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, 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
Grossology
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)
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, 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, 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!
Holes
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

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”

(How) Can I (Catholic) Homeschool for Free?

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A friend who likes to plan early asks: Can I homeschool for free?

Quick answer: Yes.

Since so many homeschooling resources are now available online, you could get away with little more than pen, paper, a computer, a printer, and an Internet connection. BUT, unless you’re thinking of becoming a 100% unschooler (I’ve met only one person like that in 15+ years), then you will have to spend some time figuring out your curriculum for the year, which materials you’ll be printing out, which digital resources you’ll be using online, and some sort of schedule or lesson plan. I’d also recommend that the discerning Catholic parent keep an eye out for anti-Catholic bias, so you can at least discuss these things with your child if necessary. I also am a book lover, so I’m not in favor at all of doing away completely with books in the home and/or doing all schoolwork on the computer. Find the balance that works for you and your family.

I’ve gathered some links to get you started. There are thousands more on the Internet, but some of these are my favorites, some come highly recommended by fellow Catholic homeschoolers.

The basics for Catholics:

The Holy Bible
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Saint Nook
Printable Liturgical Calendar from Michele Quigley
Liturgical Year from Catholic Culture
Catholic Encyclopedia

Other good Catholic sources:

First Eucharist — really good resource, I have a hard copy of the book and we use it for Sacramental preparation
Eucharistic Miracles
Waltzing Matilda’s Coloring Pages
Domestic Church
EWTN Kids
Free Catholic Children’s Audio Books
Free Catholic Books
Our Catholic Homeschool
Catholic Handwriting Books
Free Vintage Catholic Textbooks and Readers

General Websites, secular, covering a wide range of subjects:

Dictionary
Thesaurus
Open Culture
Khan Academy
The American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids

Literature
Literature.org
International Children’s Digital Library
The Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project
Children’s Books Online
Project Gutenberg

Math
Numeracy, from BBC
YouCubed, from Stanford University
Kids Math Games Online
Free Math Worksheet Printables from KidZone
Mathematics Enhancement Programme

Science
e-Learning for Kids
Neo K-12
Knowledge Adventure
Science Printables from Education.com
Printables from Scholastic.com

History and Geography

We like timelines for studying history, which you can do either on a wall, a lapbook, a notebook, or download Michele Quigley’s Book of Centuries.

We do history and geography here mostly through literature, so I recommend Alicia Van Hecke’s excellent list Reading Your Way Through History, which has been a go-to resource for us almost since we returned to homeschooling in 2001.

Mary at the 4Real Homeschooling forums put together this excellent Picture Book List for History that you’ll want to check out.

Eyewitness to History
USHistory.org
History World
History Learning Site
Look for time lapse maps on YouTube, like this one.
Worldology.com

Music
Piano Nanny
8notes.com
Classics for Kids
Harmony Fine Arts
MusicTheory.net

Art

Web Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
Art Coloring Pages
Google Art Project
Jerry’s Artarama

Languages

Duolingo
Livemocha
Open Culture
Babbel
Worksheets from Education.com


Buying low-cost books

Other ways to get freebies or low-cost homeschooling materials are via book swaps or co-ops, so try to find a local homeschooling group; they’ll probably have other resources they can share with you.

Cathswap on YahooGroups remains the largest online Catholic swap group, at 7000+ members worldwide. In our early years of homeschooling I bought a lot of books through there. Do be careful if you’re buying internationally because besides the increased cost due to shipping, shipments are also harder to track and complaints/returns more difficult to manage. Facebook version here

Start collecting used books early. You can print out the following curricula and booklists or save them on your phone, for when you’re shopping used bookstores and book sales.

St. Thomas School from Jean and Maria Rioux
Angelicum Academy
Catholic Heritage Curricula
Ambleside Online (secular, but has lots of Catholic- /Christian-friendly options)
Mater Amabilis – the Catholic version of Ambleside Online
Kolbe Academy – click on each grade for booklists
Free Resources from Our Catholic Homeschool
The 4Real Learning Booklist from Elizabeth Foss
Catholic Mosaic Booklist — this is the booklist for Cay Gibson’s excellent book Catholic Mosaic

Free Resources, Middle School to College:
HippoCampus

Other Resources, Secular:

Homeschool Freebie of the Day
Free Unit Studies
Free Lapbooks at HomeschoolShare
Lapbooklessons.com
Homeschool for Free and Frugal
Free Homeschool Deals
Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool
Donna Young
Clipart

If you need help with purchasing books, you might want to check out:
Book Samaritan


Lastly, check out my Homeschooling Pinterest Board for other ideas and freebies.

Click on Page 2 for places to buy used books in the Philippines.

If you’ve got other favorites, please tell me about them in the comments!!