Elliott has been out of school for three weeks now. We have been working on school stuff for a little while everyday, and playing outside every day as well. We've also taken several small local trips. But Elliott has still had plenty of time for reading. He's still reading a lot of the same series that he's told you guys about before (Nate the Great, Black Lagoon, Stink and Judy Moody, etc), but he does have one series to share with you guys today that he hasn't yet.
Elliott started reading Jigsaw Jones (by James Preller) at school this past year, but until last week, I had never read one. He checked one out from the library on base, though, and we read it together. Elliott likes detective stories, so he loves it that Jigsaw Jones is a kid detective. He thinks he is funny, and he likes his friends as well. He thinks it's crazy that Jigsaw has a large family (3 or 4 brothers and a sister).
Elliott thinks Jigsaw Jones is probably most appealing to grades 1-4. The lexile measure is 450, which is approximately an end of second grade/early third grade reading level.
We are also currently rereading the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder together. Elliott is really enjoying the books this time around, and almost always asks for another chapter when I'm done for the night. We are rereading them right now, and plan on visiting at least one of the places that Laura Ingalls Wilder lived this summer. This is probably one of our favorite sets of older books to read together.
He thinks that they are going to be most appealing to kindergarten through 4th or 5th grader for listening, but for reading on their own, he thinks about third gradeand up, because they are so long.