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Homeschool tool = library

I am not the first home educating mom to sing the praises of the library in general and a librarian in specific.  The home education family and library bond is expected, honored and fundamental.

The theme of THIS blog is the random visit’s treasure.

Today I ran to the library to return old books, make some copies and talk to someone.  After I accomplished my tasks I searched though the children’s shelves, blissfully, alone to look for a few beloved titles and to see what new I could find.

With no special order, no special search, no guided or intentional search, I found several books that fit our lesson plans for the next couple of weeks or that reinforce material already introduced.

We’ve been looking atNorth Americareading stories from different cultures and practicing locations on the map.  We have 2 more weeks on North America; and I am going to focus on the US; citizenship / the pledge, the President (the office) and talk about George Washington; finally we’ll read American Tall Tales (we have finished all the short stories from the Native Americans I am aware of in any of my collections).  As always we’ll continue to push on in phonics and math.

So here are the books – just pulled off the shelf:

All you have to do is look on the shelves.

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Library visit 5.25.11

Library visit today.  My boys are so blessed to have a great library to visit and so much more blessed to have a great and amazing Library Director that loves them and understand them.  Their maturity on library visits has skyrocketed and I am so proud of them.  They both know Miss Annette is approachable and genuinely cares about them and tries to help them, and to listen to them.  I am grateful that this is the foundation of ‘library’ they will have to build on; a feeling of acceptance and enjoyment and an understanding the staff is approachable and is there to help you.

We brought home a couple of old friends

we chose many new books:

(I’ll let you guess the ‘chooser’ of the different books SMILE)

We really love Tiger Can’t Sleep and I’d love to find: Read to Tiger

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I am excited about my new to me books:  How would Jesus raise a Child and Great Lives: American Government.  I love paperbackswap!! 

Boys dyed eggs at classroom today.  I am getting all excited for our East Egg hunt here at the house on Sunday.  (link to blog about Easter egg filling).  Little Brother had to then eat his two eggs, and for the first time ever he insisted on peeling his own egg.  I was a little worried about it, but he managed it with minimal mess.

Yes that is a size 6 shirt out of Big’s closet, not even gonna fight that one. 

You can’t ask him to smile any more without getting THIS lovely face as he yells CHEESE!!  So glad he learned that, and can’t wait till he is tired of it and I can get some good photos again. 

The boys are maturing into long more complex readings; at least Big Brother is, Little still struggles but is easier to placate.  We’ve yet to read a real chapter book (even Pooh though I am chomping at the bit to try that one again any day) but today we read Saint George and the Dragon.  Knights and Dragons are all the rage here.  The art / illustrations are amazing.   One Amazon.com reviewer was outraged by ‘undressed fairies’ – I’ll be honest I am going to have to go back and look.  Both my boys were totally into the dragons (scary but not over the top) and the shield and sword.  Some blood, but not really gory, I am quite strict and engaged regarding what my boys see (screen or print) and I was ok with it.  Quickly Big Brother made the connection to the short St George story in one of our story-collection-books; that short is one he requests over and over and over.  He immediately recognized this book as the same story even though today’s books is much more complex and elaborate and we’ll done; it is a simplification of the full text, yes, but it is not dumbed down; the plot and language are well done and worth of ‘literature’ vs a children’s short story.

One final thought – it is really pointless to try to tell two little boys (3.5 and 5.5) NOT to put bubbles on the dog’s head; when the dog is practically jumping in the tubbie with them.  Molly had to be removed, despite vocal protests of all three, because Momma did NOT want to try to clean up THAT mess. 



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Library yesterday.  Took Molly with us since it was warm enough for her to wait in the car, and also library trips are short.  She was kinda shaky in the car, so we need to get her out and about more.  Generally she will be going with me / us almost all the time; the only reason she has been home for the last two weeks has been the extreme cold.  I took her with me today to take the boys to classroom and let her walk around the park a bit too.

New Library books:


  • The Littlest Wolf (new)
  • Please Bury Me at the Library (new)
  • My Best Friend Moved Away (new)

 Big Brothers:

  • Desmond and the Naughty Bugs.
  • Batman: Race Against Crime
  • Superman: Robo Monster
  • Over in the Jungle

 Little Brothers:

  • Olivia Forms a Band (new)
  • Olivia (new)

Big’s OT Therapist gave us a list of sensory activity to try out at home.  We made boy-sandwiches!!  The boys got to do it to me too, but no photo of that. 





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Today is day 8 of the Pray For Your Husband for 30 days Challenge.   Today’s challenge:


Day Eight:
“…but who can find a faithful man?” Prov. 20:6b

Faithfulness is a wonderful but rare quality today, especially in regard to marriage. Do you understand how important this quality is? Your challenge is to continue to root out all negative speaking, and plant seeds of encouragement instead. You may be amazed at what will grow.

Contemporary culture often entices men to be unfaithful to their wedding vows and spiritual commitments. Appreciate your husband’s faithfulness – how he is loyal to you. Let him know that you are glad he has “stick-to-it-iveness” in your marriage. Appreciate his faithfulness to God. 

New cool web site find — this site is really really cool  it is a digital on-line library.  You do not have to sign in or sign up (it is FREE either way) but if you do you can “remember” books and so on. Children books, from all over the world, in all languages.  Read them on your computer; it is kinda fun.  ok it is on the computer, but there are so many neat ones and a ton of search options.  Being on the computer is a disadvantage I agree, we limit screen time for the boys and do no go any “computer learning” with them.  But it is cool to be able to see, flip the pages of, and read so many books.  Many are public domain now.  When you read a book there are several viewing options.  Pretty cool and fun. 


Also – something I don’t usually share but I really liked this blog post.  Check this out!!!  Many of you recognize the name Rick Riordan.  He is the author of Percy Jackson & the Olympians series (New York Times Bestseller list) and others like the Kane Chronicles, the Tres Navarre mysteries.  This is his official blog — and this post is about the choice to home school their son!!!


Both boys had Speech with Miss Emily today, and it was so nice out that the other got to play on the school playground for waiting, and then I let the two play for a while to get that all important sunshine time.  Both boys did a good job in Speech; Little Brother made a better effort than any day before and mimics over 15 words.  I watched though the window a little while and he seemed to be having a great time looking at farm animals with Miss Emily.  Big Brother started with OT with Miss Laurie and practiced his handwriting and using one hand to manipulate things “around” then he worked with Miss Emily.  Big Brother is speaking so much better, but has got to slow down.  Miss Laurie, who saw each boy with the Speech Teacher Miss Emily, complemented the boys of their attention and told me that after his time Big Brother got up, and thanked Miss Emily.  Nice to hear good reports about them. 


We made a rare afternoon library trip today.  Big Brother went for “known” and I don’t think he choose anything new at all.  We came home and looked though out Dr Seuss books and checked off all the ones we have.  We read To Think I saw it on Mulberry Street; the first book Seuss wrote and had published.  I talked to him about the fact that book was written when Grand Pat and Pa Pa were children, not sure he got that. 


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Library today, boys coughing so momma chose all the books for them:

My only criteria today was all the books had to be new to us; of course also had to follow momma rules – no tv show books (not even Author, Clifford is cool as he was a book first same with Bernstein Bears and Babar) and no annoying bad series (like the farting dog, we have avoided it so far and I hope to continue).

10-10-10 such rare occurrences here are some photos from that day (note the one of me taken by Big Brother):


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Homeschooling around here is exploding, and momma is trailing behind, happy, but just trying to keep up.  Daily, now Big Brother is asking for school work, and working with fairly good effort for about 20 minutes; which is a good chuck of time for him and really a ‘growth’ area for him.  Tonight I printed some new sheets for him off some of my favorite sites:

I have made a binder for him, it is our “choice binder” – when he asks for school he gets to choose out of the binder.  I have broken it into sections; like letters or math or following directions.  Little Brother has his own section too.  The newest fad there is mazes; they are not true mazes (there are no choices of where to go – just a path to follow).  We do them 2x in a row once in pencil and then again in a colored pencil so see the improvement of “practice”.

Library today:

We love our library; love it.

Inter-Library-Loan books that arrived:

Big Brother’s choices:

  • The Library Dragon:  Deedy.  I love this, Big Brother keeps checking it out but not seeming to follow the story.  I love it though.
  • Here Comes Diego.  Phonic Readers (a combo books of several of them).  Not looking forward to this, but I do let him choose his own.  Run from this title if you see it, it is painful.
  • If I could Drive a Tow Truck.  Tonka / Scholastic. New.
  • Curious George Builds  a House.  Again this is a book taken FROM the tv show and is not all that good, annoying actually.
  • Firefighter Frank.  By welliongoton.  New.

Momma’s Choices:

  • How to Speak Moo.  By Fajerman.  New one.
  • The Grumpus Under the rug.  By Jackson
  • The Bravest Ever Bear.  My Ahlberg and Howartd.  New one. This is massively cute.  I love it.  i do not think Big Brother follow it.  the “voice” of the story changes from one character to the next, and it is based of “standard” stories (the knight and dragon, the 3 bears, the wolf and ______, the troll under the bridge) and I just do not think Big Brother was getting it.  I really like it.
  • Whose baby am I?  By Buler.  New one.

Little Brother’s Choices:

  • Clifford Puppy Days.  Remember Clifford STARTED as a book series before he got a tv show.
  • The Pink Panther and the Fancy Party.  What can I say – he chooses my covers.


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Random stuff from the past couple of days:

We pulled 6 more large decorative gourds off the volunteer vines.  There are at least 6 more small ones, really small ones cute ones.   The boys had a great time “discovering” them; many squeals of delights.

The boys are very excited about and proud of their new sandbox.  Big Brother has made a point to showing everyone that has come to the house.  He also told people at the store about it today.  We’ve played in it each day; even in the winds yesterday that kept blowing sand into his face, he’d not stop.

We got 3 more acorn squash off the volunteer veins also (for a total of 4 now).  Not huge, but decent sized.  I am waiting to hear how they tasted!!

Big Brother was doing math facts at 6:25 Tuesday morning.  It was still dark; I was nursing Little Brother and cuddling the two of them.   I was only partially awake myself and frankly happy Little Brother was happy enough to nurse.  I didn’t even know Big Brother was awake yet and I head “3 + 4 = 7 Momma did you know that”.  He gets his math skills from his dad that is for sure.  The boy enjoys math facts.  Wednesday at 6:15 am he announced “we live in Iowa”.  These still-dark-first-word-out-of-his-mouth utterances shine light on a few things.  First of all he must wake up with his mind already a whirl and secondly, how long is he awake thinking while I think he is still in slumberland?

Tuesday we did sidewalk chalk for quite a long time, for these little boys anyway.  We drew another ocean and practiced numbers and letters.  Big Brother practices writing from LEFT to RIGHT and top to bottom.  He is frequently “writing words” for me to sound out (he loves consonants and not so much vowels, and long strings of letters) and so I am really gently pushing that he remember LEFT to RIGHT.  He practiced his name in chalk too.  Also, I was glad to see he correctly identified the 5 random capital letters I wrote for him AND gave me the correct sound for each too.  I showed him some simple math fact sentences.  Like 3+4=7 and so on; just so that he starts to see them in writing.

I drew a 4-square court for Big Brother, but he doesn’t get it yet.  I need to have enough people to play it and let him see it, I think.

All three boys have been having a blast flying kites.  Little Brother has not, quite, got the idea that you have to HOLD ONE ALL THE TIME.  Lucky the house caught this one.

Library today, Wednesday, and I can not say enough how blessed we are by our Librarian.  Miss Annette takes time to listen to Big Brother and speak with him, even with his speech challenges.  She never ignores either boy.  She really takes the time, and makes the effort with both of the boys.  Little Brother is starting to be more excited about book, and loves going.

Big Brother picks:

  • Trucktown.  (a pre-reading, easy reader)
  • Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook.  By Garland.  We’ve had this one a few times before and love it.
  • Scooby-Doo and the Seashore SLimer (another easy reader but the highest level)

Little Brother picks:

  • Curious George Birthday.

Momma picks:

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August 25th 2010

My 4 yo corrected my reading today.  Kinda.  🙂  he was showing me pictures out of his bible and I was talking about the story – I was nursing Little Brother and not actually reading the book, especially since Big Brother was flipping pages so fast.  He saw a picture of Jonah falling into the whales mouth and said something, I told him “Jonah did not obey God and tried to go the wrong way.  God created a storm and Jonah ended up in the whale”  Big Brother said “no momma it says a big fish, it doesn’t say whale”.  He was RIGHT, the text under the pictures – 2 lines – did have the phrase ‘big fish” in it and did not have “whale” in it.  Big Brother went on to say “b-b-b-big f-f-f-fish  … a b and an f.  w-w-w-whale, that starts with a w.  no w See momma”.  My boy is so smart.

This afternoon he brought me one of his bibles and asked to “read about the bad guy” I thought he wanted to read Samson and Goliath

as he like to be Samson and be strong, he said “No momma the _____ and the _______ one” I told him I am sorry I can’t understand you” he said “Let my people go” Ahhhh he was trying to say Pharaoh and the Israelites.  I asked him if that is what he meant and he said “Yes that bad king guy” I did finally get him to say Pharaoh and the Israelites clear enough I could understand it, but I am not sure anyone else would be able to.  I was so pleased; his “Bible memory” is really expanding.

Library today.  Big brother was rather random in his choices; not like he usually is.  However a mom and a little girl, maybe his age or so, were having a scene outside the door (opens into park with small set of play equipment) and I think he was somewhat unsettled by that.  Mom yelling, child crying.  So here are the books we brought home today.

Green Puppy Goes to the Dentist.  Yesssss a Blue’s Clues book.  Oy I hate TV books, but this one was not too badly written.

Doom in a Box. Superman.  A repeat visitor to our home.

Paddington Bear in the Garden. Cute, I like it.  One we have checked out several times.

The Cow that wouldn’t Come Down.  By Johnson.  Creative.

We The People the Story of Our Constitution.  By Cheney.  Off the non-fiction shelf.  I grabbed it.  Too old for the boys now, but Big brother has looked at the pictures some.

In My Back Yard.  Little brother is in love.  It is a simple counting books with great pictures of animals.  Little Brother, yes LITTLE Brother sat with me over 10 minutes in a row and turned pages and pointed and yell.  He pointed to each of the numerals.  Back and forth, back and forth though the book.  I have never seen such an interest in a book.  I was not allowed to read it, but we sat together and looked at it and talked about it.

Robin’s Room by Margaret wise Brown.  I am not sure how I feel about this book.  Odd.  Half way though you turn the book over – like upside down – then you are turning pages the wrong way for the rest of the book.  Ok, the story and art work are cute – and with out the gymnastics I’d say it vas a good book to check out, though not buy.  However, the gymnastics really needs an amazing and awesome book, and this is not.  So it is ok.  Hope he doesn’t choose it again.

What’s Alice Up to.  By Jessup.  It is written from the prospective of the dog.  Cute.

Franklin Runs Away.  Yes another TV book, but for the life on me I do not think they have seen Franklin on TV, unless maybe at Pa Pa’s house.


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Sat Aug 7 2010

Big Brother is growing up so fast.  The Family was in the truck together and the backseat in that vehicle is closer to the front than when we are in the van allowing for more discussion.  Big Brother was talking to Daddy and I and SELF CORRECTED his grammar.  He stopped mid-statement, and repeated his statement, correcting ‘is’ to ‘are’ for a plural noun.  Daddy and I both noticed and the biggest smiles spread across both our faces.  Such a happy parenting moment.  Note I am of the opinion the better the boy’s spoken grammar is the less challenging grammar in writing will be – writing correctly will be almost natural for them if they speak correctly. 

 Big Brother and I went to the library one day recently while daddy and Little Brother had some one-n-one time.  We checked out several new books, most of Big Brother’s choosing.  Big Brother did not even look for the superhero books (insert link to blog post about superhero books).  I am glad to see Big Brother is less and less random in his selections; he is starting to take book, look at the pages, and decided if he wants it rather than just grabbing books.  There were several this trip that he considered and then returned to the shelves. 

 The books:

 All new this time!!!

 Ruby’s Falling leaves (yes, sigh, a max and ruby book, ick, come on if it has to be TV can’t it at least be Franklin the Turtle or something, we do not even allow the Max and Ruby show in our home), Big Brother picked it out, but has not brought it to me to be read yet J.

There is a Bird of Your Head.  By Williams.  This is an easy-reader type.  I let him choose it because, well I don’t really limit his choices that much – if it is in the kids section it is ok, I try to steer away from TV show books and so on, as previously discussed, but do not forbid.  This one I thought would be better.  It has a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award sticker on it.  However, it is horrible.

The Old woman who Loved to Read.  By winch.  The art work in this one is amazing.  And the unique and different animals included are great. 

A wolf at the Door.  By ward. 

Without You.  By weeks.  A poem by a baby Emperor Penguin while his momma is away.  Very sweet.  Good art too

A Day with No Crayons.  By Rusch.  This is a great book, Big Brother did not remember it from story hour, like I did but he likes it.

How do you Lift a Lion.  By wells.  A great introduction to the 3 basic simple machines.  Outside after reading this Big Brother vas trying to mimic some of the simple machines, we’ll have to get this one again.

Library Mouse.  By Kirk.  Big Brother asked “can Sam come home this time” we dearly love this book.

The Dangerous Snack and Reptile Club.  By Souci.  Big Brother has been pouring over the pictures in this book and now wants a tadpole.

That Pesky Dragon.  By Williamson.  Great book.  Very cute. 

Princess, Princess.  A re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty story with all children.  Ok.  The art work is really nice, soft.  Big Brother chose it and asked to have it read, not sure how impressed he was though.  It is ok, but not out-standing; art is much better than the writing.

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