10 Children’s Books to Inspire Travel in Your Homeschool

Homeschooling your children creates amazing memories and some of my favorite homeschool moments were those when my kids would join me on the couch for a great family read aloud. Not only did we bond over great literature, some of the books we read enticed us to take our schooling on the road and visit the places mentioned in the books. Here are ten children's books to read to your children that may inspire travel in your homeschool. And I guarantee you haven't heard of all of them. 1. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Chincoteague, a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, was made popular by Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague. The book is based on the true story of the Beebe family who raise a filly sired by a wild pony. The book was turned into a … [Read more...]

Must-Read Books Hitting the Screen in 2014 and 2015!

If you're like me you love a good book. I also enjoy seeing them becoming movies, however I refuse to watch the film version until I've read the books for myself. Well if this is you also, there are several books you're going to have to pick up because all of these are coming to theatres or television in the next 18 months or so. February Releases - Just released Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel is a unique twist on a war story first published in 2009. The heroes aren't saving people during these battles, they are rescuing priceless works of art in what the book dubs "the greatest treasure hunt in history". The book has 4.3 star review rating on Amazon and the movie released to theatre February 7th. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is the first book in a series of 6 titles. … [Read more...]

Why Reading is Good for Children

Bedtime stories are a beautiful family tradition. Not only is it quality time with your child, but reading is a valuable way of learning for a child. Reading helps develop a child’s language skills while stimulating his or her imagination and creativity. Moreover, books are good for kids’ mental health. Reading for Toddlers Toddlers learn to speak mostly through hearing, but as a child learns to read, his or her language skills improve with this new ability. Children who read much when they are young are likely to enjoy it while they are teens as well, and this can help children grow up articulate and more inclined to learn well in school. Children’s Books and Television Imagine what kids can learn from television, and how easy it is to put a child in front of the television … [Read more...]

How to find a book club in your area

Until recently, I thought book clubs were somewhat of a myth -- something depicted in movies and (yes) books, but nothing that actually occurred in real life. I'd never really known anyone in a book club, though part of me had longed to be in one. I love to read - what better than to read and connect with people in one fell swoop? Finding a book club wasn't something I did consciously - maybe because I never really knew how. There are ways to find a book club near you. Check Meetup for Groups near  you I'd heard of people using Meetup to find playgroups, mother's groups, and even jogging groups - but never book clubs, however - there ARE book clubs on Meetup. Lots of them. Meetup is not only searchable by geographic location, but by type of group as well. Check Your Local … [Read more...]