Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Sharing Monday

 Praise Song for the Day
By Elizabeth Alexander
Illustrated by David Diaz

This is poet Elizabeth Alexander's poem for Barak Obama's Presidential Inauguration. It celebrates all that has made America and the dreams and hopes that many still have.

"Some live by love they neighbor as thyself,
Others by first do no harm or take no more
Than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?

Love beyond marital, filial, national
Love that casts a widening pool of light,
Love with no need to preempt grievance."

Artist David Diaz uses brilliant colors to create images that depict these themes.

This book is definitely worth checking out and sharing with your children.

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Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year :: Step 7

If you're reading this (and have been with me from the start) I want to begin with a 'congratulations!'  We have covered a lot of ground and you have completed a lot of work!!  Do you feel ready to start?  Don't worry if you answer isn't a resounding 'YES!' as many of us don't feel quite ready most of the time.  This is ok.  (For those of you who do feel ready count this as another blessing.)

Step 7 is simple.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Book Sharing Monday

No One But You
by Douglas Wood
Illustrated by P. J. Lynch

We always enjoy stories by this author. This is one we don't have in our personal collection.

The message is simple, yet powerful. No one but you can experience your life—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and 'feels.' Many of us understand this and 'get that.'

But do you also realize that no one but you can do the thing that must be done that only you can do? That thing the world will miss out on unless you do it? This book pushes at that in a way children can understand. Something worth reading and sharing with others.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Summer In Review

We've been so busy with so many things that I haven't shared with you several of the fun activities we were able to get into over the summer months.  Now the Autumn is upon us, I wanted to take a moment to post a few, several, no, some photographs of our time learning and growing.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Book Sharing Monday

by Mildred Pitts Walter
Illustrated by Marcia Jameson

In this book the author lays to rest some of the fears people often have about the dark. She points out all the wonderful things that take place in the dark.

 A developing a mother's womb.

 Plants in the earth...

….our dreams.

It sparked some new ways of thinking about the darkness for my children. I think it may do the same for yours.

Happy Reading!


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