New on the Stack in February 2016

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Not a lot of new books for me in February – perhaps because I’m in a reading slump. I don’t generally list the kid lit I bring in, but am this month in part so my post doesn’t seem so skimpy. 🙂

New on the Stack February 2016


Teaching from RestTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie by Sarah Mackenzie

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I like her podcast, and have heard good things about the book.

The Gospel Story BibleThe Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New TestamentsThe Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments by Marty Machowski by Marty Machowski

How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: We finished our last story Bible and I’ve had my eye on this one. So far I’d give it two thumbs up – it’s beautifully illustrated, I like its approach, and it’s written on a good level to fit my kids right now.

The Story of the World Volume 1The Story of the World: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised EditionThe Story of the World: History for the Classical Child: Volume 1: Ancient Times: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor, Revised Edition by Susan Wise Bauer (and Activity Book) by Susan Wise Bauer

How did I get it: Bought them
Why did I get it: Considering adding them in to our new homeschool curriculum, in large part because of the activity book. I am not good at adding in hands-on things and the activity book may make that easier for me. That’s the hope anyway and why I’m giving it a try.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Jim Kay illustrationsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated EditionHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 1) by J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay by J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

How did I get it: Bought it as a Christmas present to myself, when Amazon had their 30% off one item sale. I *finally* got my copy last month but forgot to list it until this month. I’m glad it was only a present for myself because it definitely didn’t arrive by Christmas. 🙂
Why did I get it: Harry Potter! And it’s gorgeous.

Year of the Black PonyYear of the Black PonyYear of the Black Pony by Walt Morey by Walt Morey

How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: Found it on a nice sale and thought it was worth trying, since my library didn’t have it and reviews sounded promising.

Little BritchesLittle Britches: Father and I Were RanchersLittle Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody by Ralph Moody

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library.
Why did I get it: Have heard great things about it, and even when I was checking it out at the library I had someone notice it in my stack and comment about how much she loved it!

When We Were Very YoungWhen We Were Very YoungWhen We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne by A. A. Milne

How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: I’m continuing to add more children’s poetry to our collection.

Now We Are SixNow We Are SixNow We Are Six by A. A. Milne by A. A. Milne

How did I get it: Bought it.
Why did I get it: I’m continuing to add more children’s poetry to our collection.

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  1. Glad you finally got your illustrated Harry Potter. It is amazing! Our copy has already gotten a lot of love. The cover is coming off in one spot. Oh well. I’m happy Christopher is enjoying Harry Potter so much.

    I love A.A. Milne. Enjoy the poems. 🙂

  2. I like Story of the World 🙂 I didn’t use it this year with our history studies, even though it would have fit right in with the subject matter, because it was still a tad advanced for my Ker, but I’m going to try again over the summer and see if she likes it as a review/placeholder-with-some-different-information until we start our new year in the fall. If not, I’ll probably use it on our next cycle through ancient history in 4 years, when she’s 9 years old and in 4th grade (the curriculum I use suggests it for the upper grammar stage, around grades 3-6, anyway, rather than the author’s suggested 1-4).

    I’m not sure if you’ve looked ahead enough to see that Sonlight uses SOTW 1 and 2 in Core G, and then 3 and 4 in Core H. If you use it now, you’d need to consider whether you’d re-read it then or have to pick a new spine to work in to your Sonlight studies.

    Do keep in mind, also, that the author recommends that SOTW 4 not be used with children under a certain age (8 or 9, maybe?) because it covers some dark times in modern history and younger children may be too sensitive for the level of detail she goes into–you’d need to pre-read that carefully if you kept going with the series now with Sonlight’s 2-year cycle. You could just use the year 4 activity guide to add in hands-on activities, though, and save the text for when the kids are older, if you don’t think they’re ready for it yet.

    But I do like SOTW, and I’m hoping my daughter is ready to read it this summer.

    • I do know that Sonlight uses SOTW in G & H, but decided to try using it with B anyway (and possibly with C & maybe even D & E as well). I think it’ll be a good fit for him *now* and don’t want to avoid it just because we *may* end up doing Sonlight G&H in the future, and they *may* still use them as the spine and he *may* be unhappy about redoing the spine books. There was some comment in the Sonlight Forums that finally persuaded me to try it – about not letting what might happen in the future keep me from using what is best for us right now (paraphrasing it).

      If we keep up with the SOTW books at a one-a-year pace, G would be 9 1/2 when we start 4, so he’d be over their minimum age. It would mean being careful about little sisters possibly listening in, but that’s also going in the “will worry about those specifics when we get there” file.

      I’m not entirely sure how it will shake out – will I keep G in his own core, or will I try to combine him with H? Right now I’m leaning towards separate, because I think it’d be better for her because of the personalities involved. 🙂 So for the time being I’m proceeding as if he’ll continue in his own, and will keep deciding each year what will work best for us all. Maybe she’ll end up combining with M, although the 3 year age difference makes it a bit more challenging if I want to stick with Sonlight.

      We’ll see. As soon as I think I’ve got it figured out something will change I’m sure. 🙂

  3. All of these are new to me! I am mostly intrigued by The Gospel Story Bible. Thanks for the link up! Love seeing everyone’s books!

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