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Alexa's Fourth Grade Book Log

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



Books Alexa Read Silently To Herself


Accidents May Happen, Fifty Inventions Discovered By Mistake

Aesop’s Fables

All That Glitters (Avalon series)

A Place To Belong (The Orphan Train Adventures #4)

Bakugan Official Handbook

Chinese Fairy Tales

Chocolate Fever

Cry of the Wolf (Avalon series)

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, The Last Straw

Disney's My Side Of The Story, Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent

Don't Bump The Glump! and Other Fantasies by Shel Silverstein

Eve Of The Emperor Penguin (a Magic Tree House book)

Fairies and Elves

Favorite Tales, The Princess and the Pea

Felicity Learns A Lesson (American Girl)

Free To Be You And Me

From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Gus The Greedy Puppy

How To Train Your Dragon

Irish Fairy Tales

Jess, American Girl Today

Jewish Fairy Tales

Josefina Learns A Lesson (American Girl)

Josefina's Surprise (American Girl)

Karen's Two Families (a Baby-Sitters Little Sister book)

Magyk (Septimus Heap Book 1)

Meet Felicity (American Girl)

Meet Josefina (American Girl)

Mistakes That Worked

Monster of the Month Club

Monsters In The Attic

Monsters In Cyberspace

Monsters And My One True Love

My Dog Ate My Homework (poems)

Pippi Goes On Board

Pippi In The South Seas

Pippi Longstocking

Race Of The Year (a Choose Your Own Adventure book)

Season Of The Sandstorms (a Magic Tree House book)

Sheepdog In The Snow (an Animal Ark book)

Silly Things Happen

The Bailey School Kids Joke Book

The Doll People

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Other Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things

The Little Mermaid and Other Stories

The Magic Schoolbus Gets All Dried Up (a Magic Schoolbus book)

The Magic Schoolbus Makes A Rainbow (a Magic Schoolbus book)

The Magic Schoolbus Gets Baked In A Cake (a Magic Schoolbus book)

The Meanest Doll in The World

The Secret of the Unicorn (Avalon series)

The Stone-Faced Boy

The Zombie Zone (A To Z Mysteries)

Wayside School Is Falling Down

What The Moon Brought



Books Alexa And I Read Aloud To Each Other


Abu Ali, Three Tales of the Middle East

A Child’s Guide To Economics, How To Turn Lemons Into Money

Addie Across The Prairie

Addy Learns A Lesson (American Girl)

Addy Saves The Day (American Girl)

Addy's Surprise (American Girl)

A Family Apart (The Orphan Train Adventures #1)

A Historical Album of Pennsylvania (partially read, we focused on the colonization/Quakers)

A History Picture Book, The Thirteen Colonies

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama, An American Story

Buffalo Bill & The Pony Express

Caught In The Act (The Orphan Train Adventures #2)

Changes For Addy (American Girl)

Cornerstones of Freedom, The California Gold Rush

Dance, Sing, Remember: A Celebration of Jewish Holidays

Daniel Boone (partially read)

Escape To Witch Mountain

Farmer Boy (Little House On The Prairie series)

Gilgamesh The King

God's People, Stories From The Old Testament

Happy Birthday, Addy (American Girl)


History In Art, Ancient China

If A Bus Could Talk, The Story Of Rosa Parks

If You Lived In Colonial Times

If You Traveled On The Underground Railroad

Insect World, Praying Mantises, Hungry Insect Heroes

In The Face Of Danger (The Orphan Train Adventures #3)

James Herriot’s Treasury For Children

Jupiter, A New True Book

Kids In Colonial Times

Little House On The Prairie (Little House On The Prairie series)

Mary Poppins

Meet Addy (American Girl)

Odin's Family, Myths of the Vikings

Once A Mouse...

One Grain Of Rice

On The Banks Of Plum Creek (Little House On The Prairie series)

Orphan Trains, Traveling West To A New Life

Pony Express!

Snowflake Bentley

Stuart Little

Ten Kings And the Worlds They Ruled (partial; we read the sections on Hammurabi and David)

The Ancient Near East

The Butter Battle Book (and others by Dr. Seuss)

The Coat Of Many Colors

The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia)

The Little Brown Jay, A Tale From India

The Magic Schoolbus, Lost In The Solar System (a Magic Schoolbus book)

The Revenge of Ishtar

The Search For Delicious

The Sign Of The Beaver

The Story About Ping

The Story of Benjamin Franklin, Amazing American

The Story Of Harriet Tubman, The Conductor Of The Underground Railroad

The Trumpet Of The Swan

This Land Is Your Land, Pennsylvania

West By Covered Wagon, Retracing The Pioneer Trails

World Myths And Legends, Native American



Books Used As Text Books, Work Books or for Reference and/or Resource Material


Colonial Kids, An Activity Guide To Life In The New World (colonial history)

Easy To Draw Animals (art)

Exploring The 50 States (geography and U.S. history)

Global Gourmet (4H Cooking Club Workbook)

Handwriting Without Tears, 4th Grade Cursive Success

I Spy In The Kitchen (4H Cooking Club Workbook)

Loaves of Fun (for bread baking lesson)

Merriam Webster Intermediate Dictionary (reference/language arts)

National Geographic World Atlas For Young Explorers, Third Edition

Native American Crafts Workshop (art, social studies)

Oak Meadow School Fourth Grade Math

Oak Meadow School Fourth Grade Syllabus (language arts, social studies, science and art)

The Care & Keeping Of You, The Body Book For Girls (Health)

The Feelings Book, The Care & Keeping Of Your Emotions (Health)

The State Sticker Book (geography)

The Story Of The World, Volume One, Ancient Times, Book & Activity Book (history)

The Usborne Book of World History (as a Story of the World supplement)





Family Fun Magazine

National Geographic Kids

Secular Homeschooling Magazine (has children’s section, and Alexa has had poems published in it)

Your Big Backyard


Homemade Books


A Day In The Life Of Alexa (photo journal with captions of one day in Alexa’s life)

Backyard Nature Book (book w/pictures of birds and animals seen in our yard with some text facts)

Horn Book (a colonial times hornbook on which Alexa wrote out a poem)

Texture Book (book filled with different textured materials, with adjectives to describe them)


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
This is so helpful that you posted this online.
I am putting together a portfolio for my fourth grader and we have been home schooling for the first time this year.

I found your summary so helpful that I am using it as a model for my own.

Thank you!
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks
You're welcome! I am glad you found it helpful! :)
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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.

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