I have never been a reader. When I was young I struggled with reading and reading a full book was something that didn’t happen much. When I got to high school I barely made it through my reading. It was hard for me and caused anxiety. I was in an honors class twice (10th grade and 12th grade) and I had so much anxiety. My 12th grade teacher (who I babysat for in high school) wasn’t surprised when I told her after I graduated that I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. She said it all made sense.
Somehow I made it through college, and I did my reading (and sometimes I made it without reading).
At this point, I have sooooo many books that I want to read. They are all just sitting on my book shelf collecting dust. Some of them I have started and never finished. I tend to get through the first 1/3-1/2 of a book and stop.
These past few days I have been planning Karis’ school year for her reading. I have chosen a book a month for her to study (using units from Teachers Pay Teachers and Bravewriter Arrow and Boomerang), and also a book a month to read along with her history. So that’s 2 books a month, then she can also choose to read whatever she wants and respond in a reading response journal (I have question cards for this, and I will also teach different literary elements for her to use in her response). She’s a reader big time so this will be fine. She has been known to read 1-2 chapter books a day. She will continue to do that but I want her to dig deep on some.
I have decided that if I’m going to expect her to read, I should do the same. I’m going to read some books that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, and I’m going to read some of what she’s reading ahead of her so I know what she’s reading. Some of her books we will be reading aloud together.
This my book list:
April- When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies
Each Little Bird That Sings
May- Health at Every Size
The Whole Brain Child
June- Tuck Everlasting
The Tiger Rising
Strengths Based Parenting
The Trumpet of the Swan
August– Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
The Tale of Despereaux
September- The Body Keeps the Score
A Wrinkle in Time
October– Autobiography of a Face
For the Love
November– The Warmth of Other Sons
December– Church History in Plain Language
January- The Great Gatsby
The Book Thief
Harry Potter Years 1-7
Some of these books I’ve had forever. Some of these I have to buy (only a few).