Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Read with Kids Challenge

My friend told me about a reading challenge going on here readwithkidschallenge
There is even a chance to win a vacation.
I am so in! Care to join me?

In the meantime..here are some books we are currently reading..
One Year in Beijing
Those of you who have been reading here for a while will not
be surprised to see this book on our list. Princess has a love
of China and it's culture, it's people. The most common foreign
language spoken in our town is Mandarin Chinese.With a "journal" style
format,this story follows a year long journey in the life of an 8 year old girl living in Beijing.
The culture,family life...Princess has been loving it.

Roller Coaster
Princess also loves roller coasters. Not so much the riding on them,
but the creating them. One of the first (and still her favorite) computer games
was Roller Coaster Tycoon.This book takes you on a roller coaster from the waiting in line,
possibly changing your mind to ride it at all (oh yeah..that would be me)to the clickity,clack.Up.Up.Up.
To the dizzy,wobbly knees of the people getting off.
I'd much rather read this than ride a roller coaster, in fact if you ever see me at an amusement park,
most likely I will be sitting on a bench, reading a book,while waiting for the rest of my party to get off the roller coaster or other rides. It makes Farmer Dad a bit nuts, but it works for me.

JACK and the Night Visitors
This is a wordless picture book about a boy who has some "late night visitors"
who like to play. He knows no one would believe him, so he tries to trap one.
It becomes clear his visitor does not want to stay however, so he helps him
to go home. The illustrations are nice and Princess enjoyed this more than I thought she would.

Little RED Cap
The illustrations are soft and lovely and we really enjoyed this translation of the classic Brothers Grimm book. Princess enjoyed the somewhat violent ending, but if your children are more sensitive this may not be an appropriate book for them.

I have been enjoying this book a lot, finding many ideas to use with
Princess.It is geared from Kindergarten to third grade and would be
an asset to any Mom's bookshelf, homeschooling or not.
I leave you with some pictures of Princess "being Daddy" yesterday.

She wore a rain jacket for her "lab coat" and played chemist.
She had a very funny running commentary that I should have video taped
for sure. I just wasn't quick enough.
She even took a "tea break",lol.


Gottfredsen said...

Great Books I already went and put some on hold. Thanks for mentioning the contest site. With all the reading that goes on around here it will be a lot of fun for us, so thanks.

Mrs. Darling said...

Thanks for the challenge link. Im going to join!

Tara said...

Great book recommendations,
especially the Games For Learning. Princess looks so cute in her raincoat- Owen likes to wear his lab coat when he does some of his science experiments.

Mariposa said...

Very cute photos of her "lab". The first two books sound interesting.

Eric and Wendy said...

Great books! Thanks for sharing. I need to gear up for another library run now that the Zoomlians are healthy!

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My homeschool buddies and I are all posting pics of our "home schools" as part of our idea sharing.

Plato said...

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child's natural bent .