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Ben's Kindergarten Book Log


Children are made readers on the laps of their parents - Emilie Buchwald



I do not have to maintain a "log of reading materials" for my little guy as I do with my older daughter, but I do it anyway, for fun, so he and I can look back on it later.

BOOKS WE READ ALOUD TO BEN

A Fish Out of Water
A Kitten For Rosie
All Around Me I See
Anansi and the Magic Stick
Anansi and the Talking Melon
A Treasury for Five Year Olds
Bare Naked Book, The
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Butter Battle Book, The
Cakes and Miracles: A Purim Tale
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
Chrysanthemum
Clone Troopers In Action (Star Wars)
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Colors of the Rainbow, The
Crow Boy
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Disney Adventure Stories
Dr. Seuss's ABC Book
Falling Up (Shel Silverstein)
First Rain
Five True Dog Stories
Fuzzy Rabbit
Green Eggs and Ham
Hardest Word, The
Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move
Henry and Mudge and The Bedtime Thumps
Henry and Mudge and The Best Day of All
Henry and Mudge and The Forever Sea
Henry and Mudge and The Long Weekend
Henry and Mudge and The Starry Night
Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
Henry and Mudge, The First Book
Henry and Mudge Take The Big Test
High Rise Private Eyes, The: The Case of the Baffled Bear
High Rise Private Eyes, The: The Case of the Climbing Cat
High Rise Private Eyes, The: The Case of the Desperate Duck
High Rise Private Eyes, The: The Case of the Fidgety Fox
High Rise Private Eyes, The: The Case of the Sleepy Sloth
High Rise Private Eyes, The: The Case of the Troublesome Turtle
How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box
I Am Not Going To Get Up Today
If I Ran The Zoo
If You Give A Moose A Muffin
In My Tree
Inside A House That Is Haunted
Island of the Skog, The
Little Bear's Visit
Little Engine That Could, The
Little People Big Book About Holidays and Celebrations
Little People Big Book About Seasons
Magic Tree House, Dinosaurs Before Dark
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
Millions of Cats
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
My Body, Your Body
New York's Bravest
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
One Little Chicken
Poppleton
Poppleton Every Day
Poppleton Forever
Poppleton Has Fun
Poppleton in Fall
Poppleton in Spring
Poppleton in Winter
Rainbow Fish, The
Sleep Book, The
Sneetches and Other Stories, The
Somewhere In The Ocean
Star Wars The Clone Wars, The Battle Begins
Stop, Drop and Roll
Storybook Treasury For Boys
There's A Nightmare In My Closet
Wacky Wild Peek-A-Boo
Way I Feel, The
What Are Drugs?
What If
Whole Green World, The
Words Are Not For Hurting
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss


FAIRY TALES AND STORIES FROM THE OAK MEADOW BOOKS

Stories we read in "A First Book Of Fairy Tales"

The Magic Spindle
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Dick Whittington and His Cat
Hansel and Gretel
The Golden Key
The Fisherman and His Wife
The Golden Goose
The Three Feathers
The White Snake
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Three Languages
The Elves and the Bootmaker
The Valley of the Weavers
Mr. Who
The Goose Girl
Rumpelstiltskin
The Extraordinary Crossroads
The Y In The Road


Stories we read in the "Oak Meadow Kindergarten Syllabus'"

The Butterfly Story
The Prince of the Forest
The Crying Tree
The Tale of Three Squirrels
Quark
Little Cloud
Rainbow Raindrop
The Maple Tree
The Magical Seed
Daniel Grows Up
Eartha the Earthworm
Stardust
The Pond Ritual


CURRICULUM MATERIALS

Funnix Beginning Reading lessons (via computer)
Oak Meadow Kindergarten Syllabus (1998 edition)
Oak Meadow First Book of Crafts
Oak Meadow A First Book of Fairytales
Growing Growing Strong (Health)
Wee Sing Songs & Fingerplays
www.readingeggs.com
www.starfall.com


PERIODICALS

Lego Club, Jr.


BOARD GAMES

Bingo
Checkers
Chutes and Ladders
Don't Break The Ice
Garanimals ABC's
Guess Who
I Spy Eagle Eye
Monopoly, Jr.
Silly Sentences
Stare
The Allowance Game
The Secret Door


ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, CLASSES

Swim Lessons (2 weeks of Red Cross level 2 swim lessons)
Archery & Wildlife (one time class given by a homeschooling dad)
Engineering Camp (week long Montessori summer camp program)
Soccer (fall soccer league through the town)
Kickball (occasional kickball games with homeschool group)
Homeschool Bowling League (weekly for two months over the fall and spring)
Homeschool Wilderness Club (periodically)

THINGS YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT:


THE FAMILY:

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!

CURRENT CURRICULUM/MATERIALS:

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!


ABOUT ME & MY BLOG:

Welcome To My Blog!


MY ARTICLES, ESSAYS, & RAMBLES:

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


MY REVIEWS:

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


OUR BOOK LOGS:

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


SCHEDULE SAMPLES:

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


USEFUL FORMS & THINGS:

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


MISC:

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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