Elementary Living Books

our list of elementary living books
Our list of Elementary living books

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

Preschool Living Books

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

The Momnipresent Mother
The Momnipresent Mother

Preschool Living Books

Our list of preschool living books
Our list of preschool living books

We are new to the Charlotte Mason concept of learning ourselves but so far we are loving the idea of living books. We love reading in our family, which likely stems from growing up with a book loving librarian for a Grandmother, and this makes the idea of learning from plain old reading so enticing.  So far we are reading books we have bought and some we have borrowed from the library, but so far we are loving it.

Our two year old, M, loves to pretend to read to himself, and asks constantly for us to read books to him which we love. I figured I could make a list on here of books we have either read or are planning to read to our two year old , M for others who may be looking for some good living books for preschool homeschooling their own little one.


Ask Mr. Bear

The First Dog

Blueberries for Sal

Stellaluna

Verdi

Goodnight Moon

The Complete Tales of Winnie The Pooh

Where the Wild Things Are   

You can also get this adorable Max doll to go with the book.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Over in the Meadow  (our youngest loves this book)

The Going to Bed Book

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck

The Belly Button Book

Guess How Much I Love You

Paddington Bear Collection

Corduroy


These are only a few of the books we have read so far and one or two we will be reading soon. Do you all have any good living books your family loves?

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

The Momnipresent Mother
The Momnipresent Mother

Our Approach to Minimalist Homeschooling

Our approach to minimalist homeschooling / Charlotte Mason
Our approach to minimalist homeschooling / Charlotte Mason

Over the past year we have been homeschooling Little A I have been reading more and more about The Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling. I originally wanted to do a more minimalist approach to homeschooling but as we trying to ease our son into homeschooling because he had attended public school for the first 5 years (including Head Start) we started out a little more in between and a bit more structured.

This year we are starting the school year a bit more slowly, and are hoping to do more of a Charlotte Mason approach. This I hope will go smoothly as we are also starting to part time home school (preschool) M, who recently turned two. With him we are more focused on self care and starting letter recognition. So nothing major as far as schooling.

This year our biggest goal is to get outside more often throughout the week and experience more things in nature. This often is something that doesn’t happen especially now that we moved into an apartment from a house with a big private yard. We do live close to a few playgrounds and parks so there is no reason not to go out.  I just have to put more of an effort to get everyone out of the house every day.

I have heard some great things about reading some of these Charlotte Mason books, and while I haven’t yet read them myself I do plan to if I can find them at the libraries or can borrow copies from local homeschooling mothers. I just have to be able to find some in this area.


A Charlotte Mason Companion

A Charlotte Mason Education : A Home Schooling How-To Manual

When Children Love to Learn

Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series


One of the great ideas I love about homeschooling in a more minimalist homeschooling way or Charlotte Mason way are all the living books you can use. We are a very book loving family. The only one out of all of us who doesn’t read all that often is my husband but that is mostly due to lack of time.  My oldest has a room that could be a library he has so many books and read constantly. Our youngest loves to “read” and loves anyone reading to him.

I am trying to make a nice list of different living books we could read this year. I am especially looking for some that both our boys enjoy despite being 8 years apart in age.  So far we have read, are reading, or are going to read these books.


Ask Mr. Bear

Blueberries For Sal

The First Dog

Lewis and Clark and Me

Goodnight Moon

The Complete Tales of Winnie The Pooh

Where the Wild Things Are

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Last Brother

Over in the Meadow (this is my youngest’s favorite)

Stellaluna

Verdi

The Borrowers Collection

Buttons for General Washington

Star of Fear, Star of Hope

The Butterfly


I apologize for these not being in any particular order.  Once we get going this year I will try and post more lists in a bit more coherent manner.


What books do your children love or you think are great teaching tools. We would love to hear from you.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog,

The Momnipresent Mother