Thursday, April 21, 2011

Read-Aloud Challenge: Seven Sisters and Two Brothers

We have been doing a lot of reading aloud lately, so I have been wanting to join in the fun happening over at Footprints in the Butter.  She has been having a weekly Read-Aloud Challenge, and I can always use a good challenge. 
Our school year is almost over, so I have decided that we will just be doing the basics and our final Crew reviews for these last few weeks.   We have been using our regular math, science programs from the Crew, and our history, geography, and everything else has been coming from reading aloud.  I am hoping to start using a lot more of a Charlotte Mason-type learning method, and this is a great transition.  So what have we been reading this week?
The Seven Little Sisters Who Live on the Round Ball That Floats in the Air, Illustrated Edition (Yesterday's Classics)
The Seven Little Sisters who live on the Round Ball that Floats in the Air
We have been reading this on our Sony for geography.  The children love it!  We have been reading one chapter a day, and they are always asking for more.  We will definitely be coming back to this one later, to read more slowly and savor it.  It is the stories of seven little girls, found all over the world.  It tells about their culture and their families, and what they do for fun and work.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough as an early elementary read aloud. 
I have just found out that Jane Andrews also wrote a history book, “Ten Boys who lived on the Road from Long Ago to Now”. 
The Wright Brothers (Landmark Books)The Wright Brothers (Landmark Books)
We have enjoyed this book, and it has convinced me that I need to try and collect all of the Landmark Books.  Do you think that will ever happen?  We started this book after reading about the Wright brothers’ interest in kites in one of are last Download N Go units, Kite Capers.  Caiden was especially interested in learning how the brothers used kites to develop the first real airplane, so I dug out this book.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see how much he enjoys it.  He has sometimes has trouble following longer read alouds, even though he always sits still and listens.  I frequently get the feeling that he isn’t really getting much of it.  But he loves this book, understands it, and always asks for more.  We have been reading one chapter a day. 

Here are a few more of the books that we have been enjoying:

The kids have been listening to this on CD from Librivox.
The kids have been listening to this on CD from Librivox. 

Baby's Mother Goose
We have been reading a few of these each day. 

First Thousand Words in Spanish: With Internet-Linked Pronunciation Guide
The little ones enjoy reading through this book and learning new Spanish words.

A House Is a House for Me
We all love this rhyming, silly story about houses. 

The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales (Usbourne Farmyard Tales)
They have listened to this during quiet time several days this week.

Visit Footprints in the Butter to add your own read-aloud challenges this week!


  1. You've had a busy week! That Yesterday's Classics title (The Seven Sisters one) looks interesting, and I should check out The Reluctant Dragon, too. I think we're familiar with the tale, but perhaps from a different author.

  2. Michelle, I picked that one because we had been reading "The Wind in the Willows" and Hailey has been enjoying it. It is not my favorite read-aloud so I wanted to just listen to "The Reluctant Dragon".

  3. Ooh, I was staring at that Yesterday's Classics one! And I'm pretty sure we've read that Wright Brothers title. I love the Landmark books. I need to collect them all too, LOL. I'll wish you luck, and you can do the same back at me!

    Thanks so much for participating in this! I cannot begin to express how incredibly helpful it is for me to know you are looking for me to post each week. I'm reading way more than I would be if it wasn't for our little group.


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