We started yesterday morning with spelling and then went on to copy work. A couple of weeks ago I went and raided a local thrift store for books and found some excellent resources. One of the books was "Creatures in Verse" (you would not believe how long it took to find a reference to this book, let alone a link where it could be bought) published by MacMillan Gateway English in 1967.
It was obviously some one's old school copy but it's been our source for copy work for a couple of weeks now and has some really nice poems that all have to do with animals, right up Catherine's alley. Today was The Bat by Thedore Roethke. Fantastic poem and now a favourite of Catherine's.
While she did her work I played a few audio stories. One was a Boris Karloff telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Now, it should have been a hit right? Except for the goofy songs done in that early 60's Disney harmony fashion. Catherine rolled her eyes every time another song started. Next up was a fantastic reading of Poe's The Black Cat but she wasn't taken with it either.
We then went back to my thrift store finds and read several chapters of Geo-Whiz! This was published by National Geographic in the late 80's and, being a Nat. Geo. book has their typically stunning photographs. It's all about geography, something Catherine thought would be boring but the writing is engaging and it seemed that every time I flipped a page she was saying, "Wow!"
Even though I love curriculm catalogues and I fill them up with highlight marks and penned-in stars to note what I want to buy I have to admit that my best resources generally come from the thrift stores and yard sales.