My friend Heather, in a SMART AND FULL OF WISDOM post, describes how she has been reading herself, and how she has led her daughter into the same type of reading that I also believe to be in sync with how Charlotte Mason conceived this matter.
It wasn't long after we met that I knew I had found a kindred spirit in Heather, a person with whom to share so much about books and life. I led Heather to some books, and she led me to a new way of reading. I led Heather to some ideas, she showed me how to fully embrace them.
At the time of her first post about reading, I followed her advice and started to read Great Expectations. It also took me several months, and I had been wanting to read Dickens and never did until then. What a pleasant experience, as she writes. I LIVED in London and in Pip's village for a good while, the not so thrilling ending of the book was so insignificant with the fact that I had gained so much during the time in which I was close to all of the characters, as an invisible observer inside the rooms that Dickens describes with such a passion.
In our lately readings with the girls we have said farewell to Stuart, (from E.B White Stuart Little), which we enjoyed in almost two months, and we have been pretty faithful in our readings of the Scriptures and of the Grimm brother tales, but I never quite wrapped everything as Heather has. I am preparing for AO year 1, when we will read like this, but it never occurred to me we could do it with our own list of 10 books or so starting NOW.
I tell you that it took me FIVE MINUTES to pick ten books I know the girls will love. I plan to do more focused on my oldest reading in the morning, and one that both will enjoy in the evenings. Give me six months (I know it is a long time, but it will come), and I surely will tell you how we are in this endeavor to delve and DIGEST our book feast. And, of course, we will continue enjoying our picture books, nursery rhymes, and old time favorites! And voila...this is my list:
MONDAY: Grimm in Spanish in the morning, Milly Molly Mandy in the evenings.
TUESDAY: The Miraculous New Home Journey of Edward Tulane in the morning, A Big Treasury of Little Animals in the evening.
WEDNESDAY: The Japanese twins in the Morning. No reading in the evenings due to Bible class.
THURSDAY: Stories of Great Americans...Engleton in the morning. World's Greatest Fairy Tales in the evening.
FRIDAY: Chester Cricket's New Home in the morning. Peter Rabbit in the evening.
SATURDAY: Winnie the Pooh (sometime in the day).
This list has been added to my LESSON PLANS 2011 at Resources by Silvia.