Friday, September 14, 2018

Reading Through Hairy Maclary and Friends

Hairy Maclary felt breezily bad, jittery, skittery, mischievous, mad.

The leader said 'SIT!' but he wouldn't obey. The other dogs sat but he scampered away. - 
Lynley Dog from Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.

This is one of my all time picture book series. Lynley Dodd who authored and illustrated the Hairy Maclary book series wrote all of them in rhyme and verse and she did not dumb them down. She uses unusual and creative words. I purchased mine from ebay and got the UK version not the US versions of them. I think they changed some of the wording to be simpler for US children in the US releases and not all of them have been released in states, as far as I know. Dodd has the characters show up from time to time in each other's books which makes for more fun. The illustrations are comical and would be entertaining even without her sing-song text.

Slinki Malinki (my favorite in the series) is about a mischievous cat who goes out at night gallivanting around doing things he shouldn't be doing.  My favorite scene and text are depicted in these pictures.

Some children's books are a chore to read but these are always a joy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Reading Through the Constitution of the United States

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. 
You have to catch it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin

Sadly, in America, we have not taught The Constitution to our children in over one hundred years and as a result our country as veered from it greatly.  We don't even read it, let alone learn what it means.  We decided to do a unit study on The Constitution and to watch a dvd series by David Barton and Rick Green called "The Living Constitution"

I encourage you to teach your children (and learn for yourself) what The Constitution provides and what it doesn't provide us as a nation.  Here are some resources to get you started.

Related blogs - 
Reading Through US Presidential Elections and GovernmentReading Through Independence Day Reading Through the American Revolution 2 -The Founders and the New Goverment

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Reading Through Rats


They fought the dogs and killed the cats, 
And bit the babies in the cradles, 
And ate the cheeses out of the vats, 
And licked the soup from the cook's own ladles. 
Split open the kegs of salted sprats, 
Made nests inside men's Sunday hats, 
And even spoiled the women's chats 
By drowning their speaking 
With shrieking and squeaking 
In fifty different sharps and flats.” 
― Robert Browning, The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Show your kids reading and learning can be fun!  We enjoyed these books as read alouds, together as a family.  Great for a short unit study that will light the fire of learning in your children.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Reading Through the Rainforest

And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives... and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted. - Nate Saint

The Rainforest is a beautiful and amazing part of creation.  So full of diversity of life and so complex.  Reading through books about the rainforest with your children is a great opportunity to remind them of what the Bible teaches about our Creator and what He made.  It is also and opportunity to learn about missionaries who have spent a great deal of the life trying to reach isolated tribes in the jungle with the gospel message.  There are many you could include but I've included a couple of our favorite missionary biographies.  There is a wide variety of reading level included on this list that can be adapted to your children and their levels.  We chose some of the more advanced ones to read together as a family.  Enjoy!

More mission related Reading Voyages: Reading Through Missions for Older Children, Reading Through Missions for Younger Children, Reading Richard Wurmbrand and Romania

Monday, September 3, 2018

Reading Through the Middle Ages

No freeman shall be taken, or imprisoned, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any way harmed, nor will we go upon him nor will we send upon him, except by the legal judgement of his peers or by the law of the land. - Magna Carta

The Middle Ages or Medieval Times is a large span of history and cannot be covered in a few books.  I have attempted to basically cover these times and most of the books here are for elementary or junior high children.  I think it is a time period that boys enjoy reading about and a good opportunity to get reluctant boy readers to read!

For more on Dragons check out Reading Through Dinosaurs.

Reading through Immigration (US 19th-20th Century)

"Give me your tired, your poor

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
(inscribed on the Statue of Liberty)

America is a great melting pot of people from all over the world.  I believe God led men and women to this land to form a refuge and place for people to come to escape tyranny, religious intolerance and inequality, a place that would become a light in a dark world.  While I know America is not and has not been perfect, America has done much to help many.   These books are about the time when many came to America to seek a new way of life.  What sets them apart, in my mind, from the more recent groups of people who have come to America is that these earlier immigrants (not illegal aliens) came to be Americans.  They came to honor and uphold this nation as it was founded.  There is a difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien.  There is a difference in someone coming to be an American and someone coming to make America unAmerican.  If you come here you should respect our God, our laws, our freedoms and our flag!

Be sure to check out Turn of the Century (Early 1900s and Developing America), too.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Reading Through The Turn of the Century (Early 1900's and Developing America)

"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller

The late 1800's and early 1900's brought major changes to the United States of America. It was a time where people were using horses and autos simultaneously. Cities were become large metropolises with great towering skyscrapers and bridges that were architectural feats. Many disasters (New York City Blizzard, San Francisco earthquake, the Johnstown Flood and the bizarre Molasses Flood) affected the US during this time. The industrial revolution with it's great entrepreneurs and the new inventions that flooded the country changed how American's lived. Travel and communication became quicker and more accessible. The country became a smaller place, more connected. This was the beginning of the modern world that we live in today. Be sure to check out Reading Through Immigration.

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