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Growing Up

Simply Independent Reading

Lately I have noticed that we stand at a precipice. Once we step beyond it, we will be officially out of early-elementary years and into…e-le-ment-ary years? What does one call the later years of elementary? I always hear the term early-elementary and I can fully understand it. But not often is there a specific designation for the 4th and 5th grade years. Nevertheless, here we stand on the threshold between the two.

And, can I just be real for a moment? It excites me! Thrills me in all my optimistic homeschool teacher places! I know, I might be alone in that regard. But it is just SO neat to see my student ready for this.

On the other hand, she is ready for more independent learning. And I am NOT ready for that. We have been in this from the beginning, she and I. We have struggled through the harder parts of learning discipline (the tantrums, the tears, the triumphs gained at the expense of comfort). And now she is ready to take some of the reins herself and go for it.

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Simply Reading Aloud

Benefits of reading aloud with kids from an early age

Our regular readers will likely remember we are quite the book-loving family around here.  Back before we had kids, my husband and I actually started a book blog.  We had a fun time talking about the words of others using words of our own.  Then we became parents and reading for ourselves is a bit more sporadic.  I still crave the joy of a book so well-written it demands I stay awake turning pages (old-fashioned or digital) until the wee hours of the morning.  Those joys are just fewer and more distant between them than they used to be.

In the meantime, we have discovered the joy of short, sweetly penned books that resonate with us because of contagious rhyming structures or delightful interactions.  We have become picture book loving people.  And thankfully, through these simple books we have somehow turned our little ones into lovers of books, too.

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Collect them ALL Books

kids books and authors worthy of collect them all status

If there is anything we as a family collect, it is books.  We are all interested in words on pages (even in the age of tablets and e-readers).  For me, there is just something so soothing about a row of books, neatly lined up on a shelf.  The potential for entertainment in just one book shelf seems almost limitless.  The idea of opening a book and being transported to a new place, a new world, a new mindset is just so appealing!

Thankfully, we have passed this love of words on pages to our kids.  Our girls love books!  We are slowly working our way into a large collection of picture books for our kids.  I got to thinking about our collection and realized there are definite patterns: favorite authors, favorite subjects, and well-loved classics we just could not do without.  I thought it would be fun to share with you what I consider to be collections of books worthy of “collect them ALL” status. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Rosetta Stone’s Kids Reading Program

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

One question we started getting even before G was born is, “Are you going to home school?”  Although this question is still a bit premature, we have been thinking about the answer to it for quite some time because G is such a great learner – she truly is very teachable.  But the one thing that concerns me about homeschooling during the early years is teaching someone to read.  I don’t remember learning to read, I just know I knew how to do it by the time I got to kindergarten.  And I have no experience with teaching someone to read.  It seems so daunting to me! The English language is VERY complicated! So, I am always looking for all the help I can get.  We already are on top of the reading-every-day-with-your-kid thing, since G and W are book obsessed; but I know that is not sufficient to teach them to read the words themselves.  When I was given the opportunity to try out a program for kids (preschoolers and early elementary), Rosetta Stone’s Kids Reading Program, to teach her the building blocks of reading, I was so excited! Continue Reading