The High Five Moms are sharing what books they’re reading today.
I snickered to myself a little bit when I read what today’s topic was because, honestly, besides the Bible, I haven’t applied myself to reading for ME in quite some time.
I was thinking about this yesterday and how it seems so wrong to me, being the bookworm that I am, that I haven’t read much lately. I used to always be reading at least one book at a time. Over the years, I’ve read and studied books on parenting, parenting boys specificallly, books on whole foods, organic foods, natural living, books on natural childbirth for my studies as a doula and for my own benefit, books on marriage, books by Rob Bell, Francis Chan, John Eldredge, Joyce Meyer, John Maxwell and countless others. I was ALWAYS reading, and somehow, for a long season of my life, I was afforded that privilege.
So it hit me yesterday. I almost felt bad about my realization that I hadn’t been reading like I used to. What’s changed? And I heard the answer quickly and clearly.
I spent a large number of years reading and studying for myself in preparation for another season in which God would use me to read and study other books with my students – my own children.
In no way am I discounting the necessity of continuing to read throughout a lifetime! Believe me when I say that I am looking forward to curling up with a book again (on my own) as soon as possible. And I’ll probably get to do that in several weeks when cuddled up with my snuggly newborn. But right now, in this season of my life, reading time is not about me.
I read to and with my boys every day. We have a pretty large library to acommodate reading for both our homeschooling studies as well as reading for fun. It’s very important to me that they develop not only reading skills, but a LOVE for reading, because readers are learners. Learners are leaders. So readers are leaders.
Our eighth grader has a heavy reading load, with accompanying comprehension and critical thinking questions. I spend a significant amount of time reading and discussing with him these books:
|Starting Points Syllabus: World View Primer
By David Quine / Cornerstone Curriculum
|Answers for Difficult Days: Surviving the Storm of Secularism
By David Quine / Cornerstone Curriculum
|Know What You Believe
By Paul E. Little / Inter-varsity Press
These are just three books that he regularly reads and refers to for his worldview studies, and what a privilege it has been so far this year to get to read and learn with him. The point of this class and books like these is to bring the reader to THINK. To really examine what they believe about God and people and the world and Creation, and what others believe. It teaches them to be able to discern truth from unsound worldly teaching. It teaches them to be able to SAY what they believe, why they believe it, and gives them an amazing confidence to go forward into a world where untruth is not only taught, but embraced. For a complete list of books for this class, click here.
I also spend a good deal of time reading and discussing history (and preliminary worldview topics) with our fifth grader Hayden, and third grader Dylan. I thoroughly enjoy engaging with them on topics including Creation vs. Evolution, archaeology and how we know what we do today about Mesopotamians, how writing and civilization have changed and progressed throughout time, and more. Books we’re currently studying and exploring include:
Our American Heritage 3 (4th edition) – 3rd grade
And I love their Science books. Full of easy-to-do science experiments, and always based on the Word of God, A Beka is my favorite curriculum for this subject and for this age!
Investigating God’s World – 5th grade
Exploring God’s World – 3rd grade
And of course, it’s always an amazing experience watching little minds grow and expand and begin to learn new concepts. I love teaching all ages and stages, but I seriously wonder sometimes if Kindergarten and first grade are my favorite grades to teach. Such a precious season, and so much opportunity to lay a good foundation early on! Books I’ve grown to love to read and discuss with my little boys include:
And of course among our favorites for “just” reading:
What are YOU and your little ones reading right now?