Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Grade 3/4 Read Aloud Chapter Books

1. Stuart Little by E B White

2. Charlottes Web by E B White

3. The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

4. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

5. Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

6. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

8. Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield

9. Mr Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren

11. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
12. Shiloh by Phillis Reynolds
13. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
14. Old Yeller by Bred Gipson
15. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
16. Paul Bunyan
17. Peter Pan
18. Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
19. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
20. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
21. A Question of Yams: A missionary story by Gloria Repp
22. The Kings Equal by Katherine Paterson
23. Tornado by Betsy Byars
24. Helen Keller
25. Balto
26. The Titanic
27. Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
28. Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate by Jane Burchett
29. Against the World by Henry Coray (Veritas Press)
30. The Illiad: Black Ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutfliff (Veritas Press)
31. Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Veritas Press)
32. Child's History of the World by Virgil Hillyer (Veritas Press)
33. The Church in History by BK Kuiper (Veritas Press - 412 pages)
34. Famous Men of Greece - Memoria Press
35. Famous Men of Rome - Memoria Press
36. Forbidden Gates by Denise Williamson (Veritas Press)
37. Fountain of Life by Rebecca Martin (Veritas Press)
38. Herodotus and the Road to History (Veritas Press)
39. Ignatius of Antioch (Veritas Press)
40. Irenaeus of Lyons (Veritas Press)
41. Polycarp of Smyrna (Veritas Press)
42. Hittite Warrior (Veritas Press)
43. Hostage Lands (Veritas Press)
44. Librarian who Measured Earth (Veritas Press)
45. Little Miriam of Galilee (Veritas Press)
46. Lives of Famous Romans (Veritas Press)
47. Mystery of the Roman Ransom - sequel to Detectives in Togas (Veritas Press)
48. Out of Darkness (Veritas Press)
49. Outcast (Veritas Press)
50. Peril and Peace by Mindy and Brandon Withrow (Veritas Press)
51. Pompeii... Buried Alive! (Veritas Press)
52. Quintus (Veritas)
53. Beyond the Desert Gate (Veritas Press)
54. The Ides of April (Veritas Press)
55. Spring Tide (Veritas Press)
56. Saint Paul (Veritas Press)
57. The Spartan (Veritas Press)
58. Story of the Last Days of Jerusalem (Veritas Press)
59. Theras and His Town (Veritas Press)
60. Time Traveler (Veritas Press)
61. A Triumph for Flavius (Veritas Press)
62. Trojan Horse (Veritas Press)
63. Twice Freed (Veritas Press)
64. Usborne: Greeks (Veritas Press)
65. Usborne: romans (Veritas Press)
66. The Odyssey (Veritas Press)
67. Within the Palace Gates (Veritas Press)
68. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
69. Gulliver's Travels (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
70. The Wind in the Willows (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
71. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
72. The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
73. Hudson's Bay Company Adventures by Elle Andra-Warner (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
74. Early Voyageurs by Marie Savage (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
75. Discovering the Arctic: The story of John Rae by John Wilson (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
76. Radisson and Des Groseilliers: Fur Traders of the North by Katherine Bailey (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
77. Samuel de Champlain by Elizabeth MacLeod (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
78. Hudson by Janice Weaver (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
79. Champlain by Mary Beacock Fryer (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
80. Native Chiefs and Famous Meti: Leadership and Bravery in the Canadian West by Holly Quan (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
81. The Dreadful Truth: The Northwest Passage by Ted Staunton (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
82. Jacques Cartier: Exploring the St. Lawrence River by Jennifer Lackey (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
83. The Canadians Series: David Thompson by James Smith (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
84. The Canadians Series: Crowfoot by Fitzhenry (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
85. Cartier (Cornerstone Learning Resources)
86. A Lion to Guard Us (Sonlight Grade 3)
87. Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma (Sonlight Grade 3)
88. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? (Sonlight Grade 3)
89. Calico Bush (Sonlight Grade 3)
90. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (Sonlight Grade 3)
91. If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution (Sonlight Grade 3)
92. Incans, Aztecs, and Mayans (Sonlight Grade 3)
93. Johnny Tremain (Sonlight Grade 3)
94. Justin Morgan Had a Horse (Sonlight Grade 3)
95. Meet George Washington (Sonlight Grade 3)
96. Meet Thomas Jefferson (Sonlight Grade 3)
97. Om-kas-toe (Sonlight Grade 3)
98. Pedro's Journal (Sonlight Grade 3)
99. Phoebe the Spy (Sonlight Grade 3)
100. Pocahontas and the Strangers (Sonlight Grade 3)
101. Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman (Sonlight Grade 3)
102. Sarah Whitcher's Story (Sonlight Grade 3)
103. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sonlight Grade 3)
104. Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims (Sonlight Grade 3)
105. Swift Rivers (Sonlight Grade 3)
106. The Cabin Faced West (Sonlight Grade 3)
107. The Courage of Sarah Noble (Sonlight Grade 3)
108. The Journeyman (Sonlight Grade 3)
109. The Lewis & Clark Expedition (Sonlight Grade 3)
110. The Matchlock Gun (Sonlight Grade 3)
111. The Sign of the Beaver (Sonlight Grade 3)
112. The Skippack School (Sonlight Grade 3)
113. The Thanksgiving Story (Sonlight Grade 3)
114. Toliver's Secret (Sonlight Grade 3)
115. Walk the World's Rim (Sonlight Grade 3)
116. What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? (Sonlight Grade 3)
117. A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt (Sonlight Grade 4)
118. Across Five Aprils (Sonlight Grade 4) 
119. By the Great Horn Spoon (Sonlight Grade 4)
120. Caddie Woodlawn (Sonlight Grade 4)
121. Freedom Train (Sonlight Grade 4)
122. Helen Keller (Sonlight Grade 4)
123. Hero Over Here (Sonlight Grade 4)
124. In Search of the Source (Sonlight Grade 4)
125. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (Sonlight Grade 4)
126. Little Britches (Sonlight Grade 4)
127. Miracles on Maple Hill (Sonlight Grade 4)
128. Moccasin Trail (Sonlight Grade 4)
129. Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder (Sonlight Grade 4)
130. The Great Turkey Walk (Sonlight Grade 4)
131. The Great Wheel (Sonlight Grade 4)
132. The Seventeenth Swap (Sonlight Grade 4)
133. The Story of Thomas Alva Edison (Sonlight Grade 4)
134. The Wright Brothers (Sonlight Grade 4)
135. Thimble Summer (Sonlight Grade 4)
136. Turn Homeward, Hannalee (Sonlight Grade 4)
137. Victory on the Walls (Veritas Press Grade 4)
138. Ten in Time (Veritas Press Grade 4)
139. Adam of the Road (Veritas Press Grade 4)
140. Augustine of Hippo (Veritas Press Grade 4)
141. Augustine: The Farmer Boy of Tagaste (Veritas Press Grade 4)
142. Bard of Avon (Veritas Press Grade 4)
143. The Bible Smuggler (Veritas Press Grade 4)
144. Big John's Secret (Veritas Press Grade 4)
145. Comic Book Shakespeare: Henry V (Veritas Press Grade 4)
146. Comic Book Shakespeare: Macbeth (Veritas Press Grade 4)
147: Comic Book Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Veritas Press Grade 4)
148. Comic Book Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet (Veritas Press Grade 4)
149. Comic Book Shakespeare: The Tempest (Veritas Press Grade 4)
150. Comic Book Shakespeare: The Twelfth Night (Veritas Press Grade 4)
151. Courage and Conviction (Church History) (Veritas Press Grade 4)
152. The Door in the Wall (Veritas Press Grade 4)
153. The Dragon and the Raven (Veritas Press Grade 4)
154. Duncan's War (Veritas Press Grade 4)
155. The Escape (Veritas Press Grade 4)
156. Famous Figures of Medieval Times (Veritas Press Grade 4)
157. Famous Men of the Mid Ages (Veritas Press Grade 4)
158. Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation (Veritas Press Grade 4)
159. Hand of Vengeance (Veritas Press Grade 4)
160. Huguenot Garden (Veritas Press Grade 4)
161. Ink on His Fingers (Veritas Press Grade 4)
162. Joan of Arc: Warrior Saint (Veritas Press Grade 4)
163. John Calvin (Veritas Press Grade 4)
164. Kings Arrow (Veritas Press Grade 4)
165. The King's Shadow (Veritas Press Grade 4)
166. Leonnardo's Horse (Veritas Press Grade 4)
167. Luther the Leader (Veritas Press Grade 4)
168. Magna Charta (Veritas Press Grade 4)
169. Making of a Knight (Veritas Press Grade 4)
170. Marco Polo: The Boy Who Traveled the Medieval World (Veritas Press Grade 4)
171. Martin Luther: The Man Who Changed the World (Veritas Press Grade 4)
172. Monks and Mystics (Veritas Press Grade 4)
173. Ransom for a Knight (Veritas Press Grade 4)
174. Reformation Heroes (Veritas Press Grade 4)
175. Secret Mission (Veritas Press Grade 4)
176. Shakespeare's Scribe (Veritas Press Grade 4)
177. The Shakespeare Stealer (Veritas Press Grade 4)
178. Son of Charlemagne (Veritas Press Grade 4)
179. When Morning Came (Veritas Press Grade 4)
180. Dispelling the Tyranny (Veritas Press Grade 4)
181. The Beggar's Victory (Veritas Press Grade 4)
182. Tales of Court and Castle (Veritas Press Grade 4)
183. This Was John Calvin (Veritas Press Grade 4)
184. Three Men Came to Heidelberg (Veritas Press Grade 4)
185. Thunderstorm in Church (Veritas Press Grade 4)
186. Time Traveler (Veritas Press Grade 4)
187. After Darkness Light: John Calvin (Veritas Press Grade 4)
188. The Smuggler's Flame: William Tyndale (Veritas Press Grade 4)
189. The Thunder: A Novel on John Knox (Veritas Press Grade 4)
190. Viking Quest Series (Veritas Press Grade 4)
191. Pasteur's Fight Against Microbes (NOEO Science Grade 3)
192. The Boy Who Drew Birds (NOEO Science Grade 3)
193. How to Think Like a Scientist (NOEO Science Grade 3)
194. Marie Curie's Search for Radium (NOEO Science Grade 3)
195. Did it Take Creativity to Find Relativity, Albert Einstein? (NOEO Science Grade 3)
196. How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning (NOEO Science Grade 3)
197. Starry Messenger (NOEO Science Grade 3)
198. The Story of Inventions (NOEO Science Grade 3)
199. The Mystery of the Periodic Table (NOEO Science Grade 4)
200. Along Came Galileo (NOEO Science Grade 4)
201. The New How Things Work by David Macaulay
202. The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body by David Macaulay
203. Built to Last by David Macaulay
204. City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay
205. Castle by David Macaulay
206. Underground by David Macaulay
207. Pyramid by David Macaulay
208. Black and White by David Macaulay
209. Building Big by David Macaulay
210. Unbuilding by David Macaulay
211. Ship by David Macaulay

Monday, November 10, 2014

Teaching Kindergarten Art with Living Books

The Mini Masters Series:

Quiet Time With Cassatt

Sharing with Renoir

Painting with Picasso

In the Garden with Van Gogh

A Picnic with Monet

Sunday with Seurat

On an Island with Gauguin

Dreaming with Rousseau

Pink Lemon by Herve Tullet

 The Big Book of Art by Herve Tullet

Preschool Art: It's the Process, Not the Product! by MaryAnn Kohl

Favourite Art Projects for Kindergarten:

You Be You Watercolor Fish Art
Fun With Portraits
Fun with Painted Paper
Shape Robots
Watercolor and Pastel Resists

Activities and products that go along nicely with these books:

Lyra Color Giants pencil crayons

Lyra Color Giants Skin Tone pencil crayons

Reeves Student Watercolors

Hygloss Tissue Squares - 2500 pieces (for collages and suncatchers)

Sunworks Smart-Stack Construction Paper

Easel Paper

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Teaching Kindergarten Science with Living Books

Living and Non-Living Things
What's Alive?
If You Find A Rock

Earth & Space Science:
The Solar System - Usborne
Planet Earth - Usborne

Weather & Seasonal Changes:
Weather - Usborne
Animals in Winter - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Clouds - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Snow is Falling - Let's Read and Find Out Science
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice Provensen
Waiting Out The Storm - by Joann Macken

How Flowers Grow - Usborne
(or How A Seed Grows - Let's Read and Find Out Science)
From Seed to Pumpkin - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Tree's - Usborne
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
Compost Stew - Marry Siddals
A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

Animals, Biomes & Habitats:
Under the Sea - Usborne
Starfish - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Ducks Don't Get Wet - Let's Read and Find Out Science
One Little Square: Pond by Donald Silver
One Little Square: Backyard by Donald Silver
Where Are The Night Animals? - Let's Read and Find Out Science
A Nest Full of Eggs - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Animals Animals by Eric Carle
Dogs - Usborne
Horses and Ponies - Usborne
Cats - Usborne
Penguins - Usborne
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
Dolphins by Seymour Simon
Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
Where Do I Sleep? A Pacific Northwest Lullaby by Jennifer Blomgren
Why Do I Sing? Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest by Jennifer Blomgren
Where Would I Be in An Evergreen Tree? by Jennifer Blomgren
Hello Ocean by Pam Ryan
What lives in a shell? Let's Read and Find Out Science
The Seashore Book By Charlotte Zolotow
Over in the Ocean: In A Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes
Beach Day by Karen Roosa
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Humphrey the Lost Whale by Wendy Tokuda
Whales Passing by Eve Bunting

Life Cycles:
Caterpillars and Butterflies - Usborne
Eggs and Chicks - Usborne
Tadpoles and Frogs - Usborne
(or From Tadpole to Frog - Let's Read and Find Out Science)
An Earthworms Life by John Himmelman

The Five Senses & The Human Body:
My Hands - Let's Read and Find Out Science
My Feet - Let's Read and Find Out Science
How Many Teeth? - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Sounds All Around - Let's Read and Find Out Science
Sleep is for Everyone - Let's Read and Find Out Science
My Five Senses - Let's Read and Find Out Science
The Usborne Flip-Flap Body Book - Usborne

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Recommended videos & activities that go nicely with the books:

Living and Non-Living Things
Watch Classic Sesame Street - Ernie Dresses A Snowman
Watch Sesame Street - Is it Alive?
Do Living & Non-Living Print and Play Pack

Earth & Space Science:
Watch Solar System Lesson for Kids | Learn about Planets, Stars, Galaxy
Watch  Introduction to Earth Science
Watch  Introduction to Our Solar System
Do Solar System Fun Pack

Weather & Seasonal Changes:
Watch  Sesame Street: Grover Weather Monster
Watch  Peep and the Big Wide World: Stormy Weather
Watch  Sesame Street: The Weather Show
Watch  Let's Learn About the Four Seasons - for kids
Watch  Learn all about the four seasons
Watch  A Book of Seasons
Do Day and Night Sky Venn Diagram Picture Sort
Do Weather for Little Learners Pack
Do Weather Flash Cards and Chart
Do Animals in Winter Freebie Printable Response Worksheet

Watch  That's How a Pumpkin Grows - music video for kids
Watch  Time Lapse Radish Seeds Sprouting Tops and Roots Growing
Do Plants & Spring - A Gardening We Will Grow - Math, Literacy, and more! Pack

Animals, Biomes & Habitats:
Watch Introduction to Biomes
Watch  The Amazing Water World of Marine Animals
Do Ocean Animals Math and Literacy Fun
Watch Fish Friendly (Animal Atlas)

Do Animals in the Pond: Facts, Habitat, Mini Book + Pack

Watch Big Cats, Wild Cats, Kitty Cats
Watch  Dog Days (Animal Atlas)
Watch  Happy Cat (Animal Atlas)
Watch  The Horse, Of Course (Animal Atlas)
Watch  Feathered Friends (Animal Atlas)

Watch  Zoo Stories: Night Animals
Watch  Zoo Stories: Backyard Animals
Watch  Zoo Stories: Safari Animals
Watch  Zoo Stories: Jungle Animals
Watch  Zoo Stories: Farm Animals
Watch  Zoo Stories: Ocean Animals

The Five Senses & The Human Body:
Watch  Learn all about the Five Senses

Friday, July 18, 2014

Homeschooling Grade 3: Our Curriculum Plan



Read Out Loud Books:
Will choose books from, Will purchase our favourites, and borrow some from the library. Do poetry picnics. Have a picnic indoors or outdoors while reading poetry out loud.

Handwriting & Creative Writing:



Critical Thinking






  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Health videos from Discovery Education.

  • Virtues
  • Manners & Practical Skills
  • Sharks
  • Botany
  • Spiders ... and whatever else we feel like learning about!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Homeschooling Grade 2:
Our Curriculum Plan

LANGUAGE ARTS - 60+ minutes per day PLUS 20 minutes read-out-loud time

Learning how to read:

Read Out Loud Books:
Will choose about 50 books from,, “Come Sit By Me” and “Five in a Row”. Will purchase our favourites, and borrow some from the library. Do poetry picnics. Have a picnic indoors or outdoors while reading poetry out loud.



MATH - 30 to 60 minutes per day
  • Singapore Math 2A & 2B (Singapore Math is about one half grade level ahead the average math curriculum. I prefer Singapore Math for many reasons, but if a child is finding it too difficult give them extra time)
  • Learning Resources Manipulatives - things like:
    • Individual White board and dry erase markers
    • Multilink cubes
    • Counting discs
    • Hundred Board
    • Base-10 set
    • Place Value Discs
    • Place Value Chart
    • Fraction Circles
    • Fraction Bars
    • Clock with geared hands
    • Meter and yard stick
    • Ruler
    • Measuring Tape
    • Simple Balance
    • Kilogram and Gram Weights
    • Pound and Ounce Weights
    • Math card games
- Calendar of some kind

SCIENCE - about 2 hours per week

SOCIAL STUDIES - about 2 hours per week

BIBLE - 10-20 minutes per day

FINE ARTS (Music, Art, Drama) - 2 hours per week
  • Ballet
  • Art at home using resources like
  • Music: listen to various types of music, start lessons (“Music for Little Mozarts”). Learn about rhythm. Learn about various instruments.

PHYS ED & HEALTH - 2 hours per week
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming (Waterproof Kids DVD)
  • Videos about stranger safety, fire safety, community helpers, etc. from Discovery Education.