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Monday, July 21, 2008

Frugal Tip for Reading Curriculum


Some people spend up to $150 a year just on Reading Curriculum and I’m not sure why. I never used a "real" Reading program beyond Phonics. Instead, we read library books.

Here are some Library Reading Lists that I like to use:

You can also look at the table of contents in reading textbooks to see what stories the text contains. Then, borrow the entire book from the library.

What We're Doing This Year:
Instead of buying an official Literature curriculum for my 10th grade son, I checked out some of the 10th grade Literature texts. I made a list of the books that were highlighted in the texts. Now, I'm going to have my son read about a chapter of each one and choose some of them to read in their entirety. He will be able to find the books at the library and online (if they are old enough). Also, I'm going to have him do some online research about the authors and find online study guide information about the books.

7 comments:

Danielle Says Hello said...

Language Arts is one of the areas of study where I am 'unschooling'. I am fortunate to have a voracious reader and therefore reading has never been an issue. I have collected some reading lists over the past few months in order to put together a comprehensive list for the coming school year. Our one difficulty is her not wanting to step out of her 'genre'. Great post!! I always get such great ideas over here. Thanks!!!

Lisa (Morning Rose) said...

We borrow a lot of library books too, including books from our church library. I recently read "Honey for a Child's Heart" which has a bibliography of good literature in the back. We may try some of those books this year.

Stacy said...

Great tips! I have never been one to purchase a set curriculum for reading, though I do purchase some books online.

Tina said...

We have always used the library for our literature because we tend to unschool and do child led learning. Thanks for the awesome resources!

Shani said...

Good Morning!

Thanks for pointing out that education does NOT have to cost a lot of money. We are avid readers, and the library is our best friend. Reading *is* the best way to learn. :)

Have a lovely day!
~Shani

Anonymous said...

I like this idea!! We're getting a new (and closer) library by us so we'll be spending more time there!!

My kids love the library!! I couldn't see spending money on books we could get at the library anyway!!

Thanks for sharing,
Robyn
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/sonoranstamper/

eclectic education said...

This is really good! I use a combo of stuff, but NEVER pay a lot for Literature. :)

~Lynn