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Alexa's Sixth Grade Book Log (Year One)

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child. ~Mary Ellen Chase
(We have decided to stretch sixth grade out over two years as Alexa was on the young side when she started school, we think she'll get more out of junior high and high school level work when the time comes with an extra year of age and maturity, and we'd prefer her to graduate at 18 rather than 17. Hence the "Year One.").

Books Alexa Read Silently To Herself

For Fun:

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Best Friends and Drama Queens
Castle in the Attic, The
Chinese Fairy Tales
Coke or Pepsi
Curiosity Killed the Cat (Poison Apple series)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Ugly Truth
Fatal Attraction (Nancy Drew Files)
Hannah Montana, Truth or Dare
Harriet The Spy
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Her Evil Twin (Poison Apple series)
How to eat a Poem
ISaved Your Life (iCarly)
ITwins (iCarly)
Magician's Nephew, The
Master of Judo (Choose Your Own Adventure)
Poof Point, The
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Great Illustrated Classics)
Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself
This Totally Bites (Poison Apple series)
War With The Evil Power Master (Choose Your Own Adventure)
Woman in the Wall, The

For School Reading:

Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights
Asterix the Gladiator
Black Ships Before Troy, The Story of the Iliad
Bright-Eyed Athena
Cat Who Went to Heaven, The
Ch'i-Lin Purse, The
Dragon's Gate, The
Drug Abuse, A New True Book
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, The
Great Wall, The
Great Wonders of the World (Partial; read the sections on Babylon)
Hannibal and His 37 Elephants
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House book, for Story of the World)
Rainbow People, The
Run With Me, Nike
Say No and Know Why, Kids Learn About Drugs
Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind
Time Warp Trio, The: See You Later, Gladiator
What Do We Know About Hinduism?
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Aztec Sacrifice!
You Wouldn't Want to Be A Roman Gladiator!

For Book Clubs:

101 Monster Jokes
Abominable Snowman, The
Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray, The Uproar at the Front Door
Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The
Catherine, Called Birdy
Double Life of Pocahontas, The
How To Train Your Dragon
No Pets Allowed
Scarlet Slipper Mystery, The (Nancy Drew)
There's A Boy In The Girls' Bathroom

Books Alexa & I Read Aloud Together

For Fun:

20,000 Leagues under the Sea
Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker, The
BFG, The
Cricket in Times Square The
Danny, The Champion of the World
First Four Years, The
Island of the Blue Dolphins
James and the Giant Peach
Little Town On The Prairie
Maniac Magee
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Ronia, The Robber's Daughter
Secret School, The
These Happy Golden Years
War of the Worlds (audio)
Witches, The

For The Story Of The World:

Ali and the Magic Stew
Ancient China
Apollo & Daphne, Masterpieces of Mythology
Atlantis, The Legend Of A Lost City
Atlantis, The Lost City?
Best Book of Ancient Greece, The
City, A Story of Roman Planning and Construction
Confucius, The Golden Rule
Countries of the World, India
Cupid and Psyche, A Love Story
Da Wei's Treasure, A Chinese Tale
Dragon Prince, The: A Chinese Beauty & The Beast Tale
Esther's Story
Festivals of India
Forty Fortunes, A Tale of Iran
Going to War in Roman Times
Great Rivers of the World, The Ganges
Hero and the Minotaur, The: The Fantastic Adventures of Theseus
How Would You Survive As An Ancient Greek?
In Search Of A Homeland, The Story Of The Aeneid
Inside Ancient Athens
I Once Was A Monkey, Stories Buddha Told
I Wonder Why Greeks Built Temples and Other Questions About Ancient Greece
King In The Garden, The
King Midas and the Golden Touch
Legend of the Persian Carpet, The
Lord of the Cranes
Lost Horse, The
Monkey and the Crocodile, The
Monster in the Maze: The Story of the Minotaur
Moses Basket, The
My Friend's Beliefs, A Young Reader's Guide To World Religions (Hinduism/Buddhism)
Mr. Semolina-Semolinus, A Greek Folktale
Myths and Civilizations of the Ancient Romans
Nine Animals and the Well
Pegasus, The Flying Horse
Persian Cinderella, The
Persian Empire, The
Phoenicians, The: Mysterious Sea People
Prince Siddhartha
Roman Army, The
Roman Colosseum, The
Roman Myths and Legends
Roman News, The
Rome Antics
Sacred River
Savitri, A Tale of Ancient India
Seven Voyages of Sinbad The Sailor, The
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Stories from the Amazon
Story of Jonah, The
Ten Suns: A Chinese Legend
Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, The
Trojan Horse, The World's Greatest Adventure
Two Mountains, The: An Aztec Legend
Who Were the First North Americans
You Wouldn't Want To Be A Slave In Ancient Greece

For Other School Reading:

Adventures of Odysseus, The
Anansi and the Magic Stick
Anansi and the Talking Melon
Anansi Finds A Fool
Anansi the Spider, A Tale from the Ashanti
Chrysanthemum (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Colors of the Rainbow, The (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Crow Boy (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Early Humans (Eyewitness Books)
Egypt Game, The
Escape from Egypt
Fireboat, the Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey (9/11 tolerance unit)
Gilgamesh the Hero
Great Wall of China
Inheritors, The
Island of the Skog, The (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
John Henry, an American Legend (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
New York's Bravest (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Painters of the Caves
Pompeii, Lost and Found
Ramayana, The: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
September Roses (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Talking Walls, The Stories Continue (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Terrible Things (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Wall, The (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)
Words Are Not For Hurting (tolerance unit for 9/11 anniversary)

Books, Websites Or Software Used As Textbooks Or Reference/Resource Material

Getting Started With Spanish
Grid Perplexors: Level A
Life of Fred Fractions
Little Passports
Oak Meadow School Ancient Civilizations and English
Oak Meadow School Basic Life Science
Story Grammar For Elementary School, A Sentence-Composing Approach
Story Of The World, Volume 1, Ancient Times (book and activity guide)
Teaching Textbooks Math 6
Typing Instructor For Kids Platinum
Merriam-Webster Intermediate Dictionary
National Geographic United States Atlas For Young Explorers
National Geographic World Atlas For Young Explorers
Usborne Book of World History, The


Back To Homeschool Magazine (pdf)
Cricket Magazine
Family Fun Magazine
Kids Discover
National Geographic Kids

Activities, Clubs, Classes, Camps, Etc.

Judo (weekly class at the Y)
Swim Lessons (two weeks of Red Cross level 4 swim lessons)
Archery & Wildlife (one time class by a homeschooling dad)
Creative Writing & Theater (one week Montessori summer camp)
Kickball (occasional kickball games with homeschool group)
Library Book Club (every two to three weeks)
Homeschool Bowling League (weekly for 2 mos in fall & again in spring)
Homeschool Wilderness Club (periodically)
Balloon Animal Class (one time class by homeschooling dad)
Anti-Abduction and Anti-Bullying Class (one time class by Judo Sensei)



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!


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