Weekend Links

Here are a few of my faves from around the web lately.

I should warn you--from here on out, my blog posts will probably be homeschool heavy. What can I say? It's the season of life we're in. :) 

Why I Believe in Marriage - I Take Joy
  •  "What if marriage could be the best thing ever? What if, instead of looking around at other failed marraiges, we ask the Lord to bless ours, stick as close to God and our husbands as possible through the seasons, and choose each day to love in the power of the Holy Spirit, never giving up." 
Your Child Will Eventually Grow Up, I promise! - I Take Joy 
  • "So many times wondering, “Did it all matter? Were they listening? Was I accomplishing anything? Does all this work matter, Lord?"
Six Steps to Plan Circle Time - Afterthoughts -- I've been trying to incorporate more and more school into our days as possible lately. This post about planning Circle Time is so helpful!

How To Integrate Poetry Into the Day - Simply Convivial  -- Again, another great post for someone like me who's just starting my homeschool journey.

How To Simplify Your Schedule - Amongst Lovely Things
  • "If you want to be a peaceful homeschooling mama and you want interested, engaged students, you have to schedule margin right into your day." Need to remember this!!
Eating Grains - Reformation Acres -- I love, love, love this balanced approach to eating.
  • "Inquiring minds want to know if processed tomato products or baby carrots really can KILL us. No, my friends, I’m confident that the wages of sin is death. Not the wages of eating baby carrots, but I digress."
Happy weekend!

This post is linked up at Simply Convivial's Weekend Reads. 


What We're Reading: Children's Edition

I've stumbled across some great kid's book lists lately. About a month ago, I put a ton of children's books on hold at the library, then about a week later I became really, really sick! Like, lost 10lbs sick! The kidlets were sick, too, but, thankfully, not as bad as I was.

So, we had all these wonderful books to read, but I couldn't read them! I'm just now, in the past week, getting my voice back. Crazy! I haven't been that sick in a long time.

Thankfully, now that I'm feeling better, I've actually been able to READ all of the great books we've checked out.

Here are some of what's on our shelves:

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer (this was my favorite). Oldest was watching a HORRIBLE version of this on video, so I *had* to give her the real story. Sometimes I put several versions on hold because I'm never sure what they're going to be like. We also had this version by Ruth Sanderson, and this one illustrated by Dorothee Duntze.

This was one of my favorite fairy tales as a child. Did anyone else see the show Faerie Tale Theater with Shelley Duvall? :o) I loved the Dancing Princesses episode.

Simon and the Snowflakes by Gilles Tibo. This was great for my 3 year old. There's some counting involved and the illustrations are so sweet.

Nessis the Loch Ness Monster by Richard Brassey - This was pretty cute. My girls picked it up at our library from the St. Patrick's Day shelf. I had to edit some of it (the parts that mentioned the earth being millions of years old) and it mixed reality (which I found very interesting and learned some things!) with fairytale so that was sometimes confusing for my girls. But overall, it was a cute book that introduced them to the Loch Ness Monster.

Pamela Camel, No Such Things, The Gnats of Knotty Pine, Ella, Encore for Eleanor and Capyboppy all by Bill Peet. This is not the first time we've had a slew of Bill Peet books checked out. We just love them. They're not twaddly and usually have a moral to the story. Great books.

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne - This is one we'll probably revisit later. Some of it was a little over Oldest's head (she'll be 6 in July). But it was still good to get familiarized with Einstein.

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barab Rosenstock - *I* loved this book! This book is one of the reasons I'm looking forward to homeschooling. I didn't pay any much attention in history class buy now I find it so fascinating! Let's hope I can encourage an interest in history with my children. ;o)

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone - This is the story (in case you can't guess by the title) of the first woman doctor. Again, I thought this was so interesting. Oldest really loved this one, too.


How the Ladies Stopped the Wind by Bruce McMillan, Illustrated by Gunnella - I loved, loved, loved the illustrations in this book! Not to mention the story. I actually contacted the artist and hope to buy some of her work someday. It's a fun book about how some women in a little town in Iceland plant a bunch of trees to stop the wind from blowing them around.

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor - Oldest is such a girly girl, so Fancy Nancy books are right up her alley. I don't think they are considered twaddle?? She has actually learned some French words and "fancy" words that have increased her vocabulary. There's also usually a good moral in these books, too. Even if they are twaddle, we'll keep reading them. But I don't think they are.

Rainboots for Breakfast by Marcia Leonard - I checked this out with my 5 year old in mind, but it was better for my 3 year old. You have to guess what the frog does on the next page. Be warned! The title is misleading! My girls were SO disappointed that the frog doesn't actually eat rainboots for breakfast. HA!

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak - This book, as you might expect from Sendak, was a little odd. Not as odd as some of his, though. My girls did like it. It's actually on the Banned Books List! Gasp! It's also a Caldecott Honor book, however. It's banned because the little boy in the story is naked in some pictures. My librarian told me that some libraries actually draw underpants on him or just blacken his parts *ahem* out.

Surprisingly (I'm sometimes rather sensitive about this kind of thing), I actually didn't mind. The girls see me changing their baby brother's diaper all the time and I'm very upfront with them about it. We call his "parts" *ahem* by their appropriate name and I try not to make a big deal of it. They really weren't *too* shocked by the book. Initially, they were but after about 5 minutes it wasn't a big deal. 

Pancakes for Supper by Anne Isaacs - Both my girls LOVE this book. Oldest checks it out often. It's fun to read too. It's a story of a girl who gets bumped off of her wagon and ends up lost in the forest where she runs into all kinds of animals who want to eat her (it's not as bad as it sounds--my girls are pretty sensitive and they don't mind at all. I read it with silly voices, though, and maybe that's why?) but she outsmarts them by offering them her clothes instead. 

A is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor - This one was recommended by Brandy at Afterthoughts.  It is so sweet! My girls are loving it. I got it because I realized that I don't spend even CLOSE to the amount of time that I did with Oldest teaching Middlest her alphabet. I guess that's how it usually goes, but I'm trying to remedy that! I don't want Middlest to get neglected! :o)

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen - Another book that I we all love! The illustrations are so adorable. It's a cute story of a man and his dog that go camping and a bear who sniffs out their marshmallows. This is one I might consider buying (or would be a good gift from a grandparent?? *hint, hint*).