Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I just finished my first book for the Newberry Award Challenge….Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. My husband just read it to the boys a few weeks ago, and my oldest son said it was a really good book (he’s almost 7). It’s the story of a boy (Marty) and a dog (Shiloh). Marty finds Shiloh and decides to keep him from his abusive owner. Marty hides Shiloh and must lie and be dishonest to keep the dog protected. When a tragedy strikes, his secret comes out. Can he find a way to keep Shiloh? Overall, a very good book, especially for kids with a soft spot for dogs. Shows us that life isn’t as simple as it seems, what seems wrong can be right, and what seems right can be wrong.

First line, “The day Shiloh come, we’re having us a big Sunday dinner.”

The last line of the book, “…and I’m thinking how nothing is as simple as you guess-not right or wrong, not Judd Travers, not even me or this dog I got here. But the good part is I saved Shiloh and opened my eyes some. Now that ain’t bad for eleven.”


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith was a fun read about a lady in Botswana who opens a detective agency with her inheritance money. It gives a little taste of her African world, and several cases she must solve. I love detective stories, but this isn't your typical detective story. It wasn't a book where you tried to race to solve the case before she does, but one where you got a look at the way she works as a detective. Nothing deep, but definitely a quick, fun read. (4/5)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

First Non-Fiction Five read

I finished my first non-fiction five challenge read... A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison. The author briefly shows subject by subject how to implement Charlotte Mason's ideas in your homeschool. As I'm in the planning stages for next school year it was a timely read. I'm going to try to work some of CM's ideas in our school next year, such as shorter lessons, narration, art music appreciation and habit formation. Recommended to anyone who teaches or is interested in Charlotte Mason's methods. (4/5).

Saturday, May 19, 2007

School Thoughts

We've been taking things easy at school for the last week....just Math and Reading. In Math we learned to add with carrying, and Caleb caught on to it really well. He's reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. I know that most people are finishing up their school year, but we will be going to the end of June this year. I haven't decided, though, when we'll start back up...either the end of July or Mid August. I'd like to start a year-round schedule this year....that way we can have breaks when we need them. It's also so hot in July and August that I'd rather be inside. Maybe we can take more time off in Spring and Fall when the weather is perfect!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Classics Challenge

Crazy Cozy Murders is hosting a Summer-Fall Classics Challenge that I've decided to join. The Challenge runs from July-November. You can choose 3-5 classics to read during this period of time. I decided to pull 5 classics off my shelf that I haven't read yet. My list:

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
2. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
4. Middlemarch by George Elliot
5. Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

Monday, May 7, 2007

Another book challenge...

I've decided to join a new challenge....the Newberry Award Challenge
The goal is to read 6 books from the Newberry List
and read them between May 15- Dec 31, 2007.

My choices are:
1. Shiloh
2. Bridge to Terabithia
3. The Grey King
4. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
5. Hitty, her First Hundred Years
6. The Higher Power of Lucky

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

What I read - April 2007

Here’s my list for April:

1. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (5) I’m ready for the final book now!
2. A Light in the Window by Jan Karon (4) Number 2 in the Mitford Series.
3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (4) My first time reading Agatha Christie. This was a light and fun read. I’ll definitely be reading more!
4. The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson (4) A easy read about a group of women joined together in a prayer group.
5. These High Green Hills by Jan Karon (4) this is the third book in the Mitford series. I really enjoy these books, although they are very slow moving.
6. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (4) This is a YA book. People are only allowed to have 2 children, so there is a group of “Hidden Children”….third children that are kept hidden so they are not killed. An interesting book.
7. A Midwife’s Story by Penny Armstrong (4.5) I enjoyed this book about a midwife to the amish in Pennsylvania. My last two births were at an amish birthing center (but with a doctor instead of a midwife), so maybe that added to the intrigue! Very insightful into the whole birthing process, and how much modern medicine interferes with it!


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