Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #148!
When’s the last time you picked up a book?
Fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy…it doesn’t matter what kind, really.
Well, if it’s been a while, let me officially give you “permission” to read this summer! I know that sounds silly, but sometimes we need to hear that from a friend or loved one; that it’s ok to back off the household chores and other responsibilities, and just kick back with a good book.
I know it’s a little harder when you have little ones around, but honestly, it’s never too early to help them start developing the habit of picking up a good book. When my kiddos were still in cribs, I arranged time for a morning shower by plopping them in the crib with a stack of board books and telling them it was their reading time. As long as I wasn’t too leisurely in the bath, it worked like a charm!
But the best way to teach a love of reading and learning is to model it!
And since many of us use the summer to start planning out our school year, I thought I’d share some of my homeschooling favorites over the years. Truth be told, I’ve developed somewhat of a narrow range of genres these days. Although I’ve always loved reading, and will someday return to a good historical fiction or suspenseful mystery or entertaining comedy, for the past um, few, years, “professional development” (i.e. homeschool teacher stuff) has been my staple.
Here are some of my favs ~
(Clicking on each one will take you to their Amazon page where you can read all about them.)
Honey For a Teen’s HeartGive Your Child the WorldRoadschooling: The Ultimate Guide to Education through TravelUltimate Guide to Homeschooling TeensHomeschoolers’ College Admissions HandbookThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at HomeA Charlotte Mason CompanionClassics to Read Aloud to Your ChildrenSenior High: A Home-Desgined Form+U+La
Other summer reads…
- Check out some of these devotionals for moms if you (or a mom-friend) are looking for straight-up encouragement!
- And if you found yourself losing your temper even more than your keys or cell phone this past year, give my friend Ruthie’s book a read (Count to Nine). Personally being a recovering “angry mom”, I found it very helpful…
- If you’re looking for birthday gifts this summer for a beloved bibliophage, start here.
But don’t feel you need to crack one of these babies open this summer; fiction or fun is fine as well! Here’s the question: what book are you going to dive into this summer? Please share your title/s with us in the comments 🙂
Now, on to our features!
There’s no better time to relax and escape into a good book than the summertime. I have a tendency towards romance novels in the summer, but I love catching up on my reading list, in general, so I’ll read pretty much anything. In any case, the best summer reads are always the ones that take you to other worlds, realities, and make you feel all the feels, am I right? I’m sure I’m not alone in this so I came up with a list of my favorite books to read during the summer for whatever mood you may be in.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy all four seasons. And to make each one special, I often quiz my friends to ask what they do differently in the summertime. Picnic, swim, a day at the beach, grill out, catch lightning bugs and put them in a jar, lay out on a blanket at night and watch the stars twinkle, the list is endless.
But on everyone’s list is Summer Reading. Not reading assignments or reading for work or reading for self-improvement, just reading for the lazy afternoon in the porch swing enjoying the birds sing pleasure of it.
I love history.
Let me rephrase that. I love history now. As a student, it was probably my least favorite subject (besides math, of course). All of those boring textbook assignments left me feeling like I didn’t care if I never read another history book again. And the memorization. Oh my Lord. In my opinion, if you’re looking for an effective way to kill any desire your child might have to learn about the past, make them memorize a slew of dates that have no meaning to them.
I didn’t want that for my kids.
It doesn’t matter how creative, imaginative, and independent your kids are. At some point, they will get restless.
Here are some suggestions of things to put on your summer bucket list that will prevent your kids from being bored, and that let them create memories that will last all the way to the first day of school when they’re asked: “What did you do this summer?”
And these activities barely cost a thing.
Put on your shades, grab that sunblock and go have an awesome Summer!
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