Hi! There are a wide variety of reading levels in the book basket lists. (Ex-1850 is the 1 year I don't have, but I'm assuming given the others.) I do both...I have a variety of books in the book basket and assign books for them to read. They usually choose to look at other-than-assigned during the book basket time.racegirl wrote:One thing I liked about our previous program was having dd read books she wouldn't normally choose if she had the choice. She's a good reader, but if given the choice will pick up "easy reading" or "fluff." Having a schedule, she read so many books she wouldn't have on her own, and ended up loving them. I read them along with her and we were able to have some great discussions.
Next year we are doing Exploration to 1850, and I originally had planned to incorporate historical fiction into our plan and assign them to her, actually write them on the schedule. She kinds of likes knowing what she'll be reading and waiting to see what's next. I hadn't really thought that book basket suggestions included fictional chapter books. Would book basket recommendations for year 4 include historical fiction for a child, say 5th to 8th grade level?
Anyone have any comments regarding assigning books vs letting them choose themselves via book basket? There are so many wonderful books for that time period, and I worry if given the choice she would not choose any books to challenge or stretch her. During book basket time, this is fine, as we schedule book basket during our afternoon quiet time and she can choose what she wants, but I also like her to have other readers that she reads independently.
I started out the year, like you mentioned, assigning one every set # of weeks. I later decided to assign one, encourage them to read, and when they finish, wait a few days to a week and assign another. My 10ds rarely chooses to read anything (...yet, I still have hope!) so this is pretty much it for his reading. Ds12 reads quite a bit for enjoyment, so if he is engaged in a book, I will try and wait until he is nearly finished before suggesting another.
In the TMs there is also a list of good books to read at each grade level that are not directly related to the historical topic. I have arranged those on a shelf. The kids have gone and chosen some on their own, but I will assign those or direct them to choose one too.