Summer Reading: On Mama’s Bookshelf

Even though it is a busy time of year, I still try to fit in a few moments of reading occasionally. I keep a book open by the chair where I nurse the baby, one tucked by the bed, and even one at the dining table!

(To allow for family conversation, we don’t encourage typical “book reading” at the table, but we keep a Bible or two and one of my current devotional books open at the table, for our family devotions/random questions. Also, since the table is right next to our homeschool area, I can often browse through them while still being available for help with schoolwork.)

At this time of year, much of my reading is focused on preparing for the coming school year, as I try to maximize my limited reading time. (A quieter winter’s eve may find me with a much taller & varied stack of books!)

Anyway, here are the few I’ve had open for the past couple months…

Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style: This book has meshed well with our family’s approach to discipleship-based homeschooling, and includes suggestions for educational resources, schedules, and activities.

The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had: This was a comfortable overview of the classics. (It was fun to see how much I remembered from English classes over a decade ago!)

Teach Your Own: I re-read this one every couple years. It’s a refreshing encouragement to enjoy learning, and a reminder that we are homeschooling, not “doing school at home!”

Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing a Large Family: While I don’t necessarily see our family right now as “large,” the tips for homeschooling and home management are incredibly helpful for anyone! I’ve started putting some of her organization ideas into practice as we are accumulating more homeschooling supplies, along with the clutter from little hands.

Streams in the Desert: (i found a really old copy of this classic in our church library, while walking the baby to sleep one Sunday morning!) This is the devotional book I have open at the table right now. Even my 5 1/2-year-old asks me to read it occasionally, and asks thoughtful, relevant questions. It has been a good conversation-starter and inspiration.

What’s on your summer reading list?

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