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#WhyIHomeschool

Friday, April 20, 2012 11:26 2 Comments

One day I found these two next to the back door, with Zu excitedly jabbering about something and pointing out the window. Ela had her arm around him and was nodding and playing along, while pointing to the same things as a way to say, “Yep, Zu, that is pretty cool.”  Ela has taken on […]

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Knight at Dawn Activities

Thursday, February 2, 2012 19:04 Comments Off on Knight at Dawn Activities

Our last book club of 2011 was based on the book The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne (it’s the second book in the Magic Tree House series, which made it a perfect follow up to our previous book club, which was book #1, Dinosaurs Before Dark.) It was Skyler’s turn to host book […]

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Dinosaur Book Club

Monday, January 9, 2012 13:42 1 Comment

Our next book club was based around the book Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. This is the very first book in the popular Magic Tree House series. In sticking with the dinosaur theme, we started off the day with “prehistoric soil” for breakfast. You and I would call this oatmeal made with chocolate […]

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

Friday, January 6, 2012 23:37 1 Comment

Our second book club was to discuss the book Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. This book club was hosted at our neighbor’s home, so we were able to just show up and enjoy the adventure this time! We started the morning off by rereading the book as a group and then sorted […]

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Caps For Sale!

Monday, December 26, 2011 20:33 Comments Off on Caps For Sale!

I have talked before about the homeschool group that we do weekly activities with. One of our goals is to get the kids together for a book club meeting every month. I got the book club idea from Tristan over at Our Busy Homeschool and thought it would be a great thing to add to […]

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My J-Zee Man

Friday, December 23, 2011 16:00 1 Comment

J-Zee.  He’s funny sometimes.   Example #1 The other day, my husband was lugging two huge bags of salt downstairs so that he could refill the water softener. J-Zee asked why he was doing such an odd thing and my husband simply answered that the salt helped us not to have “hard water.” After my […]

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Sword Balancing

Saturday, August 27, 2011 15:10 1 Comment

Our latest chapter book read was The Knight at Dawn from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne.  Why this one?  Well there’s a sword on the front, of course!  Swords are THE THING according to J-Zee. The story follows Jack and Annie as they are transported back to the Middle Ages, complete […]

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Japan Books

Thursday, August 18, 2011 8:32 1 Comment

Here are the books that we read (and read and read and read) about Japan. I would recommend all of them (amazingly, since we usually pick up a dud or two at the library, lol). Here we go!   Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say is a very personal story about living in two different cultures […]

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Vicarious Childhood

Friday, July 15, 2011 11:17 2 Comments

This week has been full of the classics and reliving childhood memories vicariously through my children. Is that mean? Oh well, they seemed to enjoy it! First, I picked up two favorite childhood books of mine that I had forgotten about until I saw them on the library’s display shelf. You should recognize them: The […]

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Active Reading

Saturday, July 9, 2011 16:49 Comments Off on Active Reading

One of the current favorite books at our house (favorites tend to change every week or so, if not daily) is DW Flips by Marc Brown. And you can’t read DW Flips without an immediate somersaulting session afterward (or headstands as the case may be). Now that’s what I call active reading!

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