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Libraries Are Dangerous…

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Our most recent library trip was, well, a little too successful. We hit a point we never imagined possible. We hit our limit on books!

When we first got our card at this library, we knew movies were going to be tough. A limit of 20 at a time seems like a lot, but when you have four or five documentaries, six for the kids, three more for Oz, and a whole series you want to catch up on, that adds up quick. More than once we’ve hit the limit and we haven’t even had the card for long. We like our television, which is probably horrible to say as a homeschool mom.

However, books should not have been a problem. Our limit is 75 books for the whole family. That’s enough for each of us to have ten books at a time, a crazy amount to read in two weeks, and still have 15 left over.

At first the book craze just didn’t happen. Corde got out a chapter book and a manga. I pushed Beekee and Sander to get a couple of history books we read together. It was a slow start. Mostly we just got movies. I got a few books, but no one else was really interested.

Then Beekee started learning how to read. We went to the library and he picked out a bunch of books. The next week we were going back to our classical inspired adventure. As I said, we’re changing things up and I’m trying to cram in all of the ancients before fall. We had some ground to cover, so I went, armed with a list.

I hate the idea of subjecting my kids to books they have little to no interest in. At the same time, Horizons needed to be broadened. We needed to start branching out from the same boring subjects. It seems like the only history we’ve covered was the American Revolution and the Civil War, both of which we’ve done to death. We were going to have to work at it if we want to have more variety. That might mean bringing books into the house and trying to get the kids to read them with me.

Somehow I didn’t expect the reaction. I couldn’t find the books I wanted, not most of them. I had to have some sent in from another library. The rest just didn’t exist. I decided to improvise on the rest.

Since then it’s been pretty wild around here. Every morning we start with a chapter of Caddie Woodlawn. Today we read two. We moved on to learn about how the Great Wall of China was made, about the Roman Army, Hadrian’s wall, and Alexander the Great. Yesterday we read about Cerberus and the Minotaur. We also learned about Pegasus and Balerophon. We were introduced to Theseus, and reintroduced to Hercules. Just to change it up, we also met Finn McCool. We still have some Eyewitness books, books on Athena, Jason, and Perseus. We have a myth about Pandora’s box and a story about Ananzi.

When I go back to the library I have to remember to bring the books we’ve finished. We have a number of books on hold. Some will be coming in from other libraries. We’ve got a lot of reading to do. I still want to pick up books on Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, Confucius, and maybe Ramses or King Tut. I need to hunt down more Greek and Roman myths. It would be nice to find some more Celtic myths. I hope to find some good books on Egypt, too. There may be more books on the Great Wall of China and other aspects of Chinese history. I would love to read some old Japanese stories, too, but those will probably be hard to find. We’ve got Aesop’s Fables waiting for us, too. The list just keeps growing!

Of course, by the time you read this we’ll probably be a week or two in books beyond this. I’m writing our posts in advance until I can get regular net on my phone. I should have it before this posts, but I want to give myself some breathing room. We’ve got a lot to plow through! If there’s one thing I can say about all this, we certainly aren’t at risk of being bored!

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Author: Fox

With four kids in the house, who has time for much? Well, we're trying to make it work, trying to get as close to our unschooling roots as we can while state restrictions and family pressures try to stand in our way. Every day is a new adventure.

One thought on “Libraries Are Dangerous…

  1. Oh, welcome to my world! I hit my limit weekly. I hate having to put books back on the shelf because we have too many. OCD really wants to rear its ugly head. Have fun with all the books!

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