All About Reading Level 4

Books on My Nightstand – and All Over the House

The amount of books that I’ve been piling on my nightstand, stuffing in baskets, and dropping all over the house is just about ridiculous lately. I do believe I have a book problem.

(I suppose there are worse things, right?)

Books to Read in 2014

At the beginning of the year I set a goal to read 12 non-fiction books by the end of the year, because typically those are the books that I avoid. I’d much rather read book candy, but my brain really needs some deeper stuff to fill it up and my heart really needs encouragement too.

Technically, I’m a little behind on the original list, although I have finished ten books now (see the full list here). That may have something to do with the fact that I have four books currently in hand that I am reading (sticking to one at a time is apparently boring).

Non-Fiction to Recommend

Not a Fan

One of the books added to my list last month, Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman, was an accidental order (I was supposed to order the journal). We’ve been working through the series with our homegroup and it has been great – so now I’m reading the book too!

    Parenting with Love and Logic

Parenting with Love and Logic goes along with Loving Our Kids on Purpose, a book I read earlier this year. Rick and I are now reading them together. Both books  have clicked with how my brain works and have given me some good parenting tips (and I can use all that I can get!).

I’m also looking forward to these few books…

Favorite Fiction Reads

As You Are by Sarah Eden

Reading before bed is just relaxing. Especially on my Kindle. Here are just a few of the books that I’ve recently enjoyed and recommend.

  • Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon – just know that it’s the first in a series, and the rest of the books aren’t available yet. Boo.
  • As You Are by Sarah M. Eden – cannot say enough how much I love her books!
  • The Lady Emily Mystery series by Tasha Alexander – I happened to pick one up at the library and immediately went back to read all EIGHT of the books in the series. Good, clean, and well written (and I like that).

If you’re interested in seeing all of the books that I’ve read so far this year, visit my 2014 Pinterest Reading Board.

What are YOU reading right now?

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Constitution Day Worksheets

Constitution Day is September 17, 2104 and you can download free worksheets to help your children or classroom learn more about the importance behind the Constitution of the United States.

Constitution Day Printables


The Constitution Day Printables include a poster of the Preamble, trivia cards, a word find, copywork of the Preamble, and a few other fun activities to go along with our reading.

Constitution Day Printables


The Constitution Day worksheets were originally shared last year and you can find them HERE.

Books for Kids about the Constitution

Here are the books we’ve pulled off the shelf to read this next week. Our new favorite is Our Constitution Rocks.







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Preschool Theme Ideas, Alphabet Games, and Sunflower Crafts – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

Homeschool Preschool: Preschool and Kindergarten Community linkup at Homeschool Creations

My brain is slowly getting back in the preschool gear. I tell you, switching between an apple theme for preschool and grading high school lit papers is enough to make my brain start smoking! You all had some fun links last week, and here are a few to highlight.

preschool themes

If you need some preschool theme ideas to get your brain going, be sure to check out this list from School Time Snippets. Several of them are based on the seasons, but there are quite a few you might forget (like me) and it’s a great reminder! I plan on putting this list to good use over the next few weeks!

apple punch game

Have some fun with this Alphabet Quest game from Mama Casale – I know our kids would have loved this and there are so many different things you could do with this setup besides alphabet learning!

Last week our 3 year old co-op class had some great fun using several apple crafts and activities. From do-a-dot pages to a fun handprint craft, we had a pile of things to send home for mom and dad!

sunflower craft

A local field was FULL of sunflowers recently – which just made this paper plate sunflower craft from In the Playroom jump out at me. Sunflowers just make me smile!

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Preschool Pinterest Board

Each week I am  pinning many of your links onto the Preschool and Kindergarten Community Pinterest Board. I’m a visual person, so having pictures to help me remember posts is super helpful. Be sure to jump over and follow the board – and find some fun ideas at the same time!


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Look What Just Arrived at Our House!!

Yesterday, a fun box – complete with silly snail art – showed up on our doorstep and inside was the final level of All About Reading. We took advantage of the $20 off special that is being offered on the new release of Level 4 and cannot wait to dig in.

All About Reading Level 4

Our boys have been using All About Reading since it first released, and it is truly my favorite reading program by far. Zachary will be working on Level 4 this year and he was so excited to see the box – that says a lot to me!.

(On a side note, I wasn’t stalking the Fed Ex guy at all in anticipation of its arrival…nor did I do a little happy dance when it showed up. Nope, not me.)



The only time that All About Learning Press offers discounts is during the release week of their new product, so I wanted to let you know about the sale just in case! Through September 15, 2014 you can save $20 off the Level 4 bundle and also save money on the individual components of the program.

In Level 4 (the final level of the All About Reading series), your student will learn exciting new concepts, including words with multiple suffixes, fifteen new phonograms, and methods for decoding multi-syllable words – and continue to establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning. Every component of reading is taught: decoding (phonics and structural analysis), vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

New concepts are applied through engaging hands-on activities and beautifully illustrated, fully decodable short stories.

For more details and to see what’s included in the Level 4 materials, check out the All About Reading Level 4 overview page. You can even download samples of four complete lessons from the teacher’s manual, activity book, and decodable readers.

Want a sneak peek at the Level 4 activity sheets? Check out this blog post to download three FREE reading activities.


Win the All About Reading Level 4 Set!

Be sure to hop over to the All About Learning Press site and enter their  GIVEAWAY for the brand new level! But hurry! This giveaway ends on September 14th – and the sale ends September 15th! (p.s. if you purchase the program and then win – they will refund your purchase! How great is that?)

We’ll keep you posted on our progress throughout the year, but this is a program we recommend 110%!

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Four Weeks of School Down…

For the last four weeks we’ve slowly been adding in subjects as the weeks go along and our fifth week will mean we’ll have a full schedule. The phasing in of subjects helps me figure out the overall rhythm of our days and start tweaking things early on so we don’t get too overwhelmed with what needs to be done.

Snap circuits lego and puzzles

The first week we focused on the basics: math, language, reading, handwriting, and Bible. Week two we added  science, writing, and art. Week three added spelling and starting our fourth week we started with LEGO Education and Snap Circuits (although the boys have been sneaking them out the last two weeks – wink).

This week we add in our final subject: history. I am so excited to start the fourth year of Mystery of History. The kids have been asking about it, so you know they are ready! Also our last piece of curriculum, All About Reading 4, is on it’s way here (woot!).

So far, I have to say that we are loving Learning Language Arts Through Literature. It was a big switch for my brain, but it has been a great fit for both of the boys and for that I am so happy. It was one of those decisions that I was so nervous about, so the fact that it has fit in so seamlessly is a a huge relief.

Adding in Co-op

first day of coop 2014

During our fourth week of school we also added two different co-ops to our schedule (you are free to call me crazy at any time). Both of them offer different opportunities for the kids – one offers two high school classes for Laurianna, and the other involves fun ‘extra’ classes that often get put to the side (PE, music, etc…) for all four.

For the fall semester I’ll be teaching two classes: high school lit and the 3-year-old class. (Can you guess what we talked about in the 3 year old class this past week?) My brain may be having a bit of trouble jumping back and forth on lesson plans for those.

A Peek at High School

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Laurianna has been the one with the most changes this year in her work load. While she is (almost always) handling the changes well, she is fully understanding the intensity of high school level classes, but doing it with much dedication. Definitely proud of that girl!

A certain mom realized that said daughter could work on every other Algebra problem and still do what was necessary (it only took 13 lessons before I remembered we did that very same thing in high school). One of her favorite subjects though this year has been North Star Geography. Maybe it shouldn’t make me giggle, but I love hearing the little factoids that she is learning about different countries.


That pretty much wraps up the first four weeks of our homeschool time. How has school been going for you?


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Linking up this week with Collage Friday and Weekly Wrap-up!

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