I am a homeschooling mother of three: “Raisin” born in 2007, “Strawberry” born in 2012, and “Kitty” born in 2015. Before I stayed home with my children, I was a professional proofreader. Now that I am home with my kids, I seek to make learning fun! I love to incorporate literature, games, and interactive learning in to our homeschooling day.
When I’m not homeschooling, I love reading. I especially love classical literature (Victorian era is my favorite!) and history. Now that I’m a full-time homeschool mother, I find I spend most of my time reading children’s literature, homeschooling resources, and educational philosophies. I love it all!
I also love to learn more about photography, and I’m in the process of setting up a basement studio. Cooking also interests me.
A great piece of literature does not try to coerce you to believe it or to agree with it. A great piece of literature simply is. (Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet, page 201)
The strongest, most authentic motive for deep reading … is the search for a difficult pleasure. (Harold Bloom, How to Read and Why, page 29)
Rebecca Reads is a collection of my thoughts about books and reading, and reviews of books I’ve read. Now that my son is of school age, I’m also talking about the classics I read with him and some of the curriculum that works for us as we go through the homeschooling journey. For my personal reading, I try to read things that teach me something or get me thinking, including fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. I’m excited to introduce my son to good literature!
I don’t like to “rate” books because I cannot assign values to books: most books are both good and bad. As Madeleine L’Engle said, a great work of literature shouldn’t have to convince me that it is good. If I don’t like a book in the first 50 pages or so, I might not finish it. I am not in a hurry to finish my books, and I’m often reading a few at a time. I believe books are to be enjoyed!
Some books that I enjoy most include Beloved by Toni Morrison, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne. I’ve read each of those multiple times and continue to enjoy them.
Long before I knew I would homeschool my son, I began reviewing the books I read on my blog at Rebecca Reads. The archives provide a number of suggestions in classic literature, nonfiction, and children’s literature. When I find time to read quality books, I continue to share thoughts and reviews.
I blog about education on the Line upon Line Learning blog. The tagline is “Homeschooling, education, and life-long learning, one day at a time.” I provide ideas and suggestions for new homeschoolers, thoughts on education in general, and occasionally free printables or games for the home educating or classroom teacher to enjoy.
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