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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Winter Reading and Copywork

In the last week, it has become bitter cold here in central PA.  With the oncoming cold weather we pulled out some of our favorite winter books and continue to read learning books. (Click on the title to learn more.)

books we use year round
Skip Around the Year by Eileen Fisher - lovely collection of holiday poems
Around the Year by Elsa Beskow - beautifully illustrated monthly picture book
Around the Year by Tasha Tudor - monthly picture book & must have for her fans

artist and composer study
Claude Monet - timeline history of Monet's life
Monet - wonderful for elementary children, a lot of pictures and easy to read
Lives of the Musicians - brief, interesting biographies of 19 composers from Mozart to Woody Guthrie.  Excellent for narration.
Play, Mozart, Play - delightful picture book for the very young

independent reading

Problems in Plymouth - book 6 of the historical fiction series "Imagination Station"
Popelton in Winter - easy reader about a funny pig and his unique adventures

for the little one

Waldorf Alphabet Book - vibrant illustrations and so much fun for little ones
The Snowy Day - follow young Peter as he has fun in the snow
First Picture Nature - Usborne book for when you need bright and cheery on a dreary day

favorite winter picture books
 The Tomten and the Fox - one of our favorite stories about a kind little Tomten
Stopping by Woods on a Snow Evening - delightful illustrations capture the essence of this famous Robert Frost poem
The Big Snow - sweet story about how animals prepare for winter

more favorite winter picture books

The Snowman Storybook - an enchanting story about a boy and his snowman
Where Did Bunny Go? - charming picture book about animal friends
Tom and Pippo Go for a Walk - one in a series of simple story books about a boy and his toy monkey

mom and child narration books

Kids Make History - stories of boys and girls throughout American history (1607-2001)
Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa - a little girl is entertained by her pet hamster who tells her stories about his adventurous grandfather

As I look at the book list it seems that we have an lot of reading going on. (Of course, to me there can never be too much reading.)  And while we do try to fit in outdoor time to get a full sense of the season, Aidan's copywork poem for this week certainly expresses our sentiment for how we treasure books in the winter.


Picture Books In Winter
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Summer fading, winter comes—  
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs  
Window robins, winter rooks,  
And the picture story-books.  
Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;  
Still we find the flowing brooks  
In the picture story-books.  
All the pretty things put by,  
Wait upon the children's eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,  
In the picture story-books.  
We may see how all things are,  
Seas and cities, near and far,  
And the flying fairies' looks,
In the pictyure story-books.  
How am I to sing your praise,  
Happy chimney-corner days,  
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,  
Reading picture story-books?

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