Friday, July 31
We are currently on an extended visit with my mother. We did the same thing last summer and therefore were somewhat prepared. This summer is different. My mom's library is closed while they move to their new expanded, magnificent facility. Great for the town, great for the library, not so great for us.
We have been here 4 weeks already and may be here two more. Six weeks with no new books is beyond comprehension for Froggy. We made a trip to a local used bookstore and picked her up some books to tide her through till we get home.
As for myself, I am so used to pulling up the library page and requesting a book I find interesting while surfing so it is ready for us on our next trip. I cannot do that right now since it will be so long before we can pick them up. I am keeping a running list of books to request when we get back. The list will take a few weeks to process since you can only request 10 books at a time. See I really do rely on my library for so so much.
Wednesday, July 29
How did we get here? We started swim lessons when she was very young and go swimming as a family on a regular basis showing her that her parents swim and value swimming. While we tried a few different sources for swim classes, we settled on SwimKids because of the quality of training the instructors receive as well as the consistency of the program between coaches.
Learning to swim is an important life skill I believe all people should master. it is one of the few life skills Jewish parents are required to provide according to Biblical guidelines. Not everyone needs to be able to swim competitively but everyone should be able to be safe in the water. Could you or your child get yourself to the side if you fell into water deeper than you could stand? If the answer is yes then that is good enough in my oh so humble opinion.
In addition to teaching how to be safe in the water, good swimming instruction includes how to safely enter the water, ie how to judge when it is ok to jump in and when it is ok to dive. It also includes clear guidelines as to when it is safe to swim, (get out at the first sound of thunder, never swim alone, etc)
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Saturday, July 25
That being the case I went through and compiled both lists into one, removing duplications. I ended up with 164 books which means that while there were some duplications, there were lots of differences as well. Many of the ones that were duplications were also the obvious ones that we have already read.
I think I like the list from Tacoma Public Library better simply because more of the books we have not read looked interesting. As well there were fewer on that list that we had read and not liked.
There are a few on the combined list that we read so long ago when Froggy was just a teeny tiny baby that after being reminded of them I want to share again with her. I was surprised at how few in total we had read given how many books we read.
I am not sure we are going to read all of these but it gives us lots of room to explore new books.
Here is the list. I have italicized the ones we have already read. I have marked in bold the ones that are on our library request for the next trip. I will try to update with reviews as we read through them.
Each Peach Pear
Alborough Where's My Teddy?
Alborough, Jez. Hug
Bang Ten, Nine, Eight - A counting book. Sweet. Good quality. We might have enjoyed it much more if we had found it a couple of years ago.
Barrett, Judi. Animals should definitely not wear clothing
Barton The Little Red Hen
Barton The Three Bears
Barton, Byron. My car
Beaumont, Karen. I ain't gonna paint no more!
Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962. Madeline
Bloom, Suzanne, 1950- A splendid friend, indeed
Bornstein Little Gorilla - I found no redeeming value in this book but Froggy loves it beyond comprehension. We have read it many many times.
Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952. Goodnight moon
Brunhoff, Jean de, 1899-1937. The story of Babar, the little elephant
Burningham, John. Mr. Gumpy's outing.
Cannon, Janell, 1957- Stellaluna
Carle, Eric. The very hungry caterpillar
Chen, Zhiyuan, 1975- Guji Guji
Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah gets dressed
Cooke, Trish. Full, full, full of love
Cowell, Cressida. What shall we do with the boo-hoo baby?
Crews, Donald. Freight train
Cronin, Doreen. Click, clack, moo : cows that type
Daly Happy Birthday, Jamela!
De Paola Strega Nona : An Original Tale
Demi The Empty Pot
Dillon Rap a Tap Tap : Here's Bojangles-Think of That!
Dorros, Arthur. Abuela
Dunrea, Olivier. Gossie and Gertie
Eastman Go, Dog, Go!
Eastman, P. D. (Philip D.) Are you my mother?
Eclare A Handful of Sunshine : Growing a Sunflower
Ehlert Growing Vegetable Soup
Elya, Susan Middleton, 1955- Bebé goes shopping
Emberley, Ed. Go away, big green monster!
Everitt Mean Soup
Falconer, Ian. Olivia
Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George
Flack Ask Mr. Bear
Fleming The Everything Book
Fleming, Denise, 1950- Lunch
Fleming, Denise, 1950- The cow who clucked - Funny and cute
Fox, Mem, 1946- Time for bed
Freeman, Don. Corduroy
Gag Millions of Cats
Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Millions of cats
Galdone The Three Little Pigs
Goose Mother Sylvia Long's Mother Goose
Grimes, Nikki. Welcome, Precious
Guarino, Deborah. Is your mama a llama?
Hamanaka, Sheila. All the colors of the Earth
Henderson, Kathy, 1949- Look at you! : a baby body book
Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's purple plastic purse
Hindley, Judy. Does a cow say boo?
Hoban Bedtime for
Hoban Is it red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? : An Adventure In Color
Hoban, Russell. Bread and jam for
Hobbie, Holly. Toot and Puddle
Hoffman, Mary, 1945- Amazing Grace
Holabird, Katharine. Angelina ballerina
Hutchins You'll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch
Hutchins, Pat, 1942- Rosie's walk.
Isadora, Rachel. Peekaboo morning
Jenkins Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
Jenkins, Steve, 1952- What do you do with a tail like this?
Johnson, Crockett, 1906- Harold and the purple crayon
Joosse Mama, Do You Love Me?
Juster, Norton, 1929- The hello, goodbye window
Kasza The Wolf's Chicken Stew
Katz, Karen. Counting kisses
Keats, Ezra Jack. The snowy day.
Kimmel I Took My Frog to the Library
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the moss-covered rock
Kraus Leo the Late Bloomer
Krauss, Ruth. The carrot seed
Langstaff, John M. Over in the meadow
Lewis, Rose A. I love you like crazy cakes
Lin, Grace. Dim sum for everyone!
Lobel Frog and Toad All Year
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and toad are friends.
MacDonald Mabela the Clever
Marshall George and Martha
Martin, Bill, 1916- Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see?
Martin, Bill, 1916- Chicka chicka boom boom
Mayo, Margaret. Dig dig digging
McBratney, Sam. Guess how much I love you Sweet and sad. I cried and cried. Reading as my mother was spending her last days did not help.
McCloskey, Robert, 1914- Make way for ducklings
McDermott Raven : a Trickster Tale From the
McDermott, Gerald. Raven : a trickster tale from the Pacific Northwest McKissack, Pat, 1944- Goin' someplace special
McGovern Too Much Noise
McMillan Growing Colors
McMullan I stink! - We live this book and come back to read it over and over again.
Meddaugh, Susan. Martha speaks
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If you give a mouse a cookie
Orozco Diez deditos / Ten Little Fingers
Park Bee-Bim Bop!
Parr Do's and Don'ts
Peet Kermit the Hermit
Pfister, Marcus. The rainbow fish
Piper The Little Engine that Could
Portis, Antoinette. Not a box
Potter, Beatrix, 1866-1943. The tale of Peter Rabbit.
Rappaport, Doreen. Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rathmann, Peggy. Good night, Gorilla
Rex, Michael. Truck Duck
Rey, H. A. (Hans Augusto), 1898- Curious George
Riley Mouse Mess
Rockwell The Toolbox
Rosen, Michael, 1946- We're going on a bear hunt
Rylant Dog Heaven
Say, Allen. Grandfather's journey
Scarry Best First Book Ever - Froggy loves all the Richard Scarry books. I find them cluttered and do not like them near as well.
Scieszka, Jon. The true story of the 3 little pigs
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Dog and Bear : two friends, three stories
Sendak, Maurice. Where the wild things are
Seuss, Dr., Cat in the hat
Shahan Spicy Hot Colors = Colores Picantes
Shannon Lizard's Song
Shannon, David, 1959- Duck on a bike
Shaw, Charles Green, 1892- It looked like spilt milk.
Sherry I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
Sierra, Judy. Wild about books
Silverstein, Shel. The giving tree
Simmons, Jane. Daisy and the Beastie
Slobodkina, Esphyr, 1908- Caps for sale; a tale of a peddler, some monkeys
Steig, William, 1907- Sylvester and the magic pebble.
Stoeke A Hat for Minerva Louise
Swanson The House in the Night
Taback, Simms. There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
Tafuri, Nancy. Five little chicks
Titherington Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Waber, Bernard. Lyle, Lyle, crocodile.
Waddell Owl Babies
Waddell, Martin. Farmer duck
Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Mouse paint
Watt, Melanie, 1975- Scaredy squirrel
Wells, Rosemary. Noisy Nora
Willems Knuffle Bunny : a Cautionary Tale
Williams I Went Walking
Wilson Bear Snores On
Wood, Audrey. The napping house
Yolen, Jane. How do Dinosaurs say good night?
Young, Ed. Seven blind mice
Zion, Gene. Harry, the dirty dog
Science and History are not so easy. I love science and love sharing it with Froggy. She knows lots of neat things, things I know I did not know at her age. Some of her favorite books are the Magic School Bus series. We talk about everything we see and do and explore. Yet there is no rhyme or reason to our explorations. The scientist part of my brain says how do you know that you are providing the full spectrum of desired information if you have no plan while the unschooler part of my brain says the best way to learn is living and following your interests and fooy on plans and checklists.
I think as far as science goes I may eventually have to make a list of things I want her to know / experience by X time and then just check them off as we reach them in our own unschooly fashion.
History is an even bigger mess. I hate history and see essentially no point in learning it as a formal subject. My feelings on the subject are you can't help but absorb some by living and thats all you will ever need. Clearly most people disagree with that. Luckily we live near DC and there are tons of fun living ways to explore history that happen without teaching. As well, my husband is a big history enthusiast and believes it is very important. So while I know that is the area Froggy is being exposed to the least, I also know despite my own prejudices Froggy will eventually get enough to hold her own in an educated society.
I will say that Geography is different. I feel Geography is very important and we spend lots of time learning Geography at the slightest opportunity. We have to huge maps up in our family room, one of the US and a Decater map of the world. We show famiy and friends travels on the map plus all the neat places we visit though books.