Good advice! I need to start keeping an annual reading list for my boys too, as they love to read! I've been writing the books in our homeschool planner as they are completed, but it would be useful to have all the books in one list. I also keep track of my books in the planner to see how much I have read in a year.
My daughter has always been a lover of books. We are now in our 6 year of homeschooling and she is in the 10th grade. What I do for reading is create a list for school (English, History, Geography, etc) and then introduce her to other authors by what I read.
I rave and rave about how wonderful a particular book was explaining why I loved it; then I suggest she may find it a great read too. This usually works with most books.
I have found that once she reads one book by the author she will want to read more. Or another book set in that time period, etc. I have a hard time keeping up with all the books she reads (outside of school) because she loves reading.
Thankfully she has even been willing to re-read a book for school and go deeper in the discussion.
A lot of kids have been turned off to reading by the books that are standard school fare. As adults, they now say they haven't opened a book since high school or college. Frankly, I don't blame them. Granted, I could have looked up from the aliens-blowing-up-planets and unicorns-rescuing-maidens books from time to time. And yes, here was an occasional bright light (O. Henry, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, John Stienbeck, Jack London, Shakespeare and numerous other poets). But much of the literature I had to read, I still shudder at the thought of! I'd love it if someone would put together a "great literature" list that any college would be satisfied with... A list that favors Jane Austen and Mark Twain over Samuel Beckett and Kafka, if you know what I mean? There must be more good authors out there that I haven't even heard of!
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I had never thought to just keep a running list of what we have read for their school careers/year. What an inspiring idea!
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I have a prolific reader and she is 12 y.o. She's already doing some work at HS level - the stuff that she really enjoys like Biology and Reading. I have kept record of her reading lists for years now. If she were to go into college early, could I use those books even if she's just in 6th grade? How do kids skip a grade in homeschool?
Of course, the expectations are different for every college, but Lee talks often about keeping track of high school level work done in middle school. I think you will like these articles:
College Bound Reading List
Earning Early High School Credit in Homeschool
You might really like this parent training course too! Best High School Guidance Counselor (Online Training)
I hope that helps!
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