Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Reading

Every summer I go back and forth about whether to continue some schooling in the summer.  We have been homeschooling for 6 years and so far that hasn't happened.  And yes, the kids are quite happy about this. 

One thing that I do carry on in the summer is reading.  If we are home we generally still carry on a nap/ quite time routine.  The way that this looks is after lunch we all go snuggle on the coaches in the family room and I read.  If we haven't already read Bible for the day then we start with Bible.  Right now we have been reading from Keys for Kids, The Pearables and from Hidden Treasures (Doorposts).  We read the scripture and story (if there is one) and discuss it.

After Bible we read a short book or a chapter from a book we are working on.  We recently read The Three Weavers ( this book is a must if you have daughters) and we are now working on The Hedge of Thorns, both from Lamplighter Publishers.  I have read both before on my own a few years ago and I am glad to be able to read them with my children.  I highly recommend both of them. 

I also like to include shorter picture books for the boys since they are younger.  Like today we read Bible, a chapter from The Hedge of Thorns and then we read a Christopher Churchmouse story. 

Reading with my kids is probably my favorite time of the day.  I enjoy reading and discussing the stories and scripture with them.   It is a real blessing to hear the things that the learn from our reading time. 

I also like to have the girls read at least a chapter from their book and the boys each get a pile of books to go through before their naps.

Since we are reading anyway I decided to do a few of the summer reading programs that are out there.  We are doing the reading programs through Borders and Barnes and Noble.  If you haven't started a reading program with your kids there is still plenty of time left. 

As far as what I am reading, I have been trying to be faithful with my daily Bible readings from the M'Cheyne Bible Plan.  I am also trying to get thru the Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson and For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn.  I have been also reading alot of curriculum lately it seems. 

Do you have your children continue reading through the summer?

(I am an affiliate for Lamplighter Publishers because I absolutely love their books.  If you purchase a Lamplighter book from my affiliate link then I will receive a small commission and you will have a new book that you and your family will love! )



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