Monday, September 27, 2010

What's on Your Nightstand - September

What's On Your Nightstand

Whew, September has been quite a month. With the start of our homeschool year, I wasn't able to read as much as I normally do. Since I am out of town I am only posting pictures of books I plan to start on when I get home.

For September:
Rattle His Bones (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 8)The Tale of Oat Cake Crag (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix P)Simplify Your Time: Stop Running & Start Living!

plus whatever else I get to!

From my August post, I read:
Damsel in Distress (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 5) by Carola Dunn
A Town Called Ruby Prairie (Coming Home to Ruby Prairie, Book 1) by Annette Smith
It Had to Be You (Weddings by Bella, Book 3) by Janice Thompson
In the Heart of the Dales by Gervase Phinn
Seasons of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson

I also read:
Conquered Heart (Abbey Series #1) by Lisa Samson
Love's Ransom (Abbey Series #2) by Lisa Samson
Styx and Stones (Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries, No. 7) by Carola Dunn
Good Manners for Today's Kids: Teaching Your Child the Right Things to Say and Do by Bob & Emilie Barnes
Miracles Happen : The Life and Timeless Principles of the Founder of Mary Kay Inc. by Mary Kay Ash

I listened to:
Emma by Jane Austen
Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs) by Jacqueline Winspear

Monday, September 13, 2010

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should be Reading.

Conquered Heart (Abbey Series #1) by Lisa Samson

On the ramparts above, silhouettes appeared against the morning light. And brave-hearted Englishmen bellowed forth a unified dry, craving only the lifeblood of their oppressors. p. 271

Friday, September 10, 2010

Book Review: Good Manners for Today's Kids by Bob & Emilie Barnes

Good Manners for Today's Kids: Teaching Your Child the Right Things to Say and Do

Book Description:
Bestselling authors Bob and Emilie Barnes are a couple committed to encouraging and inspiring others to build their families on a foundation of kindness and faith. With that caring goal in mind and biblical wisdom at heart, they present their best tips, ideas, and examples to help parents guide children of any age to:

-become better listeners and communicators with peers and adults
-reflect a compassionate and helping heart for others
-experience confidence in social situations
-show respect for God and others through actions and words
-display daily manners at the table, on the phone, at school, and anywhere

Filled with practical advice, this Barnes offering will strengthen parents, children, and families as they discover together how good manners make life more enjoyable while reflecting the love of God to others.

My thoughts:
In our household we have been dealing with a lack of manners, so I began a search for some ideas to implement into our house. I came across Good Manners for Today's Kids: Teaching Your Child the Right Things to Say and Do by Bob & Emilie Barnes at the library and checked it out.

Good Manners for Today's Kids: Teaching Your Child the Right Things to Say and Do is divided into six sections.The beginning of each section is directed tot he parent along with  afamily activity. The rest of the section is to read aloud or read by kids or shared together as a family. I found this book gave me food for thought and helped me think of ideas to help in laying down good manners. I probably won't use the read aloud portions since I don't think my kids will enjoy it. One frustration I had is that some of the manner ideas given seemed to be put in the different sections randomly. Overall, I found this a great resource to help spark some ideas that we will work on together.

Friday, September 3, 2010

I survived...

our first week of school. More to come!

Book Review: The Dales Series by Gervase Phinn

The Other Side of the DaleOver Hill And DaleHead Over Heels in the DalesUp and Down in the DalesIn the Heart of the Dales

I learned about The Dales Series while going through book donations for the Friend's store that I am a contractor for. The cover gave it the recommendation as "the James Herriot of schools...". That was all I needed to start reading this series and I can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed it. It was refreshing to read books filled with wonderful description of the land and people, while telling his story.

 Gervase Phinn immediately draws you into the Dales as he tells his experiences as a school inspector. He gives fascinating and hilarious descriptions of his experiences with his co-workers, neighbors, teachers and students. I looked forward to each book and felt a little disappointed when I came to the end.

If you are tired of all the memoirs being written lately that only focus on me, me, me, I highly recommend you look up The Dales series and give it a read--you will not be disappointed!

To learn more about the description of each book, look here.


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