Monday, October 29, 2012

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!

Swallowdale (Swallows & Amazons) by Arthur Ransome
A moment later and the full force of the wind caught the sail on the other side, not working against the rudder but working with it. The Swallow spun round, out of all control, and ran with a loud crash on the Pike Rock. p.72

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Homeschool Mother's Journal: Fine Arts Edition

1 - Returning books to the library, 2 - Pumpkin Bread w/ cream cheese frosting, 3 - Shakespeare Sunday, 4 - Music Study, 5 - Delani doing her "handwriting on the white board, 6 - Nurse Delani putting a band aid on her brother's forehead (look closely--it's a strawberry!)

In my life this week…
School, laundry, working, and trying to maintain.

I worked at changing out my summer clothes for my winter clothes. Since we don't have much space they have to be kept in a box. That then requires lots of putting stuff through the dryer to get the wrinkles out and then ironing the items that are still too wrinkles. Unfortunately, I don't have a high tolerance for wrinkles, so I had a lot of ironing.

I also had to spend two days getting my "high finances" up to date. I use Quicken and there is a great feature to download all your transactions from the bank and then reconcile your account. This week it decided not to work. Since I have an older Quicken program I can't even get any support, so now I have to save up some money for a newer program.

In our homeschool this week…
We finished our first Shakespeare play for this year (3). We read Othello and the kids had a great time dying at the end. Destini (who is our most reluctant reader/actor) decided it was great fun to die and really got into it. We will finish off this play with watching the film with Orson Wells.

We have started a new hymn "We Shall See the King" for hymn study. We also are working on "Dixie" for our folk song. Since Caleb was studying the Civil War I tried to pick songs from that era. And yes, I know that we are "from the North", but I did have two kids born in Texas and I'm just giving them a taste from the land of their birth!

For our artist study we are studying Norman Rockwell and we studied "The Art Critic".  For Music Study we are listening to Claude Debussy. This week we listened to Suite Bergamasque (part 12). We are using the SQUILT form provided by Mary at Homegrown Learners (4) .

I have been able to be more consistent with our "morning time" though sometimes it happens more toward noon and it is being called "Bible time" instead. Here are some items we are using through out the week:
Balancing the Sword Bible Study Set - Exodus BooksFallacy Detective - Exodus BooksNatural Speller - Exodus Books

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Caleb had a doctor's appointment.
The girls and I went to the library where we returned a pile of books! (1)

My favorite thing this week was…
Delani (5)--I forget how fun age 4 can be. It also can be a pain, but we are enjoying all the great comments coming out of her mouth.

In the above picture (6) she decided her brother needed on of her band-aids for a small cut he had received on his forehead. So he had a cute little strawberry placed on his head.

What’s not working for us…
Grammar for Caleb

Questions/thoughts I have…
Do I just throw out the grammar and work on writing or do I look for another program? Would diagramming help him? This is something that I am looking for an answer.

Things I’m working on…
I found out this week that we will be hosting Thankgiving at our house. That means I may have rearrange our school schedule so we can have the house all ready. I am also working on some exciting plans for Destini's upcoming 13th birthday.

I’m reading…

I’m cooking…
Tacos, spaghetti, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread with cream cheese frosting (2), and Costo hot dogs (Oh wait, I didn't cook that).

I’m grateful for…
Caleb went back to the ophthalmologist for three month check-up. Everything looked great. He isn't showing any pressure where the bleed in his eye was and the pupil in his right eye is only 1/2mm bigger than the other one which isn't even considered abnormal. Thank you Jesus for a great report!

I’m praying for…
The upcoming election and our church.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Here is a short snippet of how "We Shall See the King" would sound like if you came to church with me. The biggest difference is I don't play as well and it is only the music.

I am linking up:

Homegrown Learners

Friday, October 26, 2012

Reading Journal #24 - My Reads on 3 P's: Potential, Priorities & Prayer

7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential by Zan Tyler

My thoughts:
In this book Zan Tyler talks shows how the family is created to help children find their potential. She shows 7 tools that will help in this endeavor. They include establishing identity, cultivating intimacy,  discovering purpose, developing a Biblical worldview, building character through discipleship and more. She also shares how these tools looked like in her home with her children.

I have to admit that I found this book both encouraging yet overwhelming! When I read about her experiences I felt quite intimidated wondering if I can cultivate great potential in my own children!  Right now I'm wondering if I can even get them to grasp grammar! But don't let that deter you from reading it. This book is an encouragement to rise above the normal and guide your children to their fullest potential. I will definitely be re-reading this to glean everything offered in this book.

SCROLL Pictures, Images and Photos

God's Priorities for Today's Woman: Discovering His Plan for You by Lisa Hughes

My thoughts:
I came across the title of this book after Carrie at Reading to Know reviewed it. This is a solid read for woman today, especially in our world today. I enjoyed the affirmation and even moments of conviction I received while reading about growing in holiness, loving my family, seeking wisdom, submission and so much more.

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Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody

My thoughts:
This was a book free Kindle book. I had to laugh at the title, because I think it only needed my picture on the cover to make it complete! This isn't an earth shattering book on prayer, but it tells the author's story of her struggle to make prayer a priority. Much of the material you probably have read in other books on prayer, but this was like having a friend sharing her heart and encouraging you on in her unique humorous style. This was an uplifting and encouraging read.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What's On Your Nightstand - October

What's On Your Nightstand
For November:
From my September post I read:
A Fire Within (These Highland Hills, Book 3) by Kathleen Morgan (review)
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (review)
7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential by Zan Tyler (review coming)
God's Priorities for Today's Woman: Discovering His Plan for You by Lisa Hughes (review coming)

Currently reading:
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe - I am hoping to have this finished by Friday for Carrie's Reading to Know Bookclub. We shall see!

I also read:
Her Royal Spyness (A Royal Spyness Mystery) by Rhys Bowen
Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson (review)
Spark Notes No Fear Shakespeare Othello by William Shakespeare
Winning the Widow's Heart (Love Inspired Historical) by Sherri Shackelford (review)
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody (review coming)
The Personal Organizing Workbook: Solutions for a Simpler, Easier Life by Meryl Starr

I listened to:
At Home in Mitford (The Mitford Years, Book 1) by Jan Karon (review)
Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel - Jacqueline Winspear (review)

See what others have read over at 5 Minutes for Books.


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