As the calendar rolls over to June, I am pleased to say Chansen Academy’s Reading Circle is entering its second month! It was a challenge to get Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling completed, but I put in a big push and got it done this week! Hooray! Did you tackle reading Teach Your Own this month? How is your reading going?
I really enjoyed the book and plan to spend some time pondering and writing about my impressions and thoughts. Though I don’t know that I would now describe myself as a ‘Holt disciple’ I was definitely inspired by much of what he wrote. I plan to add more of his works to my reading list going forward.
As we move into the second month, I will be making some changes to the schedule and logistics of the Reading Circle. First, I am going to pull the planned June 2015 book: Math from Three to Seven: The Story of a Mathematical Circle for Preschoolers (MSRI Mathematical Circles Library) by Alexander Zvonkin and replace it with Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate M.D. I plan to use Math from Three to Seven as a resource for our math circle, so I would like to work my way through the material more slowly.
I have been wanting to read Hold On to Your Kids since I first heard about it at a homeschool conference almost two years ago. I just ordered my copy! It should be here on Wednesday. I hope this change doesn’t inconvenience anyone. Please feel free to contact me if it is an issue. (All links in this post will open in new tabs.) You can order a copy for yourself through the Amazon affiliate link below. (If you use this link to make any purchases, we will receive a small commission. For more information, please see our Legal Stuff page.)
Since I am moving the book that was scheduled for October 2015 to June, that opens up some space to insert another title and rearrange the order as well. I received a couple of suggestions for Reading Circle books and am considering adding the following:
Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners Paperback by Lori McWilliam Pickert (Affiliate link below)
Science Notebooks, Second Edition: Writing About Inquiry by Lori Fulton and Brian Campbell (Affiliate link below)
Thoughts? Other suggestions? I will be updating the 2015 Reading Circle schedule soon.
On another note, I will also be making changes to the Reading Circle discussion space. I have received over 200 spam registrations for the forum and have been unable to identify a way to stop them from rolling in. I am planning to shut down the forum and have created a closed Facebook Group as an alternative discussion area. If you would like to be added to the group, please search for Chansen Academy Reading Circle on Facebook. I’d love to have you join us!
This Circle is really motivating me to read and learn more about homeschooling! I hope it is proving beneficial for you as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions. I look forward to more reading adventures with you!