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We have been sick around here. Luckily, it is a fast moving thing. It only lasts one day, but for that day, it pretty much knocks the person out. Yesterday was Sarah’s turn. She laid in bed for most of the day, and when she wasn’t in bed, she was in the bathtub.

When evening came, she was found laying in my bed. When I entered my room, she said, “I feel like Colin from The Secret Garden.” That one sentence contained vast amounts of emotion for me. We had read The Secret Garden together as a family, and I knew who Colin was, and I knew how Colin felt, and I now knew how Sarah felt, and she had been able to communicate it in one small sentence.

That is one of the reasons I read to my family. It gives my family a common language. We can communicate so much when just mentioning varies people from books. I can understand her more completely. I can feel how she feels, because we speak the same language. The various authors have put their heart and soul into their books, and we as readers can benefit from that. We can use the characters that they have created to demonstrate a way of feeling, acting or being, in just one short sentence.

“Stop acting like Eustace.” is another favorite family quote. Nothing more needs to be said. If you know who Eustace is, then there is no need to say more.

I love reading together with my family. It is one of the most bonding things we do together.

I could not make a very long list of the books we have read together because we keep reading the same ones over and over. If I read it to my oldest when he was 12, half of my family wasn’t even born yet. So, I read the best ones over and over.

Which is why I have read Little Britches three times out loud, and some of my children have never heard it.

Reading together is the most important part of my day. If all else falls apart; if the school day was a train wreck, we can still salvage the day by reading together. We always read right after lunch, that has worked really well for us. It is part of our family culture to read together, and it is probably one of the better parts.

I love to see my kids get ready for reading. They have been know to bring  blankets, pillows, art supplies, knitting, puzzles, hot wheels and dolls, just to name a few.

When we read Little Women as a family, one girl (to remain un-named, but she is mentioned above), said, “Marmee would never do that.” regarding something I had just done.

Such is life.

That is why reading is part of my family culture, because I want us to be refined by what we read, and to be able to speak a common language, and be bound together forever.

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Okay, I’m a slacker!  I thought I might be a little better at this, but wow I have to agree with Tina, what kind of person starts a blog and then only post once every month or so!!

I have been busy!!

Today was our first day of school.  I was only kind of excited to start.  That’s not good when you are the teacher.  But school has started here already and the kids were getting anxious, and amazingly they all wanted to start school.  So, we started and guess what, my friend called and asked if her three children could come over and stay while she went into surgery.  So for our first day of school, we had three visitors.

After the day was over, Mr. Bones came and sat by my side and said “School was really fun today.”   That was the highlight of my day, and that will also be the motivation for school tomorrow.  That is why I homeschool… for the joy of spending the day with my children.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

We had to mop the floor three times, and it was still dirty by dinner time.  We had markers from here to kingdom come, but hey… that’s all part of the joy, too.

Well, looking forward to updating everyone again in  September.

Tanya

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