I am Learning All the Time Book

Recently we went to a homeschool event in our community.  In addition to beingDSCN0549[1] something fun for the kiddos, I love big homeschool events because I love seeing the diversity of the homeschool community.  It’s definitely not the stereotype that people picture (well, that I know I pictured).  It also reminded me of one of our favorites books, I am Learning All The Time by Rain Perry Fordyce. Finally a story book for homeschoolers.

My girls love this book because it is all about a little boy describing his homeschool day.  They like seeing someone do similar activities to their own.  I like this book because in addition to being a great depiction of homeschooling, it is also does not put down traditional forms of education.

I first came across I am Learning All the Time when my girls started asking questions about traditional school and if they would be attending one.  They were having a hard time understanding that our school at home would be taking the place of the brick and mortar schools their friends would attend.  I realized that we had many books on our shelf that involved school and that was leading to some of the confusion.  So I cleaned out our bookshelf and went looking for a children’s book that captured the homeschool experience.  I am Learning All the Time didn’t let us down.

I know that I get overwhelmed with all the DSCN0548[1]picture books about school (especially this time of year) so for us it’s been great having a story book about homeschooling.  If you have young ones, I highly recommend checking out this book.





Over in the Garden

Since we’ve been spending so much time outside lately, it made me think of P1030166one of our favorite books…  Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward.  This book has everything!  The girls actually picked it out when we were exploring our local Goodwill store and at first it looked like just a cute counting book.  But it is so much more and quickly became one of our favorites.counting book



The writing is so fun and lyrical and the illustrations are vibrant and beautiful .  Taking place in the garden, the story describes the mom and baby insects living there while counting through numbers 1 to 10.  My girls loved seeing the babies with their moms.

P1030169Not only is there counting in each verse, the number is also hidden somewhere on the page.  And while the insects are described in the story, there is also a Fun Facts section at the back of the book with more in depth information.  The book even introduces the reading strategy of prediction since each illustration also has off in the corner the bug for the next page (I’m embarrassed to admit that it was my daughters who pointed this out to me).  And remember how I said the writing was lyrical?  Well, it really is since the sheet music is included at the back of the book so that you can sing the entire thing if you want.

P1030170Basically it is a beautiful book that has math, science, music, and reading all rolled into one.  And it’s fun.  Making it the best $1 I ever spent!