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Alexa's Fifth Grade Book Log

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

Books Alexa Read Silently To Herself

For Fun:

Adventures of Pinocchio, The
Adventures of the Greek Heroes
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Deadly Shadow
Dare to Draw in 3-D, Monster Mania
Daring Book For Girls, The
Eloise In Paris
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist
Encyclopedia Brown Solves Them All
Encyclopedia Brown Takes The Cake!
Encyclopedia Brown Takes The Case
Encyclopedia Brown, The Case Of The Exploding Plumbing
Encyclopedia Brown, The Case Of The Secret Pitch
Frog Princess, The
Goldie’s Fortune, A Story Of The Great Depression (A Doll Hospital Book)
Iggie's House
Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series)
Mystery Stories For Girls
Nancy Drew Files, Bad Medicine
Nancy Drew Files, Dance Til You Die
Nancy Drew Files, Most Likely To Die
Nancy Drew Files, Over The Edge
Nancy Drew Files, Pure Poison
Nancy Drew Files, Something To Hide
Nancy Drew Files, The Black Widow
Nancy Drew Files, The Wrong Chemistry
New Girl, The (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series)
Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief
Poetry Place Anthology, More Than 600 Poems For All Occasions! (partially read)
Tales of A Fourth Grade Nothing
Tell Me A Joke
Wright On Time, Arizona
Wright On Time, Utah
Wright On Time, Wyoming
Xtreme Art, Draw Manga Villains!

For Oak Meadow's Optional/Supplemental Reading:

Caddie Woodlawn
Davy Crockett
I Am Regina
Magic School Bus, On The Ocean Floor
Pedro's Journal, A Voyage With Christopher Columbus
Pocahontas and the Strangers
Quilting Bee, The
Santa Fe Trail, The
Snowbound, The Tragic Story Of The Donner Party
Story of the Pennsylvania Dutch, The
Streams to the River, River to the Sea, A Novel of Sacagawea
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
Tituba of Salem Village
Toliver's Secret
Treasury of Amish Quilts, A
Village: Life In Colonial Times
Which Way Freedom?

For Homeschool And/Or Library Book Clubs:

Because of Winn-Dixie
Chocolate by Hershey, A Story About Milton S. Hershey
Great Brain, The
Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, The
Nim's Island
Season of Gifts, A
Valley of the Moon, The Diary of Maria Rosalia De Milagros (Dear America)
Vampire's Vacation, The

Books Alexa & I Read Aloud Together

For Fun:

Alice In Wonderland
All-Of-A-Kind Family
Botticelli (Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists series)
Bridge to Terabithia
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Da Vinci (Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists series)
Festivals Of Japan
Gawgon and The Boy, The
Georgia O'Keffee (Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists series)
Girl With the Silver Eyes, The
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (audiobook)
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
Ida B ...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
Indian In The Cupboard, The
Let's Talk About Race
Long Winter, The
Midwife's Apprentice, The
Next Place, The
On The Banks Of Plum Creek (Started it last school year; finished it this year)
Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah
People In Pineapple Place, The
Phantom Tollbooth, The
Picasso (Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists series)
Power Of Light, Eight Stories for Hanukkah
Prisoner Of Pineapple Place, The
Rembrandt (Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists series)
Return Of The Indian, The
Robinson Crusoe (Scholastic Books retelling)
Safe Zone, The: A Kid's Guide To Personal Safety
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Secret Of The Indian, The
Surviving The Applewhites
Treasure Island
Tuck Everlasting
Van Gogh (Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists series)
Wonders of the Rain Forest
You Can Say No To Drugs

For The Story Of The World:

Anansi and the Magic Stick
Anansi The Spider, A Tale From The Ashanti
Ancient West African Kingdoms
Bible Lands (Eyewitness Books)
Cloud Weavers: Ancient Chinese Legends
D is for Doufu, An Alphabet Book of Chinese Culture
Great African Kingdoms
His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut
Look What Came From Egypt
Look Who Lives In The Desert!
Master Swordsman, The & Magic Doorway, The: Two Legends From Ancient China
Miriam and Her Brother Moses
Monkey Business (partial, read the stories in the section on Africa and Madagascar)
Moses: The Long Road To Freedom
Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures, Ancient Egypt
The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
Rimonah Of The Flashing Sword, A North African Tale
Tales of Ancient Egypt
Temple Cat
Time Traveler Book of Pharaohs & Pyramids, The
Tutankhamen's Gift
Tut's Mummy, Lost...And Found
Tut, Tut
Zomo The Rabbit, A Trickster Tale From West Africa

For Oak Meadow's Assigned And/Or Supplemental Reading:

About Habitats: Deserts
All About Rivers
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
Animals of the Deserts
Animals of the Temperate Forests
Arctic Tundra, The
Ben And Me
*By The Shores Of Silver Lake
Children Of The Wild West
Creatures of the Sea
Dead Tree, The
Farmer George Plants a Nation
Favorite North American Indian Legends (partial)
Harriet Tubman: Call To Freedom
If You Sailed On The Mayflower In 1620
I'm Deborah Sampson
Incredible Journey of Lewis and Clark, The
Johnny Tremain
Journey to Monticello
Night Bird
Samuel's Choice
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day In The Life Of A Pilgrim Girl
See Along The Shore
Shh! We're Writing The Constitution
Story of the Boston Tea Party, The
Story of the Declaration of Independence, The
Under the Sea from A to Z
What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
Where Do You Think You Are Going, Christopher Columbus?
Where Was Patrick Henry On the 29th of May?
Who Lives Here? Animals of the Pond, Forest, Prairie, Desert, Mountains, Meadow, and Swamp
Witch Of Blackbird Pond, The

*NOTE: "Little House On The Prairie" was the assigned book, but we've already read it. "By The Shores Of Silver Lake" was the one we were up to in the series.

Books Used As Textbooks, & Reference/Resource Material

Handwriting Without Tears Can-Do Cursive
Oak Meadow School U.S. History/English Syllabus
Oak Meadow School Environmental Science
Sentence Composing For Elementary School: A Worktext to Build Better Sentences
Story Of The World, Volume 1, Ancient Times (book and activity guide)
Teaching Textbooks Math 5
Times Tales (book and DVD)
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


American Girl Magazine
Back To Homeschool Magazine (pdf)
Cricket Magazine
Kids Discover
National Geographic Kids 


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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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