Sunday, August 11, 2013

Aug 11, 2013::reading lists

We start school tomorrow.
Our seventh year of homeschooling.
Usually, I would write - We Start School Tomorrow!!! :)

No one is really ready this year, even me.

I attribute my own malaise with the lack of rest this summer, the fact that I have only been working on plans for a week, and the great restraint I have shown in the purchase of school supplies this year!

That trip to the school supply aisle always gets my back to school excitement flowing. In the move, I discovered enough basic supplies stored away that we really don't need anything new. Oh well. Brice did ask for some glue sticks. I brought him a modest stash of glue, paint, and drawing paper today. The fact that he disappeared into his room for a couple of hours of painting did give me hope that our lessons will be fun this year.

I have hope that a calm attitude on my part will get us off to a good start tomorrow. I will try to remember that we've all had a very unusual summer and may need a slow start. OK.

Now, moving straight away from relaxed and our reading goals for the year. They are ambitious, especially for Embree. We'll get as far as we get. A few novels completed well, with meaningful writing assignments,
will be the ultimate goal. Quality over quantity.


Backroad School
Literature/Reading Lists

Grade 1- Brice
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread), DiCamillo
26 Fairmount Avenue, DiPaola
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dahl
Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht (Diary Histories),Platt
Poppy, Avi  
Capyboppy, Peet
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1 and 2, Osborne
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, Andrews Edwards
The House at Pooh Corner, Milne  
Charlotte's Web, White
Nim's Island, Orr
The Thieves of Ostia, Lawrence
Baby, Maclachlan

Grade 6- Reeves
Greek Mythology, Various Sources
The Iliad & The Odyssey, Homer
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare
The Hobbit, Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Tolkien
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain
Poetry of Shakespeare, Byron, Wordsworth, Kipling, Hughes, Johnson, Dickinson, Longfellow, Poe, Austin, Frost, Dunbar, Carryl, Angelou

Grade 9- Embree
Canterbury Tales, Chaucer
To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee
Shorts Stories by Edgar Allen Poe
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
The Color Purple, Walker
Black Boy, Wright
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass
Wuthering Heights, Bronte
Don Quixote, Cervantes
Diana: Her True Story, Morton
All the President’s Men, Woodward and Bernstein

The Odyssey, Homer

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