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Homeschooling Summer Reading List 2011

What should homeschoolers read during the summer?

You asked for it, so we are providing it! None of these books are required to be read in the summer, but if you want to get a head start on the next year this is the perfect place to start. Hope you enjoy! If you have any other suggestions be sure to post them to our facebook page.


Rising to Challenge 1:

Uncle Tom’s Cabin - Stowe

The Chosen - Chaim Potok (Robin Wisner's personal favorite)

John Adams - McCollough

1984 – Orwell

Huck Finn – Twain


Rising to Challenge B:

The History of Science - it’s only a reference book for students, but if they could read it, even better.

The Hiding Place - because it is the longest book they’ll read.

Look over vocabulary for Latin and start making flash cards

Look over Introductory Logic book.

Watch the Tour Guide for Logic and Latin.

Read Fallacy Detectives.

Start looking for good science fair project idea books

Rising to Challenge A:

Paddle to the Sea, by Holling C. Holling: A toy Indian and his canoe travel from Lake Nipigon to the Atlantic Ocean.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, Jean Lee Latham: From indentured servant to famous navigator, this story follows the life of a self-educated young man and his remarkable contributions to maritime navigation in the early 1700s.

2000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne: Sent to investigate mysterious encounters that are disrupting international shipping, Professor Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and disgruntled harpooner Ned Land are captured when their frigate is sunk during an encounter with the "monster." The submarine Nautilus and its eccentric Captain Nemo afford the professor and his companions endless fascination and danger as they're swept along on a yearlong undersea voyage. (free e-book available at

More Than Meets the Eye, Richard Swenson, M.D. (for parents and students!) “Dr. Swenson examines the wonders of creation and explains how they reveal a majestic God whose mastery of detail is evident everywhere.”

Going into Foundations Cycle 3:

Some are to be treated as read-alouds for this grammar stage group. Some are also Challenge books, which will be read again by the students individually, when they are older.

The Light and the Glory for Children: Discovering God’s Plan for America from Christopher Columbus through George Washington by Peter Marshall and David Manuel

From Sea to Shining Sea: Discovering God’s Plan for America in Her First Half-Century of Independence, 1787-1837 by Peter Marshall and David Manuel

Sounding Forth the Trumpet: God’s Plan for America 1837-1860 by David Manuel

The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little Britches Series by Ralph Moody

Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

Story of the World Vol. IV, Springhill Press

What’s Inside You, Usborne Books

It Couldn’t Just Happen by Lawrence O. Richards

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