Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What we are reading

Mackenzie has two books we have been reading. The first is book one of Fairy Realm-The charm bracelet by Emily Bodda. This is a chapter book we got at the library last week and have really enjoyed. I read to Kenzie in the afternoon's after she gets home from Kindergarten and Becca reads to her at night before bed. The other book is Return to Fairyopolis which we got at the bookstore over the weekend. This is a beautiful book that is written like a scrapbook with handwritten pages and little envelopes with notes inside. There is a definite fairy theme and it will come as no suprise that she wants to be Tinkerbell for Halloween!

Becca is reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini. She tested at a seventh grade reading level at the end of second grade and cruises through small chapter books in days. It can be a little tricky finding her something to challenge her reading ability but is still age appropriate. She is really into dragons lately and when we came across How to Raise and Keep a Dragon by John Topsell she was all over that. I love finding books that feed thier imaginations! Another theme going on here, but she doesn't want to be a dragon for Halloween, she wants to be Elizabeth Swann in her pirates outfit from Pirates of the Caribbean!

Dom isn't much of a reader unless it is magazines or it is to learn something which for me, as a bookworm, is a little hard to accept. I am always saying you should read this or that and his response is always the same,'I'll just wait for the movie to come out.' So I don't bug him anymore but he did pick up few books a little while ago and has been reading Patriotic Battles- How the War of Independence was Fought by Michael Stephenson.

I am reading Life Artist- Scrapbooking Life's Journey by Ali Edwards. I am trying desperately to get back into scrapbooking on a regular basis and this book seems to be the inspiration I needed. It really stresses the simplicity and the importance of scrapbooking the little things in life not just the big events. It also stresses embracing imperfection. The picture doesn't have to be perfect, the page doesn't have to be perfect-life is not perfect, just roll with it. This was very helpful to me. In the back of the book are challenges and one is a week-in-the-life album. I have decided to take on this challenge for this week and so far it has been kinda fun.

Ali currently has this challenge going on on her blog in case anyone is interested in checking it out. http://www.aliedwards.typepad.com/
Her blog is helping to keep me motivated for the project.
I think this will be a fun album to look back on years from now and see what has changed and what has stayed the same, if anything.

This is what one of the pages in Mackenzie's Return to Fairyopolis book looks like. This is helping to inspire my scrapbook too!


Mom/gram said...

I just love it that Becca and Kenzie love to read. I also read,you always read and your father does too.Reading is so much fun. Becca is just a little bookworm.I guess Kenzie is going to be too.

Tracy said...

Wow! Becca's reading is really impressive. Reading was something that I always struggled with and, as a result, still don't enjoy it. Thankfully, Alison and Abby seem to be picking up Daddy's love for reading. Both of them are into fairies, so I think I'll check out the books you mentioned.

Just saw your apple picking posting. Besides family and friends, apple picking is one of the things that we really miss out here. Of course, even if we did have orchards out here, it just wouldn't be the same without you guys! Maybe next fall we can schedule a trip back for some orchard fun...