Friday, August 24, 2007

Loving These Books

As a newbie to the homeschooling scene, I rely a lot on the recommendations made by veteran homeschooling moms. So far, their recommendations have been spot-on.

My son already had quite a collection of books, so I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't have to buy too many other books. Here is a list of our favorites. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Also, these books are fantastic even if you don't homeschool.

* Catholic Heritage Curricula.
I'm still searching for the right writing/phonics program.

* "The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature," Stan & Jan Berenstain.

* Any picture book illustrated by Jan Brett. I found a bunch at bargain prices at a used-book shop. My son's favorites are "Berlioz The Bear" and "Gingerbread Baby."
* "A Child's Garden of Verses," Robert Louis Stevenson.
* "Owl Moon," Jane Yolen.
* "Ox-Cart Man," Donald Hall.

Mom Resources:
* "What Your Kindergartner Should Know: Preparing Your Child For A Lifetime of Learning," Edited by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., and John Holdren.
* "Teaching Montessori In The Home: The Pre-School Years," Elizabeth G. Hainstock."
* "Guiding Your Catholic Preschooler," Kathy Pierce and Lori Rowland.
* "Honey For A Child's Heart," Gladys Hunt.


Momma Roar said...

What did you think of the montessori book? I read one a few years back and still use a few things I learned. My first year out of college I taught at the YMCA for two private schools - one was a montessori school and I was always intrigued by their methods! I can't pin myself down to one style, I like to read everything and then pull out the pieces I like to create my own style. I am thinking you are similar??? :)

Lori said...

These all sound like great books.
I'm going to copy these down and check into read them with Megan.