On January 30th (with a whole day to spare!) I finished reading Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson. Yay! I was way excited to compete a book (all 376 pages, thank you very much!) – and I couldn’t have chosen a better book to kick off my reading challenge!
I loved soaking it all in – and I am pretty sure I underlined a fourth of the book! If you homeschool, or think you might, this is a homeschooling “textbook” of sorts with many helpful tips and insights. I plan to reread it again in the future, as I am sure I would get something more out of it the next time I get a chance to read it. (Book List 2014, anyone?)
I hope you’ve made a reading challenge for yourself. You wouldn’t have to choose as many (and certainly not as few) books as I have listed. Even one book this year could be a very rewarding goal! I once heard a wise man say that a busy mom could get through a 300+ page book easily by reading just one page every night before bed – how encouraging is that thought?!
And while you’re at it, what a great goal it would be to choose a book each month to read out loud to your kiddos! We read several books a month here because we homeschool, but even working mommas can enjoy some cuddle time with a great book and a sweet little one or two! We have just cherished the shared “memories” of the wonderful books we are reading! (Who can get enough of the Little House on the Prairie series?!?)
“Take a look, it’s in a book, a reading rainbow.” Oh that good ol’ Reading Rainbow song! Now that that’s stuck in your head, I’ll close.
Below is a recap of my (perhaps overambitious) list of books I am reading:
January – Educating the Wholehearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
February – Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character in You and Your Kids by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller
March – Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life by Douglas Wilson
April – For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan S. MacAulay
May – The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
June – Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
July – What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings – and Life by Laura Vandekam
August – The Discipline Book: How to Have a Better-Behaved Child from Birth to Age Ten by Martha and William Sears
September – Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
October – When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg
November – Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
December – Charlotte Mason’s Original Homeschooling Series: Volume 1 by Charlotte Mason
Bonus – Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumball