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What Nino Read, March 2017

Track Team Titans
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!
Peter Kent’s Big Book of Armor
Who Were the Vikings?
King Jack and the Dragon
How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
Can You See What I See? Once Upon A Time
A Wind in the Door
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
It’s Off to Camp, Charlie Brown
The Planet of Puzzles
Wilbur and Orville Wright
High-Voltage Danger Lab
St. John Bosco and St. Dominic Savio
Weather (Gallimard Jeunesse)
Cautionary Tales for Children
The Story Hour
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh
Favorite Norse Myth
175 More Science Experiments
Snowflake Bentley
Who Was King Tut?
Science in Ancient Mesopotamia


Done with Life of Fred – Goldfish and onto Life of Fred – Honey
Started Gymnastics again.
Narrates well.
Still working on his book — he is now up to 16 pages and 1953 words.
Still doing origami all the time and had me get this book for him:

Also working on comics and had me get these:

He gave up Lego for Lent, so he plays on Sundays.
Recently went camping with Dad at Trail Life.
Has gone to Confession twice and preparation for First Holy Eucharist is going well, though work on the portfolio has slowed down because he’s doing the book given by the parish instead.
Still climbs all the openings in the house and can touch the ceiling.
Favorite games: Dominion and Apples to Apples and Sequence.

What Nino Read, February 2017

175 More Science Experiments To Amuse and Amaze Your Friends
A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime
A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink
Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal Na Hari
Ang Prinsipeng Ayaw Maligo
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cross-Sections Castle
Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely
DK Visual Italian-English Bilingual Dictionary
Draw Really Cool Stuff
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary
I and You and Don’t Forget Who
Ibong Adarna
Joan of Arc
Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally
Maghapon Ni Bong
Mary Todd Lincoln
Miro’s Magic Animals
Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky
Revolution News: Power to the People!
Rome and Romans
Samuel F. B. Morse
Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp
The Cozy Book
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Eagle in the Chicken Yard
The Hairy Fruit
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
The Last Battle
The Love of Lam-ang
The Magician’s Nephew
The Silver Chair
The Tribes of Redwall Otters
Tintin in Tibet
To Root, to Toot, to Parachute
Unang Unggoy
Under, Over, By the Clover
Who Was King Tut?

Argentina Unit Study

Living Books:

Other resources that may be helpful:

Argentina Booklet: A Country Study – $3.50 digital download

Animal Habitats free download

Christmas Around the World: Argentina

A unit study here from Homeschool in the Woods

Can’t forget the food!


Start at 6:00 to see them try Argentinian foods:

The Chocotorta! Very similar to Italian Tiramisu, but you don’t have to make zabaglione.

What Nino Read January 2017

Abraham Lincoln (COFA)
Buffalo Bill
Eyewitness Science: Light
For the Love of the Game by Michael Jordan
Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales by Theoni Pappas
Henry Huggins
How We Learned the Earth is Round
I Did It With My Hatchet: A Story of George Washington
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (Roger Lancelyn Green)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (COFA)
Mathematics (Life Science Library)
Millions to Measure
My First 100 Words: An English/Filipino/Cebuano Pictionary
Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab
One Odd Day
Ronald Reagan: An American Hero (His Voice, His Values, His Reason)
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!
The Art of Figure Drawing
The History of NASCAR
The Man Who Lost His Head (Bishop & McCloskey)
The Most Beautiful Thing in the World (Brindle & Brennan)
The Usborne Rainy Day Book
The Way Things Work
Usborne Pocket Nature
World and Space (Childcraft)


– still working on Sacramental Preparation portfolio.
– memorized Spiritual Communion prayer
– went to Confession twice
– working on memorizing the Memorare
– been DRAWING a lot the past couple of months. started with the I Can Draw books and progressed from there.
– Science and Latin on back burner. Need to stock up on experiment materials, and start doing Latin again maybe in March. ]
– “graduated” from Singapore Math and starting Life of Fred 3rd grade.
– Favorite games: Dominion, Sequence, Apples to Apples
– still into Star Wars origami

100 Books Every (Catholic) Woman Needs To Read


Inspired by this post, 100 Books Every Man Needs to Read, I tried to come up with my own 100-book list. I got up to 65, then 118, and then cut it back down to 86, then back up to 112, down to 91, and so on…. I’m at 96 now and tired of trying to decide what should go on it and what shouldn’t. I’m trying to achieve some sort of balance, I suppose — genre, history, voices, etc… but I don’t know if it’s realistic to put a limit on myself, though it’s a good question to ask: If I could read ONLY 100 books, what should they be? I may tweak pending input, or not. πŸ™‚

33 Days to Morning Glory – Fr. Michael Gaitley
A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Mother’s Rule of Life – Holly Pierlot
A Return to Modesty – Wendy Shalit
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Mosseini
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Abandonment to Divine Providence – Jean Pierre de Caussade
Adam and Eve After the Pill – Mary Eberstadt
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
Anne of Green Gables (series) – Lucy Maud Montgomery
Apologia Pro Vita Sua – John Henry Newman
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Catherine of Siena – Sigrid Undset
Christian Self-Mastery – Basil Maturin
Come Be My Light – St. Teresa of Calcutta
Covenanted Happiness – Cormac Burke
Divine Intimacy – Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene
Essays on Woman – Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
Fire Within – Thomas Dubay
For Better, For Worse, For God – Mary Jo Pedersen
Forming Intentional Disciples – Sherry Weddell
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Getting Things Done – David Allen
God Has No Grandchildren – Leila Marie Lawler
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
In This House of Brede – Rumer Godden
Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila
Interior Freedom – Fr. Jacques Philippe
Introduction to the Devout Life – St. Francis de Sales
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Joan of Arc – Mark Twain
Joseph of Nazareth – Federico Suarez
Kristin Lavransdatter – Sigrid Undset
Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilibagiza
Life of Christ – Fulton Sheen
Life-Giving Love – Kimberly Hahn
Love and Responsibility – St. John Paul II
Making Sense Out of Suffering – Peter Kreeft
Man and Woman He Created Them – Michael Waldstein
Married Saints and Blesseds – Ferdinand Holbock
Maurice and Therese – Patrick Ahern
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Mulieris Dignitatem – St. John Paul II
My Antonia – Willa Cather
My Name Is Asher Lev – Chaim Potok
Nudging Conversions – Carrie Gress
On Food and Cooking – Harold McGee
Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra/That Hideous Strength – CS Lewis
Particles of Faith – Stacy Trasancos
Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water – Susie Lloyd
Poems and Prose – Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
Silence – Shusako Endo
Simplifying Your Domestic Church – Abby Sasscer
Something Other than God – Jennifer Fulwiler
Splendor in the Ordinary – Thomas Howard
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child – Anthony Esolen
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The Art of Eating – MFK Fisher
The Authentic Catholic Woman – Genevieve Kineke
The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
The Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor – Flannery O’Connor
The Dark Night of the Soul – St. John of the Cross
The Fairy Tale Novels – Regina Doman
The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
The Gorgeous Nothings – Emily Dickinson
The Great Heresies – Hillaire Belloc
The Hidden Power of Kindness – Fr. Lawrence Lovasik
The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom
The Holy Bible – God πŸ˜€
The Imitation of Christ – Thomas a Kempis
The Lord – Romano Guardini
The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
The Privilege of Being a Woman – Alice von Hildebrand
The Reed of God – Carryl Houselander
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur – Elisabeth Leseur
The Sinner’s Guide – Luis de Granada
The Song of Bernadette – Franz Werfel
The Soul of the Apostolate – Jean Baptiste Chautard
The Spiritual Combat – Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
The Story of a Soul – St. Therese of Lisieux
The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson
The World’s First Love – Fulton Sheen
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet – Madeleine L’Engle
Till We Have Faces – CS Lewis
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
What’s Wrong With the World – GK Chesterton
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

What Nino Read, November 2016

How To Write A Thank-You Letter by Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth
What’s So Yummy? All About Eating Well and Feeling Good
A Gebra Named Al
Si Pilandok, ang Bantay-Gubat
The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice
Don’t Let the Barber Pull Your Teeth (Could You Survive Medieval Medicine?)
Guinness World Records: Fun with Food
Anno’s Aesop
Blaze Finds the Trail
Comeback of the Home Run Kid
Young Lancelot
Dirt Bike Racer
Blaze and the Lost Quarry
Karate Kick
Blaze and the Forest Fire
Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
Slam Dunk
Hot Shot
The Home Run Kid Races On
George Gershwin by Mike Venezia
Millions to Measure
Buffalo Bill: Frontier Daredevil
The Little Prince
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green
Poppy and Rye
The Chocolate Touch
More Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls
Albert Einstein: Young Thinker
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Tell Me About the Catholic Faith
Snowflake Bentley
Basketball for Young Champions
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
Kids Gardening
Polar Express
Stuart Little
Julius the Baby of the World
Children Just Like Me
King Arthur’s Knight Quest
Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales
Favorite Norse Myths
Karol from Poland
Mirette on the High Wire
Alexander Graham Bell
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Kings and Queens
The Book of Three
The Miracles of Jesus
Pish Posh Hieronymus Bosch
The Usborne Rainy Day Book
Myths and Legends (The New Junior Classics)
The Creation (Paul L. Maier)
The Story Hour

What Nino Read, September 2016

A Child’s Book of Manners
A Gift of Gracias
Atoms and Molecules Experiments Using Ice, Salt, Marbles, and More
Bard of Avon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Mayo/Malone)
Buffalo Bill
Bugged: How Insects Changed History
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Chemical Change from Fireworks to Rust
Chess for Kids
Clare and Francis (Visconti/Landmann)
Days of the Knights: A Tale of Castles and Battles
Draw Really Cool Stuff
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysterious Handprints
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander
Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Manners
Eyewitness Science: Light
Fortunately, the Milk
Gandhi (Demi)
George Gershwin (Venezia)
George Washington: Young Leader
Guinness World Records 2008
Guinness World Records 2011
Harry Houdini
Henry and the Paper Route
Henry Ford: Young Man With Ideas
Homer Price
Horns to Toes and In Between
How We Learned the Earth Is Round
I Did It With My Hatchet
It’s Off to Camp, Charlie Brown
James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
Joan of Arc (Stanley)
King Jack and the Dragon
Leonardo da Vinci (Stanley)
Little Bear’s Visit
Make Your Mark, Franklin Roosevelt
Mary Cassatt (Venezia)
McDuff Moves In
Michelangelo’s Surprise
Molly Pitcher: Young Patriot
Mother Teresa (Demi)
My Very First Mother Goose (Opie/Wells)
Myths and Legends (The New Junior Classics)
Once Upon a Time Saints
Our Presidents
Pablo Picasso: Breaking the Rules
Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue
Poppy and Rye
President George W. Bush: Our Forty-third President (Gormley)
Return to the Willows
Revolution News: Power to the People!
Riding the Pony Express
Rome and Romans
Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”
Simeon’s Gift
Sina Elephas at Estegodon Noong Unang Panahon
Stars and Galaxies
Stories that Never Grow Old (The New Junior Classics)
The Beginner’s Bible
The Boxcar Children
The Boy Mechanic
The Bungalow Mystery
The Cartoon Guide to Physics
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Emperor’s New Clothes (Andersen/Lewis/Barrett)
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Glorious Flight Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot
The Hobbit
The Horse and His Boy
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
The Matchbox Diary
The Moffats
The Monk Who Grew Prayer
The Neptune Fountain
The New Way Things Work
The Penderwicks
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
The Secret of the Caves
The Secret of the Old Clock
The Silver Chair
The Sinister Signpost
The Squire and the Scroll
The Tattletale Mystery (Boxcar Children)
The Triple Hoax
The Usborne Rainy Day Book
The World’s Best Fairy Tales
This Is Rome
Thomas A. Edison: Young Inventor
Tim and Ginger
Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales
Who Were the Vikings?
Why Things Don’t Work: Race Car

Notes on the Journey:

He’s getting used to ~4 lessons a day. Usually my pick, except on holidays — like yesterday — when he gets to pick. He likes all his lessons and doesn’t really exhibit anxiety/resistance to doing them. I did have to explain last week that he would have the rest of the day to spend as he likes if he did his lessons early. Got his assessment test results last week and he’s pretty much at 3rd-4th grade level in Math/Reading.

He knows the Rosary well enough now and prays with us more, leading his own decade and saying his own prayer intentions, usually for Papa and Mama (grandparents) and for the defunding of PP and for all of us to get to heaven. I’ve added My Catholic Faith Delivered to his curriculum, just so I make sure we have all our bases covered (anal mom) while we continue work on his Sacramental portfolio. Father says he probably will get to make his first Confession before we leave on our trip.

I’ve also introduced him to planning, so he writes out in his journal/planner his lessons/chores/plans for the day. Piano is of greater interest now, and he practices at least once a day without prompting. Also LOVES his art lessons and would skip and do the ones that most interest him (sculpture) if I let him. Had to go back a bit and retrain handwriting for some letters. Have to do the same with numbers. Still LOVES playing basketball with dad. AND BUGS. And trying to scare mommy with bugs. >.< On weekends he spends much time with Dad outside in the yard or tinkering in the garage. Yesterday Dad tried to teach him how to show his work (in Math) but he wasn't very receptive LOL. All in good time. Will enroll him again in swimming lessons when we get back. And maybe gymnastics. He wants to do soccer but I'm not sure I'm ready for that. πŸ™

What Nino Read, August 2016

26 Fairmount Avenue
A Kiss for Little Bear
A Spider Story
Abner Doubleday (Dunham)
Alamat ng Ampalaya
Billy and Blaze
Blaze and Thunderbolt
Blaze Shows the Way
Charlotte’s Web
Daniel (Animated Stories Activity Book)
Edward Hopper (Venezia)
Extreme Machines
Eyewitness Books North American Indian
George Washington (Illustrated Lives)
Horse Heroes
Hot Air Henry
I Spy Gold Challenger
I Want to Be an Astronaut
Lou Gehrig (Riper)
McDuff Goes to School
Millions to Measure
Mouse Cookies
My Amazing Book of Egypt
Pigs Will Be Pigs
Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch
Riding the Pony Express
Roman Britain
Samuel FB Morse (Latham)
Sophie’s Stuff
Tales of Ancient Greece (Blyton)
The Beginner’s Bible
The Boy Who Drew Birds
The Chronicles of Narnia (Official Illustrated Movie Companion)
The Cozy Book
The Emperor’s New Clothes (Lewis/Barrett Trans/Ill)
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
The Most Beautiful Thing in the World (Brindle) – for Sacramental preparation
The Rain Forest
The Story of the Great Depression
The Story of the Oregon Trail
The Trojan Horse (Hutton)
The Usborne Rainy Day Book
The Usborne World of Shakespeare
This Is Rome
Tim and Ginger
Tim In Danger
Tim to the Lighthouse
Tim’s Last Voyage
Where Do Sharks Cross Mountain Peaks

What Nino Read, July 2016

A Boy Named Giotto
A Little Pigeon Toad
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
A wind in the door
And Then It’s Spring
Are You My Mother?
Attack of the Clones
Basic Aid Training
Basketball for Young Champions
Brian Jacques The Tribes of Redwall Otters + Badgers
Cam Jensen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
Cautionary Tales For Children
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations
Chasing Degas
Clara Barton
Click, Clack, peep!
D’aulaire Book of Greek Myths
Dave and the Giant Pickle
Draw Really Cool Stuff
Encyclopedia Mythologica: Gods & Heroes
Eyewitness: universe
Farmer Boy
Fortunately, The Milk
Fractals, googols and other mathematical tales
Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment
George Gershwin
Good Morning, Gorillas
Guinness World Records 2015
Henry Huggins
Joseph from Germany
Julius: The Baby of the World
Keepers of the School
King Arthur’s Knight Quest
King Jack and the Dragon
Leif The Lucky
Long-Arm Quarterback
Mission to the Moon
Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
Officer Buckle and Gloria
One Small Square: Cactus Desert
Pink and Say
Rome & Romans
Room For A Little One: Christmas Tale
So You Want To Be President
Squire and the Scroll
St. Martin de Porres
St. Paul the Apostle
The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport
The Boy and His Lunch
The Boy Mechanic
The Case of the Shipwrecked Tree
The Dangerous Book for Boys
The Home Adventure Library
The Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
The Parables of Jesus
The Piece of Resistance
The Planet Of Puzzles
The Reader’s Digest: Children’s Atlas of the World
The Secret Of Red Gate Farm
The Secret of the Old Mill
The Sinister Signpost
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
The Usborne Rainy Book
The Way Things Work
The World Almanac and Book Of Facts 2015
The World’s Best Fairy Tales
Tintin in Tibet
Treasure Box 2
Usborne Knights & Castles
Usborne Rome & Romans
Usborne World of Shakespeare
Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire
Wilbur and Orville Wright

– catalogued by Ate Yena and Kuya Migi

A Rationale for Latin


Just a quick note — Latin discussion at one of my homeschooling moms’ group and the question came up:

Why Latin? What are your end goals?

My answer:

My end goal was simple: for my kids to develop an appreciation for Latin since it’s where the Romance languages came from…

  • So that, should they decide to learn any of those it would come easier to them. When we lived in Italy for a bit it was fun for them to learn Italian kasi many of the words were already familiar to them
  • So they’re comfortable whenever they attend any Mass where Latin is spoken/sung
  • So that if at some point they’d want to read any of the Latin documents of the Church they wouldn’t be intimidated and might even have fun with it
  • For a better grasp of the English language and grammar

Beyond those, whatever they want to do with it. There are people in my kids’ circles who are Latin fanatics.

One of my daughter’s best friends was an atheist who used to compete in national Latin competitions. Side note, he is now an agnostic — rapidly becoming Christian in his thinking — and has even started reading St. Augustine. Pray for him!

Our family’s favorite Latin materials:

Lingua Angelica:

Latina Christiana:

Prima Latina:

Henle Latin:

500 Latin Verbs:

Minimus Latin (though this is NOT ecclesiastical Latin)

Our 14-year-old also used the course Visual Latin and enjoyed it.

The book that helped me to decide to include Latin in our homeschooling curriculum:

Climbing Parnassus

(For some reason my Amazon links are not showing up, so I’ve edited so you at least see the names of the books.)

7 Benefits Latin Offers Today’s Students

Oh, and lastly, my PERSONAL reason for incorporating Latin into our homeschool: I just LOVE botanical names! πŸ˜€

Resources for Drawing Comic Superheroes

We were just at Michaels to pick up stuff for Nino’s sacramental preparation portfolio (will blog that at a later date) and he found a book on how to draw comics, except it wasn’t on sale, and the “50% off any item at regular price” coupon we had couldn’t be applied to it — guess it really wasn’t “any item”. I didn’t want him to spend $10 on a book that looked mediocre to me, so I had to say no and he was all upset on the way home (character building moment).

I’ll let him have the figure drawing book given to me by the hubs when I was taking fine arts classes in college, but I also found him a few resources that might be helpful to other kids with similar interests:

How to Draw Step by Step Drawing Tutorials (images and videos)

How to Draw – This one isn’t really for kids, but I thought I’d keep the link for when he’s older.

I’m also ordering these two books, but will hold off on handing them to him until I’ve checked for, uhm, unsavory images. Hopefully they’ll be clean enough. Worst case scenario I can tear off pages if need be.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist

What Nino Read, June 2016

A Rooster in the Sun / Ang Tandang sa Araw
A Spider Story (Isang Kuwentong Gagamba)
Alamat ng Ampalaya
Alexander Graham Bell
Ang Mahiyaing Manok
Ang Prinsipe ng mga Ibon
Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
Beverly Cleary: Henry and the Paper Route
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones
Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery
Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Children’s Atlas of the World
Codemaster Book 1
Everyday Graces: A Child’s Book of Good Manners
Extreme Machines
Eyewitness Science: Light
Favorite Greek Myths
George Gershwin (Mike Venezia)
Get Into Gear, Stilton!
Gilgamesh the King
Grossology: The Science of Really Gross Things!
Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Kidnapped Collie
Hank the Cowdog: The Case of the Shipwrecked Tree
Horns to Toes and In Between
How Science Works
I Did It With My Hatchet
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
Joan of Arc (Diane Stanley)
John, Paul, George and Ben
Lassie Come Home
Little Bear
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
Maria Cacao: Ang Diwata ng Cebu
Matt Christopher: Long-Arm Quarterback
May Pera sa Basura
McDuff Moves In
Mission to the Moon
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
My Amazing Book of Egypt
Naomi and Ruth
Papa’s Latkes
Pirates Past Noon
Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch
Roman Britain
Ronald Reagan: An American Hero
Science in Ancient Rome
Secrets of the Mummies
Ship’s Cook Ginger: Another Tim Story
Stone Soup
The Aesop for Children
The Beginner’s Bible
The Book of Virtues
The Children’s Book of Virtues
The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh
The Dalai Lama
The First Dog
The Home Adventure Library
The Knight At Dawn
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor
The Princess and the Kiss
The Rain Forest
The Revenge of Ishtar
The Sinister Signpost
The Story Hour
The Story of the Pony Express
The Story of the USS Arizona
The Story of Valley Forge
The Tattletale Mystery
The Teachings and Miracles of Jesus
The Triple Hoax
The Usborne Book of Art Ideas
Things I Can Make
This is Rome
Tomie de Paola’s Book of Bible Stories
Tony’s Bread
Toto In Italy
Usborne Flags Sticker Book

What Nino Read, May 2016

Nino beatboxing while reading his history book
Nino beatboxing while reading his history book


57 Saints
A Gift of Gracias
Catholic Children’s Treasure Box
Christopher The Holy Giant
Jesus (Brian Wildsmith)
Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves
St. George and the Dragon
St. Martin de Porres
The Beginner’s Bible
The Children’s Book of Faith
The Miracles of Jesus
The Monk Who Grew Prayer


Berlioz the Bear
Best Book of Stories of Boys and Girls
Cautionary Tales for Children
Chocolate Fever
Crow Boy
Hot Air Henry
King Arthur and His Knights (Knowles)
King Jack and the Dragon
Prince Caspian
Rip Van Winkle
The Black Stallion
The Book of Virtues
The Chocolate Touch
The Moffats
The Silver Chair
The Story of Ferdinand
The Wind In The Willows – clearly this is a favorite. When we were going over the books he’s read in the past 30 days, he enthusiastically retold his favorite parts. His whole face lit up and the delight was just so visible. None of the other children ever had that kind of reaction to Wind in the Willows. πŸ˜€


Life of Fred
Pigs Will Be Pigs


DK Eyewitness Books Space (with workbook)
Light (Eyewitness Science)
My Very First Science Kit
One Small Square: Cactus Desert
Science in a Bag
The Boy Who Drew Birds
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
The New Way Things Work
Thomas Edison
To Space and Back
TOPS Primary Lentil Science
Where Do Sharks Cross Mountain Peaks?
Where’s That Reptile?


A Little History of the World
Abner Doubleday
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations (we keep laughing over this book)
Davy Crockett
George Washington (Illustrated Lives)
Helen Keller
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Knights and Castles
Revolution News
Science of Ancient Mesopotamia
The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs
The Story of Presidential Elections
The Story of the Spirit of St. Louis
The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
The Trojan Horse
The Usborne Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt


Prima Latina
Who Loves Me? Quis Me Amat?


piano lessons continue using Leila Fletcher 1


Artistic Pursuits
Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
The Black Book of Colors


Basic Aid Training
Basketball for Young Champions
Boy Mechanic
Children’s Letters to God
Guinness World Records 2011
HaluHalo Espesyal
Riddles, Riddles and More Riddles
The Official US Mint 50 State Quarters 1999-2008 (he’s been going through my quarters and sorting them and putting them into this album)

Abstinence and Chastity Education, An Evolution

1979-1984: St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body Audiences | Michael Waldstein’s Outline here

1995: The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality: Guidelines for Education Within the Family

1998: Chastity After the Sexual Revolution

Chastity Before Marriage: a Fresh Perspective

2003: Chastity education activist acknowledged

2011: What’s the difference between Chastity and Abstinence?

2012Chastity is For Lovers – The Difference Between Chastity and Abstinence

2013: Abstinence, Chastity, and Purity β€” Part One: Drawing Distinctions

Abstinence-Only Sex Education: A Caution

What Nino Read, April 2016

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101 Secrets A Good Dad Knows – learned how to multiply any number from 1-100 by 11
A Little History of the World (history spine)
Abner Doubleday (COFA)
Airplanes by Gallimard Jeunesse
Artistic Pursuits Book 1 (doing art lessons from this now)
American History Mysteries
Ang Paglalakbay ni Butirik (the English section)
Baltimore First Communion Catechism (religion lessons from this book now)
Bard of Avon by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema
Basketball for Young Champions – he LOVES playing basketball and usually challenges Dad to a game when Dad gets home from work
Boats by Gallimard Jeunesse
Buffalo Bill (COFA)
Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery
Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
Curious George Visits the Library
Days of the Knights: A Tale of Castles and Battles
For the Love of the Game: My Story by Michael Jordan
Fruit by Gallimard Jeunesse
Get Into Gear, Stilton!
How Science Works
Hurricane and Tornado (DK Eyewitness Books)
If You Lived At the Time of the American Revolution
Joseph by Brian Wildsmith
King David and His Songs
Knucklehead (Jon Szieszka)
Math Quest: The Planet of Puzzles
Measuring Penny
Money: A Rich History
Moses (doing narration from this book today)
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
My Amazing Book of Egypt
My Five Senses by Aliki
Papa’s Latkes
Physics for Every Kid (doing experiments from this book now)
Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House #4)
Prima Latina (Latin lessons from this book now)
Samuel F .B. Morse by Jean Lee Latham
Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”
Singapore Math 2A (almost done)
Space Station: Accident on Mir
Stories of Wonder and Magic
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport
The Boxcar Children
The Camera by Gallimard Jeunesse
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
The Glorious Impossible
The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale
The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook
The Human Body by Gallimard Jeunesse
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers
The Ladybug and Other Insects by Gallimard Jeunesse
The LEGO Ideas Book
The Little Book of Whittling
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
The Magician’s Nephew
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Can You Find It?
The New Way Things Work
The Polar Express
The Ring by Liza Maizlish
The Secret of the Caves
The Tree by Gallimard Jeunesse
The Triple Hoax
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!
The Twin Dilemma
The Two Towers
The Wishing Chair Collection
The World’s Best Fairytales
Tom Jefferson
Toto In Italy
What Do People Do All Day?
Yummy Yucky