Our home education journey
To start with for 'tales' we are reading '100 Classic Stories' and 'A World Full of Animal Stories' which we tie in with geography.
We're currently reading through 'Talking Like the Rain' for poetry and using 'The Night Before Christmas' as our memorisation work.
For classics we are finishing off 'Brambly Hedge' and 'The Jungle Book' which have over-run from November (we're finding the Jungle Book quite slow as Lizzie is struggling to understand some of the language in this book, so we're taking it slow and steady and reading just a few pages at a time... so it will probably remain in the basket through next term as well).
I always like to include a few other books that 'go along' with our Classic read for when we need a little break and to give us a wider understanding of the themes of the book, (most of these we have finished with now and are ready to come out the basket). We have read 'Expedition Diaries Indian Lowlands' which included lots of interesting information, illustrations, photographs and maps of the Indian Jungle and added a great Geography Element to our reading. I also included 'Maya, Tiger Cub' as a beautiful story and a counter-balance to the 'bad guy' tiger in the Jungle Book. We used this book to learn about tigers and visited a local zoo to see some real bengal tigers. I always like to try and find books that balance out the view point in anything we're reading...
I bought 'You're Safe With Me' purely for the stunning illustrations, but it fits in perfectly and adds a few more animals for us to focus on. It also talks through the water cycle and introduces those concepts. Usborne's 'Illustrated Stories from India' was another lovely read which added a few other tales to our learning and provided a nice break when the language began to bog down our progress - we haven't read all of this one and I'll probably keep it in the basket as long as we're still working through the Jungle Book.
Lastly here are two extra books we've added for December to enjoy over the Christmas break. 'Mary's Little Donkey and the Flight to Egypt' is one of our favourites (this book was mine as a child), we read it last year and Lizzie was super keen to read it again. And 'The Reindeer Girl' by Holly Webb, seemed like a nice fun and relaxing read... we haven't read it yet, so I'll let you know what it was like afterwards.