Biographies for Children

Homeschooling is not just teaching my children how to read but developing their character along the way. Reading biographies is a powerful way to influence and inspire the children. They learn about true people who overcame their disabilities, failure and weaknesses and become successful in their chosen fields.

I always try to look for good biography books and so far, these are what I found from Booksale:

The Courage to Learn, The Story of Helen Keller.

Always Inventing, The True Story of Thomas Alva Edison.

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I  found these historical biography books from Tahanan Publishing. Each on costs 100 pesos and are easy to read.

Andres Bonifacio

Apolinario Mabini

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These are the books I found from National Bookstore, Biographies of modern day Filipinos. These books are published by Summit Publishing.

Simply Jesse, The Story of Jesse Robredo

Princess Lea, The Life Story of Lea Salonga

Nanay Coring, Thhe Story of National Book Store’s Socorro Ramos

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These are great ways to inspire my kids to become all that God has created them to be! Do you have other Biography books for children you’d like to share? I’d like to know as I am constantly looking for good books for my children!

 

25 Free Classics Kindle eBooks for Kids

In celebration of  the World Read Aloud day, I am sharing with you some of our favorite books which are FREE as of today from Kindle. We love actual books but with the limited space we have and with the resources available online, there are generally some books we read using ebooks, particularly with Kindle.

I hope that your family will enjoy these classic ebooks as much as we did!

Pollyanna

Pollyanna Grows Up 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Light Princess

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Great Expectations

A Christmas Carol

The Secret Garden

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Moby Dick

The Jungle Book

Anna Karenina

Little Women

Around the World in 80 Days

Heidi

The Swiss Family Robinson

A Little Princess

The Man in the Iron Mask

A Collection of Beatrix Potter Stories

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The Call of the Wild

Aesop’s Fables

The Legend of King Arthur and His Knights

World Read Aloud Day

Our family loves reading aloud together. Aside from the entertainment it gives us, reading aloud gives us a time where every body stops what they are doing and just comes together for a common activity. It has given us countless memories of families and characters we have met while reading together. We’ve discussed the different journeys each of the characters take and the outcome of each story. We learn together through new vocabulary words, how to handle different situations and experience new adventures together.

For the past 5 years that we have been reading aloud as a family, I have witnessed first hand the advantages reading aloud together.

– Reading aloud brings the family closer. We take time off from whatever we are doing and tune in together in a common activity. It is an intentional activity that draws us together.

– Reading aloud enriches ones vocabulary. Words, story and new adventures await us each time we read. It helps develop reading comprehension and correct word pronounciation.

– Reading aloud connects us to one another. In a fast paced life, family often don’t have anything in common to talk about. Reading together gives us this opportunity.

– Reading aloud brings the family to different places. It allows us to travel without leaving the house, and learn with our eyes and feelings.

As we celebrate World Read Aloud Day on the 4th of March this year, I encourage you to take a book and read with your children, even if they can already read on their own.

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You’ll never know just what sort of adventure awaits you!

Adarna House’s History Books

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When I went to the Homeschool Conference a few weeks ago, I was glad to see there were many booths selling books. Adarna House was one of the publishers who graced that event. I immediately asked their friendly staff about books relating to Philippine history and was pleasantly surprised to find several picture books under this category.

Teaching Philippine history can be boring if we only use textbooks prescribed by our homeschool provider, so I was happy to see all these books which could make our Philippine history discussion livelier. Here are some of the books I found and bought:

Guardians of Tradition

What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan

Batang Historyador series 

I  hope to find more books about the Philippines in the Manila International Book Fair this week. Have you found any other interesting Philippine history books?

Funny Chapter Books

My children has been reading chapter books for the past years and we’ve found some really nice yet funny books that we read over and over and still find it fun!

Amelia Bedelia

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Homer Price

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Bear Called Paddington

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Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh

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These are the books that made it to our list! Do you have any other recommendations? Drop us a comment and let us know!