We are not completely new to home schooling, but we aren’t masters yet either. This year we decided to do a more natural minimalist approach to teaching our boys. In my search for minimalist home school I stumbled upon many mentions of Charlotte Mason’s style of teaching. The more I read the more I really thought this was the way to go.
The biggest draw at least for me was the idea of learning from living books more than text books. Living books are books with beautiful wording and rich in important information. These are books that are engaging for everyone so the children almost forget they are learning.
Now, my boys love to read. I guess that comes from coming from a long line of book loving people, and the fact that my Grandmother the head librarian of our library. Our oldest is constantly reading something and hates to leave the house without at least one book in tow. So the idea of slipping in more and more living books to the ones he already has that can be considered living books was very inviting. Our youngest, loves to “read” to himself but also loves when anyone reads to him. Most of the time it does not even matter what it is you are reading as long as it has words. So once again, slipping in more and more living books for him was such an inviting idea.
So I have been researching the best living books or each area of study my children will be covering this year, and I thought I would add the living books for our oldest, who is going into 5th grade, here so you all could get some idea , and maybe decide to check a few of them out for yourselves or your children. If you are interested in reading about the books we are picking our for our youngest, who is two you can check out my other blog post
Here are the living books we are planning to read, or have already read.
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog’s Tale by Henry Holt and Co.
We have not read this one yet, but I have heard great things from other home schoolers, and I think both my boys will love to read or have this one read to them.
The Last Brother: A Civil War Tale by Sleeping Bear Press
This is also one we have not yet read but plan to this year. We live rather close to Gettysburg so anything Civil War is great.
My Rows and Piles of Coins by Clarion Books
We are planning to read this one as well this year as we have heard good things bout it. I will have to post our reviews of some of these books once we have finished reading them.
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by HMH Books for Young Readers
As a child the rain forest always fascinated me, so this one peaked my interest and hopefully will do the same for my sons.
That is all I have written down or in front of me right now, but I will keep adding them as I find them and add them to our list. When we get the chance I will try and add reviews of the books we read as well.
Thank you for reading,
The Momnipresent Mother