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This semester Africa is our main focus for history and science. We’ve mixed in some missionary biographies and other non-fiction in with our studies. We also are using Brave Writer for our language arts this semester. The read alouds which are fiction were inspired by Brave Writer.
I put together a reading basket for each of my kids which fit their personality and reading level. I want them to be challenged but not bogged down. Through this, they work on fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. To be honest, they enjoy reading and I want that to continue.
Non-Fiction Read Alouds (5th & 7th Grade Reading List)
We started reading The Word Came with Power last semester, but with the move we lost the book. Ooops! When we found it again we picked up where we left off. It is an amazing story of a young woman’s missionary journey to the Philippines and my older kids and I recommend it.
Fiction Read Alouds (5th & 7th Grade Reading List)
So far, we are really enjoying Phantom Tollbooth. This is a fun and intriguing story about a young boy who mysteriously receives a magical gift. The present works as a sort of portal into another world. There he discovers all kinds of characters whose character traits live up to their names. We’ve had a lot of fun talking about vocabulary words and expressions which my kids were kind of familiar with but didn’t quite understand. This is a hilariously funny novel that our whole family is enjoying.
Our 7th Grade Reading List
For those of you who don’t know, up until a few months ago my 12 year old son struggled with dyslexia. At first, he couldn’t read past a 1st grade level. Eventually, he made it up to a 4th grade level but getting him to read for enjoyment just didn’t seem to be happening. Until one day last Summer, he discovered The Hobbit. This book literally changed his life. He read many of these and a few more he is working through.
Our 5th Grade Reading List
The daughter has been a voracious reader ever since she learned to read at age 4. She loves so many books, we struggle to find “extra” in which to put in her reading bin. I try to find some more “classic” books that she might not pick up from the library shelves, but which she will love, nonetheless.
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