by George Grant
"'Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
Your ring?' Said the Piggy, 'I will.'
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon."
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
Silent reading is a fairly modern innovation. As late as the eighteenth century, it was thought that the best way to truly appreciate the classics was to read them aloud—all the better to relish the beauty of the words, the music of the composition, and the architecture of the ideas. Of course, the classics are not limited to great philosophical tomes by the likes of Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. In fact, some of the greatest classic works ever written are books for children—books that are at their very best when read aloud.
As a child, I was your classic bookworm: introverted, soft-spoken, with big round glasses. I would have rather read Babysitter’s Club or Dear America books than played four square at recess. Don’t worry, I had friends (they were just two-dimensional figments of my imagination).
I remember looking forward to the one Friday every month when the Scholastic book orders would go out in our Take-Home folders. I would circle half the books on it and beg my mom and dad to order them for me. But I didn’t need new books, they would always say. I had the library and the books in my grandmother’s basement. Nancy Drew and the Boxcar Children became my new friends one summer when I found the series packed away under the basement steps. How cool it was to read the same books my mom read when she was younger.
The Best Summer Vacation Ever
by Moriah Lawrence
“Wait up, Kati!” A 10-year-old girl, dressed in striped shorts and a bright pink shirt, raced after her 12-year-old sister.
Kati turned around and motioned for her sister to hurry. “Hurry up, Em! Mom and Dad are going to tell us where we are going on vacation for a week this summer.”
“I’m trying.” Emma Jonson paused for a moment, her breath short. “I have shorter legs than you do.”
Kati turned around and began running again. Emma sighed and followed more slowly. As she reached the cream-colored house, Emma pushed open the front door. Lusty wails met her ear. She knew it was her youngest and only brother, William.
Free Sample of Pages of History Volume 2: Blazing New Trails
This second volume of Pages of History covers the last two series, Explorers to 1815 and 1815 to the Present, in the Veritas Press grammar school history. James and Lance find themselves in a life or death situation in 16th-century England. James has been jailed for treason to the Catholic Church under the evil reign of Bloody Mary. He prays for an escape that only Lance can help him pull off. James struggles with helping Lance to understand God’s hand in history, while Lance is undergoing a transformation of his own. Read an excerpt from the book, to be released July 19.
Q. Can I use the self-paced history program in conjunction with the scripted lesson plans?
A. Yes! The self-paced history program is designed so that you do not need scripted lesson plans for your history. All of the lessons, activities, and assignments are included in the course. If you purchase the scripted lesson plans for a particular grade, the history lesson plans are included in that, but you may simply ignore the history lesson plans.
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Summer Reading Contest
Once again this year we are holding a summer reading contest. It was fun to see the children excited about reading and cashing in gift certificates for books of their choosing. Please encourage your children to be a part of the contest this summer. It begins now and continues through September 16, 2013. We only ask that you as parents or teachers verify what the children have read, and then, after they have met their goals, complete the online entry form. Please encourage them to read good literature, not just look for a book that meets the page count criteria. Click here to download a reading chart if you would like to track your student’s progress. Look here for some bookmarks which your children can decorate and enjoy all summer.
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