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Summer Reading

This summer both kids are once again enrolled in our summer reading program at the library.  We had to take last summer off because my daughter was racking up some pretty hefty fines with all of the library books she was destroying 🙂  Our library does a great job with their summer program and there are lots of activities and raffles all summer long.

We have a chart in our kitchen to keep track of the books we are reading (sorry, I wish I had a picture).  We read A LOT throughout the day anyway but it is fun to keep track of how much we do read.  The program just started a week and a half ago and we are already up to 45 books.  Our Morning Snuggle before breakfast usually involves anywhere from 2-10 books.  The kids and I look forward to this time every day.  While we all work to wake up, I read to them while snuggling and sipping my coffee.   Snack and Story in the afternoon usually involves a few more books as well as my daughter’s nap time.  Bedtime involves the reading aloud of a few chapters to my son and another book for my little girl.  And usually there are more books sprinkled throughout the day 🙂

Over the past few years I have gone through reading spurts.  I would read a book or two and then take long breaks in between.  I missed my reading time and so for the New Year I made a personal goal to read 2 books per month (24 books this year).  I am proud to say that by the end of June I think I had already read 27 books!  I more than accomplished my year-long goal in 6 months.  I am so excited that the kids have picked up my love for reading and hope that it stays with them always.

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My Educational Reading List

I have to say that this journey I am on right now has been a lot of fun.  I love diving into the world of Education, reading up on different learning philosophies, reflecting on the great stuff I learned in my Masters program at UNH and trying to pinpoint where the Education system went wrong.  I also love envisioning a school that would take all of the great ideas and practices that I am learning and encompass them in one place.  A school that is not designed as a “One Size Fits All” program but one that actually looks at each child.  A school that understands each student’s strengths and challenges, their learning style and helps them grow to be independent learners who can problem solve, think outside the box and grow to be great citizens.  It is fun to DREAM….

Here are just some of the books that I have been reading/read in the last few months and a few others that are in my cue 🙂  If you have any other suggestions, please share!

1.  The Unschooling Unmanual by Jan Hunt and a bunch of others including passages from John Holt

2.  The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

3.  Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents by Maren Schmidt
4.  The Element, How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Lou Aronica
5.  Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out by Jack Petrash
6.  Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
7.  A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas
8.  Weapons of Mass Instruction:  A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Gatto
9.  The Well Trained Mind-A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer
10.  Upgrade, 10 Secrets to the Best Education for your Child by Kevin Swanson
11.  How Children Learn by John Holt  (rereading this one)
12.  Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

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