Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ethan's Booklist

This is a list of books I want my son Ethan to read this year.  This is really for my personal benefit, since I tend to loose papers.
1.  Tales From Shakespeare by Charles Lamb- We tried this book, it was a flop.
2.  Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim's Progress)
3.  James Herriott's Treasury For Children
4.  Children's Stories from Dickens
5.  The Patchwork Girl of Oz by Frank Baum
6.  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
7.  Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
8.  Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand
9.  The Borrowers by Mary Norton
10.  The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
11.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
12.  Emerald City of Oz
13.  Glinda of Oz
14.  Little Wizard of Oz Stories
15.  The Lost Princess of Oz
16.  Ozma of Oz
17.  The Scarecrow Of Oz
18.  Tik-Tok of Oz
19.  The Tin Woodman of Oz
20.  The Enchanted Island Of Yew
21.  Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
22.  How to eat fried worms
23.  Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It doesn't get any clearer than this :)

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 6:23a "...The wages of sin is death..."

Romans 6:23b "...But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 5:8, "God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!"

Romans 10:13 "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!"

Romans 10:9,10 "...If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation."

Revelation 3:20a "Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..."

John 1:12 "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name!"

Believe you have sinned, accept that your sin has separated you from God and made you unclean. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Classical Conversations Week 16 Supplements.

School House Rocks- The Great American Melting Pot- video



English Grammar 

Latin Review 

Timeline Review First Part

Reading Supplements
 Immigrant Kids, Freedman
Journey to America, Levitin
Hitch, Ingold
Maureen the Detective (1903). Gr.3-7 

If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island, Levine. 
Ellis Island (Cornerstones of Freedom). 
Immigration (Researching American History). Gr.4-8 
Angel Island by Mortensen, Lori K- Gr2

Irish immigrants, 1840-1920 by O'Hara Megan
Ellis Island- Mortensen, Lori,  K-Grade 2
Small Beauties by Woodruff, Elvira Grade 2-5
Bridge to America : based on a true story- by Glaser, Linda- This looks really good and got good reviews, I think we are going to definitely read this book.

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Geography Review App

I was searching for an app to review coin values for my daughter, Hannah and stumbled upon a really fun Geography app.  It's called Stack the States.  We had a hard time getting back to our school work because it was so interesting.  It teaches the kids fun facts about the States, their shapes and location.  I highly recommend it for a fun way to review for CC.
Stack The States

Monday, January 23, 2012

Love And Logic

One of my readers recently told me about Love And Logic, I ordered the book from the library but I also found a website with some free parenting resources.
I read some of the resources and found them really helpful...so I figured I pass it on to all of you

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Why I am voting for Ron Paul

I know, I know, you aren't supposed to talk about politics or religion but I am not one to conform.

I like Ron Paul, I like that he was an obstetrician for 30 years before getting into politics.  I like that he has been married to the same woman for 54 years.

I like that he wants to put abortion rights in the hands of states rather than the federal government.  I like that he said all other violent crimes are dealt with at the state level, why should abortion be excluded.

I like that he has consistently said the same thing and doesn't change his stance based on his ratings or popularity.

I like that Democrats will vote for him because he wants to bring our troops home.  I agree with Ron Paul that we no longer need to have troops in countries like Germany and South Korea.

I agree with Ron Paul that government has no place in healthcare, especially after working in Home Health Care as a nurse.

I agree with Ron Paul that parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.  If the system isn't working how about we try something different.

Ron Paul is against wasting money.  He no longer want to pour our tax money into other countries, which isn't really helping the people that we intend to get the money.  How about give us back our tax money so we can put it into the organizations that will really help people suffering in other countries.

Paul's views on Education
Paul's Views on the Economy
Paul's Views on Health Care
Click here for any other issues

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fun Stuff

After a failed attempt to spend the day at the beach, because of a nasty jellyfish.  We came home a worked on some art.  Ethan was inspired by the artist who came to our CC to explain Georgia O'Keeffe style while Hannah's painting resembled Grandma Moses inspiration. 

My friend gave us this marble thing....because she didn't want to put it together.  Ethan spent about 6 hours with this concoction while it looks impressive it doesn't really work :(  but I am amazed and proud of my son's determination.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Classical Conversations Week 15 Supplements.


Teddy Roosevelt- The History Channel- An American Lion

Periodic Table Videos-My son Ethan told me he want to be a Chemist after watch a handful of these videos.
Atoms and the Periodic Table -Episode 1 of In Search of Giants: Dr Brian Cox takes us on a journey through the history of particle physics. In this episode we learn that the Greeks knew about atoms and how Mendeleyev's periodic table was among the first clues that the atom had a deeper structure. 
The Discovery of the Electron
The Discovery of the Atomic Nucleus
The Existence of Quarks

I am so sad that I just found this, better late than never
Awesome Review for Cycle 3 Science- (Weeks 1-12)  I'm so psyched!!  You've got to watch this!!
Latin Review Weeks 1-12 
Grammar Weeks 1-4 Review
Grammar Weeks 5-12

Supplemental Reading
Theodore Roosevelt, the adventurous president  DeMauro, Lisa.  Grades 3-5
Teddy Roosevelt : the people's president  Gayle, Sharon Shavers.  Ready-To-Read Level 3
The Father of the Atom: Democritus and the nature of Matter- Macfariane, Katherine
The Atom- Cregan, Elizabeth Grade 4-6
Fizz, bubble & flash! : element explorations & atom adventures for hands-on science fun!  Brandolini, Anita J., For ages 8+
President Theodore Roosevelt. R:K-1 
Theodore Roosevelt (American Lives)R:3-5 
 Theodore Roosevelt, Venezia. 
Theodore Roosevelt (Heroes of History). (RR)
Rough Riders, Roosevelt. (RR)
Theodore Roosevelt (Time for Kids Biographies).
Carry a Big Stick, Grant. 
 Boy in the Alamo, Cousins. 

For More Supplements go to  Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How to get your kids reading.....and loving it!

I learned a trick from the guest blogger on the pioneer woman's website.  I require my kids to be in their rooms at a certain time but they are allowed to stay up later as long as they are reading books.  Children never want to go to bed so they stay up reading...it works wonders :)

Start the book by reading it together or listening to the audio.  Catch your child's attention and interest by introducing the story to them but let them finish it independently.

Have a time where you all read to yourselves.  Give everyone a book and enjoy.

Have a stack of books in your house for yourself.  If you don't have any books in your house to read...guess what you won't be reading anything.  (I read that on MoneySavingMom.com)

 This is my first year with a book list. I went to my favorite blogs and picked books they enjoyed and asked my friends.  I have a stack of books that I am really interested in and I have been reading much more.  I think having my kids see me enjoying books will influence my children's attitude towards reading.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Temper, Temper. Temper

I struggle with raising my voice too often...also know as yelling at my children.  I have prayed for years for God to help me with it, and I have only showed slight improvement.  I would like to blame my parents who taught me this but in 2 years I'll be 40 years, I have spent almost as much time away from my parents than with them so it's time to own up and take full responsibility.

I have a couple of friends who are so inspirational in this area.  One of my friends never raises her voice....she is calm as a cucumber and her kids are the most obedient kids I know.  My other friend, rarely raises her voice and her kids are also extremely well behaved.  My conclusion is raising my voice is really an ineffective way to get my kids to listen to me.  I feel terrible guilt after I yell.  It is really is a loosing situation.

I have found that I usually erupt, when I am overwhelmed with a messy house or feel like I am things are out of control and chaotic.  I've also noticed if I have a schedule and something interferes with the way I imagine things are going to be that I really start to unravel.... Soooooo I'm trying to come up with practical steps to help me before I get to Mt. St. Helen status.....
1.  Start everyday praying with my kids, ask for patients for myself and obedient hearts for my kids!
2.  Set a time 2 times a day and have my kids pick up their toys, before lunch and before bed.
3.  Make my kids obey the first time I ask them to do something and do not ignore disobedience
                  A.  Ethan looses wii time and tv time
                  B.  Hannah is sent to her room for 5 minutes
                  C.  Noah put him in his crib for 2 minutes
4.  Encourage my children to confront me when they see I'm starting to loose it.   Ethan has really been a huge encouragement to me by congratulating me when I keep it together in stressful situations.  Which gives me hope that I can change....
5.  When things aren't going the way I want them, to lay down my desires and accept God's will with a cheerful heart.  Things don't have to be my way...I can be flexible....

I think this list will probably grow as I try to figure out what situation are triggering my weakness.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saving Money!

Hi Folks!

   I save $195 yesterday and Lindy encouraged me to write a post about it. 

   I had to pick up a new medicine for my son.  A thought kept popping into my head that I should go to a different pharmacy, but I went to the one where I always go (they even know my name).  When they told me it would be $200 for a 3 week supply, I decided to go try another pharmacy. 
   The second pharmacy said it was $5 for a 3 weeks supply!

   Now I just have to decide what to do with the $195 I saved (just kidding).


Friday, January 13, 2012

Question for you all....

Have any of you used Fix-It! Grammar and Editing Made Easy With Classics in your homeschooling?  I am thinking of switching from Writing with Ease to this program but I can't find a whole lot of reviews.

3 Free art classes online

Hannah, my daughter, loves art.  So when I came across this I was really excited to try these 3 free art lessons .  The woman who is teaching this, Pat Knepley is a Christian and includes some Biblical teaching as well.

History Highlights Q&A Week 14

History Highlights Q&A Week 14 pdf.
Name  _______________________

1.  What language is the word tycoon originally from?__________________
2.  The American tycoons were ___________    _______________  who got rich by creating monopolies.
3.  How did the tycoons affect the government? ___________________
4.  How did Vanderbilt make his fortune? _______________
5.  How did Rockefeller make his fortune? ____________________
6.  How did Carnegie make his fortune? _____________________
7.  How did Swift make his fortune? _____________
8.  These men used America’s resources to create wealth for both the ___________and _____________________
9.  This time period is know as the _____________ Age.

10.  Between which 2 wars did the Gilded Age occur?  __________________________________________________________
11.  During this time America shifted from a _____________________economy to a mercantile economy.  
12.  Which president started to tax these company which prevented the continuation of the wealth in these families.  _______________________

1.  Japanese word meaning “mighty lord”.
2.  big businessmen
3.  The tycoons bribed the government officials.
4.  Vanderbilt made his fortunes in railroads.
5.  Rockefeller made his fortune in the oil industry.
6.  Carnegie made his fortune in the steel industry.
7.  Swift made his fortune in the meat packing business.
8.  nation and themselves
9.   Gilded Age
10.  The Gilded Age occur ed between the Civil War and the beginning of World War I.
11.  Agricultural
12.  Woodrow Wilson

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Classical Conversations Week 14

School House Rocks Mother Necessity (Video)
Andrew Carnegie Biography ( Video)- 46 minutes
Cornelius Vanderbilt Biography- Reading a few paragraphs
Gustavus Franklin Swift- Reading 2 paragraphs- basically he came up with refrigerated railroad cars
John D Rockefeller biography

The Periodic Table of Videos (thanks to Brandie at halfahundredacrewood@blogspot.com)
my kids are really enjoying watching these different videos on the elements

Mt. MiKinleyNational Geographic: Denali National Park- full version available on Netflix instant download
Mt St Helens: Back From the Dead- 52 minutes online or netflix instant download
U.S. Geography Online interactive games

Khan Academy Perimeter and Area Basics

Reading Supplements
Story of Inventions, McHugh. 
Thomas Edison Great American Inventor,Egan
George Washington Carver Innovative Life, MacLeod. 
First Flight, Jenner. 
Wright Brothers, Reynolds
The Story of the Wright Brothers & their Sister. 

For more great resources:


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Money Saving Mom Free Ebook

One of my favorite websites is Moneysavingmom.com by Crystal Paine
She has so many great printables to help busy mom's organize their cleaning, meal planning and freezer cooking meals.
She is really well read and I actually feel like she is one of my friends because I read her blog so often.  She also has wonderful booklist of children's books too!  She homeschool's her 3 children and is a really down to earth woman.
She just came out with a book and I am so excited to get a copy.  I will be adding it to my 2012 booklist.  I am hoping that I can reap some of the benefits of all of her diligent research in being a mom!

The Money Saving Mom Budget. - go to amazon and read some for free ;)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

History Highlights Q&A Week 13

History Highlights PDF link

History Highlights Q&A

Name  _______________________

1.  True or False  An amendment is a change in the constitution to make it more clear.
2.  Can a State take pass a law to take away the privileges of citizenship ?_________
3.  True or False  It was easy for African Americans in the South after this law was passed.
4.  What is the right of habeas corpus?  ____________________________________________________________________
5.  What does it mean if you have the right to bear arms?_______________________
6.  What was the main purpose of the Civil Rights Movement?________________________________________________
7.  Who helped enforce the new constitutional amendments?  

1.  True
2.  No
3.  False, it was very difficult for African Americans even after the laws were made.
4.  The right of habeas corpus refers to the freedom from being kept in prison too long without just cause
5.  The right to bear arms, means your allowed to own a gun.
6.  The main purpose of the Civil Rights Movement was to bring equality under the law to all Americans.
7.  Northern troops occupied the South to help enforce the new amendments.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Classical Conversations Week 13

 I found some of these items on  (halfahundredacrewood.blogspot.com  thanks Brandie for all your hard work)


Discovery of the Periodic Table short Movie
Magic School Bus Gets Ready, Set, Dough - Magic School Bus Kitchen Chemistry
Nova Island of Stability
Making Stuff With David Pogue-  This is a really interesting show by PBS- it is available for instant play on netflix
The Periodic Table of Videos (thanks to Brandie at halfahundredacrewood@blogspot.com)
Atom Bill Nye- 

Fine Arts

Reading Supplements
Robert E. Lee (Heroes), Dwyer. 
With Lee in Virginia, Henry
Stonewall (Heroes in Time), Dwyer. 
Amos Fortune, Free Man, Yates. RA:4; R:5
Story of the Confederate State, Derry.
Shades of Gray, Reeder.RA:2; R:4
Call of Duty: The Sterling, Wilkings.
Gettysburg, Kantor. 
 If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad, Levine 
The Fourteenth Amendment: equal protection under the law Grade 5-8
Democracy reborn: the Fourteenth Amendment and the fight for equal rights post-Civil War America-Epps Garret

U.S. Constitution and You, The- Sobel, Syl

Monday, January 2, 2012

Free Christian Fiction For Your Computer, Kindle, Nook, and More!

I love free stuff, here are some free books for your Kindle, Nook and More!  Thanks Hannie!
Free Family Fiction For your family