Amy has been doing Read Aloud Thursday for a long time and I participated some a while ago, but it looks like she's switched to monthly, which is more my speed for participation, so I'm going to try again!
It has been a slow Read-Aloud month for us. We're reading during Circle Time and less regularly at lunch. We've been more consistent during dinnertime.
- We've continued with Parables from Nature. This is a difficult Ambleside read, but I'm glad we're doing it. I bought the paper copy before owning a Kindle, so we read from that.
- We alternate weeks with Gyo Fujikawa's Fairy Tales and Fables. I don't always love his version of the tales, but the art is sweet and I love that.
- Every day of Circle Time we read a selection from Everyday Graces from Karen Santorum. We're in the Table Manners section now.
- We're also reading William Blake's poetry from one of my favorite series: Poetry for Young People.
- Finally, we're very much enjoying Peril and Peace, which is giving us a nice view into early church history. They don't delve overly deeply, but enough to whet appetites. We're reading about Augustine right now, waiting with bated breath for his conversion to Christianity. While somewhat disjointed as a storybook, it has been perfect for our use.
We are all greatly enjoying When the Sirens Wailed by Noel Streatfield of Ballet Shoes fame. It came recommended as a good introduction as to why children were evacuated from London during World War II. Since we're studying Narnia this year, understanding why the Penvensie children were sent to the Professor's home is important. This story is doing so much more, introducing the culture and difficulties of the period in an approachable way. The hardest part is the accents and some strange to me syntax from poverty stricken, uneducated Londoners of the time. So far, recommended, in our reading the evacuation from Dunkirk just happened, though ...
After dinner we're reading Created for Work. While aimed at boys, we've all found much to think about in Schultz's treatment of the subject. We don't always agree with some things he has to say, but it has given much fodder for discussion.