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Our Favorite Read-alouds in Our Homeschool (Children’s Series)

Welcome to part three of my series of read-alouds we have enjoyed in our homeschool. Today I’m sharing children’s series. There are other series which my kids enjoy on their own, but these are the ones we have read together…


Marcus was obsessed with The Magic School Bus for most of his elementary years. He loves science. Besides reading the Scholastic books, we watched as many episodes of the science series as we could.


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart is a wonderful series about four very talented and bright children who make up a team of young agents! Each adventure is exciting and full of unexpected plot twists.


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. One of the best children’s series ever in my opinion! Marcus gets to reread The Magician’s Nephew this year with his online English class which focuses on themes and symbols.


Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller is a newer series we have discovered and really like. Check it out if you haven’t already.


Marcus and I both treasure this series! The Guardians of Childhood features famous legends St. Nicholas, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Sandman, and Jack Frost. The delightful movie Rise of the Guardians was based off this series.

♥ Have you read any of these series with your kids? What is your favorite children’s book series? Thanks for reading! ♥

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Our Favorite Read-alouds in Our Homeschool (Classics)

One of the delights for me as a homeschooling mom has been all the classics I’ve been able to share with my kids. Some of these were a revisit from my childhood past. Others I had never read before and might not have otherwise. Today I’m sharing the classics we have read together in eight years of homeschooling:


The first classic we read in our homeschool was The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett. For Marissa’s senior year, we re-read it again, which was nice for Marcus because he couldn’t remember the story from when he was 7-years old. The Secret Garden is my absolute favorite children’s classic.

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Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers; The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh lofting; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo   I’d say these stories are good for all ages. We read Mary Poppins after the movie, Saving Mr. Banks came out.

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A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, both by Charles Dickens

Mouse_and_the_Motorcycle      OldYeller

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary ; Old Yeller by Fred Gipson                          I blubbered all the way through the ending of Old Yeller!

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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie; Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss; Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (so good it gets to appear in two posts!)

For a couple years, my youngest two were home while my oldest two were in college. So, I read the above grouping of books with Marcus and the following novels with Marissa…

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The “good parts” version abridged by William Goldman

Have you read any of these classics with your kids? What is your favorite children’s classic? Have you ever cried while trying to read a book aloud? Please tell me I’m not the only one! Haha! Thanks for reading!

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Our Favorite Read-alouds in Our Homeschool (Childhood Favorites)

My absolute favorite part of homeschooling is our read-aloud time. This will be five part series covering our childhood favorites; classics; children’s book series; surprising books; and newer discoveries.

Today I asked each of my kids to list five of their favorite childhood books “off the top of their heads” as the saying goes. Here are their picks-

Zach’s childhood favorites



I think all of my kids have enjoyed the Magic Treehouse series.




The Hobbit has been read many times in our house!


Darcie’s childhood favorites


Darcie says The Phantom Tollbooth is her all-time favorite.



Darcie read Matilda aloud to her younger brother once and I thought that was really sweet.


Midnight Magic


Marissa’s childhood favorites


Marissa says Wacky Wednesday is her top favorite Dr. Seuss book.





To this day, both of my girls like Nancy Drew books. Darcie took over my eighties collection and adds to it when she shops used book sales. Marissa continues to collect the classics. I even have a few older editions my sister thoughtfully gave me one Christmas.


Marcus’ childhood favorites


Marcus has a tiger stuffy which looks like Hobbes and he used to reenact parts of these comics. For example, once he stood at the top of the stairs and announced he would be racing Hobbes down. And then he threw Hobbes to the bottom and promptly accused him of cheating! Marcus used to request that I read several of these comics to him at bedtime.


Farm Flu is an adorable rhyming story about a farm full of sick animals! We met the author once and she truly loves children. She has written other books, but my personal favorite is The Ring of Truth: An Original Irish Tale. Find a list of Teresa Bateman’s storybooks here.


When we first started homeschooling, we lived in Canada so it was easy to find all of Robert Munsch’s wonderful storybooks at the library. Marcus is not sure he can really pick a favorite! By the way, the Robert Munsch site is a lot of fun so check it out!


This just represents the Geronimo Stilton series. I remember reading a few to Marcus at his bedtime.


Who isn’t a Dr. Seuss fan? I once hoped this particular book would convince picky-eater Marcus to try eggs, but alas! I even made him green eggs and ham once for St. Patrick’s Day. He wouldn’t touch them.


My childhood favorites


I’ve always liked teddy bears so Corduroy just makes me happy!


The Tale of Ginger & Pickles was my all-time favorite Beatrix Potter story and I still have my well-loved copy in my cedar chest. My Grandma Joyce gave it to me when I was a young girl.


This was my favorite Dr. Seuss book when I was growing up. What an imagination!


I discovered this charming story as a teenager when I took a child development class in high school. I even colored a flip-picture version for my babysitting kit. The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, by Steven Kroll.


Pollyanna, by Eleanor Porter, is a story I’ve always loved. I don’t know what happened to my childhood copy, but I’ve just ordered another from Amazon.

♥ Are any of these books in your home library? What was a treasured book from your childhood? ♥