Book Haul | What We’re Reading and Why

Homeschool | Living Books and Hands On Kits

More living books! Yes please. I keep saying I’ll divert my funding from books to use for other resources, but here we are, back to buying books. I love books that are engaging, well written and beautifully illustrated. This haul is no different. I love all these picture books especially the biographies of Sophie and Dinosaur Lady. We love home as well! We plan to use this with our Waldorf grade 3 lessons on shelters, clothing and farming. I learned about this book from a friend, Gehad, on Instagram. We also got a lot of Field Guides for various regions like polar, safari and desert animals. These were all bought used through third party sellers on Amazon. We also got a few math books and other resources like a fractions tray by Bigjigs and multiplication table from Lino Natura.

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We got our botanical kits from A Child’s Dream. The indigo kit and the plant dye kit are for our history units.

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Book Haul

What We’re Reading This Spring and For Our Nature Units

Why buy books when you can get them from the library? It’s a question I get often, since I tend to buy our books for homeschool rather than check them out from the library. But it wasn’t always like that. I used to check them out from the library in the past, too. Why the change? And is it right for you?

In case you don’t know, we homeschool in California through a charter school. Each year we are allocated funding to buy educational supplies or take academic classes. I started buying our homeschool books rather than checking them out from the library when it became increasingly difficult to source all the books I wanted. Not to mention, I couldn’t guarantee I would get all the books in time for our units and main lesson blocks. Then there would be some we wanted to keep longer than the check out period and overall these challenges caused a lot of stress. So, I decided to change all that. I started buying the books we wanted to use for our units, even if we only used them once (though really we’ve used these books multiple times). I found that I could find a wider variety of books from book sellers online than at my local library, even with transfers. Aside from the ease, there’s one more major reason why we buy our books rather than check them out. I love having the opportunity to support these authors, publishers and illustrators. The books I buy are not best sellers, but we need them to be available, and we want more! By my small efforts to support and share them, I hope we keep on getting amazing, beautiful and inspiring books to use in our homeschool.

The books today are from Amazon. We bought Bees, A Honeyed History, Sea Bear, Whales, and Illustrated Celebration, Lovely Beasts, and many more.

We plan to use these books for our spring units. While we’ve already done one on Bees and Honey, Botany and Butterflies, if we do anymore lessons in those units, we’ll add the lessons to the video playlist.

If you want to know who inspired part of this book haul, head over to Lacy Arrowsmith’s instagram!

 

 

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Why Buy Books?

Why buy books? We buy books for our homeschool main lesson blocks and unit studies. We love books! Granted many of the selections you can find at the library. We did include a few kits in this haul, but primarily, we bought books. We used our educational funding to purchase these materials. We shopped at Bookshop.org, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Treasures by Jennifer. In the video I talk about our Chinese brush calligraphy materials we purchased a few years ago and have yet to use. We will be adding them to our China Unit. We are using these books for upcoming units as well as units we’ve already done. A year ago, we did a bird unit and later my friend, Megan, hatched chickens. I found a book on chicks and thought it would be the perfect addition to that unit. You can check out our Bird Main Lesson Block for more videos and tutorials. We also bought a few books for our physics unit on Acoustics.

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  1. Hi Hana, I am trying to find Chinese fables books which you showed in video. But can’t find the exact one. Can you please share the link. Thanks

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