Saturday, July 2, 2011

This week Anna went to the library with papa and ended up with various Arthur chapter books by Marc Brown (selected by papa) and a gazillion of Maisy and Berenstein Bears books (selected by her). By the end of the same day all non-chapter books (about 30 of them) were read, and Anna didn’t care much for Arthur books since she just doesn’t like to read about the situations where characters do something naughty or explicitly prohibited. This will make my review pretty short, since we only read two interesting books together.

T is for Taj Mahal

T is for Taj Mahal by Varsha Bajaj has finally straggled in from the library just in time for our India wrap-up. It was a nice way to review a lot of things we learned about India and learn some new things. The illustrations by Robert Crawford are gorgeous, and each page has a short verse about something and a drill down “small print”. The verses were not spectacular and used a lot of “SAT words” that were not needed, but we both still enjoyed the book.

Madeline

This post from Susana at Homeschool Fun got me interested again in Five in a Row approach, at least from the point of view of getting familiar with some wonderful picture books. We read Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans before, but Anna didn’t care for it at all. This time however she enjoyed the story a lot more, and it kind of grew on me too. I still don’t see us reading this book five days in a row, but it is a good start for our next country study – and it’s an easy guess as to what it will be :)

The corresponding “science” track for Madeline book is “human body”. It’s quite a stretch, if you ask me, but I have pulled all our human body books (we have at least a dozen of them) out and requested some new titles from the library, since it’s been a while since we put any focus on it. I expect some human body books will make it to the list of favorites next week.

10 comments:

Michelle said...

ooo thanks for those books!!!Love to see what everyone is reading!

Julie said...

I have that problem each week - it seems both kids keep wanting to read books I don't find all that interesting. We haven't read Madeline books. I may see if M likes them.

MaryAnne said...

Madeline has grown on me as well, but it's still not one of my favorites.

Emma LOVES books on the human body. We read at least one every week.

Ticia said...

I remember loving Madeline books as a kid. I look forward to your next country studies.

Jackie H. said...

Isn't it interesting how books grow on your or your kid depending on where they are developmentally. I remember not liking Sandra Boynton's Moo Baa La la la, even though it was on ALL the early reader lists. Then one day, it just clicked with us and has become an absolute favorite of our house! Enjoy Madeline. I'm interested, too, to see if you follow 5 in a row and what you think of it.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

Anna definitely knows her own mind, doesn't she?! Good for her :)

Elise said...

Good on Anna for giving Madeline another go.

We've been playing a lot of "doctors" since Savvy had that flu reaction. She is now very interested in how the body works and enjoys books about the human body.

Cortney Ophoff said...

We've flirted on and off with the Five in a Row approach as well, and there have been few books (only one I can think of) that we actually read five days in a row. And it's so true that some of the corresponding topics have been only vaguely related at best. But we've definitely had some fun with the approach, and maybe it's time to pull one out again since we've been in a funk lately. Thanks for the reminder!

Shauna said...

I always love finding new books to read with my kiddos. Thanks again for hosting this link party.
Shauna
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Jen said...

Thanks for stopping by again! :D Yeah How big is a million is def one of our favs, I have not read the others in the series that I have listed there, they are newer...but they are def on my list to order, esp since we will be doing a dinosaur and an ocean unit this year :D
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