Since our dear friends moved away last February, we've looked for ways to stay connected. One way was with Story Starters by Karen Andreola. The other most recent thing we came up with is a book club. It's so hard to find book clubs or reading groups that offer quality reading for our children. We decided to have our girls choose a book to read together from their Ambleside free reading list. Mary and her friend are reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and also By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Grace and her friend are reading Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. The girls also suggested that the moms choose a book to read together. We decided on Emma by Jane Austen and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
It's been encouraging for both me and the girls to know that someone else is reading "along with us". We're able to discuss the books by phone and also email. Hopefully soon we'll be talking about them in person. This has been a fabulous way to encourage my girls (and myself) to pick up a book that may at first not seem appealing, but in actuality is not only stimulating, but very entertaining.