Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekend Links

This Week:

What I Made:  It was a week of being in the kitchen working on school projects.  Lydia had to make Seminole-style hominey for history and we made sea jello cups for Josiah's science.

What I'm Reading:  I started a book called the Lucky Few for review.  It's one family's story of adoption and how they got there.  Fitting, huh?

What I'm Doing:  There's a classic car cruise this evening and the kids are super excited.  So we're going to go to that.  Saturday is filled with baseball games.  And I owe Josiah a Jamba Juice date for finishing his math book.

What I'm Watching:  I've been catching up on Once Upon A Time, and I'm terrified that they're going to cancel it.  It's so good, but it looks like it's headed into the direction of being over.

What I'm Enjoying:  some pre-lesson planning... astronomy... field trips... 

What are you up to?

2017 April Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for April was Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

These are the books I read this month:

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult-- Ruth, a labor and delivery nurse of over 20 years, has been taken off a patient's case through no fault of her own.  So what's her fault?  She's African-American and the baby is the son of a white supremacist.  When the baby goes into cardiac arrest, with only Ruth in the room, what will she do?  Will she act as a nurse?  Or simply walk away?  Told through the eyes of Ruth, the supremacist father, and her public defender, Small Great Things takes on the challenge of race in America.  Challenging and thoughtful, I agreed with some of it, disagreed with some of it, and came away with a lot to think about.

Love Unending by Becky Thompson--See my review here.

What We Read With The Kids:

A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin--  This book was so sweet.  At times heartbreaking.  It reads as an autobiography as the dog tells about his various owners, good and bad.  And the adventures and misadventures of a stray.  Honestly, it was a horrible book for me to read 'cause now I want to go adopt all the strays at the shelter.

Our suggested reading for March was Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty--  Six adults and three children at a dinner party... what could go wrong?  Spend this book uncovering what exactly did happen at that dinner party and who's to blame.  But be careful with your guesses.  There may be more than one right answer.  If you've read many of these bookmarks posts you know that I love Liane Moriarty's books and this one is no exception.  It was a page turner for all 415 pages!  I couldn't put it down as my mind was racing to unravel this mystery of friendship, guilt and obligations.  Read it!

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.

Also don't forget to come back on May 26th as we discuss Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Jell-O Challenge

 Today we're doing the Jell-O Challenge!  Who will win?  And who will be stumped with the Jell-O?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May Holidays and Homeschool Ideas

Look for a few ways to add some fun to your homeschool?  Here are just a few of the holidays and fun days you can celebrate this month:

May 1st--May Day
*Create a floral bouquet and surprise your grandparents
*Gift your neighbors with some floral plants and offer to help in their garden
*Learn about composting

May 5th--Cinco De Mayo
*Read the Real History of Cinco De Mayo
*Complete Cinco De Mayo word search
*Plan a special dinner together

May 6th--National Scrapbook Day
*Create a scrapbook page around an "I am" poem
*Create a page around a state/ historical figure you're studying

May 14th--Mother's Day
*Make Mother's Day coupons
*Create a menu/shop/cook dinner (w/help)
*Play this Mother/Baby Animal Memory Game

May 16th--Pizza Party Day
*Have a pizza party of course!
*Cut pizzas in different amounts and talk about fractions
*Double or half the recipe for more practice in fractions

May 18th--Museum Day
*Go to your local children's museum
*Check out an art gallery
*Or explore the train museum

May 20th--Pick Strawberries Day
*Visit a U-Pick Strawberry farm
*Pack these Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Bars

May 29th--Memorial Day
*Attend a memorial service at a veteran's cemetery
*Write to a serviceman in your family

What days are you celebrating this month?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: P is for Poetry

 This week, we’re talking the latest poetry books on our shelf.  Which ones do we like?  Which ones don't we like?  And which ones are we on the fence about?

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter P playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter Q is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 2, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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