For instance, to go along with our letter pocket project...
...we read Nancy Loewen's Sincerely Yours, Writing Your Own Letter, which details how to write both business, and informal letters, and the circumstances when you might use them. Although brightly illustrated, it is a nonfiction story, probably best for ages 8-12.
After our dandelion harvesting expedition ,we read Mia Posada's Dandelions Stars in the Grass.
And, then we went back outside to dig up a dandelion, so we could examine the root, as suggested in the back of the book...
...and in the process, we unearthed an earthworm...
...which led us to read Vivian French's Yucky Worms. It's written like a fictional picture book, for younger children, telling the story of a boy, and his grandmother in the garden. But, it's filled with enough factual worm information, for older children to enjoy, too.
My only complaint against the book is French's profuse use of the word "poop" (not one of my favorite words). However, upon closer examination of our worm, I had to agree that it was not unwarranted.
We've also noticed the first summer birds beginning to arrive around our feeder...
...prompting us to check out our hands down, favorite book of the week:
I'm not usually a big fan of punch-and-hear type books, but when the audio is bird song, from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, corresponding to short write ups, and beautiful illustrations of 250 American songbirds, I'll make an exception.
There were many more books, and experiences I'd like to share, and recommend. It's been one of those weeks when we have more library books in the house, than time to read them. In fact, I need to go, and sort through them now, so I can return about half of the sixty or so we have out, before the next bunch arrive in.
Stay tuned for more dandelions, ladybugs, and a trip to Lilliput with a certain 18th century traveler.
But first, click over to the What My Child Is Reading link-up, at Mouse Grows Mouse Learns, to find out what other families have been reading, and are recommending, this week.
It's great to be a homeschooler.