Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Books!...

Oh, I love it when new books arrive in the mail!  It's almost better than Christmas :)  I'm in planning mode and will start posting more about it in July, but I thought I'd give you a sneak peak at some things that were dropped at our door this week....

We will be heading back to Ancient history this fall.  RileyAnn will use the Beautiful Feet Ancient History study guide in conjunction with a few Ambleside Online books, as well as some others I need to weed through.  I haven't started her plan on paper yet, since I'm currently working on Ruben's.

Shakespeare and Nature Study are two areas I aim to improve on this year.  I've heard nothing but wonderful things about Ken Ludwig's How to Teach your Children Shakespeare so I thought we'd give it a try.

I first saw The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown-Ups by Gina Ingoglia in Ohio at the Great Homeschool Convention.  It's a Memoria Press recommendation that I instantly fell in love with.  The simple text is just right in providing knowledge for the novice, yet not dumbed down.  And, the illustrations are fabulous!  They look perfect for imitation in our nature journals.

Lastly, a friend recently showed me The Curious Nature Guide by Clare Walker Leslie and it was also love at first sight.  The pictures are a mix of photographs and nature illustrations.  From the inside cover flap...
Every page of this book is an invitation, a stunning offering of illustrations, watercolors, photographs, intriguing facts, and thoughtful moments. 
This is exactly how I feel when I look though it.  Also, every few pages has a "Try This", which are little tips for getting out in nature. Walker's suggestions are very doable even for the overwhelmed mom.  I love paging through this book and actually feel excited about nature study.


  1. Hooray for new books! I've been cataloging our books using Libib (the app and the website are both free, I use both and they sync). I've never seen those nature ones but just cataloged my copy of the Shakespeare one today. :) Love the BF books!

  2. Oh, I'm thinking about cataloging our books digitally. Right now, it's in my brain, which is not good, LOL! Thanks for mentioning Libib. I should look into it when I get time.

    Please keep us posted as to how your Shakespeare study goes...

  3. We are doing Ancient history this fall too.

    I hope you improve in those 2 areas.

  4. I look forward to following your Ancient journey Silvia!