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.





City Dog, Country Frog

Talking about loss with a little one can be very hard.  This picture book by Mo Willems is very simple but very powerful and a good way to prepare a young child to say good-bye to a loved one.  It tells the story of a city dog making friends with a frog out in the country.  Each season they do something different–frog games, dog games, and remembering games. Then in the winter the frog is gone, leaving the dog to eventually meet a chipmunk in the spring.  The beautiful watercolor pictures really capture each season both literally and metaphorically.  The text is subtle but opens the door for the discussion of losing someone you love–a family member passing away, a dog dying, a friend moving away.  I’ll be honest, I still cry sometimes when reading City Dog, Country Frog, because it captures the cycle of a relationship so well, especially the winter of grieving and the spring of moving on while keeping their memory alive.

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