I am wondering if I should have some kind of book basket or box in which I lay out a number of books I would like the children to read together, alone or to each other. Not sure I need to as they seem to simply help themselves from the bookshelves without me needing to push it too much.
As his read aloud at the moment he is reading Swallows and Amazons
Both Ronan and Avila are reading the Roman Mysteries that Iona’s friend gave them. This series has really caught their imagination and seems to be teaching them some genuine historical stuff.
Both of them are allowed quiet night time reading in bed.
There are some quick picture books for older children that Ronan has taken to such as Gregor Mendel; the Friar Who Grew Peas, which looks set to be harder to get hold of since when I bought it. Why are so many of the good books so hard to obtain but rubbish gets massive print runs? One of life’s little mysteries.
Don’t get into the idea that by Grade 4 they have grown out of picture books. There are many very well written and beautifully illustrated books that have something to offer for all ages and are ideal for mixed age groups of children. This book about Mendel goes into some detail about his genetic experiments with good illustrations for getting to grips with the science involved.
Another recent read-together that was good for all three of them was The Little Ships: A Story of the Heroic Rescue at Dunkirk.
Ronan has nearly finished reading me the Usborne adaptation of Don Quixote.
For Greek Lit which is recommended for this grade I have D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths (Another find at Wigtown)
I also want to revisit The Fairyland of Science.
I’m a bit disappointed that he hasn’t really taken to the Narnia books. I might leave it and try again later on in the academic year and have a go with the Hobbit.
He’ll probably read more Michael Morpurgo as well. So far we haven’t stumbled on anything bad with his stuff, Obviously some books are more suitable for older children so he wont be reading them yet.
As you can see there’s a mixture here, some easy reading and some that will stretch him a little harder.
I’m sure there will be more as the year goes on.