Thursday, July 28, 2011


Last school year we started Apologia's Exploring Creation with Zoology I. The first part of the book deals with the study of birds and we decided to see if we could attract any birds to our yard. Honestly, I thought it wouldn't work, since we don't have a lot of trees in our neighborhood and I haven't heard or seen many birds except the scrub jay and tons of crows.

It has taken a while, but we are slowly starting to see a different assortment of birds come by our feeder. Last week, after hearing a bird song that I wasn't familiar with, I looked out and saw this:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Stalking Ivory: A Jade Del Cameron Mystery

Stalking Ivory: A Jade Del Cameron Mystery by Suzanne Arruda

The last elephant cow smaked her baby on the rump with her trunk, and the calf squeled and trotted after the rest of the herd.

"I'm betting if it hadn't been for the lovesick bull elk, I wouldn't be stuck up in this tree with you, Bev, hiding from elephant." p. 1

Summer Reading with the Kids!

Kids' Picks
Our summer is sure flying by! I have been encouraging the kids to get some reading done everyday. We just took a small day trip and listened to Treasures of the Snow (Library Edition) as we traveled. We are reading aloud Adam of the Road (Puffin Modern Classics) in the evenings when time permits.

Caleb has started listening to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He has finished The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Book 1) and is currently listening to The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Book 2). He is also whipping through Hardy Boy books.

Chantry is just starting to read to himself is currently reading books from the Magic Tree House series. He also has listened to The Enchanted Castle and More Adventures of the Great Brain (Great Brain, Book 2).

Delani has had her small share read aloud to her. Classics such as Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Board Book), Good Night, Gorilla, Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter books and Winnie the Pooh story books have been read and read again.

Destini, who is my devourer of books, is currently on a mission to read all of the Nancy Drew books. She also listened to and thoroughly enjoyed the The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette.  Here is picture of a small sampling of what she has read and listened to so far this summer.

To see what other kids are reading hop over to and check out other Kid's Picks.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - July 4 - July 9, 2011

In my life this week…
I have to admit that I've been a very poor blogger lately. Ever since we finished up our school work I have suffered with my allergies and then topped it off with a summer cold. I am only now in the last few days feeling normal and hoping that I can now enjoy summer.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We had a busy week this week. We started Sunday off with a church BBQ in celebration of the 4th. On Monday we went to Grandpa and Granny Starr's house for a family get together. Then on Wednesday we were able to go with our friends to Mary Poppins on Broadway! This was an awesome show and the kids are still going around humming the songs. After this our week slowed down and we spent some time at home. The boys are enjoying their new basketball hoop and have spent quite a bit of time outside.

My favorite thing this week was…
Mary Poppins on Broadway!!!!!!!!!!

Things I’m (supposed to be) working on…
Sewing, homeschool plans, cleaning the house, etc.........

I’m reading…
401 Ways to Get Your Kids to Work at Home: Household tested and proven effective! Techniques, tips, tricks, and strategies on how to get your kids to ... become self-reliant, responsible adultsMy Reading LifeDiary Of A Provincial Lady (Provincial Lady Series)

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

All worn out after the church BBQ!

The kids and I at Mary Poppins on Broadway.

I'm linking up at the The Homeschool Chick.
The Homeschool Mother's Journal


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