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Set of 5 Watercolour, Literary Inspired Bookmarks {PRINTABLE}

I’m well on my way with my 2016 reading plan! This past week I had the pleasure of starting in on two of this year’s selections: Teaching From Rest and The Awakening of Miss Prim. I really like to have at least two books on the go — a fiction and a non-fiction, or a “heavy” read and a light read. This week has been a bit of a treat because both books are such easy going page turners!  Although it is a short book, and charmingly written, there is still a lot of meat and inspiration in Teaching from Rest; it is giving me much encouragement regarding my children’s education and my mothering.

And since I’m chugging along full steam ahead with my reading commitments, I thought I would refresh my stash of bookmarks with a good supply of motivational bookmarks to keep me reading all the year through!

So here they are, the are intended to be thought provoking and to inspire self education and a literary lifestyle! Each bookmark features beautiful watercolour flowers and contains a quotation on the subject of reading and books from such writers as Hemingway, Emerson and Thoreau. So go ahead, print them off for yourself and enjoy!  You can print them off on regular paper or cardstock, and even laminate them if you want to make sure they last. Or punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon on, and tuck one into your next book gift or when you loan a book to a friend!

Free Printable, Literary Inspired, Watercolour Bookmarks!

The beautiful watercolour clipart is from  Angie Makes.


Download your bookmark by clicking here or the image above. Please don’t host these files on your own site or link directly to the file, but please do share by referring friends to this page! Happy reading 🙂

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How We Homeschool: Reading Aloud

Reading aloud is one of the most favourite activities of my children.  They never tire of being read to by anyone willing to do so! My oldest daughter also loves to read to her siblings, and nothing interests my wandering, busy, trouble seeking toddler like curling up on the couch with a book.

It has also been  one of the most satisfying mothering experiences I have had. It has built my relationships with my children by providing a common interest, shared experiences, physical closeness, and the opportunity for much good conversation.

Philippians 4:8 says “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  What better way to feed the minds of our children with true, lovely and praiseworthy ideas than through sharing wonderful books and stories with them?

So how do we do I ensure that we keep reading aloud a priority in our busy days?

First of all, we anchor both the beginning and end of our day by reading together. This way, no matter what else happens, this one most important activity is not missed! I find that it also provides a wonderful time of connection with my girls, so its a fitting way to start and end each day.

Reading aloud in our homeschool - Morning Time Basket

From the very beginning of our homeschooling journey, our days have begun on the couch with a basket of books. These days, our morning selections include Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible (a perennial favourite of all of my girls, despite a 6 year age gap between the oldest and youngest!), and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing (a lovely devotional also by Sally Lloyd-Jones). This time of reading aloud, along with nursery rhymes (for the toddler), singing, recitation, music appreciation, picture study and prayer make up our Morning Time and it is truly the anchor of our day.

Immediately after lunch usually finds us back on the couch with our basket for more reading and snuggles — at this time we enjoy various picture books and our daily favourite, a short story or poem from the Our Book House collection. I try to select picture books along some kind of theme for this time of day — this week we were reading some snowy books including Brave Irene and Katy and the Big Snow.

Reading aloud in our homeschool - My Book House

Later in the afternoon, we can often be found reading together AGAIN. This time, it would be for Big Sister’s science studies (currently Exploring Creation through Astronomy) or history studies (Story of the World Volume 2, Middle Ages). We also read our history and literature recommendations for SOTW at this time.

And finally, we finish up our days reading yet another book, this time either enjoying a bedtime snack or a cuddle in bed as we do so! And as you can probably guess, it is at this particular time of day that I am most likely to hear the chorus of pleas and demands for “More! Please mommy? More!”

And I try to be strong … if I weren’t so tired, it would be hard to resist!

When Mother Reads Aloud - Reading aloud in our homeschool
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12 Books for 12 Months — My 2016 Reading Plan!

Earlier this year I began my journey into becoming more a “learning mama” by getting intentional about my own self education. My journey began with just one simple step – a commitment to read daily for just 30 minutes. Just one simple thing to begin setting the example of lifelong learning to my children and to feed my own mind and spirit.

I’m going to try to kick it up a notch in the new year by planning my reading. I’ve never even kept a record of my reading before, let alone laid it all out in advance, so this is new territory for me! I’ll also be keeping a bit of a reading journal or “Commonplace” to help me digest what I’m learning, keep a record of what I’ve read and jot down anything I think I will like to remember.

12 Books in 12 Months! - My 2016 Reading List!


My list for 2016 contains light reads, those of a practical nature, some with spiritual significance, and some with much literary merit. Some of these are my own choices and some I will be reading along with an online book club group.  A few I already own, others I will borrow from the library, and at least one  I will need to purchase. Its not much, and I know some who read a book a week – but I’m trying to be realistic here, and for me, this seems achievable while also leaving a little wiggle room for some impromptu selections along the way.

Here they are!

The Awakening of Miss Prim (Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera) I know nothing about this one but it is a January selection for my online book discussion group. [spacer height=”20px”]

Surprised by Joy (C. S. Lewis) February selection for online book discussion group.[spacer height=”20px”]

Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis) April selection for online book discussion group.[spacer height=”20px”]
The Four Loves (C. S. Lewis) June selection for online book discussion group.[spacer height=”20px”]
The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis) August selection for online book discussion group[spacer height=”20px”]

Teaching from Rest (Sarah Mackenzie) I have been wanting to read this one for a while.[spacer height=”20px”]
History of the Ancient World (Susan Wise Bauer) This one I started almost two years ago but had to return it to the library before I was even close to finishing it. I’ve got my own copy now, and I ‘d like to read it and the next two books. So far my education in history has consisted of reading SOTW with my children and I should probably have a deeper knowledge of history than that of a grammar stage child![spacer height=”20px”]
Jo’s Boys (L. M. Alcott)My online book discussion group is currently doing Little Men which I have read several times (as well as doing the audio currently with my girls) and I realized that I have never read it’s sequel![spacer height=”20px”]
Plutarch’s Lives This one is also for my online group. I admit that I had never even heard of Plutarch until somewhat recently. We will be doing two lives every two months starting in January. It is my understanding that this is very heavy, so I hope I will be able to keep up![spacer height=”20px”]
Margin I have heard this one recommended from many different sources, so I snagged a copy from Thrift Books.[spacer height=”20px”]
For the Family’s Sake I’m interested in this one mostly because I absolutely LOVE For the Children’s Sake and recommend it to everyone.[spacer height=”20px”]
Heartfelt Discipline (Clay Clarkson) I already own this one and started it last year. I figure I should get around to finishing it![spacer height=”20px”]

So there you have it — 12 books for 12 months! Hopefully I will be able to keep up and still have room for whatever comes across my path as I go along! What are you hoping to read in the New Year?

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Our Must Read Books for 2016 {Dad & Mum's Book Stand}