5 books we read (almost) every day!
I'm excited to share 5 books that our family references nearly every day. All of these books appeal to multiple ages and different styles of homeschooling and have become anchors in our homeschool!
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The Gospel Story Bible by Marty Machowski - While I firmly believe it's important to read the “real” Bible even to young children, this illustrated story Bible has been an important way to introduce the stories of the Bible to our kids with text they understand. The author makes helpful gospel connections—even throughout the Old Testament—and each short chapter ends with a few questions that are helpful for kids to process the story. This is our second time through this Bible and won't be our last.
Window on the World: An Operation World Prayer Resource - We use this book to learn about different people groups in the world and how we can pray for them. This is the perfect resource to help process world news we choose to share with our children. For example, there are chapters about Russia and Ukraine, so we've recently spent time learning about and praying for the people in each one.
Timeless Hymns for Family Worship by Joni Eareckson Tada & Bobbie Wolgemuth - Passing on the hymns of the church is a strong desire for our family, and we try to keep it really simple by singing two hymns each day: one familiar hymn and one that we're working on. For years, we've used a worn-out hymnal (that I still love) to sing hymns each morning, but I recently discovered this beautiful family hymn book that also contains devotions. Some of our favorite hymns include: This Is My Father's World, For the Beauty of the Earth, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, and Be Thou My Vision.
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska - We used this book alongside Around the World in Picture Books by Beautiful Feet Books this past year and my kids were enthralled! It's an artistic take on a traditional atlas, including bits of culture (foods, customs, famous monuments, and more) on each map. We learn so much every time we open this book!
Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor (or our current read-aloud) - Our family read this book several months ago and it was an incredible experience to watch our children understand the spiritual metaphors. We're now reading it for the third time! We aim to read aloud for at least 15-30 minutes every day. Here are some of our favorite read-alouds from the past several years: Our Top 20 Read-Alouds.