It has become a tradition at our house for the girls to listen to audio Cd’s when they lay down at night. Since we read together throughout the day, the excitement of a good audio drama is a break for my voice and a treat for the kids.
Keeping fresh material for them to listen to has become a challenge with their voracious love of all things audio! I have resorted to putting desired purchases on Christmas lists and birthday gift emails.
Audiobooks and Audio series provide entertainment, improve listening skills, and expose you to literature in ways that reading on your own simply can’t. Children are able to listen to pieces that are far above their reading level.
An Audio series is a show with regular episodes, much like a TV series. Some of them are radio shows, some are parts of books, and some are simply made for CD and Mp3.
My oldest daughter lives and breathes horses. She draws them, imagines them, and reads them.
One of her favorite series of books about horses is Winnie the Horse Gentler by Dandi Daley Mackall. We found them in our local Christian bookstore.
When I received an advance e-book copy of the book Horse Dreams to review, I decided that my daughter should have a chance to share her reactions to the book as well. After all- she is the main horse genre reader in the house.
Here is the description we received with the ebook:
While Raven was finishing her Middle Ages lapbook, Denna decided that she would like to create a lapbook for the book we recently finished- My Father’s Dragon. Both the girls really enjoyed this tale and we have been reading the second book in the series.
Homeschoolshare has a complete unit study/lapbook for this title, and the minibooks we used all came from there. However, we found some of the activities to be too difficult for Denna or some of the research too time-consuming for what we were trying to accomplish.
It was really amazing how much of the story she can remember just by explaining the minibooks!
Yesterday Denna and I found some more resources for our study of the Plains Indians at the local library. Finding projects to keep her busy has been challenging, as most of what she is interested in is above her writing and reading level. She gawks at the phonics books, telling me they are for “babies”.
“Well, baby or not,” I inform her, “this is what I know you can do.”
This only gets her more infuriated. I can understand her frustration. I am not a firm believer in grade levels and gradated curriculum. Raven, for example, reads at a 5th-6th grade level, writes at about a 2nd grade level, and does math at the “right” strength for her age. Her abilities have not flourished at a constant rate. She figured out horse biology in about 2 days. Multiplication took her 2 years. Card games took her about 2 hours. Spelling she may never master.
I’ve been on hiatus from this blog for almost a year now. Lots of things happened that caused me to step back from blogging including finishing my bachelors degree, the kids becoming super involved in scouting, and mental health issues added in.
In another post I will talk more about my mental health and how it has affected our homeschool. For this post though, I wanted to share our plans for the coming school year. This will be our 11th year of homeschooling and the kids are in 10th grade, 6th grade, and Kindergarten.