Wednesday Words

16 Aug

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Book Review-The Two Of Us

15 Aug


Summary: The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin is a modern story that takes place in Colorado.   Mia Robinson is a single gal with two broken engagements-making her very leery of the opposite sex.  But, when her eighteen year old sister informs her that not only is she pregnant, but about to get married in Las Vegas, she is forced to recognize a family wedding is in the works-whether Mia likes it or not.
Jake Tanner has more than just physical scars after a bomb kills his partner and leaves him partially deaf.  He feels dead inside, and blames himself for his partner’s death.  He retreats to the family farm, but when he finds his partner’s son is getting married, he can only wish that a relationship is something that might be in the cards for him.
Can a wedding bring two hurting people together, or will the past forever get in the way?
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book.  It is well-written, doesn’t ignore that life has problems, but has a cute romance in the end.  I especially liked that the book took place close to where I live, so it felt more real.  🙂  I recommend it especially if like romance, and are looking for a quick, fun, and easy read.
I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for my unbiased review-thank you!

Card Monday-Crafty Stash 2 Part 5

14 Aug

Today I am sharing three more bookmarks from my crafty stash series using these Studio Calico journaling cards:
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Here are the bookmarks:
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Supplies: Journaling Cards, border sticker: Studio Calico; Sentiment Stickers: Jillibean Soup; Other: Twine
A pretty simple project, but it is amazing how many bookmarks I have been using lately (in various books we are reading, as well as school workbooks.)  These are definitely needed!
That’s it for today, but next week I will have some tags and a card to share in parts six and seven!

Homeschool Reading

12 Aug

A few days ago, I shared what we did for a summer reading program, and today I am sharing how I have structured reading for the 2017-2018 school year.
Quiet Reading
For quiet reading, The Girlio is required to do a minimum of thirty minutes of reading per day.  Normally, I let her choose all of her books, but this year I will be giving her a few required reading books-mostly books I read and loved as a kid.
For The Boy, he is still learning to read, so he is required to read ten minutes per day to me, and I read twenty to him.  Right now we are working our way through the Magic Tree House books, and I also intend to read to him a few of the books I read The Girlio when she was in second grade so he doesn’t miss out on those-Charlotte’s Web and The Mouse and the Motorcycle for sure.  My plan is to get him more comfortable with reading and gradually increase his reading up to thirty minutes-only as he is ready though.
For The Little Guy, my goal is to read a minimum of three books to him each day.
We participate in the Pizza Hut book program, and as the kids meet these goals each month, they get their own personal pizzas-so that’s a fun additional bonus!
Reading Aloud
For read aloud, we will be working through several books that I want to read to them.  I am actually quite excited to be going back and reading ones I read as a kid-kind of like visiting with old friends.  🙂
Depending on the book, I will be reading aloud a chapter (or around 15 minutes for books that have longer chapters) each day.  I haven’t decided all the books for the year yet, but so far I am planning on reading:
Socks by Beverly Cleary
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
I am also interested in listening to an audio book or two-so many choices, so little time!  🙂
So there you have it-our reading program for the year!

Kid Crafts Friday-Biggie Bead Perlers

11 Aug

The Little Guy has REALLY been enjoying playing with Biggie Beads!  In fact, as soon as I iron whatever project he is working on, he immediately makes another one.  We are already on our second bucket of beads (I took pity on him when there was pretty much only pink left.)
I might also have to get him a second board for Christmas so that he isn’t always waiting on me to iron!
Here are his latest projects:
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(this pattern came with the board)

We do help him a bit, but for the most part, he is doing these on his own which is so cool.  The Girlio helped him make the bird-love to see them having fun with these!

Pinterest Thursday-Our Summer Reading Program

10 Aug

We have always read a lot in our family, but this year we took it to a whole new level with our summer reading program!
It started out with a real bummer-our library system has always had a really fun reading program, but this year they changed everything, and it was a TOTAL dud.
Not to be discouraged, I created our OWN reading program!
I used this worksheet:
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I gave each of the kids a sheet (with the boys, I taped them on the wall in our dining room so that they wouldn’t get lost), and told them that every time they filled a shelf, they would get a book.  Each shelf had ten books on it, and to color in a book, the boys had to read a book to me/with me.  The Girlio had to read fifteen minutes.  I printed a stash of the sheets, and stored them where the kids could easily pull out another one as they needed it.
I had around ten books that we had picked up at a thrift store for prizes, but never used.  We started with those.  Once those were earned, each child got fifty cents when they filled a shelf.  Fifty cents is important, because that is how much the library sells books for at their end-of-summer party.  AND, if the kids read at least 250 books altogether, I promised to buy them Dragons Love Tacos 2.  They love those books.  🙂
Needless to say, a TON of books got read between June and July.  Over 350 books were colored in (after that, I kind of lost track of sheets!)
It was SO MUCH FUN to shop the sale at the library, and we came home with a ton of books-I think it was 33 or 34?  PLUS, I bought a few.  Anyway, it was A LOT!
A couple of hints if you do something like this-be prepared.  We shopped early (it was a very small space, and as soon as a few families start looking, it gets pretty cramped!)  We brought backpacks, and I had a list of books I created that contained books in series we had-so that we didn’t re-buy books we already had.  I also had a list of books I wanted to buy for our library.  It was like finding treasure when I found ones we had been wanting for a while!  🙂
I notified the kids that they could pick the books they wanted, but I was the final say on whether or not we would get them.  That way, I could consult my list, or veto any that I didn’t think they would enjoy/were too old for them/weren’t that great.  They knew this in advance, so there weren’t any arguments.  Being prepared was super helpful, and I would do it all again the exact same way.
Anyway, this really just kicked off the kids’ drive to read, and we are still reading a ton of books.  It worked so well, that we will probably do it again next year too-especially if they don’t change the library program back.  Even if they do change it back though, we will probably do their program, and then switch to this afterwards.
I should also mention, that before we do the library summer program, we complete the Barnes and Noble program too.  If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.  They change it a little bit each year but essentially you read six or seven books, write something basic about it-title, author, etc., and you earn a free book.  The Girlio has done it for a few years now, but this was the first year The Boy was eligible (it starts in first grade.)  We finish the Barnes and Noble program in May, and then move on to the library one.
I was very pleased with all of our summer reading, and am already looking forward to doing it all again next year!
In the meantime, look for a post from me soon on how we are doing reading during the school year.
Whew-this was a very text-heavy post, so I am going to leave you with some pictures from the library end-of-summer party!
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Have a great day!

Wednesday Words

9 Aug

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