Summer Reading for Mom, by Cheryl

During the school year, I keep busy with school for the kids, their activities, and teaching dance. I take advantage of our lighter summer schedule and read, read, read! I read all year, but it can take me months to read even a short book. In the summer, I can finish a book in as little as a day. It’s wonderful!

What is on my list for this summer?  I am trying to read something inspirational, something motivational, something educational, and a few that are just for enjoyment.

Here is the start of my summer reading list.

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

This is my inspirational book. That Ms. Barnett was able to customize the education of not only her son, but the students in her daycare and in the Little Light was amazing. I want to create that for my children.

“But if you fuel a child’s innate spark, it will always point the way to far greater heights than you could ever have imagined.” (p 249)

These beautiful words perfectly summarize what I felt reading the whole book. It makes me want to think and work outside the box.

For me, motivational reading is anything that reminds me why I am doing what I am doing (i.e. homeschooling) and helps keep me going. To that end, these books are on my table.

The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto has been on my list for two years. I have started it a few times, just not at the right time. I have tried to read it during the school year. I am dedicating a large portion of my summer reading time to this book.

My educational reads include these books.

Endangered Minds by Jane Healy, Ph.D. is actually something I started in January. It is a fascinating look at how television, computers, and gaming have affected the development of children’s brains. Like the Gatto book, I started it when I didn’t really have the time to dedicate to it. I am excited to get back into it!

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer is a book that I pick up yearly. I plan to reread the logic stage section as I prepare to step into the logic stage with my oldest in August.

I finished my first fictional book a couple of weeks ago. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is a beautiful story about a family’s struggles as they care for their child with cancer. Although it was not a “fun” book. It was definitely a tear jerker. I could not put it down.

Other books on my fun (or fiction) list are Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Horse and His Boy, The Magicians Nephew, and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (read alouds with the kids), and either a John Grisham or Jane Austen book. Or both.

As far as educational books, these are books that help me prepare for teaching my kids a topic either this year or down the line. We are studying biology and anatomy this year. I will grab a book or two from our school shelves to prepare for the year.

Reading brings me joy and helps me relax. I am busily crossing things off my to-do list so I have more time to read!

What are you reading this summer?


Picture credit: By Agnes Goodsir, via Wikimedia Commons

Cheryl–Cheryl is a singing, dancing, baking, homeschooling mom of three. She has danced her whole life and taught ballet and theatre for most of her adult life. Her favorite pastime has always been cooking and baking, and as a Pampered Chef Independent Consultant she gets to share that love with others. Home educating her three children has been and continues to be one of her greatest learning experiences! It is an adventure she is ready to continue.

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