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Numerous research have shown the negative effect of too much screen time for kids. I try, as much as I can,  to limit my kids TV time to an hour a day,  and  DVD time is reserved for weekends.

I prefer more time spent on independent play using open ended toys like blocks and legos. Majority of our time is spent  having read-aloud sessions, usually after lunch and before bedtime.

Below are some of the books we’ll be devouring this school year 2014-2015. Some books we’ve read already but we haven’t done a project for, so I will try to update this soon with links on our books rows, projects and activities.




The Real Mother Goose

Aesop’s Fables

The Complete Collection of Winnie the Pooh : Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner,

Now We are Six, When We Were Young



My Father’s Dragon

Stuart Little

A Bear Called Paddington

Little House in the Big Woods




The Giant Treasury of Peter Rabbit

The Wind in the Willows




The Boxcar Children 

The Boxcar Children – Surprise Island




Little Bear Treasury: Little Bear, Little Bear’s Friend, Little Bear Visits

Frog and Toad


BFIAR  and FIAR Books:





Runaway Bunny

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The Story of Ping

We’re Going on A Bear Hunt


Make Way for Ducklings


Mirette on a High Wire

The Clown of God





The Little House

Katy and the Big Snow

When I Was Young in the Mountains

Little Nino’s Pizzeria



Bible and Classic Stories


First Bible Stories

Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bibe Stories

Eric Carle’s Treasury of Classic Stories for Children  Aesop,Hans Christian Andersen and Brother’s Grimm



Madeline Books:




Madeline in London

Madeline and the Bad Hat

Madeline’s Rescue



Frances’ Books:



Best Friends for Frances

A Bargain for Frances

Bread and Jam for Frances



Dr. Seuss’ s Books:

Dr Seuss


Hop on Pop

Dr.Seuss’s ABC

The Foot Book

Are You My Mother

Ten Apples Up on Top

The Cat in Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

One fish, Two Fish, red fish , blue fish

Go Dog! Go!

Horton Hears a Who

If ever, we get to finish reading he books in this list, I guess I’ll just have to add the books below and make an entirely new blog post!


The actual curriculum per subject will be on my next post as I’m still waiting for the books to arrive.

Happy reading!


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  • Get some practical tips and examples about early childhood “issues”

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We all know the benefits or reading. Do a simple search on the internet regarding reading to children and you’ll  be swamped with information regarding the matter.

I myself, started reading to my kids even while they were still in my tummy. Start them young and you’ll reap the benefits as you go along. My kids have such great appetite for books now and it’s all because of the exposure they had early on.

Our read-alouds happen at various times of the day, but one sure time that we never miss is bedtime! Below are the most recent books that we read before going to bed.


My children love the adventurous spirit of the Gruffalo’s child as she creeps off to find the Big Bad Mouse on a cold winter’s night, and with excellent images to accompany the tale they instantly warm to the character.


A definite favorite!

A definite favorite! It has been our routine to re-enact the scenes in the story where the mother rocks her baby in her arms and it’s so much fun! At the end, my eldest (6) cuddles me in his arms and sings back the song to me–definitely a bedtime ritual that will be etched in our memories and will be treasured forever.



My kids definitely dig the story of Max’s adventures when he sails away to the land where the Wild Things are. I love that the illustrations are dreamlike, the writing style simple, yet imaginative. Indeed a timeless classic; a book to be read and re-read every night of the week, a book to be enjoyed and cherished.



This book is a favorite of my youngest (2 yrs old). The book shows wonderful illustrations of animals and their young saying goodnight to each other. We use the stuffed animals we have available in our story-telling and mimic the sounds they make.



My toddler loves to say “Grrrrr!” The rhymes are very appealing to kids that my 2 older kids especially love to read in chorus- “Little octopus is wrapped in arms, not one not two but eight!” and my toddler would join and say “Otopus!” We always end up laughing and giggling with this book, something which my kids would not let go of for a very long time.



A great way to review counting skills even at bedtime. Count till you drop!


Who doesn’t have a copy of this book, right? Simple, fun story in poem format. Once this book is read, my kids know that It’s really time for bed-lights out!


These books have been part of my children’s bedtime routine and by the time we’re finished reading all of them, you bet we’re all ready for a good night’s sleep!







My little girl is now showing signs that she’s ready for formal lessons. So aside from our daily read alouds, I’m now incorporating more structured lessons for the 3 R’s.

I don’t want to bombard her with textbooks, so our lesson are mostly still based on our read alouds.

Our first lesson was all about one’s self, like loving one’s name, uniqueness and identity.

Below are the books we’ve read to cover the topic.

1.  Chrysanthemum


Chrysanthemum is a story about a young mouse who learned to love her name and appreciate her identity and uniqueness. It is just the perfect book for our lesson, so glad I found it on booksale!

2. A Color of his own







A color of His own is about a chameleon who felt sad that he doesn’t have his own color. The book has a message that true identity comes from personality, not appearance. It doesn’t matter what color you are or if you have a color at all but that you know who you are. We also tackled about how to deal with change and value friendships. Thanks to thelearningbasket for this book!


3. Madeline



Madeline oh Madeline, need I say more? They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines…my daughter is just in love with this book! I will be incorporating FIAR soon to help me  disect this book, thanks to a fellow homeschooling mom for selling  me the manual at a discounted rate!

And for our writing practice, I found this cheap wipe-clean workbook.



My daughter does writing when she feels like doing so, this way since the drive came from her,  the handwriting ends up looking nicer too.  🙂



So far we’ve discussed traits that she has, things she can do and can’t, stuffs she likes and hate, friend she has, traits of her friends, etc.  and now my daughter proudly says “I am unique” and “I love my name.”

She hasn’t let go of Madeline though, she sleeps embracing her. If you know what I mean.


Happy days! Happy homeschooling!