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Asia Book List


Book List

Asia – Geography

Asia : Everything You Wanted To Know – Margaret Hynes

Asia – Bethany Onsgard

Asia – Rebecca Hirsch


Lost And Found Cat : The True Story Of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey – Doug Kuntz And Amy Shrodes


I See The Sun In Afghanistan – Dedie King


ABC Israel – Rachel Raz


I See The Sun In Nepal – Dedie King


India – Chloe Perkins

To Market! To Market!- Anushka Ravishankar

Mama’s Saris – Pooja Makhijani

Monsoon Afternoon – Kashmira Sheth

India : A Benjamin Blog And His Inquisitive Dog Guide – Anita Ganeri

South Korea

South Korea – Chloe Perkins


Dodsworth In Tokyo – Tim Egan

Grass Sandals : The Travels Of Basho – Dawnine Spivak

The Origami Master – Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Wabi Sabi – Mark Reibstein

The Sound Of Silence – Katrina Goldsaito

A Pair Of Red Clogs – Masako Matsuno

One Leaf Rides The Wind : Counting In A Japanese Garden – Celeste A. Mannis

Tsunami! – Kimiko Kajikawa


China – Chloe Perkins

Daisy Comes Home – Jan Brett

The Story About Ping Marjorie Flack And Kurt Wiese

Lon Po Po : A Red-Riding Hood Story From China – Ed Young

The Cat From Hunger Mountain – Ed Young

The House Baba Built : An Artist’s Childhood In China – Ed Young

The Seven Chinese Sisters – Kathy Tucker

The Empty Pot – Demi

The Shady Tree – Demi

Tikki Tikki Tembo – Arlene Mosel

Bitter Dumplings – Jeanne M. Lee


I was going to link each of the books on Amazon, but some are hard to find and don’t have current listings. Most of them are available though, so if anyone would find this helpful, let me know and I’ll update the list!

Build Your Library · Homeschool · kindergarten

Learning about France


Photo by Carissa Gan on Unsplash

We are starting France! We’re especially excited for these stories because we hope to take a trip to Paris sometime in the near future. These are the France specific books we got from the library. We also own Linnea in Monet’s Garden (a favorite) and are using the Beginner’s World Atlas, Angry Birds Explore the World, and Children Like Me, along with a few other general books about Europe.


Oh and we already finished the Greetings from Somewhere book about Paris. Not so sure how Flat Stanley will go since we haven’t read the others before it. We just read Adèle & Simon and loved trying to find all the missing items in the illustrations.

We’ll probably watch the Madeline movie, which apparently has a scene in it about eating a chicken named Fred, who happened to be a friend of Madeline’s. I don’t remember if I’ve ever seen the movie, or know how the rest of that scene plays out, but it was an interesting little tidbit to find on YouTube.

For an art project, we are going to do profile silhouettes, from our Global Art book. I actually think we might be able to turn them into Christmas presents in some fashion.

There are several activities in our curriculum (Build Your Library) for Linnea in Monet’s Garden, including drawing a picture of your family, creating a Japanese bridge painting, and learning about the flowers in the garden. Since it’s late November and there are no flowers blooming here, I might get some from the grocery store and do a mini flower unit. We’ll do some more in the spring, but it would be a good tie in to talk about the different parts of a flower.

I haven’t decided what food we’ll make yet, but maybe an apple tart or chocolate filled  croissants.


We are official!

vegan homeschooling
Our Work Area

All of our paperwork is turned in to the school district and we officially started yesterday, August 1st!

I used this super basic affidavit from and this set of objectives. You can find the .doc versions of them on this page. I was a lot more worried about this whole process than I should’ve been. Honestly, the hardest part was finding a notary public, and I just ended up at a UPS store. I was a bit worried that when I turned in the papers they would go over them and have questions, but they gave me a receipt and I was out of there in a matter of minutes. The affidavit states that I have at least a High School Diploma, and that I will be keeping track of medical/immunization records. I did not hand in a copy of either as from what I’ve read, the affidavit should be enough.

I plan on taking this year very easy. We will be using Build Your Library Kindergarten, but not necessarily all of it, or do it every single day. For the first day, we did some Rocket Math, read a story, went over 11 spelling words, and then spent the day at a state park. We had a beautiful picnic with sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwiches, blueberries, watermelon, celery, and then a slice of cake for dessert.

I’ve read different opinions about doing Rocket Math in K, mostly that it shouldn’t start until 1st grade. My little one is pretty good with the first levels of the math facts, so we are going to give it a shot. We use this reusable dry erase pocket that I got at Target for $1. That way we don’t have to print off more than one copy of each sheet. Once he can do the sheet in under a minute, we’ll move on to the next level, but I’m in no hurry. I want to read and do some kind of math every day because I think those are important foundations, but I want him to enjoy it and learn to love them on his own. I get the Rocket Math sheets from Dad’s Worksheets and printed off the tracker from there too.

Planner and Rocket Math

We are also using this reading log that I’ve customized. I grabbed the super simple booklog from Ask Pauline, and added an extra column to write whether the book was read by the student, parent, or if it was read together. I will probably keep a general, undated list of all the books we read through out the year as well as a list of field trips we go on. This is our Attendance Calendar.  All of these papers are in a 3 ring binder.

This is the student planner we are using. It serves as a list to see what we have planned for the day, ie Rocket Math, piano class, read Harry Potter, go to the park, and also so we can look back at the end of the year.

There is a spot for spelling words, and I’m going to pick a few from the Dolce Kindergarten sight words list, a few from flash cards, and a few that are relevant to whatever we are working on. For example, on the Keyboarding without Tears app, there is a section titled “Go to Work.” My little guy already knew ‘go’ and ‘to’, so one of his spelling words is ‘work’.

I’m have a few ideas about resources we are using, and some ways we are veganizing things. If you have any suggestions or questions, let me know!