What We’re Reading Aloud Right Now

Just for fun, I’m going to write a quick post about what we’re reading aloud right now. As usual, there are a lot of books on the go in our house!11-IMG_3381

We start the day by reading a lesson from a CLE Bible Lightunit. We’re currently using their Elementary Elective Bible course, and are in Lightunit 5, which is the last of this series of an overview of the New Testament. It took us through the book of Acts, and now we’re studying the epistles. I forgot about that one when I took the picture!

For the past year and a half, we’ve been reading about world history. We’ve made it as far as the beginning of the Rennaisance/Reformation era! We’re reading The World of Columbus and Sons; Esther and I think it’s fascinating but the boys are bored. Following that, which is our main history for the day, we’re reading If All the Swords in England, about Henry II (I think) and Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered in his church because he supported the Church above the king. This is a very well-written, factually based story, told from the point of view of a pair of twins, boys who worked for the king and the archbishop. This book actually takes place 300 years before Columbus, but we’ve only recently acquired it, so I stuck it in here. And that takes care of the morning round of reading!

After lunch, we start in reading again, while the dishes are being washed. I focus more on the younger boys here, and the older ones are free to leave if they don’t have a job. They all love Wedding Bells Ahead, though! Even Esther wants to hear this one, the 7th in the Grandma’s Attic series. We can’t wait to find out what happens next in this true story of life in Michigan in the 1880s. I just started reading All on a Mountain Day to Mr. Sweetie a few days ago. It is a series of stories about the animals who live on a mountain side in the Rocky Mountains, and what each was doing one afternoon as they interacted with each other. I’m also reading him a few pages each day from Egermeier’s Bible Story Book, which is great, and a chapter of I Heard Good News Today, missionary stories from around the world.

Several evenings a week, we have time for a family story time after supper while the dishes are being washed again. I look for a book that everyone, including Daddy, will enjoy. Sometimes that’s not easy, but they are all loving Ten P’s in a Pod, and we are finding it quite challenging. It is the story, told by one of the 8 Pent children, of a family who traveled the United States and Canada sharing the Gospel and encouraging people to read the Bible. And here’s a little funny about this book. One evening I started reading, and Mr. Imagination came over and raised his hand for permission to ask a question. His observation? “That was a big pod!”

Besides all these, I have three–no, four–books going for myself at the moment! I try to write several book reviews for Esther each week, so have to read to be able to do that!

Would anyone be interested in a post like this occasionally? I know I like to read about what other people are reading, sometimes.

Disclaimer: The links in this post are affiliate links. They aren’t actually mine; I asked Esther to supply them, so if you buy a book through these links you’re helping to support her website.



About NZ Filbruns

A home-school family living in New Zealand, with a desire to share what Christ has done for us.
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3 Responses to What We’re Reading Aloud Right Now

  1. chickenscratching says:

    Well, I enjoy reading this type of post. It’s interesting to get new ideas for books to read around our house. How do you find the time to read for yourself? I can’t seem to find much time other than a minute or two here or there. 😦

    • NZ Filbruns says:

      I am a very fast reader, so that helps. I almost always read a few pages while I’m in the bathroom, and a few more when I brush my teeth. It also helps to have a nursing baby! She only nurses 5 or 6 times a day now, and several of those times are generally when I’m reading aloud or helping people with school, but once or twice a day I’ll have 10 minutes to read to myself–more if she goes to sleep! Then I have up to 20 minutes to read! I also keep a book on my nightstand for the rare times I get in the bedroom with the baby before Gayle comes to bed; then I can read another page or two before he comes. I also take my Kindle when we go to church, and I can sometimes read a bit if Gayle hasn’t come to the van yet. So, basically, it takes having books handy and making use of a minute here or there!

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