How to Use:
For children through 8th grade, we teach reading (and a love for reading) by having our children do the the following:
- Phonics lessons (learning to sound out words)
- Spelling lessons (learning to write the sounds we hear)
- Copywork from Scripture
- Reading the Bible aloud — we do this in our daily Torah time
- Listening to mom or dad read aloud from a chapter book, to learn expression and increase listening abilities (we do this in our History time, as well as another “fun” book before bed)
- Independently reading chapter books, after Phonics Level 1 (books from our home library or the local library)
We use the History read-alouds (below), but since much of our children’s reading is done independently, we put the following forms in their student binders:
We also include a subject called “chapter book” on their student checklist, which is placed in the front of each student’s binder. This means that the student is to read at least one chapter per day from their current chapter book. (We often find that they get involved in a book and read more than one chapter!) 🙂
High-school students add formal Literature to their schedule, but they continue to also read a chapter book each day.
In this section, you’ll find reviews of chapter books that you might wish to read aloud as a family or assign as independent reading to your children.
It is very difficult to find literature that is “Torah-Observant”! We would love to hear suggestions of books your family approves of! In the meantime, we are reviewing books and will continue to update this category.
START HERE! Don’t miss the excellent books recommended in our World History and American History curriculum! We especially recommend that you look at the books in American History, because there are more recommendations than you’ll be able to do in one year.
Family Chapter Book Reviews
*A book review by Christine Miller.
Upper Reading Level Book Reviews
- Good Morning, Miss Dove (Upper Reading Level)
- In His Steps (Upper Reading Level)
- The City of Fire (Upper Reading Level)
Other Good Book Ideas
The books listed with an “RA” designation after the entry are not-to-be-missed read alouds for young children.
- We have listed some of the books our family loves here. They are NOT all perfect, and many were read years ago before we understood the Torah, so please use discretion. ~Anne
- Using the 1000 Good Books List
- Original 1000 Good Books List (under revision, each title being compared with Torah principles)
- Grades 1-3 Primary
- Grades 4-6 Elementary (under construction)
- Grades 7-9 Junior (under construction)
- Grades 10-12 Senior (under construction)
How to Teach Literature
- The Primacy of Scripture
- On the Use of Real Books in the Elementary Curriculum
- On the Use of Real Books in the Secondary Curriculum
- Plundering the Egyptians: Does Secular Literature Have Any Value for Christians?
- On Good Books
- How History Becomes Mythology
- Mythology, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy
- Should We Teach Mythology (additional considerations)