I asked Raisin what the word of the week is and he responded “Happy.” I am so glad that is the end result of this week. I may have called it lazy, cranky, or cold, but I’ll go with his word. When he chose “happy,” I was reminded that life is a series of small […]
Archives for January 2014
Yesterday, Locomotive by Brian Floca won the Caldecott Award! Raisin got an autographed copy of this book for his birthday last year, and it is fantastic. I believe it was a great choice for the award. I loved the illustrations of course: sweeping views of steam trains and the scenery of America. But the rhythmic writing […]
The students in my co-op writing class (who are in first to fourth grade) really struggle with starting a story. For the most part, every story starts with “Once there was….” and goes from there. “Once upon a time…” is a close second. I cannot get them to think outside of the box. So we […]
This week, my word is JOY. School and weather and life was blah and normal, for the most part. But something about this week make it one where I simply feel joy at being alive and joy for all the blessings I have in my life! I have spent many winters during the last […]
Today I welcome Lisa to our Homeschool Open House! My Story I have 7 children, ages 23, 21, 17, 14, 12, 10, and 8, and I’ve been homeschooling for 18 years. Although I homeschooled my oldest two children all the way through, I am currently only homeschooling the youngest. I decided to homeschool because I […]
When my son (Raisin) was 2, I began a personal project or challenge to read 1000 different books with him before he entered kindergarten. (At that point, I had no intention of homeschooling.) Together, we did it. There were so many benefits of our marathon reading times together. We got in the habit of choosing […]
I’ve decided to link up with my teaching/blogging/TPT friend Emily for her new weekly linky about mentor texts. This week’s topic is about writing about the small moments. This is simply a perfect subject for me for this week because I’ve been planning on talking about “binoculars” in our co-op this week: making sure our […]
From “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen. Fonts from Jen Jones.
This week I decided it was definitely time to pull out the books and do something for more detailed music appreciation. Last week, Raisin gave a very brief report about Mozart for his co-op Culture day. (The country was Austria). As we prepared for it, we found some favorite music to play after his presentation. He […]
fonts from Jen Jones; frame from Lovin Lit.