I've been planning a few different things to keep us busy. Yes, we want to do a unit study around the Olympics. And we will keep math fresh. We will do lots of fun reading and games. But, I would also like to focus on helping my 6 year become a fluent reader. He's been struggling in that area this year and is ready to be reading books with the big kids. So we will place some extra attention there.
My "preschoolers" can't seem to go without some kind of school work for a day! They love it! So, I plan on working basically on My Father's World Kindergarten with them. We don't have the full curriculum but will have a relaxed schedule focusing on a letter and 2 numbers a week and verses and projects to go with those.
For the older kids we were given a series of books on famous Americans and are looking forward to reading through those. We will add these people to our time line books and study the arenas that each person was famous in.
We are also reading through Mathew and Joshua this summer and learning one missionary a week from the book Heaven's Heros by David Shibley.
Some of you have been asking what we are reading. So, below there is a list of the series we are reading this summer, followed by a list of books the kids have been reading and enjoying recently.
Childhood of Famous Americans Series illustrated by Gray Morrow
• George Westinghouse: Young Inventor
• Teddy Roosevelt: All Around Boy
• Robert E. Lee: Boy of Old VA
• Dan Webster: Union boy
• James Oglethorpe: Young Defender
• Kit Carson: Boy Trapper
• Henry Wadsworth: Gifted Young Poet
• Brigham Young: Covered Wagon Boy
• Carl Ben Eielson: Young Alaskan Pilot
• Lew Wallace: Boy Writer
• Cyris McCormick: Farmer Boy
• Francis Marion: Young Swamp Fox
• Elias Howe: Inventive Boy
• Nathan Hale: Puritan Boy
• Vincent Lombardi: Football Coach
• Jeb Stuart: Boy in the Saddle
• George M. Cohan: Boy Theater Genius
We are also reading
• Heaven’s Heros by David Shibley
Other good books recently read for fun.
• Creation Adventure Series
• Lion Hound by: Jim Kjelgaard
• Louisa May Alcott Books
• Through Golden Windows Series
• Egermeiers Stories of Great Men and Women
• Caddie Woodlawn
• Where the Red Fern Grows
• Misty of Chincoteague
• E.B. White books
• Island of the Blue Dolphins
• Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
• Arabian Nights
• Tree Tall and the Horse Race
• James Herriot books
• Stories From Grandma’s Attic
• Freckles By Gene Stratton Porter and other books by her
• Girl of the Limberlost
• Mary Christner Borntrager books
• Christy (I like the books not the TV series as much)
• Anne of Green Gables series
• Laura Ingalls Wilder books
• Rose Years & Charlotte Years By Rose Wilder
- Chronicles of Narnia
Kids also enjoyed Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew recently- not my favorite.