I’m bbbaaaccckkk!! I hope I am back more regularly but, of course, the actual schooling of the children must be the priority!
We have had so many (too many) breaks lately. Incase you don’t follow me on social media, we were away for about 3 weeks in November on an epic road trip to California and Disneyland. It was literally the trip of a lifetime! I am considering sharing a post with some of our trips for travelling cheap if that is something you are interested in. We also took a couple week break over Christmas as mama was SICK and my inlaws were here for the holidays.
We didn’t do any official school while we were away, although we are always learning! We had learned lots about animals at the San Diego Zoo. However, what we did do lots of was READ! We spent about 62 hours in the car, not including the driving we did while down there. I have a habit of always having our read aloud in my purse so I would read in the car while Thomas drove, read at night in the hotel, and read while we waited for food at restaurants.
We really enjoyed our chapter book reading last year. I read most days while they ate their lunch and sometimes even while we all ate supper if we were really into the book. I wanted to do a quick rundown for you of all the books we read. I will list them all for you and then I will tell you each of our favourites and why! If you want more info on any of these books, please ask!
read Aloud Chapter Books 2019
- The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #5 The Shepherds Stone by M.J. Thomas
- The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B White
- James and the GIant Peach by Roald Dahl
- The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
- Ginger Pye
- Poppy by Avi
- Poppy & Rye by Avi
- The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #6 The Lion’s Roar by M.J. Thomas
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Ereth’s Birthday by Avi
- Who was Walt Disney? Who HQ series
- The BFG by Roald Dahl
- The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #7 The King is Born by M.J. Thomas
- The Dead Sea Squirrels #1 Squirreled Away by Mike Nawrocki
- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
My FAvourite of the year
Goodness, I sit here looking at the list above and wonder how on earth I am supposed to pick a favourite! I loved them all for so many reasons! I loved The Family Under the Bridge for the way it opened our eyes to the world, I loved The BFG for the huge belly laughs it got from my girls, I loved James and the Giant Peach for that silly centipede, I loved the Hidden Scrolls books for how they helped me think more about these Bible stories I’ve heard forever, but I think, if I had to choose I would say my favourite was Poppy. I loved all the books from the Poppy series we have read but this one has a special place in my heart as it is the book that introduced us! It is not the first book in the series so if you’re interested be sure you get the book Ragweed first as its the first one in the series! Poppy is about a mouse family, specifically a mouse named Poppy, who are trying to find a bigger place to live. They need to avoid the owls in the woods as they are dangerous to mice (will eat them). I will warn you that at the beginning, an owl eats Poppy’s boyfriend so that was a bit hard for my sensitive girl, but she loved the book enough and was interested enough to want to keep going.
Sophie’s Favourite Book of 2019
Sophie decided that her favourite this year was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She liked how the glass elevator zoomed around and how it zoomed out of the factory at the end.
Hailey’s Favourite Book of 2019
Hailey shocked me by saying that her favourite book of the year was Mary Poppins! She thought it was really funny, especially the things that Mary Poppins could do. She said the funniest part was when the babies ate someone’s finger who could take a finger off and regrow it. (To be completely honest, I dont remember that part at all! We read this in March).
Well, there you have our roundup of books from 2019! I’d love to hear your favourite books you read with your kiddos this year (or ever) and if you’ve read any of the ones listed here.