This week Smarty 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 Smarty 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 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.
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 Smarty 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.