With my oldest just starting kindergarten I haven't used any curriculum yet. We are simply doing a little of this and that for this year.
But we do have our favorites. Here's one of mine:
Almost all of our other favorites - storybooks and read-alouds have come from our local library.
Some I borrowed as recommendations from book-lists on sites like Simply Charlotte Mason and Ambleside Online.
Others have been our own finds, or were recommended by our local librarian. When 'shopping' for good children's books, I look:
- for the date it was originally published (often, but not always, the earlier the better)
- to see if this book was an award-winner (Caldecott or Newbery)
- at the story line, both in the first few pages and flipping through for 'samples'
There's no way I could list all the books we have loved, but here are some of our favorites:
In addition to these, we have also enjoyed Ox-Cart Man, by Barbara Cooney, plus several books by Robert McCloskey and many from Eric Carle.
And last but certainly not least, one of Dale's (and my) newest favorites:
This book is full of wonderful poems, great for reading aloud. Dale asks just about every day (often more than once a day) for me to read to him from this book. And I even find myself picking it up to see what I can find. This is one we will probably end up purchasing sooner or later!
What are your favorite books?