Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Current Readings

School is going along smoothly. We're making faster progress than I'd like so I'm finding myself needing to order next year's curriculum this year just so the kids have something to do for "school". We are struggling to fill our required number of school hours each week.

So, one of the things I've done is upped the reading ante a bit. So, here's what the kids are reading currently:

Sammy is reading Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice The Call to Vengeance. He found it at the library himself. I didn't realize it was written at a fourth grade reading level until today. I would have never guessed he was ready for four grade reading level either. Language arts is his most difficult subject.

Mika is reading Little Women. She gave me some pretty interesting looks when I handed it to her this morning. I happen to have a beautiful, hard-bound, unabridged, copy that includes both Little Women and Little Men. She took one look at the 816 pages and wasn't so sure she could read it. She can though. It's listed as grade 8.6 and she tested at 9th grade last year. So, she set the goal of reading 1-2 chapters a day.

Our bedtime read aloud is The Hobbit. We're almost half way through it. When we are finished, we'll rent and watch the cartoon movie. Then we plan on continuing the story with all three Lord of the Rings and their movies.

I figured one way to add some time to our school day was to choose some books for them that would take more than an hour to read. We'll see how it goes.

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