A feast of reading

* Bird by Bird and More!  Courtney from Woodland School and I are starting a book group for bloggers interested in writing.  We both want to read “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott and we both want to write more.  Join us for a great discussion of the book and our writing goals and efforts.  In all likelihood we’ll add another book or two on at the end, such as “Writing Down the Bones” or another writing classic.  It’s all part of my Summer of Love.  Er, I mean Summer of Writing. (They both have lots of eating outdoors and wearing of loose clothing.  Easy mistake.)  Swing by the library or bookstore and pick up a copy, and don’t hesitate to join us even if you are a little late. It will be an informal group of passionate amateurs:  Bird by Bird – and More! Yahoo group.

Here’s a rough schedule:

Beginning May 11 – discuss the introduction & introduce ourselves
May 18 – Part 1
May 25 – Part 2
June 1 – Part 3
June 8 – Part 4

*Kind over Matter (I heart that title) has a free printable tiny book on kindness along with a video on assembling it.  Personally, I’m now obsessed with the idea of making tiny books like these for book reports, for holding themed quote collections, as sketchbooks that couldn’t intimidate a flea…

*The latest Homeschooling Carnival is up: Spring Fever Edition.  I’ve got a piece in there, the Excursion photo diary entry which suits the Spring Fever theme perfectly.

*Two resources for those of you looking to find books at your kids’ reading level for summer or for homeschooling, or even to find out what your child’s reading levels is by looking up a book they’re currently reading.

  1. BookAdventure: this fantastic site is great for finding books at a level and on a topic.  It lets you select grade level, how easy/challenging you want the read to be, and then select for various topics from Sci Fi, poetry, history ll the way though legends and crafts.
  2. The Lexile framework is a little less intuitive, but it is very useful.  Check their FAQs for a table that explains how the Lexile numbers work with grade levels.

*And for those looking for websites to keep kids’ minds active over the summer months, check out Homeschooling.com’s Top 100 Educational Sites.  I’d completely forgotten about BrainPop and a few others, and can’t wait to have fun with all these links.

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3 thoughts on “A feast of reading

  1. Lisa says:

    I’m not acquainted with that book, but you can guess that my next stop is the online library catalog. Thanks, too, for the Carnival link–I always love a good Carnival!

  2. Meredith says:

    Funny, I’m just re-reading the Lamott book right now!! How’s that for divine providence! I’d love to join in the discussion, I’ll sign up, thank you so much for doing this! Blessings,

  3. lucy says:

    I heard the author talk in an interview on public radio/MPR about this book. I would love to read it this summer when I get the time. Great book choice and author!

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