Books. I have never loved books as much as I have as I do now, while raising young children. I’ve seen the magic of stories come to life, leap off the pages and into the girls’ imaginations. That being said, I’ve also noticed some serious twaddle make its way onto our bookshelves. Charlotte Mason’s definition of twaddle covers a large basis, but in reference to this conversation, it refers to low quality literature.
On our bookshelves, twaddle looks like old, hand-me-down Bugs Bunny books with story lines focusing on how fat Porky Pig is and his journey to the gym (yes, seriously). It looks like princess books; not quality, classic fairy tales, but rather garage sale finds that offer lots of pictures and one liners on what makes a princess a princess (you must always sit prim and proper – gag). Though I support the idea that you should read books that interest your child, I also believe that gently steering things in a quality direction is imperative.
As I put together our kindergarten homeschool curriculum, I went through our bookshelves and donated a lot of books. I also pieced together a book wish list to replenish the sparse shelves. Given, I will most likely be borrowing many of these from the library, but I’m hoping to acquire a few for keeps, too. There are a lot of classics that I’d love to read more than once and certainly with both Hailey and Kaitlyn.
While we will be reading books as part of our Brave Writer Program, we will also be reading aloud at other parts of the day: the breakfast table, rainy afternoons, post baths in the evening. Though most of these will focus on Hailey’s (5 years old) level, I imagine Kaitlyn (3) will enjoy listening to and looking through some of these as well.
Kindergarten Homeschool Books
- The Little House on the Prairie Series
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle
- The Courage of Sarah Noble
- The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie the Pooh
- The Frog and Toad Collection Book Set
- The Random House Book of Fairy Tales
- Charlotte’s Web
For Poetry Tea Time
For Fun and Fact Finding
- The Big Picture Atlas
- First Hundred Words in Spanish
- The Big Picture Thesaurus
- The Berenstain Bear’s Big Book of Science and Nature
- Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever
For Reading Alone
- Make Way for Ducklings
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
- Stone Soup
- The Maggie B
And if all else fails, I’m going to just try and save up to buy the entire kids’ classics section at Barnes and Noble.
You don’t have to be diving into kindergarten homeschool to snag these books; most of them are highly recommended by kindergarten and first grade teachers, on the suggested reading lists for various homeschool curriculum, and are loved by parents from all over.
Of course, I never believe you can read too many books, so do you have any suggestions on favorites to check out for the 5-7 year old age range?
Or books you remembering loving when you were a kid?