- Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for children in grades K-8. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they’ve read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning. (TOTALLY FREE, love that....)
- Book unit studies has a list of books that are “kid-friendly,” enjoyable books. Each of the books has a link that takes you to a lesson plan around that book, and there are comprehension questions, vocabulary, and activities to go along with each book. (we're doing "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" this week, in fact!)
- The Best Kids’ Book Site is a fun and interactive site where books, crafts, and web resources come together to give you a great resource. I love using this to find book titles about the holidays, seasons, or countries to go along with our unit studies that we do for history. (Today, we're using the link for Chinese New Year Ox Coloring Page.)
A few months ago, at one of our local Homeschooling Mom's Night Out meetings, one of them mothers was extolling the great virtues of reading aloud. I was a little stunned because her kids range in age from 5 to 16,,,how did she do it? So I started reading aloud to the kids more often to see what impact it would have. (Up until this point, I'd encouraged individual reading time or 1:1) Well....since we've started reading aloud together more often, I've noticed an increase in both kids' ability to expressively read. You know...give the characters real zip. Adam has a real flair for drama. The other day, we reading The Practically Perfect Pajamas by Erik Brooks and Adam was INTO it....and that is exactly what I want. Kids who INTO books.
For Micaela, I adapt her Reading by using ClickN Read Phonics ® every single day. Her reading, and her confidence, have improved. Her brother is a better reader but she's no slouch. She's gained so much ground since leaving public school. The individual attention was just what needed. (**important note, if you decide to join Click'N'Read, let me know: I can save you between 10-20%!!)
All of this makes me very very curious about FIAR. YOu can read about here: Welcome To Five In A Row. It's a literature based program that appeals to every age, it's INEXPENSIVE and easily accessible. I am seriously thinking about this for these upcoming Spring months...
Now, in addition to celebrating the Chinese New Year today, I am planning on harassing some people at the Post Office (they refuse to allow me to mail a pckage. They keep telling me that we have the wrong zip code.....ARGH!) and to top that off, I'm going to the Social Security Office. I am glutton for punishment. It's ok, I get to hang out with the Homeschool Ladies tonight!! Wooo Hoooo!