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Summer is for…Summer Reading (Book List: grades K-8)

6 Jun

It’s been quiet here at Suzanne Shares for several weeks. Yes, I’m still alive! šŸ™‚ In the last 4 weeks we’ve gone on vacation (I’ll be writing more about this soon!), finished school, swim lessons, and enjoying some much needed R&R after a busy school year. It’s been nice to have some respite with no agenda and some quality time with the family. šŸ™‚

Periodically this summer, I’m going to post some of my favorite things about SUMMER! This first post is about one of my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE things about summer–SUMMER READING! Summer Reading is yet another tradition in the Mosley home.Ā Today, I took my boys to register for Summer Reading at the library. They were so excited to get home, read books and mark off the circles on their reading chart. Of course, they are ecstatic that they can earn prizes as they mark off the circles on the chart. As a parent, I’m ecstatic that they are reading, journeying to worlds unknown, engaging their minds, and being shaped by the stories read. (Can you tell that I’m a bookworm?!?!?) Check with your local library for more information about their Summer Reading program. Your kiddos will LOVE it! The best part about Summer Reading is that it’s FREE!

I found this reading list for grades Kindergarten-8th grade last summer via one of my favorite blogs, “Between Two Worlds.” The list is from Calvary Classical School, a classical Christian school in Hampton, Virginia. If you’re looking for some quality literature to put before your child or to read to your child this summer, this list is a great one!

Also, Honey for a Child’s Heart, is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite books! Gladys Hunt has done a marvelous job of assembling rich, quality, you-won’t-want-to-put-the-book-down book lists for children. I was thankful to stumble upon this book! It came into our lives at a time when I was ready to turn in our library cards! My boys were choosing books at the library that were boring, poorly written, and often quite lacking. I was beginning toĀ hateĀ reading to my boys, which grieved me. This book resulted in a 180 in our home. Hunt introduced us to authors like Lois Lenski, Bill Peet, Leo Lionni and Robert McCloskey. The joy of reading together returned; thank you Gladys Hunt! This is another excellent resource if you’re looking for book list for summer reading. Better yet, buy theĀ Honey for a Child’s Heart: Kindle edition (half the price!) and take it with you to the library to track down some wonderful books for summer reading!

Where do you find quality literature for your kiddos?!?! Please comment and share! I’m always looking for new books!

Happy reading!

Brain-stretching, body movin’ Christmas ideas for kids (Part 2!)

23 Nov

Call me crazy…but I am always searching for toys/games/activities for my boys @ Christmas and birthdays that stretch their wee little brains and keep their tiny bodies moving! šŸ™‚ Earlier in the week I wrote a LENGTHY list of such things that we enjoy at the Mosley home.

Today while perusing one of my favorite blogs, Orange Marmalade, she, too, had a very similar list on her blog of what she calls “non-electric holiday ideas.” She has GUESS WHO? on her list, too!! Seriously, it’s such a fun game (and currently 40% off at Amazon! You should totally buy it! It’s such a fun game, but I digress….) She also created a list last year of “non-electric holiday ideas” by ages. Here are those:

Birth to 2 years
3 years to 6 years
6 years to 9 years

You should also subscribe to her blog while you’re visiting her site. She has a wealth of knowledge to share regarding rich, quality, read-over-and-over again children’s literature. Orange Marmalade is definitely one of my favorite blogs for that very reason. Not only does she list out books that she recommends, but she gives you detailed, extensive summaries of each book and whyshe recommends them. šŸ™‚ Definitely peruse her blog before heading to your library. Your kids will thank you, and you’ll thank Jill @ Orange Marmalade. There is nothing WORSE than reading low-quality, poorly written children’s literature to your kiddos. I was at the point of almost turning in our library cards several years ago until someone turned me on to a certain book (that I’ll be blogging about soon!!!) that made me reconsider. I was letting my boys pick out books, and whoa, there are some real duds out there. If you’re at that point, start reading Orange Marmalade. You’ll reconsider turning in your library card, too.

Would love to hear from YOU, my faithful readers! Do you have any brain-streching, body-movin’ gift ideas for kiddos that you can share!?!?! I would love, love, love to hear about them!

Finding Hope in Autism: Free Ebook resource

20 Oct

My husband is a church planter, and we are thankful to have just celebrated 2 years with our wonderful congregation at Redeemer Church. If you had told me 3 years ago that we would be planting a church, I would have laughed and given you a laundry list of all the reasons why we’d never do that. In God’s beautiful divine sovereignty and providence, He directed us into church planting. It’s been an amazing, wonderful, difficult, unclenching-my-fists-and-will, sanctifying, glorious, experiencing-God-like-I-never-had-before adventure. I’m thankful that He’sĀ much wiser than me and knew that calling our family to plant a church would result in Him drawing me (and my husband) to Himself and making me more like Christ.

Two of my DEAREST friends, Betsy and Jo, from our sending church grew up and went to college with Christine over at Grace Covers Me. I remember them telling me about her and her family moving to Virginia to plant a church. Fast forward 3 years later and my friend Betsy told me that Christine blogged about her experiences church planting and being a church planter’s wife. (Insert angelic voices singing and a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah Chorus” here) Her blog has been such an encouragement to me. If you’re a church planter’s wife or ministry wife, you should subscribe to her blog. I promise you’ll love it! She also has a new book coming out soon called The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart. I can’t wait to read it.

Right now she has a FREE RESOURCE on her blog called, A Beautiful Brokenness: a Mother Finds Hope in Autism. It is the story of her journey after her oldest son, Will, was diagnosed with Autism. She is offering it free in hopes that it will be an encouragement to others and a way to honor Will. I love Christine’s writing style–down-to-earth, funny, and encouraging. If you know of someone with a son or daughter, send them the link to the FREE BOOK at Grace Covers Me. You can download it in Word or as a .pdf.

This is another great resource that I couldn’t wait to share–a great blog for ministers’ wives and a GREAT book for Mothers of Autistic children. I pray that it’s encouraging and points you to Christ today.