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Our July Read Aloud Schedule: One Picture Book for Monday-Friday
Did you know if your kindergarten year consists of living books, habit training and nature studies you will have changed the life of your child forever? Isn't that a profound thought? Along those three areas...we are building caring, intelligent, spiritual, gentle, thoughtful, inventive, loving human beings. Sometimes homeschooling has a way of feeling "pushy" at the beginning of your journey. I felt that way too. Although our task isn't easy, we can relax knowing we are doing what God has called us to do...When God is for us, who can be against us?!? YES! That is how we live.. God is for us. He is our audience. We work for an audience of ONE!
I came up with a way to inspire reading to your Kindergarten student this summer and to encourage our community to read and be working on the habit of attention at the same time. I have chosen 23 books for July to read Monday-Friday. You can either buy these books or find some at the library. If I could go back to my earliest days of homeschooling, I would of spent more money on living books and less on curriculum. Our books are connected to our heart strings here. Build traditions around books. Even my teenagers still want to hear "that special" book during a certain special day rolls around. I have built books around holidays, birthdays, and other special days. My goal is to pass down my books to my children as they get older and homeschool their own children. Isn't that a special way to pass down memories and love?
Here is the book-list for July
Remember: You don't have to read all of these books, they are a goal. If you do: GREAT! But don't be upset if you can't. Imagine it like a buffet: only pick what you like! I did not schedule weekend readings, but please read with them as much as possible even on weekends.
July Week 1
July 1st-A House for Hermit Crab
July 2nd-Bedtime in the Forest
July 3rd-Over and Under the Pond
July 4th-The Fourth of July Story ( This book is a tradition in our home we read it every Fourth of July.
July 5th-A Nest is Noisy
Week 2 ( an introduction to Robert McCloskey)
July 8th-Make Way for Ducklings ( we are reading five Robert McCloskey books
this week...become familiar with this classic author.)
July 9th-One Morning in Maine
July 10th-Blueberries for Sal
July 11th- Time of Wonder
July 12th-Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man
July Week 3
July 15th-Summer Days and Nights
July 16th-Summer is Here!
July 17th-Summer in the Forest ( This is a board book with pop-ups of forest themes)
July 18th-Summertime in the Big Woods
July 19th-Magic Beach
July Week 4
July 22nd-The Honeybee
July 23rd-The Grouchy Ladybug
July 25th-Quick as a Cricket
July 26th-A Butterfly is Patient
July Week 5 (Half week)
July 30th-A Walk Through the Woods (Incredible art work and poetic text! This book always sells out fast or is on back order)
July 31st-Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Books have a way of encouraging the physical touch children need (cuddling in your lap), passively increase vocabulary, empathy for others, rest for mothers who have been working all day,increase beginning reading skills, creates a "pause" in a busy day, and beautiful memories to last forever.
We moved last summer. We had to pack up SO many books! As we started the packing process I noticed each child stopping and saying, " remember this one...? That was the day Hannah cut her finger carving a pumpkin..." Then I'd hear another say, "Please be careful with this box, my GA Henty books are inside."
I heard once, "Show me a man's library and you will show me a man's heart..." The truth is the same for children. The library they keep will form their precious hearts.
We are starting our official gentle Kindergarten year September 9th. I want my Kindergartner to soak up summer until the last drop!!! Official Kindergarten 2019/2020 book list is coming!
Join us this July as we indulge in books and enjoy summer!
"As for literature – to introduce children to literature is to install them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child's intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find." ~ Charlotte Mason