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We generally read a book aloud during circle time several times per week.  I keep a range of good books on my shelves in the classroom and select whatever strikes me that day.  Since our addition of Classical Conversations will add more structure to subjects such as history and science, I have decided to line up our daily book with our weekly work.  I will also rotate the subject based on the day.

Here are the books I intend to read.  The number denotes the week of CC.

Monday - History Book
  1. The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien
  2. A Medieval Feast by Aliki
  3. You Wouldn't Want to Be a Crusader by Fiona MacDonald
  4. Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow by Robert San Souci
  5. Joan of Arc by Stanley
  6. Bard of Avalon by Stanley
  7. Martin Luther: A Man who Change the World by Paul Maier
  8. Follow the Dream: The story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis
  9. The King’s Day: Louis XIV of France by Aliki
  10. Russia (True Book) by Martin Hintz
  11. The French Revolution: Witness to History by Sean Connolly
  12. Napoleon: The Story of Little Corporal by Robert Burleigh

Tuesday - Classical Conversations Weekly Meeting

Wednesday - Science Book
  1. What is a Biome? by Bobbie Kalman
  2. Food Chains and Webs by Bobbie Kalman
  3. What Animals Eat by Brenda Stones
  4. Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? by Robert Wells
  5. Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration by Berkes
  6. A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry
  7. A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Discoll
  8. The Sun (True Book) by Elaine Landau
  9. A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky (repeat)
  10. The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
  11. Comets, Meteors and Asteroids by Seymour Simon
  12. Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon by Judy Donnelly

Thursday - Classics
This area is a bit less planned. I have a number of books set aside. With the exception of two that line up well with our Classical Conversation work, I won't pick until that week. I also plan to intersperse shorter tales and poetry.

Some of the books include:
  • The Squire and The Scroll by Jeannie Bishop (Week 3 - CC related)
  • Leonardo and the Flying Boy by Lawrence Anholt (Week 6 - CC related)
  • The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
  • The Peace Rose By Alicia Jewell
  • A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story by Li Qiong Yu
  • How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons
  • A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
  • Hands Can by Cheryl Hudson
  • Night in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
  • Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier
  • This is Me Where I Am by Joanne Fitzgerald
  • If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian
  • God Loves Me More Than That by Dandi Mackall
  • There's a Party in Heaven by Gary Bower

There are also a few longer books that we will read excerpts from:
  • Word Fun by Michael Dahl
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside High by Louis Sachar
  • Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History by Richard M. Hannula
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Marcia Williams
  • A Life Like Mine by DK Publishing
  • A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy
  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Stevenson

Friday - Fine Art/Mat
  1. Ish by Peter Reynolds
  2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Johnson
  3. Turn Around Upside Down Alphabet by Lisa Campbell Ernst
  4. The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  5. Not a Box by Portis
  6. Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
  7. Zero is the Leaves on the Trees by Franco
  8. Sir Cumference and The Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander
  9. 4,962,571 by Trevor Eissler
  10. Sir Cumference and All the Kings Tens by Cindy Neuschwander
  11. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns
  12. Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone by Cindy Neuschwander

We will also use the book Window on the World by Daphne Spraggett. Each week I will select one country from our weekly work. We will read more about that country and pray for the people there.

Every Sunday will read on excerpt from Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories by Robert J Morgan. We will then sing that hymn each day until we move on to the next one. I'm very excited to introduce that to the kids.

I also have a large assortment of books readily available in the classroom including readers and other topics related to our current studies.

And of course, I can't end without giving a huge thank you to several other families in the Classical Conversations community.  I was able to find numerous book lists to help me make my selections, especially with our history book list.  The two most helpful lists I found were from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood and Family Your Way.

Happy Reading!
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