"I really believe that a curious mother and a library card
can offer a stellar education." Ann Voskamp
I copied this quote directly from this wonderful post by my friend Ann. If you are considering homeschooling, read this post. If you are already homeschooling, definitely read this post. She has included some great information.
Just this afternoon, my 9 yo daughter and I sat together and requested books that she wanted from our library's website. She has really taken off with reading and will read a book in one day a lot of times. I recently purchased her a clip-on reading light and she happily reads long after her younger sister (with whom she shares a room) has drifted off to sleep. We are also persevering in severely limiting the amount of tv they watch, and this has definitely coincided with her increased interest in reading. As I type this, she is up in her room reading my favorite book from my childhood, Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards.
Just for fun, I thought I would type up a list of the books we have requested from the library or already have checked out. Ann, I totally agree with your thought... libraries are wonderful places filled with information there for the taking. I am certainly grateful for ours!
Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport
Big George: How A Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne Rockwell
A Child's Day: An Alphabet of Play by Ida Pearle (great way to learn verbs!)
Day By Day A Week Goes Round by Carol Diggory Shields
Month By Month A Year Goes Round by Carol Diggory Shields
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
Nature In The Neighborhood by Gordon Morrison
Nature In Your Backyard by Susan Lang
A Packet Of Seeds by Deborah Hopkinson
Pond Year by Kathryn Lasky
The entire Cobble Street Cousins series by Cynthia Rylant
(HT: Painted Rainbows and Chamomile Tea for excellent picture book suggestions, as always!)