Smarty continues to read through Rainbow Fairies series – I guess I need to start ordering missing books from other libraries. She loves the fact that there are so many books and keeps rereading her favorites many times, so at any given time we have about 10 of those books in the house. She doesn’t display any interest to reenact the books though – this is when I wish she had a closely spaced sibling or a readily available playmate, since I am not up to it!
For the second week now we’ve been reading aloud Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. We read a lot of her picture books, but this one is a full size fantasy novel. Theoretically Smarty could have read it on her own, but I don’t let her have it in her room, since I am really enjoying discovering this story with her. I like the fact that the story features a strong, action-oriented female character. I think many kids 5+ will enjoy this book, and it can charm young teenagers as well.
We still try to keep going with some geography activity even though I abandoned my attempt of deep country dives for the time being. Who’s Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George is a series of books usually set in a particular habitat, for example, in the pond. They offer short descriptions and then a visual clue, and the reader can try and guess what animal left this visual clue. Around the World is set across different continents, and Smarty enjoyed tracking the progress of the book on the map. I recommend it for 4+.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann was the first homework book of the new year and one of the few books in the program we haven’t read before. It’s a pretty funny story about a policeman and his dog. I found some interesting extensions online, but at the time of this writing (on Wednesday) daughter is sick and we didn’t get to do them yet. I am curious what rating she will give to this book in her writing journal. I think it’s very good for 3-6 years (and for safety theme), but Smarty might already find it boring.