Another convincing illustration of how, following unimaginable loss and pain, we can find healing and joy in the Everyday—track meets, bake sales, gardening, even school assignments. And another heartbreaking case of children having to pick up the pieces when their adults fail to adult. (Has anyone else noticed this theme in recent middle-grade fiction?!) Highly readable, with a cast of plucky young characters and a contagious sense of place, RIGHT AS RAIN (Ages 10-12), by Lindsey Stoddard (@lindseystoddardwrites
), is about how to keep moving in the wake of loss—and what it means to model this for others. Sometimes, just putting one foot in front of the other is enough; sometimes, it will even get you out of one place and into a better one.
As the first anniversary of her older brother’s death from a car wreck approaches, Rain’s parents decide to uproot her from her bucolic Vermont home and try for a fresh start in the loud, bustling, Spanish-dominated Washington Heights neighborhood in NYC. Rain’s mom escapes completely into her work as a doctor, her dad won’t get out of bed, and both parents seem incapable of exchanging a pleasant word with one another. Rain is left largely on her own to navigate a new city and school, confront the looming possibility of her parents’ divorce, and make friends with kids who look and talk differently from her. The scariest part: she is secretly haunted by the (misplaced) guilt she feels for her role in her brother’s death.
Metaphors of rebirth and renewal abound in the story and are, at times, delivered heavy handedly; but young readers won’t care. We root for Rain, applaud her spunkiness and resiliency, and are happily along for the ride as she discovers the ins and outs of this diverse and vibrant new community. A community which proves itself worthy of running towards, not from. As Rain is fond of saying, “And that’s a fact.”
Published by @harperkid.
My favorite after-dinner activity is an evening walk. Sometimes the entire family joins, and other times- my mama friend from down the street. Tonight I'm "alone". Well it's me, baby Huck, and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay in my ears. I'm working my way through the audiobook "For the Children's Sake" for the second time and loving it again! ❤️❤️❤️ Have you read it?
I’m loving the summer reading calendar from @everydayreading
we saw on @readaloudrevival
💗 Even though we do a year round learning style, our school in the summer is more reading aloud, more adventuring, more poetry, more teatime.
I can’t wait to keep track of all our fun summer reading! I had to find a spot in the house high enough so that little miss marker-lover couldn’t reach it, but the big kids could. It’s perfect underneath my little read aloud painting from @breezytulip
❤️📚 #homeschool #readaloudrevival #summerhomeschool
photo. The one that is starting to feel “real” the more time spent here. The photo that makes me realize the adventure of possibilities that lie ahead - the plans that the Lord has already written.
I stood here the other day in the recess space of our local elementary school contemplating the “why” and “how” of the upcoming homeschooling year. Praying that God would use me here in our home with these children to shine a light of the gospel for Him .
May kindness be on my tongue and patience be in my soul - if there is a theme I could set forth to anchor this new 2019-2020 school year it would be one of many books, much diligence, and lots of tea + pastry consumption. If you have a word to describe that “theme” I’d be much obliged if you’d pop it in the comments below. 🌵☕️🥐🧁🍩🍪🕰🙌🏻📓📚🧮✏️
We are reading The Secret Garden with Read-Aloud Revival. Today instead of reading in our living room, we read in an actual Secret Garden. While there we saw hummingbirds, a Red Breasted Robin (which was perfect and we wondered if maybe he knew what we were reading), Bumblebees, Paper Wasps, and all sorts of creepy crawlers. I hope we get to go back before we finish the book, and next time we hope to do some jump roping too.
#bigdasread #readaloudrevival #thesecretgarden #weirfarm #weirfarmnhs
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Feeding the baby, talking to the dentist about treatment plans, consoling fears, and trying to get a few paragraphs read in between. This is our afternoon at the pediatric dentist. I truly do not like going to the dentist and taking the kids is almost as bad, but you gotta do what you gotta do. 🤷
🌻Where are my Summer activity book seekers at? Look what was JUST announced!! ☀️From May 22nd - 31st you can choose from a selection of five Summer Mini Bundles! It's the perfect time to stock up for the summer - vacations, rainy days, summer slide prevention, all the reasons!!! 🌊
BONUS: You may select as many Summer Mini Bundles as you wish! 😍 📚Shop link in bio!
Did you know that the beginnings of Lokua started when our littles were tiny, because we wanted to give them an international experience, but couldn’t afford to travel? And as we later had opportunities to travel, we realized how much our “country studies” (as we called them then) had impacted our ability to connect, empathize with, and understand people different from us.
Summer is just around the corner, and whether or not you have international travel plans, you can give your kids an international experience (and keep them busy during those summer months!) Stay tuned for a summer-only program we will be launching in the next couple weeks! Can’t wait to experience the world with you. 🌏☀️
The kids had lunch and baths and I got the baby down for his afternoon nap. Now we're sitting down for some school activities. My son (6) is doing some handwriting, math, looking up facts about toads because of our pet finding. Meanwhile my daughter is coloring and crafting. Next I'll read aloud from our current chapter book, The Adventures of Reddy Fox. 🐸📚❤️
they love creating, and it's always extra special when they can do it alongside their #dfwwildandfree
Fushimi Inari Taisha is a world famous shrine located In Kyoto… the ancient capital of Japan. On the outskirts of the bustling city, travelers can find the entrance to this winding maze of “Torii gates”… large vermillion arches, believed to be the gateway from the ordinary to the sacred.
Over 10,000 Torri gates create a winding pathway through the dense forest to the very top of sacred Mount Inari, where one can stand and look down on all of Kyoto. Travelers visit from around the world to visit this shrine of prosperity and good fortune.
All around the mountain, one can spot dozens of stone foxes, which are said to be the protectors and messengers of the shrine. In their mouths, they hold the keys to the rice granaries, legend says.
Learn more about Kyoto in this month’s Letter From Afar! The link the subscribe to monthly letters is located in my bio.
I'm curious-- when was the last time you played and did it involve an object?
When I feel stuck in hypervigillance I have to think about four things--
1. Physical health
3. Emtions/social ties
4. Spiritual life
For me-- play unblocks all four areas.
Today I have the honor of being featured over at @learningwell
! I have taken over the stories and posts all day and am giving you guys a complete peek into our day. It's a busy one today, filled with chores, morning time, frog catching, and dentist appointments! Normal happenings over here, but if you're interested in what a school day could look like with a lot of messy life mixed in between, go take a peek! #learningwell #lwdayinthelife
After some chores and morning time, we joined our friends at a nearby creek for a nature meet up! The kids waded in the creek, found toads (swipe to see), and made mud castles. Now we have a new pet toad that I have to figure out how to keep alive atleast until Daddy gets home because it's "Hoppity Hop's birthday and we have to celebrate!". 😆🐸 See stories for more pictures of our adventure. #lwdayinthelife #learningwell
We started our family “Summer Reading Challenge” today! For Luke, Caleb, Selah....they get to choose a prize slip for every 100 pages they read. The Bible is worth a prize slip for every 50 pages they read.
For Finn, Rhys, Ellie...they get to put a paper ice cream scoop on their paper cone for every read aloud book or every book they read to me. 20 books gets them a prize.
Warning: If you choose to do a Summer Reading Challenge, no housework will ever get done and you might never take a shower because they have to read all the books RIGHT NOW and you might be poor because if you read all the books RIGHT NOW, you have to give out a million prizes. 😂😂 @busymommymedia
has great reading log printables and ideas!
One of the ways we make it through summer is with a list of daily tasks. And reading is definitely on that list.
If you haven’t read the Wingfeather Saga by @andrewpetersonmusic
, you are in for a treat. They are among some of the best books we’ve read as a family, and for a classics-loving mama, that’s saying a lot.
I’ve made this dragon quilt and book set with book 1 of the series, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (best title ever). It’s completely gender neutral and part of the storybook line I’m starting, with books and quilts geared towards older kids. The quilts are a bit roomier and the books a bit longer, perfect for your growing kid.
This one will be available in the shop later today!
Book report day!
We finished Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist as our last official read-aloud of the school year. It was a cute story, but neither of us are dying to jump into book two at the moment. (He's asking for more Hank the Cowdog!) We may revisit it this fall - it could be a nice chapter book for him to try on his own.
I've been devouring The Great Library series by Rachel Caine - the future of a world where everything is run by the library and it's not good. (An evil library/librarians? Completely intrigued). I finished book four in this YA series yesterday and jumped onto the library website to see if I could get the concluding book 5, but alas! It doesn't come out until this fall! Now is the struggle to figure out what to read next when I really want to find out how the story ends for these characters!
Wednesday! Time for another #rarbookoftheweek
We added this one to our list of favorite picture books for June. See the whole list at the link in my profile. 😘
Starting a new read aloud with the kids, is there a better time of year to start this book or what! 🦢 ✨
Sidenote: I am finding it fascinating to read E. B. White’s fiction along with a biography about him. If you love his books you might find the biography a really interesting read (pictured a couple posts back)!
#readaloudrevival #learningthroughliterature #trumpetoftheswan #ebwhite
Check out this Sneak Peek Lauren Rutledge illustration from our FIRST chapter book, Fig Newton Summer! ⠀
☔️It’s a R A I N Y morning here and we are curled up on the couch (with lots of coffee) reading our favorite picture books. Here’s some of our current favorites:
Plant Secrets: by Emily Goodman // all about the secrets of seeds, plants, flowers and fruits throughout the plant life cycle.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: by Kate Messner // this book is filled with GREEN! leaves, sprouts, fruit, vegetables. Beautiful, magical, and educational.
Farm Anatomy: by Julia Rothman // we tend to page through this beauty. Gorgeous, educational illustrations! Composting, nutrients in soil, and parts of a bee hive have been a few favs.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How one Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever // really sweet book about a woman, Kate Sessions, who pioneered growing San Diego from a dry desert into a lush, leafy city with beautiful parks and gardens.
Planting a Rainbow: by Lois Elhert // beautiful illustrations and an easy-to-follow concept of planting cycles + seasons + seeds + bulbs.
What are some of your families current favorite picture books? ❤️
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Good morning bookstagram!!
I want to share with you the wonderful book that my children and I start our morning with. The Ology. This book is something special. It’s basically systematic theology for kids.
We’ve gone through The Jesus Storybook Bible a few times as well as a couple of other children’s devotionals, but this one is my favorite by far. It’s thorough (very), but also clear and understandable. My kids are 3, 5 and 7 and they all enjoy it. We’ve had so many fruitful and engaging conversations because of this one and I have greatly benefited and learned from it as well. I highly recommend you check this one out, even if you don’t have kids! And isn’t it just beautiful?!
“La Tierra no es una herencia de nuestros padres, sino un préstamo de nuestros hijos.” -Proverbio Indio 🌎❤️
(¡Este libro lo demuestra tan bien!)
Do you ever start a read-aloud and realize that, while it seemed to be a perfect set-up/story/time/etc for you, it just wasn't really right for your audience? I'm guessing the answer is yes... Rest assured that you're not alone! I'd been wanting to write about rethinking your read-aloud expectations for a while, and then when I came across Too Many Frogs! I thought this might be the perfect picture book to illustrate this point.
Too Many Frogs! tells the tale of Rabbit, who lives a very routine life by himself, loves his life, and enjoys a book each night before bed. Until, one night when he settles in to read, and is interrupted by "a knock-knockety-knocking" at his door... Where he finds Froggie. Froggie also loves a good book each night before bed. But, his enthusiasm and enjoyment really through Rabbit out of his bedtime story routine. Absolutely fed up, Rabbit asks Froggie to leave and settles in for his nighttime story, when he realizes that even though his story is good, even very good or exceptionally good, something is missing.
Froggie was on to something! While Rabbit's routine nighttime story was always good, his inflexibility (some of us out there may be a bit rigid about our read-aloud routines...) prevented his story time from being even better.
So next time your read-aloud doesn't meet the expectations you've set for it, try to find your inner Froggie and see if you can change course, just a bit. Maybe...
* Your kids need a snack while they listen. (Side note-- our girls will listen to stories for incredibly long stretches of time while they eat... I did a post about this back in December if you missed it!)
* They're not comfy-cozy enough. Change your location, get some blankets, find some pillows...
* They need friends or siblings! Maybe this is the summer you start a neighborhood book club, or you swap a one-on-one read-aloud for a family story on the couch instead.
* (not from the story...) Try reading a different time of day instead. Kids and adults alike are both tired when bedtime rolls around…
Have you ever had a read-aloud time just derail horribly from your expectations? What did you do about it?
The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle: A book review and give away bunched together because having two of anything begs me to share.
Just look at this cover-- even if his name wasn't on it, anyone familiar with Carle's collage style art could identify this bold red flower as his. I love when an artist is unmistakedly distinctive. I believe his dynamic use of color and child-like simplicity are keys few artists own.
The Tiny Seed shares the journey of a handful of seeds that take flight due to a strong wind. But there is one seed amoung the others who is smaller and experiences difficulty keeping pace. Because of this, Carle's readers care deeply for the tiny seed from the first page, and as we follow the tiny seeds journey we root for him, hoping he withstands the many obstacles it faces.
Carle brings his readers full circle so when the last word is read, children are left predicting what might happen next.
This story is reminiscent of the Parable of the shower found in the Bible. Reading The Tiny Seed as well as The Parable of the Sower just might lead to wonderful discussion.
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Wishing you all things spring-- a time for indoor cleaning and "two-thing sharing," outdoor seeding and hammock reading!
A timeless picture book for friends of all ages, The Girls celebrates kindness, supportiveness, and the power of true friendship. Meet the girls: Sasha, Lottie, Alice, and Leela. These four best friends spend their days playing beneath the branches of their favorite apple tree. As the tree grows tall and reaches across the sky, so do these young women—each equipped with a unique skillset and personality one from another. Growing from little girls into big girls, the girls eventually become women. Through their shared secrets, dreams, worries, and schemes, their friendship grows ever stronger. Even when their adventures take them in different directions, the girls always stay rooted together.
We love that this book celebrates lasting female friendships through various seasons of life.
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Illustration by Tina Perko from Little Ant and the Dragonfly.
The Little Ant books are all about individuality and celebrating differences. Check out link in profile to learn more! 😀
OUR SUMMER READ-ALOUDS
Okay, who am I kidding, I can't choose any books now because we'll be done before summer arrives. We haven't done a read-aloud in awhile since some folks are too impatience to wait to find out what happens in the story. This was a curriculum we used last summer and we did read many of them aloud. When our throats were dry, we used our library accounts to listen to the audiobooks.
We last great series of books we read aloud were the American Girl books. The best is if you do different voices for each of the characters. Yes, we are that weird and we're okay with that. Please don't rob yourself of the opportunity to show off your acting skills. If nothing else, your kids will be fairly entertained...or you can just amuse yourself...okay, maybe that's just me .
It was a great routine that we may need to go back to but our favorite thing was reading together before bed. Since M was born (okay, maybe it was when she got back home from the hospital, so since she was 2 days old), we probably read together until just a year or two ago because they read so fast. If you ask me how to teach a kid to read a chapter book when they're 3 years old, I have no idea. I have no lessons or strategies. I don't know what programs or curriculums to recommend. It was all them. But I would like to think that part of it was reading to them every single day since they were newborns...and then later on, visiting multiple libraries every week. Each storytime was so different (musical ones, dancing one, crafty ones) because each storyteller was so different.
What read-alouds do you recommend for older kiddos?
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On the eve of his eighth birthday, a boy is whisked away for a middle-of-the-night adventure to the magical New York City Public Library, where he is reunited with memories, books from his childhood and someone very special to him. An enchanting tale!
The Night Library | Written by David Zeltser | Illustrated by Raul Colón @raul.colon.7140
The true story of the unusual and unusually clever black and white dog, Spike, that inspired cartoonist Charles Schulz as a boy. Charles “Sparky” Schulz is always drawing and hopes to have his own comic strip when he gets older. He devotes himself to practicing over and over again but riddled with self-doubt, he wonders if he’ll ever be good enough. One day, thanks to his wild and smart dog, he summons up the courage to submit a picture to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not weekly section in the newspaper. And the rest, as they say, is history. We love the vintage feel of the illustrations in this charming story.
Sparky & Spike: Charles Schultz and the Wildest, Smartest Dog Ever was written by Barbara Lowell, illustrated by Dan Andreasen and published by Cameron Kids (@cameron_kids
Guys! We unearthed an unedited episode of Storytime on the old couch!!! Enjoy this discovery and a classic Mo Willems book! 🐦 🌭 🐥
A few favourite Spring time reads (best read garden side, or in a field of flowers of course) 🌼
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We love to celebrate the seasons. Actually, we love to celebrate a lot of things. Big things and little things. New achievements and weird national holidays. Sometimes they’re quiet and cozy celebrations, and sometimes they’re loud and crazy.
We’re definitely in a celebratory mood lately and since it’s always more fun to celebrate with others, we have something fun to share with all of you tomorrow...
Lydia requested a trip to the library today and we were happy to oblige. We did read books while we were there, but these two can’t resist a good dollhouse and play kitchen 😊.
Homeschool read aloud
We read inside, outside, during school, at bedtime and many hours in between.
This is an area I feel like we are well versed in. We are always reading aloud to someone. I read to my children during school hours for at least an hour. Currently, we are reading Lizzie and the Red Coats, Johnny Termain, Bullfinch’s Mythology and we just finished up George Washington Spy Master (which I highly recommend!! It was one of the coolest books📚 ). My two oldest children read aloud to their little brother all the time, which I am so thankful for!
Every week, the two oldest and I take turns reading a chapter from the Bible. Currently, Landon is reading from Amos, Arabella is reading Genesis and I am reading Job. We read a chapter and then each take a turn summarizing what the chapter was about. Gryffen, my three year old sometimes even asks to summarize and he does pick up on many of the details...he also embellishes the stories, often with someone in the story doing something silly.
In the evenings(1-3 times per week), Daddy or I read a chapter out of a book while the children are laying down in bed. I am reading Children of the New Forest and Daddy is reading the Hobbit to them. Daddy even reads aloud to me one or two nights as our time together. My is the best because he has the most amazing voices that he somehow manages to remember every time and keeps them consistent throughout a whole series!
#hereisourhomeschool @intentionalhomeschooling #readaloudchallenge #readaloudfamily #readaloudrevival #homeschoolbooks #charlottemasonirl #homeschool
These were my daughter's choices for bedtime stories tonight. I love that she's getting big enough to share some of these old favorites, and what are quickly becoming new favorites of mine. It warms my heart to hear her play, and I'll ask her what she's doing. "Oh, I'm planting lupine seeds!" Books and reading is a subject that I'm very passionate about. For us, it's a way to connect, share experiences, for me to teach her new ideas and words to prepare her to face the world someday.
My Pinterest boards are EPIC. My follow through, meh, not so much.
I need simple and Amazon does that for me, everytime.
What are your simplest go to's for prime delivery? Double points for simple Pinterest crafts that are tries and true. 🎨👌🔨