Thursday, January 15, 2009

What the Girls are Reading

Here are the books the girls are reading this term for school. This list excludes any textbooks or workbooks-- for instance, Triss has textbooks and/or workbooks in Latin, Spanish, Math, Grammar and Science. This list contains just the book books. Also, I didn't list books that they were reading and have already finished, or are planning to start reading in the next month. This is a current list. And the books are read slowly, over a period of months. (Some of the books are read over a period of years.) I put an asterisk by the books I am reading with them.


*Burgess Animal Book
*Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
*The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge
*Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (actually, Triss is reading this with her)
*Our Island Story (history of England) by H.E. Marshall (She is reading the Middle Ages right now, so we have only done one chapter in her U.S. history book, and will do one more before the end of the school year. She will begin her U.S. history book in earnest next fall. She has read or had read to her several biographies of famous Americans in the past two years.)
*Child's History of the World by V.M. Hillyer

Mariel (She is doing a almost all of her reading on her own. The books I marked with asterisks are books I read with her sometimes, except the character study, which we are completing entirely together.):

This Country of Ours (U.S. History) by H.E. Marshall
*The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
*Isaac Newton by Harry Sootin
A Passion for the Impossible by Miriam Huffman Rockness
Abraham Lincoln's World by Genevieve Foster
Book of Marvels (Orient) by Richard Halliburton
Age of Fable by Bulfinch
*A Girl of Beauty (character study) by Carol Fiddler


*Utopia by Sir Thomas More
The Voyage of the Armada by David Howarth
*The New World by Winston Churchill
The Life of Dr. Donne by Izaak Walton
*Ourselves (self-government) by Charlotte Mason
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The poetry of John Donne
*How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
*From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun (For the record, I thought this was too much, but she really wanted to read it, so we are reading it aloud together)
English Literature for Boys and Girls by H.E. Marshall
Discovery of Muscovy by Richard Hakluyt
Diary of Samuel Pepys (edited)

Books we are all reading together:

Pilgrims Progress
Old Testament (2 Kings and 2 Chronicles currently, with a prophet thrown in every so often)
New Testament (Gospel of Luke)
Love's Labours Lost by William Shakespeare
The poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (although I am thinking of switching to Eugene Field and letting Mariel read more of the longer Longfellow poems on her own. She has already read "Hiawatha," "The Courtship of Miles Standish," and "Evangeline". She loves Longfellow.)
The Life of Theseus by Plutarch

And because I love reading and am a glutton for punishment, I am currently reading:

The One Year Bible (KJV)
Seeking the Face of God by Gary L. Thomas
Poetic Knowledge by James S. Taylor
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
College-Prep Homeschooling by David P. Byers, Ph.D. and Chandra Byers (I have only skimmed this one, but it's high on my list.)
Assorted Parent's Review Articles (This is for our mom's book club-- our current assignment is Repressed Initiative in Children, Parts 1 and 2. For Javamom: I am very excited about this topic, and no, I haven't started it yet. ;o) I'm finishing up a narration of the first chapter of Poetic Knowledge right now, but I hope to have it at least skimmed through by tomorrow afternoon.)

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