Friday, January 11, 2013

For the Love of Reading {A Review}

"One of the gifts of a good education
is a love of reading..."


Created from lists provided by teachers and graduating students, Books for the Journey: A Guide to the World of Reading gives readers (designed for 9th-12th grades) a collection of quality titles to read, ponder, and absorb. There are sections devoted to drama, mythology, poetry, and sacred writing, fiction, biography and history, nonfiction, and seniors look back.

Reading is addicting. One semester, a group of my students and I started a list of great books that we'd recommend to one another. We found ourselves adding to it all semester. And although my little blessings are not old enough for the lists in this book quite yet-I certainly am. :)

I didn't grow up with a classical type of education. In fact, I was not a very good reader through my entire elementary career. I remember walking into a library in fourth grade and randomly pulling books off of the shelf. My temples pounded as I tried to make my way through the first few pages of them. In junior high, it finally came into focus. By high school, I could read Shakespeare and the words came alive. But there were many years when I was not reading well and I missed a lot of great literature.

This book opens up the world that I missed and will help me to provide great stories and literature for my own children as they grow.

Wishing you homeschool blessings,

We also reviewed Make Way for Reading: Great Books for Kindergarten through Grade 8,
which is the companion for younger students.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from Michaelmas Press in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

From the Founder of Michaelmas Press, Pamela Fenner, "(Books for the Journey: A guide to the World of Reading) is designed specifically for how teens are developing.  What books you recommend for 9th are different than ones for 12th graders.  Of course one keeps one's own child in mind.  Since many Waldorf 8th graders go on to a public school, this is a book they can carry with them as it follows the Waldorf 9-12 curriculum, too—very rich indeed."


Zelda said...

Totally agree - we love reading :)

Bethany said...

Yes. Life is good when you are piled up on the sofa with kids all around you!

MrsYub said...

I am a big reader, and my children all pick up books to look at simply because they see me reading, BUT!! I have disscovered that getting my older two to atrually READ is entirely different from them happily flipping though the books they picked up!!

Bethany said...

The biggest struggle for Jo-Jo was feeling confident enough to try. She watched Ceesa reading and thought she wasn't able to yet, but when she realized she could do it...she's been reading more and more!

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