And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:13 KJV

Sunday, August 23, 2015

6th Grade Reading Lists

Apple is a reader. She loves books and is always reading several books. I love that she loves to read (I love to read too!), but it does present challenges. Each year I find it difficult to locate age appropriate books that she has not read. While she has no problem with re-reading favorites again and again, for her literature studies I prefer to find books she has not read before. She gets frustrated with me sometimes because I won't let her read books that I know she will be studying later. This year's lit list seems short, but I know she will add many extra books throughout the year.

Reading for 6th grade literature:

Children of the Covered Wagon Mary Jane Carr
Kidnapped! Robert Louis Stevenson
The Hiding Place Corrie Ten Boom
Grandpa's Mountain Carolyn Reeder
The Farthest Away Mountain Lynne Reid Banks
Wonder R.J. Palacio
The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R. Tolkien

YWAM Heroes of History Harriet Tubman: Freedombound
                                           Thomas Edison: Inspiration and Hard Work 
                                           Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Storybook Life
                                           Christopher Columbus: Across the Ocean Sea (Review coming SOON!)

She wants to read the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I told her it would depend on the time it takes her to read the other books on her list. She reads quickly. She'll get to all 3 LOTR books before May. The YWAM books have all been read on her own time in the last few weeks except the book on Christopher Columbus. You will hear more about it soon because I received it as a TOS Review Crew item.

While reading her school books, Apple also enjoys going to the library to get books to read for pleasure. Here is the list of what she has read just since we started school.

Read for pleasure:

Land of Stories A Grimm Warning and Beyond the Kingdoms Chris Colfer

Evil Spy School and Space Case Stuart Gibbs

Rebecca Mary Christner Borntrager

This summer she was able to participate in a Middle School book club with our local library. They had a fun range of selections to read over a 2 month period. Apple had read some of these already, but she enjoyed re-reading them and discussing them.

Read over the summer for book club:

Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Cricket in Times Square George Selden

The World According to Humphrey Betty G. Birney

Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective Donald J. Sobol

I spend quite a bit of time online studying various reading lists before I make the kid's lists each year. I take into account whether they have read the book before, content, and the other subjects we will be studying through the year. So far in 6 years, we've only had 1 book that the child just flat out didn't want to read. All of the others have gone over fairly well.

How do you pick the books your child will read for homeschool?

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