Welcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage. This week the 4 moms of many are answering reader questions.
Be sure to visit the other Moms to read what questions they’re answering:
Darci says, “I am praying about your willingness to share with me, or your readers, your opinion on what Sonlight books you omit from your reader list for your children? I’m doing core 4 now with my boys, the readers and read alouds, and was wondering if you’d share with me what books in that list you DO NOT approve of?”
“Don’t approve of” is probably too strong, but I’m happy to share with you the list of books that we chose not to read to our children or we read with editing.
Some books we chose to omit because there were some minor things and we didn’t see much value in the remainder of the book. Others which may have had more objectionable material we included (often with editing) because we thought that the book had value and merit.
My caveat: We may not have the same standards for our children that you have for yours. When I talk with friends it seems that we have stricter standards in some areas and looser standards in others. Also, I’m relying on my very tired memory here, so simply because something is not on my list, please don’t assume that it will be appropriate for your kids and simply because it does make this list don’t assume it’s inappropriate for your kids.
So here is a list of Sonlight books that we have chosen not to read to our children or that we read with editing. (I’ve not included books that we read with slight editing for language.)
Beginners Story Bible – Did not read – We steer clear of ‘bibles’ that aren’t the Bible.
Mrs Piggle-Wiggle – Did not read.
Pedro’s Journal – Did not read. I could write a whole post on why we chose not to read this book, but the short answer is that it represents an unbalanced (and from what we’ve read in source documents) inaccurate view of the motives of those historical figures that are portrayed.
Incas, Aztecs and Mayans – We read this book with significant editing. While it was straight forward about the pagan beliefs of these peoples, there were some parallels drawn between their religion and Christianity that, while appropriate for adults, we thought weren’t clear enough to present to our children.
Cheaper by the Dozen – Read with editing at the end.
Red Sand, Blue Sky – Did not read.
Shadow Spinner – slight editing – This book is set in a harem, so if you aren’t ready to introduce the possibility of men having multiple wives and concubines or if you are not willing to field questions about this ungodly lifestyle you may not wish to read this book.
Seven Sons and Seven Daughters – read with editing - A girl disguises herself and lives as a man and while disguised another young man falls in love with what he thinks, but isn’t entirely sure is a man. We probably will not read this to our younger crew.
Core 6: (we haven’t finished reading through the books in this core.)
The Story of the World – Inaccurate and unbiblical history presented as fact.
Mara, Daughter of the Nile – read with editing – I chose to change this as a read aloud so that I could edit some of the romance scenes.
Shana @ Here We Go… is planning on homeschooling and has a son who has an August birthday. She asks, “What is your opinion of “red-shirting” a kid so they are the oldest in their “class”?”
We’ve always ‘red-shirted’ our children if possible. It seems that there is less stigma for a child to graduate early or be ahead than to have them repeat a year. I think it’s a specially good idea for boys.
Of course this doesn’t mean that you have to slow down his education. In homeschooling the child’s grade is merely a label used by the authorities (and so the cashier at the grocery doesn’t think you’re violating government regulations when your kids tell her that they don’t go to school), it doesn’t have to affect the level at which he is learning.
Emily says, “I wondered if you have any good tips for keeping up milk supply while pregnant.”
I have breastfed up until the last trimester with several pregnancies. Make sure you drink plenty of water, nurse often and get lots of rest. It’s also helpful to make it a priority and realize you can’t do it all, so you may have to say no to some extra activities for a time.
I have found that supplementing with alfalfa tablets helps and is safe to continue during pregnancy. I posted more of my breastfeeding tips here.
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