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Archive for October, 2004

I’ve been reading about Reading

‘Boys and Books’ by James Moloney.

‘Great Books for Boys’ by Kathleen Odean.

‘The Reading Bug… and how you can help your child to catch it’ by Paul Jennings.

Even though I don’t really expect that Puggle will have great difficulties with reading, I am still quite interested in the topic. I thought each of these had worthwhile stuff in them – the reading lists found in the first two were worth a return look when Puggle is older.

More books – entertainment and indulgence

I’ve been doing more reading. D’uh!

‘The Ape Who Guards the Balance’ by Elizabeth Peters is another Amelia Peabody mystery. Fabulous as they all are. Most entertaining.

‘Winterfair Gifts’ by Lois McMaster Bujold is also. I am so very glad Redbraids brought it back with her. We’ve waited so long to find out about Miles’ wedding. It was worth it though.

‘The Greatest Treasure of Charlemagne the King’ by Nadia Wheatley is a picture book I have seen many times before, but had not yet read. It’s currently a bit too long to share with Puggle, but I’m looking forward to being able to do that.

‘How Much is Enough? Everything You Need to Know to Steer Clear of Overindulgence and Raise Likeable, Responsible and Respectful Children’ by Jean Illsley Clarke/Connie Dawson/David Bredehoft. I found this to be mostly common sense. It’s Test of Four may be worth remembering (Does the situation hinder the child from learning the tasks that support their development and learning at this age? Does the situation give a disproportionate amount of the family resources to one or more of the children? Does the situation exist to benefit the adult more than the child? Does the child’s behaviour potentially harm others, society, or the planet in some way?)

Other than that, I’m working my way through another selection of books to do with reading generally, and reading with boys in particular. But I think I’ll save them for another post.

Some reading on reading

I’ve continued reading. Most interesting completed reading was Jim Trelease’s ‘Read Aloud Handbook’. It had a lot of general information about getting kids to read, but the second half is a collection of booklists for different ages and stages. I don’t know that I agreed with them all, but there were definitely some I’d like to look for.

I’ve also read Anno’s ‘Magic Beans’ and ‘Multiplying Jar’ (I don’t know that they were the full titles), and the two Sir Cumference books. I preferred the Anno books—they seemed less forced. But the others have some merit, I just didn’t enjoy them as much as I’d hoped.

I’ve just started reading ‘Swallows and Amazons’ by Arthur Ransome (again! I know:-) ) for the AO copywork project. I’ve also chosen it for bookclub in December. I’m hoping I might be able to get it done before then, as that would mean I’ve read it more closely than pretty much anything I’ve read for bookclub. We’ll see…

I tend to read so quickly that I really don’t take it in, and I rarely think in depth about what I read. It was always my problem in Lit. I started reading ‘Don Quixote’ with the Classical Homeschoolers Of OZ list. They’re taking it a chapter a day and I started trying to do it that way. I need to get back to it. I’m wondering if I actually manage to limit myself to one chapter at a time, whether it may allow what I’m reading to sink in more. I guess that’s one of the reasons why the CM approach makes sense to me. (I really must start putting my bookmarks up here for Pad to explore).

I’m also reading ‘Raising Lifelong Learners’ by Lucy Calkins. Most of it is fairly familiar stuff about supporting reading, but I found the first chapter on supporting conversational skills was thought provoking. Likewise her chapter on early writing. I was a little wary at first, but it’s the concept of acting as a writer, rather than the physical skill. I also read with interest her chapter on play. Mostly it was all fairly logical, it was just that she did talk about a few things I guess I’d assumed, without actually thinking.

Anyway. Enough for now. Hopefully I can be a bit more regular about this again (maybe I’ll add updating it to my Desk day tasks as a minimum).