1. Renthead Mommy

    We finished Gilgamesh the Hero by Geraldine McCaughrean tonight before bed. My 6 1/2 yo was able to follow it and seemed to enjoy it. We’d read more of a picture book version last week before starting this version.

    As luck would have it, he picked up a random CD of SOTW today and it was the story of Gilgamesh on it. He told me we needed to hurry up and read our book, because we hadn’t gotten to ‘that’ part yet!

  2. TaraTheLiberator

    Chrysanthemum is my most favorite book ever. 🙂

    This week we have been reading Jataka tales, which are stories of the Buddha’s former lives. These complement our SOTW study, which is India and China. The kids have really enjoyed the Jatake tales because they are mostly animal-based. There is a now OOP series by Dharma Publishing that is very good, and luckily our library had 12 of the series in storage. Also to complement our history studies we are reading Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Ye.

    We finished up The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron, which both kids thought was great and particularly enjoyed because Julian’s family is black.

    We’re just about finished with Edward, Hoppy, and Joe, by Robert Lawson, and then we will start The Moffats, by Eleanor Estes.

  3. What a fun way of keeping track of the books you read! This week, dd11 and I started reading H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Dd3 and I have a weekly theme of “rain” this week, although it should have been snow! My favorite books that we read together were: In the Rain with Baby Duck; Splosh! (a Little Kipper book); Red Rubber Boot Day; and In the Middle of the Puddle. All of these are listed on my blog this week on the right hand sidebar.

    ~Angie (runningirl71 @ WTM forum)

  4. Lori D.

    We still read aloud with our high school aged boys — what a blessing and a privilege! Today we will finish the toughest book we’ve done together: All Quiet on the Western Front. Beautiful and poetic, but emotionally and thematically very tough. It prompted one boy to ask, “Why are we reading this book?”, which led to a wonderful discussion on the great privilege and responsibility as parents we have to walk alongside our children, and to expose them carefully, with prayer and discussion, to the hard and ugly and difficult things in this world, in order to equip them as adults to be able to think through, decide, understand the world they live in.

    Older son and I just finished Animal Farm (“fairy tale” as a commentary on communism) by George Orwell together, which he loved, and have started “The Giver” (utopia/distopia) by Lois Lowry, which is also sparking a lot of discussion. We have a theme of “worldview and sci-fi” this year, having also read aloud together: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Christian view of sin); Frankenstein (romanticism and gothic themes); and The Time Machine (evolution and socialism).

    Younger son and I just finished reading aloud Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Wakefield”, and will be starting The Hobbit next week — what fun!

  5. hopeistheword

    What fun to still be reading with your high schoolers! I taught high school English a LONG time ago, so this really appeals to me. I’ve never read All Quiet, but I always used to show the old, old movie to my world history students.

    In some ways I am very anxious for my girls to be old enough to read and discuss works like this together, but mostly, I just want them to stay little for as long as possible!

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