I recently read the Science Fiction trilogy Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown. Here are my thoughts.
My 14 year old son has officially found a new obsession. A few years ago, he was neck deep in Harry Potter fan fiction. Then he spent a few months focusing all his attention on anima and manga. Now, it’s Agatha Christie.
It’s July, both my kids are currently at camp – with other humans. The 2020-21 school year is over and it’s time to start thinking about the future. What will school look like for my family during the 2021-22 school year? Will we even continue to homeschool now that in person education is a possibility?
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YA Fantasy Recommendations
Narnia was my favorite book series when I was a kid, up until I found Harry Potter. Even though the YA Fantasy Genre didn’t explode until I was in my 20’s, it’s still one of my absolute favorite genres. I also read a lot of adult fantasy, and honestly, it’s usually pretty hard to tell the difference between the two (there are lots of cross over books). My boys are now getting to the age where they’re ready to start reading YA and adult fantasy themselves. Instead of only recommending my favorites to them, I’ll share them with you as well.
My youngest son is starting to move out of the middle grade section and is now reading young adult and adult titles. Many of my all time favorite books are middle grade, and I still sometimes read middle grade books solely for my own enjoyment even if I know my kids have no interest in them. Over the years, I have however read a lot of amazing books with my sons. Today, I’m going to be ranking only the series (not stand alone books) that I read with my boys. If you’re children are slightly younger than mine and you’re currently looking for some read aloud ideas, I suggest trying some of these great titles.
My 12 year old son claims to not be a fan of reading. Somehow, he managed to read 50 books during the past nine months anyway. Here is a complete list of everything he read during his 6th grade school year along with his a highlight of his favorites broken up by genre.
The school year is coming to a close. In the past 9 months, my 14 year old son has read 67 books. Here is a complete list of everything he read during his 8th grade school year along with his a highlight of his favorites broken up by genre.
My soon to be ninth grader is a big reader. Instead of using a science textbook, he is going to read several different non-fiction titles to learn about Earth Science. Here is a list of all the books he’ll be reading for this class.
Next year, my 9th grade son will be taking a Geography and World Cultures class as an elective. Here is a more detailed description of what he’ll be learning for that class.
History education is always selective. Who’s stories do we choose to tell and why? My son will be a Freshman in Highschool next year, and he is going to study World History spanning from the first humans to the industrial revolution. Obviously, far more happened in that time that a student can learn in a single year. Here is what I’m planning to teach him.