Middle School Literature // Minimalist Homeschooling

Going minimalist in all areas of our lives has been much easier than I thought...except for when it comes to books. A self-proclaimed obsessed bibliophile. This is my area of hoarding. I'm working on it. 

Keeping in mind the simple, unfettered, minimalist life we strive for, I carefully chose the main literature for my eldest daughter. This is for the first half of the new school year and she is in 7th grade. She completed her 5th and 6th grade years last year of her own volition. She wanted to see if she could do both in one school year. Who am I to stop her or slow her down? 

In addition to finishing up Hatchet, the Wildwood series and the Christy Miller series, she will read some amazing classics during the first half of the school year. On the list is : Heidi, A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Alice in Wonderland. You can get the first four in a box set. All five of these are the Puffin in Bloom editions. They have artsy, eye-candy for covers. In person I can't even take it all in. 

If you have a tween or teen girl, and you haven't heard of the Christy Miller book series, definitely check them out. My daughter is on Volume III of the four volume series [before it goes into the college years]. They are Christian teen books. They deal with lots of topics that your girls could face with all the different people they meet and my daughter just loves them. This is the series that got her into reading for fun. In the picture below, she is reading one of those Christy Miller books.

Is it weird to want to hug books? I just decided that weird is both okay and awesome. Oh, I should also mention that the Alice in Wonderland book comes with a perfectly lovely dust jacket. I'm not a fan of dust jackets. I'm not sure how to read with them on a book. So I remove them. This is the first time I have ever been conflicted about it because it, too, is pretty to look at. 

I'm not really sorry that this post is mostly pictures of pretty books. I mean....look at them. They are beautiful. Insert heart-eyed emoji here. I might even just read these aloud to the kiddos while we are traveling with my hubby. We will be on the road with him [he's a truck driver] for a month or two before "settling down" in a renovated RV on an island....because beach life. 

I have a couple activity packs for Anne of Green Gables and Heidi from my membership at Wild + Free. Are you a Wild + Free Mama?! If you're a homeschooling mama who doesn't exactly do things by the book, you might want to check it out. I love it and the community I'm a part of now. If you live in the Coastal North Carolina area and want to join our weekly group this autumn, email me : hello@saltandseablog.com

We use literature to learn proper grammar, spelling and how to write well. I noticed, with my kids at least, that this is best learned organically. The curriculum choices are many and they are all excellent for different reasons. We are blessed to be homeschooling in a time with so many quality options. 

Let's take a closer look at a couple of these books.

The Alice in Wonderland book is a bit bigger than the other Puffin in Bloom books in the series. A minor pet peeve....it kind of melts away when you open it. Behold color pictures every handful of pages. 

The three of the other four Puffin in Bloom books have black and white images in them. I love them. Little Women doesn't have illustrations, just in case you were wondering. 

Additional Literature Lorelai will be reading:
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- I Am Malala by Malala Yousefzai 
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- Pax by Sara Pennypacker
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

What books are your kids going to be reading in the new homeschool year? 

Mahalo for stopping by!

Aloha, Jane

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