Reading List

It's finally here, our first official year of homeschooling!  I thought I'd share the list of read alouds we're planning for the year.  When I first made up my list, I didn't realize that Syd was going to demand four or five chapters a day, and so this list will probably grow, given that we seem to be averaging a book every week or two.

K4 Reading List - 2012-13

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
    -Sydney absolutely adored this book.  It's perfect for four-year-olds. 

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr
    -She really liked this one, too.  The story was more complex and some of it went over her head, but she loved the idea of living on an island.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
    -Sydney loved this book.  It took a few chapters for her to get into it, and I occasionally had to explain some of the more complex plot elements, but when it was done she begged me to read it again.  She still makes me pretend to be Morwen, and tells me she wants to live in the Enchanted Forest.

Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
    -Another hit.  When I told her that there aren't any more books about Daystar for us to read, she almost cried.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    -Another one that Sydney really enjoyed.  I winced quite a bit at some of the animal processing scenes, but overall it's okay for a four-year-old.

FarmerBoy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    -I hadn't planned to read this one immediately after Little House, but Sydney insisted.  Very interesting, and with lost of technical detail about running a farm, but by the end I was ready to never read another word written by Ingalls Wilder.

Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
    -Sydney and I both enjoyed this one.  I did all the voices with a British accent, and while we were reading it we bought a big jar of marmalade.  The book was a big hit; the marmalade, not quite as much.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
   -Another winner.  Syd still hasn't stopped telling me she wants to go to Narnia and have tea with Mr. Tumnus.