Friday, November 4, 2022

Reading List: First Grade

It can be really hard to find books that are appropriate for your child and on his or her reading level. So...

Here is a list of books that are on a first grade reading level. We've used all of these and enjoyed them.

Fruit Salad by Andrea Butler
Huggles Breakfast by Joy Cowley
What are you? by Andrea Butler
A Toy Box by Andrea Butlerf
At the Market by Bethany Hankinson
Who Likes Ice Cream?  by Andrea Butler
Helicopter over Hawaii by Rebel Williams
Building with Blocks by Jillian Cutting
What did Ben Want? by Theodorou
Mine by Jeff Mack
My Shadow by Depree
Around the Pond by Bethany Hankinson
The Seed by Christine Young
Time for Dinner by Mitton
Who Likes the Cold by Rebel Williams
At the Zoo by Bethany Hankinson
Every Morning by Rebel Williams
Here's a House by Beverley Randell
Hug by Jez Alborough
Tim's Paintings by Jeanne Holloway
Socks by Carole Telford
Eating by Alan Hilvert-Bruce
Animals by Rod Theodorou
In the Woods by Bethany Hankinson
Where is my Pet? by Moira Andrew and Jenny Norton
The Royal Family by Lynn Salem and Josie Stewart
Trees by Miriam Frost and Kris Wiltse
Moms and Dads by Beverley Randell
Look What I can do by Jose Aruego
Look by Jeff Mack
On the Farm by Bethany Hankinson

Big Cat by Ethan Long
Give me a Hug by Jillian Cutting
My Friend by Jillian Cutting
At the Zoo by Beverly Randell
Cat and Mouse by Beverly Randell
Faces by Jillian Cutting
The Long, Long Tail by Joy Cowley
The Chocolate Cake by June Melser
The Airplane by Jillian Cutting
I Love my Family by Joy Cowley
Snap! by Joy Cowley
Two Points by Jane Kennedy and Audrey Eaton
Ball Games by Jenny Giles
Ben's Red Car by Beverly Randell
The Rock Pools by Annette Smith
Cat on the Mat and Friends by Brian Wildsmith
I see Colors by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Here's Skipper by Lynn Salem and Josie Stewart
I can Write, Can You? by Lynn Salem and Josie Stewart
The Way I go to School by Beverly Randell
My Home by Jillian Cutting
Sally's New Shoes by Beverley Randell

Baby Lamb's First Drink by Beverley Randell
The Big Kick by Beverley Randell
Kitty & the Birds by Beverley Randell
Tiger, Tiger by Beverley Randell
The Photo Book by Beverley Randell
Wake Up, Dad by Beverley Randell
Where's Tim by Jillian Cutting and Jan van der Voo
Wake Up, Mom! by Joy Cowley
Our Grandad by Jillian Cutting
Ice Cream by Joy Cowley
Let's have a swim! by Joy Cowley
The dragon by Joy Cowley
I Am a Bookworm by Joy Cowley
Good News Bad News by Jeff Mack
A hug is warm by Joy Cowley
Hedgehog Is Hungry by Beverley Randell
Buzzing Flies by Joy Cowley
My Dream by Brian Wildsmith
Pug by Ethan Long
What a Tale by Brian Wildsmith
Toot, Toot  by Brian Wildsmith
All Fall Down by Brian Wildsmith
My Home by Joy Cowley
Sally and the Daisy by Beverley Randell
The Lazy Big by Beverley Randell
Playtime by Jeff Mack

The Big Hill by Joy Cowley
The Big, Big Mountain by Joy Cowley
Go to Sleep! by Joy Cowley
Fur by Jan Mark
The Ball Bounced by Nancy Tafuri
The King's Surprise by Lynn Salem and Josie Stewart
Where Are the Sunhats? by Beverley Randell
Take a Bow, Jody by Audry and Jane Eaton
I Can Build a House by Shigeo Watanabe
Tom Is Brave by Beverley Randell
Ali's Story by Jan Wells
Along Comes Jake by Joy Cowley
We Like Fish by Beverley Randells
The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg
What Would the Zoo do? by Lynn Salem
My Pet by Lynn Salem and Josie Stewart
Noisy Breakfast by Ellen Blonder
Where's Al? by Byron Barton
How Many Bugs in a Box? by David Carter
The Cat Who Loved Red by Lynn Salem and Josie Stewart
Lizard Loses his Tail by by Beverley Randell
Mouse's Baby Blanket by Beverley Brown
I Like Books by by Anthony Browne
See Me Run by Paul Meisel
Things I Like by Anthony Browne
Mud by Wendy Lewison
Ben's Teddy Bear by Beverley Randell
Ben's Treasure Hunt by Beverley Randell
Blackberries by Beverley Randell
Mumps by Beverley Randell
Sally's Beans by Beverley Randell
The Hungry Kitten by Beverley Randell
Father Bear Goes Fishing by Beverley Randell
Baby Hippo by Beverley Randell
Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long
Soup for one by Ethan Long

Brave Father Mouse by Beverley Randell
Baby Bear goes Fishing by Beverley Randell
Hermit Crab by Beverley Randell
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
Little Bulldozer by Beverley Randell 
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill 
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
Lucky Goes to Dog School by Beverley Randell
A Friend for Little White Rabbit by Beverley Randell
Sally's Red Bucket by Beverley Randell
Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman
Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow
All by Myself by Mercer Meyer
Cat the Cat who is that? by Mo Williams

An Elephant and Piggie Book I Love my new Toy by Mo Williams
Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli 
Biscuit Goes Camping Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit's Picnic Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit Takes a Walk by Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit Visits the Farm Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit Wants to Play Alyssa Capucilli
Biscuit's First Sleep Over by Alyssa Capucilli
Follow Me, Mittens by Lola Schaefer
Happy Birthday, Biscuit! by Alyssa Capucilli
Hello Biscuit by Alyssa Capucilli
Honey for Baby Bear by Beverley Randell
Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox by Grace Maccarone
Mittens by Lola Schaefer
Follow Me, Mittens by Lola Schaefer
Mittens, Where is Max? by Lola Schaefer
Mittens at School by Lola Schaefer
What's that Mittens? by Lola Schaefer
Chicken Said, "Cluck!" by Judyann Ackerman Grant
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
Baby Bear's Present by Beverley Randell
Jane's Car by Beverley Randell
Late for Soccer by Beverley Randell
Sally's Friends by Beverley Randell
The Best Cake by Beverley Randell
The House in the Tree by Beverley Randell
What will Fat Cat Sit on? by Jan Thomas
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Just Like Daddy by Frank Asch
Stop Kissing me! by Ethan Long
What's that Mittens by Lola Schaefer

An Elephant and Piggie Book My Friend is Sad by Mo Williams
An Elephant and Piggie Book Today I will Fly by Mo Williams
An Elephant and Piggie Book There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Williams
An Elephant and Piggie Book I am Invited to a Party! by Mo Williams
Cows in the Garden by Beverley Randell
Hansel and Gretel by Fran Hunia
Joey by Beverley Randell
More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Gelman
My Friends Make me Happy! by Jan Thomas
My Toothbrush is Missing by Jan Thomas
Pete Little by Beverley Randell
Spot's First Walk by Eric Hill
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
The Clever Penguins by Beverley Randell
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Titch by Pat Hutchins
There's a Pest in the Garden by Jan Thomas
Steve and Wessley in the Ice Cream Shop by Jennifer Morris

A Pig,  Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske
A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks by Jonathan Fenske
A Pig, a Fox, and a Fox by Jonathan Fenske
An Elephant and Piggie Book I will Surprise my Friend by Mo Williams
Ben's Tooth by Beverley Randell
What Game Shall we Play? by Pat Hutchins
Pepper's Adventure by Beverley Randell
A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas
Just Me and My Daddy by Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Puppy by Beverley Randell
George Shrinks by William Joyce
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Great Big Enormous Turnip by Tolstoy
We are Best Friends by Aliki
You'll Soon Grow into Them, Titch by Pat Hutchins
Walking in the Spring by Beverley Randell
Walking in the Summer by Beverley Randell
Walking in the Autumn by Beverley Randell
Walking in the Winter by Beverley Randell
Get the Giggles by Bronwen Davies

Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack
Are you my Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Big Dog...Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander
Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Father Bear Comes Home by E.H. Minarik
Good-Night Owl by Pat Hutchins
Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
Happy Birthday, Sam by Pat Hutchins
Henny Penny by Paul Galdone
I sure am Glad to See you, Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander
A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner
Spot's Birthday Party by Eric Hill
Tidy Titch by Pat Hutchens
We're in Big Trouble, Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander
Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike by Jeff Mack
Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake by Jeff Mack
Mr. Monkey Visitis a School by Jeff Mack

As always, you should read any books you give your children first to decide if they are right for your family. Hopefully, our list should make it easier to narrow them down.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Year 8, Term 3 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Test for Eigth Grade

Year 8, Term 3 Exam

Literature, poetry, and additional reading: View point with creative expression
(handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

Detail an event from The Betrothed using a creative expression idea. Try to capture how the characters are feeling as well as the event.

SS: Government, citizenship, history, geography: Background with oral expression
(presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

Compose an informative speech on any of these things: a day at sea on the Kon Tiki, Easter Island, a Polynesian Island, plague, or the Great Fire of 1666. Be sure to describe what it meant to live then or there, how people dressed, what a day in their lives look like, the homes or shelter people had, and the relationships people there or in that time had to their surroundings and one another.

SS: government, citizenship, history, geography; Science: experiments, nature study; Art: artist, technique: Characterization with written expression
(narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, composition)

Choose from this list of people and give some account of them as a person and their lives: Leeuwenhook, Whistler, William III Prince of Orange, the "Lord Protector,” George Herbert, or John Milton. Consider answering these questions: What did he act? How did he react or act in certain situations or with other people? How did he influence the people around him? What of his character? What were his relationship with others like? How did his choices impact the people around him?

Science: experiments, nature study: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with visual expression
(diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)

Create a detailed diagram or blow-out of how plants form fruit, the life cycle of a frog, freons, or the 2,6,10 rule. In your visual be sure to show the physical changes that take place naturally.

Bible & Service: readings, hymn: The Greater Meaning with movement
(play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

Choose from one of these topics and create some form of movement expression: 1) Explain what pursuing pleasure means opposed to doing things for the glory of God. 2) Give an account of the greatest commandment and provide examples of the impact it should have on our lives. 3) Tell about the sheep and the goats and what conclusions you can draw from the story. 4) Describe the visit of the Queen of Sheba and the magnificence of Solomon. What can you draw from the relationship?

Music: composer, folk song, hymn, instrument; SS: government, citizenship, history, geography; Literature, poetry, and additional reading: Mood with analytical expression
(game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code)

Find a way to summarize, discuss, or explain any of the following topics and include the feeling that goes along with them: 1) one of Milton's poems, 2) "Moreover he (Martius) said 'they nourished against themselves the naughty seed and cockle of insolency and sedition." Give some account of this rebellion of the people. How did Martius behave? 3) the obligation of showing loyalty, or 4) a piece by Carl Ditters Von Dittersdorf.

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