have to share with us.

This week I once again have two books that start with O that I want to share with you. One that I cried while I read it and one that I just found that I wish I would have known more about. These two books are currently holding a place in our homeschool, and will for years to come!

The first one that I want to talk about is Owl Moon. I had never heard of this book until I started homeschooling.The funny thing is, we had it on our bookshelf, but I didn’t know how great it really was. Once I started working through Five In A Row with Ray Ray, I pulled this book off the shelf and fell in love.

Owl Moon is a book about a father and a son who go out looking for an owl. With this book, we are able to focus on nocturnal animals and how they are awake at night and sleep during the day. I love the nocturnal animal unit that HomeschoolShare.com shares, and we are able to use this book with that study for a quick nature study.

My favorite part about this book is that the pictures, while great, don’t show everything that the words of the book talk about. The kids have to take a moment and think about the words they are hearing. This makes my children actually focus on the words, as they know I am going to ask questions. I love that they are building their listening and imaginative skills while listening to me read a simple book.

This is one of the books in FIAR that has MANY pages of ideas. There is so much to learn from such a simple book. I regret not reading it sooner and using it longer!

The second book I want to mention for the letter O is Old Yeller. Tell me that you don’t have those heartstrings pulled as soon as you hear that title! This book had me crying and not wanting to finish, yet at the same time, I couldn’t put it down!

Moe Man has read this book, it was one of the first that I had worked on with him when we started homeschooling. I went all out and found the book study that goes with it and laid out all the lessons. I found out very quickly how homeschooling is not always like that. Moe Man had a few issues with reading the book, he didn’t want to read it, and he didn’t want to work on the study guide that came with it.

Now that Ray Ray is getting ready to read it, I have decided to try things differently. This time around I plan on asking the questions and getting a verbal response. This book can be so emotional that sometimes the kids cannot write how they really feel. I want to be able to discuss those feelings, and being one on one with the kids allows me to do this for them!

These two books are must-haves for our homeschool. I don’t look forward to Little Miss with Old Yeller, but at the same time, I think she will be the one to most relate to it.

Have you read these books in your homeschool? What is your favorite O book?


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The Napping House – Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet. I am glad that you have joined myself and my two co-hosts, DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood and Kirsten from DoodleMom. We are happy to have you here, and we hope you enjoy what we have to share!

This week, we are on the Letter N. I am surprised how fast these weeks are going, but I am glad to be sharing all these great books with you! For the letter N, I want to share a book that we found at the library a few years back. This book was a great surprise to find, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it, even now, years later, Ray Ray will still sit to listen to me read this book.

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The Napping House is a book that builds on itself. Kind of like There Was an Old Lady, and the newer If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The kids love the rhyming and the funny story, and I love that this was a book that was simple to read for those late bedtimes or early mornings.

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Another thing I really enjoy about this book is that I can use it to help teach the kids, the girls especially. I love heading over to Homeschool Share when I find a book we love, and see if there happens to be any fun printables to go with it. The Napping House is one of those books that do!

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We are able to take this simple book and learn about shapes, counting, and sequencing along with nocturnal animals. This is a fun way to get some lessons in for Baby Girl and Little Miss without making it boring and tedious for them. I love having this option, and I love that I can unit studies for books that Ray Ray likes to read as well.

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Have you read A Napping House or checked out Homeschool Share? What do you think about them?


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Madeline – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Madeline

Here we are with another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet. My co-hosts, Kirsten from DoodleMom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood, and myself are glad that you are here! We would love to share our Letter M posts with you this week! If you have one you would like to share, you are more than welcome to join us. Don’t worry if you are new, you can jump in at any letter!

This week I am reliving my childhood a little. There is a book that I can almost recite from memory because of how many times I had it read to me, or how many times I would read it to myself. I love being able to read the classic Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans with my girls and watch them get as excited about it as I did!

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Madeline was a book that my grandma always had ready when I went to her house. I can remember sitting down with her and listening to her read it to me. I still smell grandma’s house when I read those lines to the girls. I Little Miss is falling for this book as I did. I love that they have a bunch of others available now, but none of them compare to the original!

I don’t know what it is about this book, but it just hits that spot for me. Madeline was a girl I loved to listen to. I loved listening to the rhymes and now I love to read them to my girls. This book can be read in a matter of minutes, but the slowing down and listening to the words and looking at the pictures builds a lifetime of memories. I love the ones that I have, and hope to have my girls remember this book like I do!

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There are many ways to take this book and make it a way of learning, especially for my two girls. I have found so many ideas on Pinterest, and we love to use Five in a Row as often as I remember to plan it! Madeline is one of those classics that we can do this with. With this simple book, we are able to look at geography, science, health and friendship. And this is without me looking at my Five in a Row book. This is just from me reading it!

These activities are a lot more fun to do when you have a fun book to read with them. It would be one thing to try and talk to my children about having an appendix taken out, but when they ask after reading a book, I am happy to dig into a little health lesson! That is what makes a great book in my opinion!

Have you read Madeline? What is a fun activity you did to go along with this book?


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Lamplighter Books – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Lamplighter

Welcome to another week of Blogging Through the Alphabet! I am so happy to have you here! I hope you take a few minutes and see what my co-hosts, Kirsten from Doodle Mom and DaLynn from Biblical Womanhood have to share with you! This week we are writing about the letter L.

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This week I want to share the Lamplighter books with you. I don’t have a huge collection yet, but with those that I have, I am loving what I see! Lamplighter books are full of character traits that any mom or dad would want for their children. These books are full of wholesome reading that many Charlotte Mason families would love since they are lacking in the twaddle.

While we are new to focusing on the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling, I have fallen for Lamplighter. I love being able to hand a book to my children and not have to worry about what they are reading. When I hand these books to my kids or read them aloud, I know that they will walk away with something solid instead of a silly story that will just pass the time.

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From the few books that we have in our house, we have found something for all the kids. They love to sit and listen to me read aloud from them, or steal them and read them on their own. Knowing that they can steal them and I have nothing to worry about is a great plus.

If you are looking for a great collection of books that will leave your kids with strong character traits, books that are solid and not full of twaddle, these are your books! I am eyeing up the book club to help me bring more of these great books into my house for a great price.

What is your favorite Lamplighter book?


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