What Nino Read January 2017

Abraham Lincoln (COFA)
Buffalo Bill
Dolphins!
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)
Mathemagic
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)

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Notes:
– 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

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)
Mattimeo
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)
Taggerung
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. 🙁

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
Bionics
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
Cleopatra
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
Holes
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
Pocahontas
Rome & Romans
Room For A Little One: Christmas Tale
So You Want To Be President
Space
Squanto
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

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
Frindle
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
Redwall
Roman Britain
Ronald Reagan: An American Hero
Science in Ancient Rome
Secrets of the Mummies
Ship’s Cook Ginger: Another Tim Story
Stone Soup
Taggerung
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

Religion

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

English

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. 😀

Math

Life of Fred
Mathemagic
Pigs Will Be Pigs

Science

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?

History

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

Latin

Prima Latina
Who Loves Me? Quis Me Amat?

Music

piano lessons continue using Leila Fletcher 1

Art

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

Miscellaneous

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)

What Nino Read March 2016

The Missing Chums
Geronimo Stilton and the Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
The Bungalow Mystery
Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion
Cam Jansen and the Scary Snake Mystery
Chess for Kids
Popular Mechanics: The Boy Mechanic
A to Z (Sandra Boynton)
Crow Boy
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers
The Planet of Puzzles
Dolphins!
Ginger Pye (part)
The Haunted Showboat
John Muir (COFA)
The Ultimate LEGO Book
Brother Joseph The Painter of Icons
George Gershwin (Mike Venezia)
The Dangerous Book of Boys
Stephen Biesty’s Cross Sections Castle
Carnival at Candlelight
Pirates Past Noon
Children Just Like Me
101 Secrets A Good Dad Knows
The Boxcar Children
John, Paul, George and Ben
Scientific Progress Goes Boink
Clara Barton
Volcanoes! Mountains of Fire
David Macaulay The New Way Things Work
The Baker’s Dozen
Bionics by Judith Jango-Cohen

What Nino Read, February 2016

Zita the Spacegirl
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl
Little Catechism on the Eucharist
Hurricane and Tornado
Childcraft World and Space
The Hardy Boys Detective Handbook
Saint Martin de Porres
Star Wars The Yoda Chronicles
Airplanes and Flying Machines
The Rain Forest
Castles
Best Ever Paper Planes that Really Fly
Scientific Progress Goes Boink
My First Body Book
Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules
Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
Gandhi by Demi
A Weekend with Wendell
The Moffats
Space Station: Accident on Mir
Who Were the Vikings?
George Washington Illustrated Lives
The New Junior Classics 2 Stories of Wonder and Magic
The World’s Best Fairy Tales Volumes 1 & 2
The Penderwicks
The Boxcar Children The Camp-Out Mystery
The 13 Clocks
Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, & Hahaha
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Taggerung
Once Upon a Time Saints
Things I Can Make
Tomie de Paola’s Book of Bible Stories
The Great Juggling Kit
The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor
Charles Dickens: The Man Who Had Great Expectations
Days of the Knights: A Tale of Castles and Battles
Poppy and Rye
Scientific Progress Goes ‘Boink’
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
Great Cars
Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves
The Ultimate Lego Book
A Gift of Gracias

What Nino Read, January 2016

Religion/History/Geography

The Time Traveller Book of Rome and Romans
Fun with Hieroglyphs
Davy Crockett (COFA)
Time/Life Millennium
St. Augustine and his Search for Faith
Martha Washington (COFA)
George Washington (COFA)
Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections: Castle
The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World
Teddy Roosevelt (COFA)
Knights and Castles
Paul Revere (COFA)
Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life
Albert Einstein: A Life of Genius
The Story of the USS Arizona
Secrets of the Mummies
New Catholic Children’s Bible
The Holy Twins
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Money: A Rich History

Sacramental Preparation:
Little Catechism on the Eucharist

Math
Mathemagic
Singapore Math 2A
Singapore Math 1B

Science

DK Eyewitness Astronomy
Tops Lentil Science
The Egg
Topps Primary Lentil Science

Literature
Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
The Cozy Book
The Phantom Tollbooth
Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery
Taggerung
The Ghost at Skeleton Rock
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
Zita the Spacegirl
The Moffats
Romeo and Juliet (Bruce Coville)
The Secret Garden

Miscellaneous
Chess for Kids
The Kingfisher First Encyclopedia
101 Secrets a Good Dad Knows
Large Print Word Hunt
The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys
Spider October 2015
Spider November/December 2015
Extreme Machines
Scientific Progress Goes “Boink”

What Nino Read (November 2015 Update)

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Religion, History, Geography:

The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World
On the Mayflower
If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution
Favorite Norse Myths
Thomas A. Edison (COFA)
Abner Doubleday (COFA)
If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake
New Catholic Children’s Bible
The Great Wall of China
The Story of the Pony Express
The Revolutionary John Adams
The Story of the Statue of Liberty
Once Upon a Time Saints
The Monk Who Grew Prayer

Literature:

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
The Moffats
26 Fairmount Avenue
The Story of Ferdinand
The Haunted Showboat
Flat Stanley
A Weekend with Wendell

Math:
Singapore Math 2A (Whoops! I did it again! Meant to get 1B and made a mistake >.< But he loves doing this book and isn't stumbling much 😛 ) Science:
Eyewitness Science: Light

Art:

The Ultimate Lego Book

Miscellaneous:

Trail Life USA Trailman’s Handbook
It’s Off to Camp, Charlie Brown


Notes:
– follows along at Mass using Magnifikid, about 75% of the time.
– can lead a decade of the Rosary
– always prompts me to pray at night before bed — his favorite “Angel of God” (besides the family Rosary which he joins in sometimes, sometimes not) plus Goodnight to Jesus, Mary and Joseph and his guardian angel.
– has questions about divorce 🙁
– I made the mistake of getting Book 2A of Singapore Math instead of 1B, but he really loves doing it and can do simple multiplication now, and has even asked that I prepare drills for him (he asked me to put a bunch of subtraction and addition problems he can solve, and I told him those were called “drills”)
– writes very well, but still need to practice lowercase letters as he keeps using uppercase for everything
– has written 700+ words so far for NaNoWriMo
– wants to go bowling for his 7th birthday, but just with family, no friends
– can cut his own nails
– crown popped out day after Halloween and had to see dentist to put it back on
– is quite diligent about brushing and flossing and washing his hands
– participates well when we do our family journaling
– still loves jokes and makes up his own, some really morbid ones 😛
– asked to have and bring his own journal to Mass, copying me (although, I take notes at homily, and he draws whatever, usually Father)
– wants to study ukulele
– asked for a Kiwi Crate re-subscription, so I signed him up again. he loves crafty stuff.

What the 6-year-old is Reading Now

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A friend with little ones asked me about reading recommendations for her 6-7 year olds, so I thought I’d give her a list of what our 6.5-year-old is reading right now. Hope this helps, J!

Life of Fred Decimals and Percents – his big sister’s book, but he’s reading it for fun.

Get Into Gear, Stilton!

Clare and Francis
Catholic Children’s Treasure Box, Books 4, 3, 9, and 2

Viking Raiders (Usborne Time Traveler) – a long-time favorite, I think he rereads this every few weeks

The Mysterious Benedict Society – something that escaped me. I didn’t mean to let him read it at this age, but one of the older kids left it lying around….

Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life

The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

Thomas Edison: Young Inventor (Childhood of Famous Americans)

DK Readers: Secrets of the Mummies

Reader’s Digest ~ How Science Works

Abner Doubleday: Boy Baseball Pioneer (Young Patriots series)

The Tale of Despereaux

Where Do Sharks Cross Mountain Peaks?

Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery – probably should not have bought this (bought this at a resale shop and I thought, eh, a quick read for him for when he’s bored) — now he’s asking me about ghosts. ack.

The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys – one of his birthday gifts; he rereads this every couple of weeks or so.

Great Illustrated Classics: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – a bit twaddly version of the original, but it will do for now

A Weekend with Wendell

The Story of a Bad Boy – recommended by big sis because she loved it. I haven’t had time to read it aloud to him as we still have several read alouds we’re working on, but he’s slowly making his way through it and said I could read it aloud to him, if/when I catch up.

The Story of the Spar-Spangled Banner

The Lady of Guadalupe – a Tomie de Paola classic

What Nino Read, August 2014

5 Stars:

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Ill. Mary Azarian
The Children’s Book of Heroes, Ed. William J. Bennett, Ill. Michael Hague
Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator by Augusta Stevenson, Ill. Jerry Robinson
St. Francis by Brian Wildsmith
The Legend of St. Christopher by Margaret Hodges, Ill. Richard Jesse Watson
A Boy Named Giotto by Paolo Guarnieri, Trans. Jonathan Galassi, Ill. Bimba Landmann
The Jolly Postman and Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
The Miracles of Jesus by Tomie de Paola

1 Star (Nino doesn’t seem to have a sense of in between; I explained to him that he could rate books 2-, 3-, and 4-stars too, but he wanted to keep his ratings)

Simeon’s Gift by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton, Ill. Gennady Spirin
Abraham and Isaac by Katy Keck Arnsteen
My Five Senses by Aliki
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (says he’s tired of this one hence the 1-star rating, but he keeps on reading it) by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire

Previous Post with Other books he read in August Nino’s First-Grade After-the-Fact Curriculum 2014-2015)

Nino’s Kindergarten Curriculum, 2013-2014

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WHAT WE DID AS OPPOSED TO WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO

At the beginning of the year, I thought of putting together a Kindergarten curriculum for Nino (4 1/2)…. I had bought a really neat book using 26 letters, but then I looked at the booklist and eventually decided… NAH. We’ve got way too many books and materials in the house and putting together a curriculum will just make me want to buy more and more STUFF. We basically unschooled all year, and this is just a record of what we did the past 12 months, mostly books that we read.

BOOKLIST:

At the beginning of the year:
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?
The Original Peter Rabbit books
The Ladybug and Other Insects, The Human Body, The Egg, Airplanes, The Tree, Castles
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, A House for Hermit Crab

Nine months ago:
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths – some homeschooling friends think this is a bit too pagan and frightening for little kids, but when I read it aloud to him, after having taken a break from the book for 7+ years, I didn’t find it to be so. Sure there were bizarre stories here, some having morbid plots, but a 5-year-old boy has a natural preoccupation with monsters so I am not worried. We’ll revisit this book more seriously around third grade, to go with Ancient Greek studies, but for now, he keeps taking it off the shelf and rereading his favorites.
The Chronicles of Narnia series
The Children’s Book of Virtues, The Children’s Book of Heroes, The Children’s Book of America, The Children’s Book of Faith
My Book House Books 4 and 5

He started reading on his own end of December, 2013. Since then, the progress has been unbelievable.

Six months ago:
This series, I don’t even know how he discovered. I normally have the kids read this around 3rd grade to go with history studies, but one day he picked one off the history shelf and had me read him all four: The Usborne Time Traveler Series: Pharaohs and Pyramids, Rome and Romans, Viking Raiders, Knights and Castles
Seymour Simon books
Jim Weiss Audiobooks

Three months ago:
Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection — this is his older brother’s, but the illustrations are fascinating even for a five-year-old
Oh Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty – another older brother purchase from years back, now apparently fascinating to the little one
Childhood of Famous Americans Series

Now:

Boys’ Life
Jigsaw Jones
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
The Chronicles of Narnia Audiobook Set

Prayers Memorized this Year:
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
Blessing at Meals
Morning Offering

Field Trips, etc.:

Trip to Toronto
Trips to St. Louis, including Science Center
Trip to Michigan
Trip to Chicago, specifically Chinatown
Field trip to local zoo
Trail Life sessions

Shows:
Magic School Bus
A few NOVA and Discovery Channel shows on hurricanes, tornadoes, and volcanoes
Wild Kratts

Other:
Learning to tell time on analog clock (still working on this)
Lots of play time with Lego, wooden blocks, K’Nex, playdough
Sand and water play, dirt and insects and all the things boys get into
Not enough drawing and painting — need to do more of this this year
Swordfighting with the boys
Trains, cars, planes
Card games: Go Fish
Swimming and Gymnastics Lessons

He’s been getting good practice journaling with the family on Sundays, but this year I’m having him begin his own journal so he can narrate his stories and books he’s read. He’s also gotten into some letter-writing since big sis Aisa is 9 hours away.