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Friday, September 19, 2014

Our Fourth Week of School


Lots of fun going on this week!  


Mondays are co op.  Here's Jack's art class.


Since Hannah is off track, she came with us.


The art classes made Mondrian inspired shoes.


These are Eli's.


In Science, the kids are learning about the states of matter.  These test tubes represent solid, liquid and gas.


Paul took Hannah and Katie to the firehouse one day for a promotional ceremony, so I took Jack & Eli out to lunch while Luke was at school.


Eli had "rescued" some Subway coupons that came in the mail from the recycling, and he kept bugging me to go use them.  So I gave him some money and he paid for his $5 lunch deal with one coupon, while I used another one to get Jack and I a B1G1F deal.  Lunch ended up being $12 for 3 people.  Homeschoolers turn everything into a learning opportunity, right?  


Since the curriculum we're doing this year is called Rome to the Reformation, we had a Roman Soldier visit the class.


Not about to let Jack have all the fun, Eli took a turn dressing up, too.  (And yes, it was really hard to reign them back in to do more schoolwork after this!)


We read about Roman mosaics and frescoes, and so we made dragon mosaics.


Fierce dragon mosaics.  The boys hung these up on their bedroom wall.


Having Hannah home, I try to do some "schooly" stuff with the girls, just to break up the constant playtime (that leads to screaming after a while).  On this day, we made autumn fingerprint trees.


I thought they turned out cute.  I found the girls an apple craft, too, that I'm planning to let them do over the weekend.


Did you catch my Favorite Autumn Books for Children post?  Time for reading about pumpkins and apples and farms and Columbus.

I had a hard time getting in the homeschool groove this morning, so we're going to watch Drive Thru History Rome and Greece (affiliate link) over the weekend so that I feel like we got enough in this week.  We're not quite done with Week 4 in our book, but we're catching up quickly.

Only 16 more weeks until we hit CASTLES!  I have a couple projects up my sleeve that I'm really looking forward to when we get to that point.  In the more immediate future, however, we're going to be trying out some treasure hunts, which should be a lot of fun.  I picked up a couple little treats last night at Target to put at the end of 2 of the hunts, and I have something really neat planned for the final one.

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Joyful book review and GIVEAWAY


In May, I got to review the book Thankful, book 2 of the Return To Sugarcreek series by Shelley Shepard Gray.  Today, I have book 3, Joyful to share with you.


I liked this book.  I liked the idea of personal sacrifice for the sake of family.  I liked that Elizabeth was both proud and feisty, willing to take on a difficult task to provide for herself and her grandmother, without asking anyone else for help.

Joyful not only tells the story of Randall and Elizabeth, but also mentions characters from Thankful, and hints at another story begging to be told (Pippa and Bud).

The author does a good job of capturing what a sick/injured man is like, and provides enough tension in the story to keep it interesting.  The supporting characters are well rounded, too.  I liked Grandmother and Kaylene and Levi.

In short, this is a pleasant read, that doesn't require you to have read the other two books first (I haven't read the first one, myself).  If you like Amish fiction, you're sure to like Joyful.


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Treasury of Bible Stories book review & Kindle GIVEAWAY


My girls love stories.  And this storybook was just perfect for Hannah and Katie, because it was designed for kids age 4-8.  Hannah is 7, and Katie will be 4 this month.  


Treasury of Bible Stories: Rhythmical Rhymes of Biblical Times is a large, 351 page hardback book, perfect for reading aloud.  The rhyming text brings various Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments to life.


The whimsical full color illustrations help kids imagine what it must have been like for the characters in the story.


When Brianna was reading to the girls, she shared that Esther had always been one of her favorite Bible Stories.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Favorite Children's Books for Autumn


The other day, we were in "Toys Fer Us," and I passed a display of autumn/Halloween books.  I picked up a Berenstein Bears book to add to our collection.  When I got home, I thought to myself, I should pull out a bunch of autumn theme books for Hannah to read for her school reading log.


While I had them out, I figured I could share them, in case you are looking for a new fall themed story to share with your children.

I discovered Biscuit books when Jack was a baby, and they're among my favorite kids' books ever.  I used to read the text, and Jack would "read" the WOOF, WOOF! part.  

Board Books
Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch
Biscuit Is Thankful
Biscuit's Pet & Play Halloween
It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give...)
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Corduroy's Thanksgiving

Luke rubs touchy feely books with the back of his hand.  We have a few Usborne ones.  I would love to get him some more of them.

"Readers"
Dora's Perfect Pumpkin
Picking Apples and Pumpkins
Christopher Columbus
The First Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving Turkey (FREE Coloring Book Included!): 25 Thanksgiving Stories for Children

When Zach was little, we had over a dozen of the Berenstain Bears books.  The big kids wore some of them out, they were such favorites.  

Picture Books
Happy Halloween, Biscuit!
Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit!
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks
The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
Pumpkin Pumpkin
Why Do Leaves Change Color?


Best wishes getting into the autumn season mood!  While I'm not much for pumpkin lattes, I do like autumn leaves and pumpkin decor.

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