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Alexa's Third Grade Book Log

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. ~Mary Ellen Chase



Books Alexa Read Just For Fun - Silently To Herself


1001 Ways To Be A Best Friend

A Little Princess

The Rand McNally Book of Favorite Nursery Rhymes

The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids: Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

Poetry Place Anthology - More Than 600 Poems For All Occasions! (partially read)

Codemaster #1, How To Write And Decode Secret Messages

Junie B. Jones, First Grader, Cheater Pants

Magic Treehouse, Thanksgiving On Thursday

101 Super Sports Jokes

The Brothers Grimm Favorite Fairy Tales

Emily Windsnap And The Monster From The Deep

Junie B. Jones, First Grader, Aloha-ha-ha

The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids: Trolls Don't Ride Roller Coasters

The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids: Witches Don't Do Backflips

Magic Treehouse, Day Of The Dragon King

American Girl Library: The Care and Keeping of Friends

Nina, Nina And The Copycat Ballerina

Magic Treehouse, Dingoes At Dinnertime

Magic Treehouse, Civil War On Sunday

The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids: Mummies Don't Coach Softball

Magic Treehouse, Buffalo Before Breakfast

Magic Treehouse, Tigers At Twilight

Junie B. Jones Has A Peep In Her Pocket

Junie B. Jones And Her Big Fat Mouth

Magic Treehouse, Viking Ships At Sunrise

The Everything Kids Gross Hidden Picture Book

A To Z Mysteries, The Haunted Hotel

A To Z Mysteries, The Quicksand Question

A To Z Mysteries, The Absent Author

A To Z Mysteries, The White Wolf

A To Z Mysteries, The Invisible Island

A To Z Mysteries, The Bald Bandit

A To Z Mysteries, The Kidnapped King

A To Z Mysteries, The Canary Caper

A To Z Mysteries, The Empty Envelope

A To Z Mysteries, The Falcon's Feathers

A To Z Mysteries, The Goose's Gold

A To Z Mysteries, The Jaguar's Jewel

A To Z Mysteries, The Lucky Lottery

A To Z Mysteries, The Missing Mummy

Captain Underpants And The Perilous Plot Of Professor Poopypants

Choose Your Own Adventure, The Haunted House

Choose Your Own Adventure, You Are Invisible

Choose Your Own Adventure, The Green Slime

Captain Underpants And The Attack Of The Talking Toilets

Choose Your Own Adventure, Secret of the Pyramids
Magic Treehouse Carnival at Candlelight

Choose Your Own Adventure, Underground Kingdom

Free To Be You And Me

Avalon Web of Magic, Book 1, Circles In The Stream

Avalon Web of Magic, Book 2, All That Glitters (started this at the end of the 2008-2009 school year; continued into 2009-2010 school year).



Books Alexa Read Just For Fun - Aloud With Me


The Tail Of Emily Windsnap

Who Am I? Where Did I Come From?

Peter Pan In Scarlet

Little House In The Big Woods

Little House On The Prairie (Currently Reading This One)

Flat Stanley



Books We Read Together Specifically For "The Story Of The World" Supplemental Reading


The Magic School Bus Shows & Tells: A Book About Archaeology

Me And My Family Tree

Archaeologists Dig For Clues

I Can Be An Archaeologist

The First Dog

Little Grunt And The Big Egg

It's Disgusting And We Ate It! True Food Facts From Around The World and Throughout History

Ancient Agriculture, From Foraging To Farming (partially read)

Tonka The Cave Boy

The Nile River

Bill And Pete Go Down The Nile

Tales Of The Dead, Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Jobs


Egyptian Gods And Goddesses

Egyptian Myths

Seeker Of Knowledge, The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs

100 Things You Should Know About Ancient Egypt

The Everyday Life Of An Egyptian Craftsman

Magic Tree House Research Guide, Mummies and Pyramids

Mummies, A Strange Science Book

Cat Mummies

Mummies Made In Egypt

I Am The Mummy Heb-Nefert

Curse of the Pharaohs, My Adventures With Mummies

An Egyptian Tomb

The Golden Sandal, A Middle Eastern Cinderella Story

The Three Princes, A Tale From The Middle East

The Tales of the Arabian Nights (from the book An Illustrated Treasury of Read Aloud Classics For Young People)



Books We Read Together For Supplemental Reading On Other Topics We Were Learning About


Moon, Sun and Stars, A New True Book

The Great Serum Race: Blazing The Iditarod Trail

Mush! Across Alaska In The World's Longest Sled-Dog Race

God Sent A Rainbow And Other Bible Stories (partially read)

Matzo Ball Moon

All About Frogs

Watch Me Grow Frog


Helen Keller

Helen Keller Courage In The Dark

The Bumblebee Queen

The Magic School Bus, Inside A Bee Hive

Honey In A Hive

The Honey Makers






"MOM'S BOOKS" - For Resources, Information, Ideas, Etc.


Seeing Past Z by Beth Kephart


The Unschooling Handbook: How To Use The Whole World As Your Child's Classroom, by Mary Griffith


Homeschoolers' Success Stories, by Linda Dobson


Secular Homeschooling Magazine


Family Fun Magazine


Natural Life Magazine


Home Education Magazine


Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children In Our Achievement-Oriented Society, by William Crain

Teaching Poetry: Yes You Can! by Jacqueline Sweeney


How To Help Your Child With Homework, by Marguerite C. Radencich, Ph.D., and Jeanne Shay Schumm, Ph.D.


The Ultimate Book Of Homeschooling Ideas, 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities, by Linda Dobson


Better Late Than Early by Raymond S. Moore and Dorothy N. Moore






I Spy In The Kitchen (4H work book and recipe book)


The Story Of The World, Volume 1, Ancient Times


The Story Of The World Activity Book One, Ancient Times


The Healthy Start Kids Cookbook


175 Science Experiments To Amuse And Amaze Your Friends


The State Sticker Book

The Ultimate Book Of Kid Concoctions


1-2-3 Draw: Pets And Farm Animals, A Step-By-Step Guide


I Can Draw Forest Animals


Exploring The 50 States


Science Magic With Air






The Usborne Book Of World History

National Geographic Explorer!


Merriam Webster Intermediate Dictionary



National Geographic Kids




Shawn - 40, Husband, Dad, Tattoo Artist, Body Piercer, Business Owner, Saltwater Aquarium Enthusiast, Cook, Mr. Fix-It.

Nance - 41, Wife, Homeschooling Mom, Bookworm, Writer, Field Tripper, List Maker, Planner, Chauffeur.

Melissa - 22, Special Needs. Is in a sheltered workshop/life skills day program. Likes music, movies, shopping, and reading.

Alexa - 14, Left public school in March of 2009 and has been home since, happily homeschooling with Oak Meadow and an eclectic mix of other things. Currently in 8th grade. Enjoys reading, writing, art, singing and music, theater/performing, doing her nails, and sleepovers with friends.

Ben - 9, Has never been to any outside school. Currently doing 3rd grade at home. Enjoys computer, video and board games, especially Minecraft and shooter games, silly jokes, soccer, rough-housing, and occasional cuddling and reading.

Adelaide - 15 months and my little ray of sunshine. :) Enjoys pointing at things, chasing the cat, trying to pull all the books off my bookshelves, eating, playing, and snuggling.

We are a relaxed/eclectic, secular homeschooling family living in Pennsylvania and thoroughly enjoying Life Without School!


Alexa is using: Oak Meadow 8 Civics; Oak Meadow 8 English; Oak Meadow Basic Physical Science; Story of the World Middle Ages; and Teaching Textbooks Math Pre-Algebra.

Ben is loosely using the Oak Meadow 3rd Grade curriculum (minus the math), Teaching Textbooks Math 3, and Reading Eggspress.

I've always been a fairly relaxed homeschooler. While I've buckled down more this year with my 8th grader, in general we do school around life, not life around school. We use mainly a fun, hands on curriculum that isn't overly time consuming and isn't dry or textbookish, and we're always willing to drop it for the time being if something fun, interesting, or educational comes up outside the house. Living is learning!


Welcome To My Blog!


The ABCs Of Relaxed Homeschooling

A Perfect Day

Affidavits, Objectives & Samples, Oh My!

A Kindergarten Dropout

Homeschooling, A Year Later

Preschool Or Not?

I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

A Day In The Life Of A New Homeschooler

Homeschool Poem

What Does A Homeschooler Do Every Day?

What Does A Homeschooler Do Every Day Part 2

What About Socialization?

Why Homeschool?!

Dear Judy Molland

What I Really Mean When I Say I Homeschool


Funnix Beginning Reading Program Review

Getting Started With Spanish Review

Growing, Growing Strong Review

Insect Lore Negative Review

Life of Fred Math Review

Little Passports Review

Meet The Masters Review

Movie Review: Snowmen

Oak Meadow Review

Sentence Composing For Elementary School Review

Story Of The World Review

Teaching Textbooks Math Review

Times Tales Review

Typing Instructor For Kids Platinum Review


Alexa's Third Grade Book Log

Alexa's Fourth Grade Book Log

Alexa's Fifth Grade Book Log

Alexa's Sixth Grade Book Log, Year 1

Alexa's Sixth Grade Book Log, Year 2

Alexa's Seventh Grade Book Log

Alexa's Eighth Grade Book Log

Ben's Pre-K Book Log

Ben's Kindergarten Book Log

Ben's First Grade Book Log

Ben's Second Grade Book Log

Ben's Third Grade Book Log


Oak Meadow Kindergarten Schedule Sample, With Pics

Oak Meadow 4th Grade Schedule Sample, With Pics

Oak Meadow 5th Grade Schedule Sample, With Pics

Our 6th Grade Stretched Over Two Years Plan

Some Of Our Most Fun/Interesting Projects & Activities, Oak Meadow 5th Grade


Homeschool Affidavit

Homeschool Objectives, Elementary and Secondary Level

Homeschool Portfolio, UPDATED

Summary, To Include With Portfolio, Example 1

Summary, To Include With Portfolio, Example 2

Standardized Test Results


Books Featuring Homeschooled Characters, Titles A-I

Books Featuring Homeschooled Characters, Titles J-R

Books Featuring Homeschooled Characters, Titles S-Z

52 Books In 52 Weeks, Mom & Daughter Style, 2011

Homeschooling Quotes & Funnies

Our Fresh Air Fund Experience

Funny Things Alexa Has Said

Funny Things Ben Has Said

My Favorite Links

How I Got Alexa's Eczema Under Control!

My TTC, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage Saga, PART 1

My TTC, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage Saga, PART 2

My TTC, Pregnancy, and Miscarriage Saga, Part 3

The Family Who Wouldn't Change The Toilet Paper


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