In ten years I suspect I will look back on G’s first grade year, and primarily remember us reading together. I might remember him lugging his math manipulatives up and down the stairs, or driving him to his art co-op class, but what I will likely remember most is all the books we read when he was six…together, cuddled up on my bed in the middle of the day, or out on the patio swing in the back yard.
Our daily read alouds were such an integral part of our day. They provided tremendous opportunities for discussion. I believe if we had ever skipped reading on any one day, I would not have felt we had “done school”, even if we had successfully covered math, writing and art.
In order to collect ideas and grow our book list, I enjoy seeing what other people are reading with their kids. For our records, and in case you are interested, here is what G and I read for first grade.
G’s READING LIST 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
Leif the Lucky,
Abraham Lincoln, and
Buffalo Bill by Ingrid and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
The Green Ember by S.D. Smith
Ember Falls by S.D. Smith
In theYear of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne
George vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer
Half-Magic by Edward Eager
The Knight’s Castle by Edward Eager
Magic by the Lake by Edward Eager
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
G looks at his reading list.
Me: What was your favorite book this year?
G: Probably Winnie the Pooh and the Half-Magic books. Oh, and The Green Ember.
Me: Why those?
G: They were just so magical and fun.