Tuesday, March 27, 2007

What I read - February 2007

All books are rated on a 1-5 scale.

1. Northanger Abby by Jane Austin (5) I really enjoyed this.
2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (5) I can’t believe I’ve never read this! I really enjoyed it.
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (5) My husband finally talked me into reading this. It was a really good story. Now I just have to get the second book back from my nephew!!
4. A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (3.5) This was a book about the how and why’s of living a devotional life. The why parts were kind of a waste for me (I already knew why) but it had some practical applications.
5. Not all Tarts are Apple by Pip Granger (4) This book is set in 1950’s London, and is the conflict between a little girl and her adopted “family” and her biological family. It was a good book. It has many sordid characters and immoral lifestyles, but the story is told from the point of view of the 8 year old, so there are no details to the behaviors, just allusions.
6. The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce W. Longneck (5) This is a book from my husbands library that he insisted I read. It is a fictionalized account of the New Testament World. It is written as a series of letters between Anitpas (a Roman nobleman) and Luke. They are discussing Luke's monograph (the book of Luke in the Bible). It is great historical fiction.
7. An Innocent, a Broad by Ann Leary (4.5) A fun memoir about the birth of her premature son in a foreign land (England). Very humorous.
8. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo (4.5) Newbury Medal winner. A very cute story. Recommend as a read aloud.
9. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (4) This is a story that tells how one point in a family’s history can greatly change lives. I enjoyed the story, but there was a lot of flashing back in forth through time, which I could have done without.

Posted: 1:33 PM, Mar. 1, 2007


We're all well....finally. Last Friday Caleb finally took a huge jump in his reading ability. He is doing so much better, and says that reading is fun!! It's strange how it just clicked, and now he's really excited. He's reading several Dr. Suess books now in one sitting. (Before it was a struggle to get him to read his 2 page spread in his I Can Read It readers every day). And the best part is that he thinks its fun!

Josiah also started sounding out words last week. He has read several Bob Books. He thinks he's pretty big stuff!

Rachel thinks she can read, too. She does know the sounds for about 10 letters. She never likes anyone else to get attention, so as soon as the boys start getting praised, she has to chime in, "But I can read, too!" Yeah, right!!

It's been a pretty exciting week at school, maybe they should get sick for a week and a half more often! (I don't think so!).

Posted: 3:46 PM, Mar. 27, 2007

Monday, March 19, 2007


All four of the kids are sick. Josiah has been sick since last Tuesday.....I think he may finally be over it. Caleb got sick on Wednesday, Jada on Friday, Rachel on Saturday. They all have horrible coughs, and fevers that seem to spike about once a day. Rachel just told me that they like being sick together. Mom doesn't!! Aaron said last night that it sounds like an infirmary! Thankfully Aaron and I haven't got sick, yet.

Needless to say, we haven't done school in a week. I gave Caleb an oral spelling test this morning, but his poor little voice was giving out, and he looked like death warmed over, so we stopped. It looks like he'll still be doing Math most of the summer......at least he won't forget anything over the break! Oh well.

Posted: 11:13 AM, Mar. 19, 2007

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Read to me 2007 challenge

Last week was the first week of the challenge, and we actually did well. We did 3 days of SL PK (M-W-F).
It's funny to see the differences between the what Rachel and Josiah like and what Caleb liked. Josiah and Rachel really love the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. We read 5-10 each day. We also read St. George and the Dragon, Madeline, and The Snowy Day. Josiah loved the Snowy Day. We also read about half of Peter Spier's People and What's Under the Sea. We also read a two-page spread in Usborne's First Thousand Words each day. Rachel absolutely loves this book. She spends hours pouring over it. Hopefully we can keep things up this week, they both really like having "school", too.


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