Saturday, August 3, 2013

Homeschool Picture Books Review

At the beginning of the summer, I was searching for picture books about characters that were homeschooled. There was not a large variety available, but two particular titles caught my eye and I ordered them from Amazon.  My sons and I read both together and although they are only a year apart, they had varying opinions about the books.  If you are thinking of homeschooling or if you already do so and have preschool or young elementary age children, check out these titles!  

1.  Kandoo Kangaroo Hops into Homeschool by Susan Ratner

A sweet story about about a six year old kangaroo who is inquisitive yet unsure about beginning homeschool since there is so much to learn.  Threaded throughout the story is a strong Christian theme including mama kangaroo reminding her daughter of Phillipians 4:13.  Mama kangaroo teaches her daughter how to write her name, reassures her daughter and praises her for a "can-do" attitude, and uses play to teacher her little one why kangaroos need tails. My seven year old did not like the story that much because he thought the illustrations and the kangaroo characters were not interesting.  I think what he meant is that they would appeal to a younger child and I agree!  Click the picture below to see the listing on Amazon.


2.  I am Learning All the Time by Rain Perry Fordyce 
Five and a half year old Hugh is a cute little puppy who is homeschooled along with his older brother. Throughout the story traditional school and homeschool are compared, giving a glimpse into Hugh's day and the various ways in which he learns and interacts with his homeschool friends.  Both my boys enjoyed this story and the appealing illustrations.  Since they have been in a brick and mortar school since preschool, they could relate to the references to recess, riding a bus, lunch time, summer vacation, report cards, and having homework.  All three of us agreed that we liked this book the best!  Click the picture below to view the listing on Amazon.

If you are planning to homeschool your children or if you have been doing so for years, I'd love for you to share your picture book suggestions!


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