Homeschooling Essential number 4 is – Paperbacks. Really, I just mean books but books doesn’t fit the P requirement and tons of our books are actually paperbacks. So that works, right?
We are a book family. There is absolutely no denying. But why would I? I LOVE books. I could spend so much money on books. But I don’t. Or, at least, I try not to.
Books are a necessity for us. They are a basic part of living and breathing. Most of us pick up a book and start reading in the morning long before we ever get breakfast. Books bring everything in the world to us and we take advantage of that by reading. Lots. We keep books. Lots of books. We have two 7’x4′ bookcases in our bedroom. There are books in all 3 of the giggly girls bedrooms. And then there is this, which I absolutely love!!!
But we don’t just read the books we own. We take advantage of our awesome library. We don’t have a limit on checkouts so we check out a lot of books that we don’t have. We go to the library every week. I tend to have about 50 books checked out at a time. We, as parents, limit the number the girls check out. They each check out up to 10 a week. Most weeks, they have to work hard to get it down to that number. And sometimes, I will check out the ones they have to “put back.” I’m a softie that way.
We need books. There are lots of reasons but now that we are homeschooling, it is even more important. Books provide so much. They are needed.
- For fun
- For information
- For pictures
- For history
- For reading
- For looking
- For learning
- For planning
- For help
- For pleasure
- For need
- For living
- For being
Printed books are my favorite. I love to have the paper in hand, to turn the pages, to feel the weight of the book, to know that it is real and tangible. I am learning to appreciate the electronic books, as well. I am not quite there yet but working on it. However, I have fallen in love with audio books. We check out audio books for the car. We turn them on most of the times we are in the car driving around and doing errands. The giggly girls ask for it. They even quit giggling. Until the book is funny. But, seriously, they love them, too. If you haven’t tried audio books, do. And if you have and are wondering why I am so far behind the times, look at the first sentence in this paragraph. Maybe that will explain it.
At any rate, books – paperback or other format – are a necessity. They are life providers for us. So that is why they are part of my 5 homeschooling essentials this week. Go pick up a book. Settle in. And read. At Home.
Looking for still more Homeschooling Essential, visit these friends blogs and see what they have chosen for Day 4 of the blog hop.
Adriana @ Homeschool Ways
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Julie @ Nurturing Learning
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor
Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Nicole @ Journey to Excellence