Friday, May 30, 2008
Reading Programs
We live on the border of 2 counties, and are able to visit both counties' libraries. Each offers a reading program with different sponsors, so the boys are very excited about earning some prizes this summer. One library offers tickets to a Diamondbacks game, and my boys can't wait!

They are also working on the reading program offered through Barnes and Noble. If the boys read 8 books and write a short journal entry (one sentence, really), they can choose a free book.

For the fall, I just registered for the Pizza Hut program. They have changed their program to be open to individual homeschoolers and you can register here.

And, finally in the fall, we'll be raising funds for Heifer International through their Read to Feed program. I recently received the leader packet and was impressed by all the information they sent. They have a wonderful curriculum to go along with the program, and sent bookmarks and stickers as well to reward the kids. N is already looking forward to reading enough to raise the funds to provide a family with a beehive.

We do an awful lot of reading in our home already, so these little bonuses are great fun for the kids.

posted at 11:05 AM

Saturday, May 24, 2008
what are we reading this summer?
C reads quite a bit independently, but DH & I still read out loud at bedtime to both boys.

Right now, I'm reading The Return of the Indian by Lynn Reid Banks and DH is reading Barnstormers.

In the wings, I've got a copy of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, the first Redwall book, and Nim's Island. My mom just brought us a full set of the Chronicles of Narnia, so we'll read those this summer as well. I'm excited to read them and then watch the movies (I like reading the books to the boys first and then watching any movie that has been made from a book.)

C is on the 22nd book of the Secrets of Droon series and I'm thinking I might start him on Boxcar Children next. N chose about a dozen books about vikings from the library that he wants me to read to him.

We'll participate in the reading program at the library this summer -- mainly so we can get free kids' baseball tickets! The boys look forward to the game every summer and I'm so glad the library & the Diamondbacks offer that as an incentive. We're also considering doing a fundraiser for Heifer International through their Feed To Read program. I got their free curriculum last week and was very impressed!

posted at 12:17 PM

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I'm a homeschooling mom with 3 wonderful kids! My boys are 6 & 7 and working at a 1st and 2nd/3rd grade level. We use Catholic Heritage Curriculum loosely, with lots of our own ideas added in. My boys attend an enrichment program one day per week during the traditional school year, which gives me extra time with my toddler daughter, and the chance to run some errands without my active boys.

This blog was a running list of what we do each school-day, but I tend to post here sporadically now. We usually school on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday to take DH's days off into account.

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