Friday, November 11, 2011

She Reads in the Evenings

"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall." — Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I made a reading book list from several of our favorite curriculum reading sites the first week that we were camping.  In the evenings, I spent hours cross referencing the book lists to find what was recommended on all of the sites for the younger grades. Those books that overlapped where immediately written down.

The last 6 weeks, while we have been camping, I have taken the list around with me as I have shopped at some of the local thrift stores/garage sales. I was amazed at how many books I have found for less than $1.00 ( many for 25cents) which just makes me tickled pink! I am just giddy when I can get a book that I need to buy for practically a few quarters and then sit back to compare the prices that I would have spent at the book store. Add on that the books will be passed down from one child to the other for extra savings and I could just do a jig!  ;)

I can't keep enough books for the Little Lady! So cheap is really good!  You know? 

Also, I try to read the books with a black marker (to cross something I might not like out) before she reads them. Sigh! She is faster that me sometimes but we talk about every book and sticking close to my picky curriculum sites have given me a some what of a security if I happen to fall behind.

I typically don't keep a list of all that we read when it comes to schooling.  However, while living in the camper during Beloved's pilot transition, I thought I would take a quick opportunity to run through the book tub and jot the titles down that we have gone through in such a short time.

Here is the list of books that the Little Lady has completed since we have been camping.

9 Box Car Books
(I don't buy these without the Little Lady because I can never remember what ones she has in her collection! I am careful about the books that are above the #50.  Keep in mind that as the books get up in numbers they are actually written by a different author so to speak so you will have to pre-view if you are cautious about what they read.  )

Pippi Longstocking 
(The Little Lady didn't want to read it because Pippi has redhair and looked silly. But, then I heard her laughing through it for a solid two hours straight.  It is a very silly book and I can see why the sites put in under humorous.)


The Year of Mrs. Agnes   (I really liked this book but then I grew up in Alaska and thought it was fabulous at depicting a little Charlotte Mason style teaching within a one room school house!)

Henry Higgins
( I don't like Beverly Cleary! This was the only title that was on the list though. I was stretched to buy it even at a quarter! The Little Lady read it silently but I read this to the boys. They thought some of it was funny.)

The Cricket in Time Square
(I was introduced to this book by my niece. I found it for a $1.00 at a used book store. The Little Lady picked it up and read it in one day. Then she read the "Tucker's Countryside" which is the second book immediately after finishing the first.)
Tucker's Countryside

Twenty and Ten

Caddie Woodlawn

Mr. Poppers Penquins

(The book is silly book. It is considered humorous.  I didn't like the ending. There isn't anything wrong with it exactly it is just that it didn't sit right with me because  I am sensitive to men going off exploring and having adventures without their families! Yes, indeed! I don't like to be left behind!)

The Moffats
The Moffa...

Strawberry Girl

Ginger Pye

Mary Poppins
(This is the old original version not the D*sney version. Mary is not "practically perfect". It is considered humorous also.)

We will keep working through the book list. I give her a book . She reads on her own time and feels like she is reading for enjoyment never really considering that she is reading through a very difficult homeschool curriculum. It works for me! Well, except when her and Daddy have to discuss the exact time that lights need to be out in the evening! She told me yesterday that Daddy keep making her turn the light out during the middle of her chapter.  He knows that is on my list of book sins!


  1. Great books mommy! Oh the love of's a wonderful thing.

    Me thinks you are a smart mama. So glad to hear your little gal loves reading, we love reading here too.

    To me, reading a good book is such a wonderful perk in life. Many may not understand that, but there is just something about it.

    Hope you are doing well, love that quote too! : D

    Love, xxxooo ~Mrs. Amelia

    P.S. I get giddy too when I find a good deal on a book! Yes indeedie!

  2. P.S.S. My husband always tells our girls...Readers are leaders. I think it's so cute, I think it's something he was told when he was little in school and it really stuck with him.

  3. Oh, I'm so happy you listed some books! I'm always on the lookout for my Anna! We just found out at the parent teacher conference that Nick (our 2nd grader) is reading at a 5th grade level! Guess we need to stock up on some different books for him too :) BTW I hope you're feeling well!

  4. ps. I giggled when picturing you doing the jig :)

  5. I love to find books at great prices. We love to go to our local thrift stores and browse through the books. Enjoy your day and God bless.

  6. Denise, I am feeling okay just a little slow. I hope to pick up energy the next trimester.

    I will post the book list for you in a week or two!


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