Monday, 26 January 2015

This Week in Learning: January 23rd, 2015

The new school year here in Australia begins this week but we started lessons early this year, two and a half weeks earlier than our local schools and it was an excellent decision.  We I desperately craved routine. We began with a 'half load' of language arts and maths then added in history.  Plan is to be on a 'full load' in the upcoming week. As usual there were a couple of days off for 'life': a meeting and an orthodontist appointment, just life so we did our best to just keep flowing along.


Reading

  • Exciting news:) Jelly Bean has progressed to the Magic Tree House books, reading at least five a week!!!  As she is reading daily, several chapters 'in one sitting', her ability will only continue to gain pace.  
  • Jack Jack's enthusiasm isn't there yet but he is continuing to read daily, though admittedly just meeting the bare requirement. 
  • Jem(6) began the next level of All About Reading, Level 1, we are managing a lesson most days and he is feeling rather proud of himself. Really loving this program, love how they have revision cards regularly, how the children often progress from words to reading a story, how the lessons are scripted and no prep needed from me, apart from the initial prep at the beginning of the new level.

Spelling
  • Princess is working her way through a high school list of words.  She is a naturally good speller (thank goodness!!)
  • Jelly Bean and Jack Jack are using the AAS cards as flashcards for spelling.  Whilst it's working for JB I'm thinking JJ would receive more benefit to going back to AAS lessons.

Grammar/Writing
  • Using a couple of old English text books from my primary school days with JB and JJ. Any Aussies remember Let's Make English Live by M J Bruce? we also had Let's Be Good Spellers:)  Each week's unit covers a variety of skills; speech, formal grammar terms, sentence structure, composition assignments etc.  The texts from that era are goldmines, there is a reason they were such a success. I'm thinking whilst using these about how my stance over the years has changed from a 'no textbooks' to seeing huge benefits of selected texts, how I was once a John Holt fan to now..seeing holes. I've a lot percolating in my mind on this topic and one day I'll be able to articulate, if I'm brave enough;-)

Literature

Faith

Maths
  • Michelangelo put a huge effort into his maths.  He is determined to finish this level so he can begin a new Grade which he should be able to do next week.  
  • Princess also worked hard as she wants to 'wrap up' her last grade to start the next. 
  • Younger children are making huge progress, enjoying the program.  They've pushed through some tough spots and it's all good, for now;-)
Science
Michelangelo delved deep into Space, watching several indepth videos (via youtube)
  • Tidal lock of planets
  • Sun's power compounds other suns
  • Frozen ice on Mar's surface
  • Liquid methane on Titan
  • Dark matter
  • Galaxy's clusters, the largest matter
  • Probes to Pluto
History
  • Focusing on Australian history with the younger children. Using the Childcraft 'Story of Australia' as our spine.  Last week we read about the first Australians, the Aborigines.  Children were quite interested, thinking we'll delved more into this topic before moving on. Australian history is a passion of mine so always excited when we study this topic. 

Bass' List of Picture Books

Picture Books
Two Tough Teddies - Kilmeny Niland - so so
Boris Beaver - Marcus Pfister - Informative about beavers in a subtle way
Princess Pam Fell into the Jam - Cecilia Egan - family favourite, recommended prior
I Swapped My Dog - Harriet Ziefert - The farmer ended up in a full circle, repetitive rhythm

Classic Picture Books
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle - excellent, well loved
The Bad Tempered Ladybird - Eric Carle -boring
The Three Little Pigs - Barry Moser - bit disturbing, the first two pigs are eaten, never to be seen again
The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown - a classic suitable for the very young
Home for a Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown - another classic, repetitive rhythm appealing
The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg - Geoffrey Patterson - classic, still can't believe they killed their goose!
The Teddy Bears' Picnic - Prue Theobalds - The song in pictures, so so

Aussie Picture Books
Pete the Sheep - Jackie French - humorous
Grandpa and Thomas & the Green Umbrella - Pamela Allen - sweet, simple
Brown Bread and Honey - Pamela Allen - enjoyable, repetitive rhythm

Linking up at The Wine Dark Sea's Guilt Free Learning Notes

Saturday, 24 January 2015

A Reader Survey: Results

A couple of weeks ago I asked for your help filling in a survey which many of you kindly did. I received nearly 60 responses which I thought a reasonable number for a small blog. It was a lovely surprise to hear from readers who normally never comment, when you took the time to fill in the survey and leave sweet, personal comments I was able to 'meet' many 'new to me' readers, so special.

I poured over your opinions, comments and suggestions. Not only was it interesting (yes I'm quirky that way) but now have a clearer vision for blog direction for the upcoming year. As promised sharing results with you, although not the more personal info revealed in the comments.

1. Which country do you live in?
Majority of readers (who filled in the survey) were from Australia, with the US slightly behind.



2. Are you female or male?
Three males responded, my champion supporter PC and two of our sons.  I was rather 'chuffed' to read their comments, though not really surprised as they're clear about what posts they do and don't enjoy.
 
 


3. How old are you?
Majority of readers are in their 30-50s, my age, which makes sense. I was humbled that my writing somehow brings older and wiser women to my corner of blogosphere and touched that younger folk are interested in what I have to say.  


4. How many children do you have? (This includes babe/s in the womb)
The largest group have 3-4 children, with even numbers of in the other age groups, those with 'no children' are mostly under 19. The resulting were rather fascinating as I wasn't too sure who I would be drawn to here. 

0610%
1-21118%
3-42337%
5-71118%
8-101016%
11+12%

5. What ages are your children? (Check multiple if applicable)
The majority of reader's children are in the 4-12 age bracket. Though many with only under 3s, surprised here as I'm certainly not as entertaining and comedic as many of the younger mum bloggers. Many readers also have children in their teen years, which makes sense, I know I'm always seeking bloggers who chat about the teen years, though there aren't a huge number. My readers with children over 20 years are often over 50, and I'm very humbled by that those wiser would pop in here. 

3 or under2642%
4-73353%
8-123353%
13-152540%
16-191727%
20 or older1626%
Other46%

6. My favourite posts at Seven Little Australians & Counting are about...(You may choose multiple items)
Whilst the demographic questions helped in knowing 'who' was reading, I was keen to know 'what' my readers were seeking.  I poured and poured over this and the related questions. Nearly all wanted Family Life posts, good news as that's predominately what I've been capable of lately.  Many requested homeschooling posts, as I'm not really delivering there, time to chat homeschooling more. Of course you all had various favourites and not so favourites, really interesting and helpful.  

Family Life (including Daybooks)5284%
Homeschooling4065%
Book Chat & Reviews2235%
House/Extension Progress3353%
Faith2235%
Hearth & Home2947%
Photography1524%
Philosophical Musings1016%
Other35%

7. What do you wish I would write more about?
These answers were wonderful, lots of ideas for future blog posts, ideas are now percolating away:) Thank you dear readers, your comments are invaluable! You asked for posts on;
  • Australian life and snapshots/tours of our area, an armchair travel on other side of globe, 
  • The daily life, struggles and joys of raising a large family, and a few requests for some 'day in the life' Daybooks, family life, photography, 
  • homeschooling, homeschool organisation, homeschooling camps, how All About Spelling and Reading translates to Australian English and curriculum chat 
  • How to get boys to read and not play computers, (You want me to tell you how! Oh my!) 
  • Crafts and activities (you're reading the wrong blog my friend, you're out of luck there)
  • Children working together on projects, building/extension work
  • Grain free and Paleo
and this sweet comment, "Aussie bloggers write about whatever and I like that" made me smile and agree, each country has it's own 'flavour'.

8. What do you wish I would write less about?
Whilst most are happy with what I write and wanted me to 'change nothing'. I did receive a few requests for less book chat. So..whilst I simply must talk books, I must, I firmly resolve to space my book posts out a little more.

9. How would you describe your religious beliefs?
I had no idea what response I would receive to this question and was interested to see the answers. The majority of readers are Catholic, followed by other Christian denominations. I'm pleased to also welcome readers from other Faiths and belief systems including; Orthodox, Mormon, Jewish, Agnostic and Atheist.







10. How did you find Seven Little Australians & Counting?
Mostly you 'landed here' via other blogs and search engines. A number also came from 4Real, friend recommendations or you know me in real life (and not just my family members)  Pinterest and facebook received little votes but considering I'm only new to facebook I was surprised to receive any votes.

11. How long have you been reading Seven Little Australians & Counting?
A big welcome to my new readers:)  and a huge shout out to those who have stuck with me throughout the years:)  


12. What are some other blogs you read regularly?
I was interested to know what other blogs you were drawn too, many I knew, some I didn't. And thank for all your suggestions. I do miss the days when everyone shared their blog rolls on their blogs, a good way to promote each other.

13. How often do you read Seven Little Australians & Counting?
Yep you are all checking in here at least fortnightly, if not weekly and every post. One very keen reader checks multiple times a day, that folks is my champion supporter PC:)

14. How do you read Seven Little Australians & Counting?
Most of you come directly to the blog, with a smaller portion reading via subscriptions and a tiny amount via email.

Directly on Seven Little Australians site4471%
Via email46%
Via reader subscription (Feedly etc)1219%
Other46%

15.If I added a commenting system would you continue to comment?
I really needed to know your thoughts as I have been considering adding a commenting system here to foster more interaction in the comments. A wiser and more experienced blogging buddy has been encouraging me to add disqus but... I didn't want to lose my readers. 

Yes1727%
No1016%
Other2439%

16. What contributes to you not commenting on Seven Little Australians & Counting?
Based on this question and the previous I concluded that those who don't comment won't be anyway, and those who do comment were happy to continue to do so if I added a commenting system. Therefore I will be adding disqus and trialing it.  You never know, maybe those readers who have experienced blogger swallowing their comments may find disqus more friendly, I certainly hope so.
*When I do add disqus, if you don't like it PLEASE let me know.






17. Do you have any other feedback to share with me? Thank you
  • Welcome to my new readers:) 
  • Some really personal comments were shared and I treasured them, my dear readers who shared with me your heavy crosses that you carry, I have been praying for you{{}}
  • Do not be intimidated by who I am today, once I too had one child and I too struggled, thankfully I was able to slowly stretch and grow as each child was added, one at a time. 
  • Yes I do have bad days, our family has its own share of flaws, crosses, and challenges. However it's not all my story to share and I tend to be a glass half full gal anyhow. 
  • Glad you liked the new tabs, they were a learning curve but they make me happy and I find them extremely useful myself;)
  • I'm humbled (and nervous) to know I'm an inspiration to you. 
  • You wrote such encouraging notes and I treasured them all.

* What questions would I ask/not ask if I were to do a survey again?
Writing a survey was fun, but I would change my questions slightly if I was to do it again. The gender question was superfluous, so it would be 'axed'. And questions 13 & 14 could have been 'cut' too.  If I re-wrote I would ask 'Do you homschool?' as not all my readers do and I'd be interested to know the percentages.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I enjoyed the opportunity to 'get to know you' a little. Do drop in and say Hi, I promise to reply:)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Daybook: January 20th, 2015

Outside my window...
the sun is shining, though thankfully it's far cooler today than recent days


I am thankful...
that a loved one's health is improving.  It's been a long road but the 'light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter' :):)

I am thinking...
about the direction for our local homeschool support group this year. I created a survey for our group and slowly forms are trickling in, first we need to know the needs of all and then we'll tackle how to meet those needs. Collating the information tonight, and then taking it all to a planning meeting tomorrow.

Learning all the time...
the new school year begins for the local schools at the end of the month, but we started back last week.  We were craving routine and then last year's Term 4's academic achievements were on the 'light side'. Off to a good start, eased back in last week with just maths and language arts, 'upping the ante' this week by adding in faith, history, science and geography.

Celebrating the liturgical year......
exciting news is.... I won Haley's cookbook Feasts!! How exciting is that, gluten free, real foods to celebrate the liturgical year!:)


From the kitchen...
have slipped easily into a gluten and dairy free rhythm now. On my 'to do' list is to write a menu for my mum who wants needs to go grain, dairy and sugar free.  She is suffering badly with arthritis on her knee, she knows she needs this, it's just where to start, and I get that, I do, hence my offer to write her a menu and a shopping list, so stay tuned.

I am creating...
spreadsheets to aid the children, and I, in knowing what they are to achieve each day lesson wise. Truth is though some children aren't always consistent in noting work achieved on their checklists, I'm planning on filling their lists myself this Term in consultation with them, and I'm percolating what Sarah had to say about using a spiral notebook.

I am working on...
finding a comfortable rhythm with; lessons, housecleaning, cooking, bedtimes etc.  Starting back early before all extra-curricula lessons begin has been rather gentle.

I am going...
to make a few phone calls today lining up more extra-curricula activities for this Term.  Checking out dance, swimming and singing lessons, I'm a little nervous about taking on too much, planning on gathering info and then evaluate. When Einstein left home I lost one of my drivers and when Anna Maria leaves mid-term I'll lose another, I've been rather spoilt the last year.



I am hoping...
still focused on having a Joyful year, but it's been a conscious effort at times banishing thoughts that try to rob me of my Joy

I am praying...
  • that Einstein finds work in the 'Big Smoke'
  • that our loved one's health continues to improve
  • for my Mum's knee
  • for our nieces who are both getting married in March
  • for my brother who will be married next year
  • for a loved couple who are mourning the lose of their unborn babe
I am pondering....
how to achieve excellent academic progress this year. I'm feeling confident this could be a good year for us.

I am reading...
many wonderful books, working my way through the list, hoping to share details soon, but for now the past fortnights reads:
Rescue, Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture - Candy Gibbs - Review
Stealing Jenny - Ellen Gable - loved it!
The Year of Miss Agnes - Hill Kirkpatrick - enjoyed
Erin's Ring - Laura Pearl - loved, loved it!
Silver Lake - R M Ballantyne - enjoyed
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne - boring
Home to Holly Springs - Jan Karon - enjoyed

Carpenter and his girlfriend:)
I am hearing...
Michelangelo just repeated to me an amusing conversation he overheard.
Jem(6) and Jack Jack were working on their lessons. JJ kept making noises, irritating and distracting his brother from his lesson. Jem said, "Be quiet I'm trying to Consecrate"! Too funny:)

I am struggling...
to keep my cool with the dramatics of teen and pre-teen girls

Clicking around...
Around the house...
changing cleaning rosters, that's what happens when a child leaves home.  Trialing a few new ways, tweaking here and there




One of my favorite things...
my husband, love that man, still pinch myself everyday and wonder how I got so lucky

A few plans for this week...
  • Local homeschool group's planning meeting. Suspect I'll have a few friends over for lunch after:)
  • Orthodontist appointment for Jelly Bean. Note to self: DO NOT forget this appointment again!
  • Attempting to manage a full lesson load this week
A little peek at my day...
  • blog posts to write
  • cleaning to do, nothing terribly exciting happening and that's good:)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A Give Away:) - Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture

When I was invited to review (and host a give away of) Rescue: Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture by Candy Gibbs I was most intrigued.  Cindy Gibbs is the Executive Director of the CareNet Pregnancy Centers in Amarillo, Texas and as someone assisting young people through potentially the most challenging months of their lives I felt her advice would be worthwhile.

Mrs Gibbs uses the analogy of a Coast Guard Rescue swimmer who is us, parents, who are trying to rescue our children from this tumultuous culture in which we live. We need flexibility, strength and endurance to battle for our children.

Each chapter is broken into; commentaries from the author which are a quick, digestible reads, the perspectives of  young Christian adults past the turbulent teen years (Life Guards), tips on how to handle each of the areas addressed (Treading Tips) and Scripture on each issue (Life Preservers).

The chapters include; faith and identity, sex, technology, homosexuality, teenage pregnancies, communication and preparing for college.  Obviously these are not all the issues we need to discuss with our teens, but it's certainly some of 'the big ones'. An easy read on deep topics.

One of the sentences that stayed with me was, "Abortion isn't unforgivable, it's just irreversible". Mrs Gibbs wisdom is based in her work at the pregnancy center, ministering to post abortive women. This sentence just keeps reverberating in my heart, bringing me to prayer for so many in pain.

Our teens need us to be alert, our teens need us to engage in honest, open communication with them and this book gives a solid overview of issues to tackle and practical and supportive ways in which to parent our teens in today's culture.

Would you like to win a copy of Rescue? Simply leave a comment on this post to enter.
This giveaway is open to Australian residents only and will close on January 21st.

*And the winner is........ Sherelle!!

Monday, 12 January 2015

Fence Comes Down


The fence along our driveway and around our orchard has been rotted for sometime, Spotted Gum is not a good choice when white ants are present. Michelangelo(15) decided the time had come for the fence to go, and forthwith he 'marshaled the troops' and organised his labour force    


Sometimes your children really surprise you in a pleasant way.  The children worked on this project for hours under the blazing sun, totally alone, with no assistance, no direction, as PC and I were busy with other projects



The bulk of the labour force was Michelangelo, Princess (13) and Jelly Bean (10), with help from the younger boys


We are so proud of the enthusiasm and stamina they displayed as they undertook this project


A team effort with all helping, including Bass (3) who is actually one of our best workers when any task is to be done


Our boys working together, Michelangelo teaching Jack Jack(8) 'the ropes'


Reality is though, that Michelangelo has 'man strength' and provided the majority of the 'muscle'


He was certainly exhausted by the day's end


Finally, all rails down and posts pulled out, a much improved look


Job is only half done, then clean up begins. The trailer is filled several times and the loads driven to the bonfire site


Once again 'brute strength' is often needed, and a little 'bounce' to split rails into shorter lengths


Many hands do indeed make 'light work' and all timber and wire are picked up.  A tidy work site is left behind:)


A different view now but a pleasant one.

Well done Team, we are so proud of you, your initiative, stamina, team building and work ethic is impressive!!!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Love to Hear Your Voice: A Reader Survey


Can you believe nine years have passed since I first picked up the pen keyboard here! Some months the words and pictures have flowed easily and frequently, other months sparsely.  One thing is a certainty though, I'm so glad (and so is my family) that I've continued blogging all these years. What memories I've captured that certainly wouldn't have been recorded at all otherwise. I've definitely grown as a writer and more recently as a photographer, developing and honing my skills, crafting words and pictures together brings me pleasure 'cause nurturing creativity is important, really important.

Without you though, my dear reader, we couldn't have a conversation, we couldn't be a community. I greatly appreciate your presence here and would like to know more about you, about why you come here and what you are hoping to find whilst here. I love my space here, I love the dialogue, the community and want it to bring you much pleasure too.

Could you spare a few minutes to fill out a reader survey for me? Won't take long, seventeen questions in total, most are a quick 'click of the button'. I promise to come back and share your answers next week after the survey concludes as I'm sure you're as eager as I to know who you all are and how I can help you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to help me.


Monday, 5 January 2015

My Daybook: January 5th, 2014

Outside my window...
the day is beginning, hopefully it won't be a scorcher


I am thankful...
for a full house, fourteen people in total.  All ten of our children are currently home, and we have a couple of special young ladies visiting as well.  Our son's girlfriend and my 22 year old sister.  Fun times

I am thinking...
about a couple of big de-cluttering jobs I want to tackle.  The shipping container, it's a mess, I can't walk in and The Shed but.... venturing into a man's shed with de-cluttering in mind does not make for marital harmony, maybe I should re-think the second


Learning all the time...
holidays still, though I'll begin planning the new school year at the end of this week.  We're going to start back lessons early this year, either next week or the week after

Celebrating the liturgical year......
traditional Feast of the Epiphany tomorrow so decorations come down, I'm ready to pack up. Though it also means holiday mode ends and I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to 'kicking back' and yet I am, its time for more structure to our days



From the kitchen...
just keeping up with the needs of fourteen people, including two gluten/dairy free.  Actually adapting our menu plan for the dietary needs hasn't been too hard, some meals I've eliminated, a favourite wheat one stayed for the majority and I just cook up a quick stir fry for two. Fun and easy to cook for two

I am creating...
memories, we've been enjoying a Stayvacation. Beach days, a bushwalk, pool games, swimming in the dam, movie nights....


I am working on...
a blog survey for my readers here, considering direction for 2015

I am going...
out for afternoon tea with some very special young ladies:):)

I am hoping...
for a Joyful year this year


I am praying...
that our Einstein thrives in the 'Big Smoke'.  Our boy young man leaves home on Thursday, off to seek work in the City, he has a home (with his brother), praying he finds work in a field that blesses him, he's not all alone, he has a network of support, but still..... it's snuck up fast, we haven't had time to adjust but then are parents ever prepared when it's time for their children to leave the nest?

I am pondering....
direction for our new school year, we'll have children in Grades 11, 8, 5, 3 and 1 plus a pre-schooler and toddler.

I am reading...
have begun reading my way through my list.  Have started with Around the World in 80 Days


I am listening to......
my small boys playing on their computers next to me, their computers are networked and they are versing each other

I am hearing...
PC getting ready for work, his first day back after holidays, he's not ready to go back. We are so blessed that he supports us so well

I am struggling...
not at present, hoping I'll have a less challenging year this year than last, breath deep


Clicking around...
Mostly checking out book lists, particularly checking out Pip's round up of Aussie authors

Around the house...
enjoying our bathrooms and laundry.  It's been such a blessing to go from one bathroom to three, particularly with a full house


One of my favorite things...
having all my children and our special guests home, creating memories with them

A few plans for this week...
  • we're planning to squeeze at least one more beach afternoon in before the 'children' leave. 
  • Doing an inventory of clothes and other items with Einstein, going shopping for new clothes and other items will be high on the list. Suspect the day he leaves we'll undertake our 'traditional warding off grief activity', we'll move a sibling into his room, keeping busy helps.

A little peek at my day...
  • a slow morning catching up on several loads of washing 
  • an afternoon tea with four special young ladies 
  • a swim at the beach (50 min away) after PC finishes work, tea and then home

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Reading Goals: 2015

Reading for me is a passion, it's simply a non-negotiable, some people must eat chocolate, I must read, well I must consume chocolate too;) I learnt to read at the age of four (so my mother informs me) and I've devoured print ever since. I'm a fast reader and I'm voracious, reading an average of 200+ books a year. Once upon a time I used to be more choosy in my selections, or at least included some substance with the fluff but for the last few years I've, um been reading less substantial matter, so it's time to give myself some direction to aid in 'taking it up a notch or two'.

I'm a keen list maker yet surprisingly I've never written a list of 'books I'm going to read this year' although for the past couple of years I have recorded 'books read' on Goodreads. As I set out to plan at least 72 books (6 books for each month) I discovered this was no easy feat, finding new(to me) titles that I felt happy to commit to reading; a few of the books selected are re-reads (though most read decades ago), a few I've begun and not completed, so beginning again.

Pip's challenge of reading only Australian Writing for 2015 'pipped' my interest as I'm a huge Australian literature and history fan and I love Aussie bloggers too. Whilst I'm not committing to only reading Australian fare, I'm assuming due to the amount I'll consume read, I qualify for the 'read as much Australian literature as I can' and so I'll be able to join the chat:)  I'll certainly read more than the following Aussie books but it's a start.

* Marking through as I read

Australian Authors
Jasper Jones - Craig Silvey
The White Earth - Andrew McGahan
White Gardenia - Belinda Alexandra
Shiralee - Darcy Niland
The Secret River - Kate Grenville
The Lieutenant - Kate Grenville
Sarah Thornhill - Kate Grenville
Dark Heart - Tony Park
Adam Loveday - Kate Tremayne
Charlotte's Angel - Carol Preston
Burning Lies - Helene Young
I Came To Say Goodbye - Caroline Overington
Araluen - Judy Nunn

I've selected books from my shelves and my local library's for a variety of genres. As my brain appreciates categorising I've set the books under different headings and I will simply read my way through the list. I considered 'assigning' books to read for each month but decided to leave as is to allow for flexibility. I'm intending to read a book from each of the non-fiction categories per month, and one from each fiction categories. All doable.

Faith
The Little Oratory - Leila Lawler
How the Reformation Happened - Hilaire Belloc
Signs of Life - Scott Hahn
Listening to God With Children - Gianna Gobbi
History's Golden Thread - Sofia Cavalletti
Handbook Christian Feasts & Customs - Francis X Weiser
Around the Year with The Trapp Family - Maria Von Trapp

Parenting
5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter - Vicki Courtney
Grace Based Parenting - Tim Kimmel
Rescue, Raising Teens in a Drowning Culture - Candy Gibbs
The Heart of Motherhood - Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
Good Manners for Today's Kids - Emilie Barnes
Five Love Languages of Children - Gary Chapman
Please Don't Drink the Holy Water - Susie Lloyd

Health
Heal Your Gut Cookbook - Hilary Boynton

Education/Philosophy
The Core: Teaching Your Children the Foundations of Classical Education - Leigh Bortins
Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child - Anthony Esolen
Consider This: Charlotte Mason and Classical Education - Karen Glass
The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason - Laurie Bestvater
Latin Centered Curriculum - Andrew Campbell
Homeschooling the Early Years - Linda Dobson
Mommy Teach Me - Barbara Curtis
How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way - Tim Seldin
Working in the Reggio Way - Julianne Wurm
How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare - Ken Ludwig
More Book Lust - Nancy Pearl

Fiction/Classical/Historical
Crossing the Borders of Time - Leslie Maitland
Stealing Jenny - Ellen Gable
Rapunzel - Regina Doman
Alex O'Donnell and the 40 Cyberthieves - Regina Doman
The Year of Miss Agnes - Hill Kirkpatrick
Erin's Ring - Laura Pearl
Past Suspicion - Therese Heckenkamp
A Gathering of Angels - Katherine Valentine
Cross Stitch - Diana Gabaldon
Herb of Grace - Elizabeth Goudge
Gentian Hill - Elizabeth Goudge
Keeper of the Bees - Gene Stratton Porter
A Daughter of the Land - Gene Stratton Porter
The Turquoise - Anya Seton
Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset
Persuasion - Jane Austen
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
The Mill on the Floss - George Eliott
Kidnapped - R L Stevenson
Treasure Island - R L Stevenson
Silver Lake - R M Ballantyne
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
A Tale of the Western Plains - GA Henty
Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan
Daughter of Fortune - Isabel Allende