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What Nino Read, October 2014


The Monk Who Grew Prayer
New Catholic Children’s Bible – he reads this on his own
Catholic Children’s Treasure Box Books – he now reads these on his own, and asked me for sacrifice beads, though he hasn’t used them much


Abe Lincoln Remembers
Abraham Lincoln (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Anno’s Spain
D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths
Harry Houdini
The Kid Who Changed the World – this seemed to have an impact on him as he was reading another book the other day and pointed out George Washington Carver’s name (one of those mentioned in the book)
Martha Washington – this has been a favorite for a while now
Gilgamesh the King – and this trilogy
The Revenge of Ishtar
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh
The Miracles of Jesus – this is a new favorite and
This is Rome – the book that launched several discussions and revealed to me just how much he knew from reading other books/listening to audiobooks — amazing what he retains


A Kiss Means I Love You
Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony – old favorites of the big boys — so glad I spotted them at the library, I had forgotten about them!
Blaze and the Mountain Lion
Blaze Finds the Trail
Hedgehog’s Secret
Little Tim and The Brave Sea Captain – another re-discovery — Jenn blogged about the books and I remembered that the big boys loved these as well, so I ordered a few
Tales from Shakespeare – I didn’t think he was ready for these, but wow! We were reading these for a couple of weeks and we all enjoyed them, hubby included. Again, amazing what he remembers.
The Crane Wife – I still don’t like this story after all these years, but keep it because it has kid appeal.
The Little World of Don Camillo – A gift from a friend — not really a kids’ book, but for some reason Nino is quite taken with it and has asked me to read it again, one or two chapters a night since we found it (it was misplaced for a while)
Spoken Memories/Painted Words
The Tale of Ginger and Pickles
The Serpent Came to Gloucester
Thumbelina – an old favorite that he recently asked me to reread. Beautiful as ever.


The Baker’s Dozen

Though we’re not doing a formal Math curriculum yet, he is constantly playing with numbers in his head, and asking about days, dates, time, the months, how many __ in a ___ questions, skip counts by 2s and 5s when we play ball. I might order Singapore Math for him sometime soon.


Eyewitness Books Flying Machine – he reads this on his own, though once in a while, he’ll ask me to read portions.

No formal science curriculum either, but like any boy he loves bugs and creepy crawlies, and is always curious about the weather, and things going on in nature, like the crispness and color of fall leaves, or why gloomy days mean no sun, which makes him sad and grumpy.


Can You See What I See? Once Upon A Time

Nino in August in Michigan
Nino in August in Michigan

He continues to enjoy art his own way — I am not forcing writing or drawing right now, though he will randomly ask for paper and pencils or markers to write or copy somethign that’s important to him. A couple of weeks ago he asked for watercolor paper and watercolors and painted happily for ~10 minutes, but did not want to repeat the exercise the next day. He has been using the scissors more, and did a Creation worksheet on his own one day with just the teeniest prompting from me. Yesterday he decided to cut up some scrap paper, and I thought he was just going to cut random shapes, but then he started showing me words that he had cut out. It turned into a fun game with us putting random words together and deciding whether something was a phrase or a sentence. I don’t know if he quite got it but he did come up with some funny ones.

He continues to love building Lego and K’nex, though that initial phase of taking old Bionicle instructions and recreating them quickly passed, and he is back to making up his own stuff, often impressing his older brothers with his creations. He doesn’t dance as much to Just Dance like he used to but will dance to just about anything, even nothing; his moves are something else. 😀

A few weeks ago I ordered him a new set of slides, and he enjoyed looking at those one by one, prefering the ones that look like something familiar, like monsters 😀 . He also took the old slide sets and rearranged them as he now knows they are supposed to be in a certain order.

He loves the outdoors as much as the older boys and went on his first camping trip, slept in his own sleeping bag just a few weeks ago. Slept through a thunderstorm even.

At Mass he still gets bored and distracted often, but will sit quietly most of the time, and participates in prayers and songs most Sundays. He has gotten more curious about the Sacrament of Reconciliation so I’ve been talking to him more about it.

He still loves listening to Jim Weiss audiobooks, though I’d like to introduce him to composers soon. He used to love making noise on the keyboard, but the adapter broke, though it may still be repaired… but hubby has to find time to do it. I’ve asked him if he’d like piano lessons, but for now he’s not interested. For some reason the Donut Man songs do not appeal to him; perhaps I just need to play them more often.

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

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Nino’s Kindergarten Curriculum, 2013-2014



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.


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


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

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

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.