Book List for R1

R1 and I have an agreement. He can read whatever books he chooses (within reason/appropriateness) but once a month he has to read a book from my list. Here’s our current list:

A Christmas Carol
Animal Farm
Bridge to Terabithia
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Cheaper by the Dozen
The Diary of a Young Girl
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Jo’s Boys
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Little Britches
Little Men
The Lonesome Gods
The Magician’s Elephant
Oliver Twist
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Search for Delicious
The Secret Garden
Summer of the Monkeys
The Tale of Despereaux
White Fang

The Chosen

CH 13
p. 217 “Human beings do not live forever, Reuven, we live less than the time it takes to blink an eyes, if we measure our lives against eternity. So it may be asked what value is there to a human life. There is so much pain in the world. What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye?” He paused again, his eyes misty now, then went on. “I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill one’s life with meaning. That I do not think you understand yet. A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here.”

p. 219 “Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship.”

CH 14

p. 235 “Silence was ugly, it was black, it leered, it was cancerous, it was death. I hated it, and I hated Reb Saunders for forcing it upon me and his son.”

p. 244 “I worked carefully and methodically, using everything my father had taught me and a lot of things I now was able to teach myself.”

CH 18

p. 282 “A man is born into this world with only a tiny spark of goodness in him. The spark is God, it is the soul; the rest is ugliness and evil, a shell.”

p. 284 “I would like to believe that before he died he learned how much suffering there is in this world. It will have redeemed his soul.”

“And it is important to know of pain, he said. It destroys our self-pride, our arrogance, our indifference toward others. It makes us aware of how frail and tiny we are and of how much we must depend upon the Master of the Universe.”

p. 286 “Look into his soul, I said. ‘Stand inside his sould and see the world through his eyes. You will know the pain he feels because of his ignorance, and you will not laugh.”

77 out of 100

In 2012 I took the Goodreads challenge and set a goal of 100 books for the year. If I count the hundreds of books I read to the kids I sailed way past that goal, but I only made 77 of the 100 just for myself, which is still pretty darn good and more than I read in 2011.

You can view the 77 books here if you’re interested. My top ones are as follows:

The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Blessed Child by Ted Dekker and Bill Bright
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Becoming the Woman of His Dreams by Sharon Jaynes
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
In the Presence of My Enemies by
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe by Todd Wilson

So, I’ve challenged myself to read 85 books in 2013, join me!

I Didn’t See This One Coming

R1 and R2 (who shares a bedroom with R3) decided to trade rooms today. R2 wants her own room and R1 wants to share a room with R3 – so I said “go for it.”

So I guess that’s what we’ll be working on for the next week. :) R1 has a chair in his room, he usually sits there and reads before bed every night (and then crawls in bed with R3). Well, tonight R2 asked to stay up and read. We went to the library for story time and the kids all picked out books (it’s been a really long time since I’ve taken them to the library – usually I put the books on hold and Mr. Fox swings by on his way home from work). R2 chose 2 chapter books (I’m so impressed with her reading skills!) and started one in the car on the way home. By the time I went in to tell her ‘lights out’ she was on chapter FIVE!!!

I snuck in and snapped this pic – it made me a little sad. She’s growing up so quickly.

Bird Study Resources

Birds, folklore, and religion:
Noah and the Dove
The Phoenix – Egypt
Falcon/ Hawk Egyptian
Ravens and Odin (Norse Religion)
Peacocks in Hinduism and Buddhism
Bald Eagle in Native American
Ibis- Egypt

* The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
* The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coolridge (Albatross)
* I know Why a Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
* A Bird by Emily Dickinson
* The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
* The Works of John J Audubon
* Handbook of Nature Study Anna Botsford Comstock
* Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin The storm petrel is referred to
as Mother Carey’s Chickens. In this case a widow’s children are likened to storm
* Chicken Little / Henny Penny
* stories about carrier pidgeons

* Go nesting- identifying the nests of Birds
* Keep a Nature notebook draw birds, eggs, and nests bird foot prints
* Learn the anatomy of birds
* Make a quill pen and learn Spencerian Script
* Find 10 local birds and identify them
* Learn some bird calls
* Learn about raising Chickens
* Build a Bird House
* Build a Bird Feeder or a Bird Bath
* Build a humming bird feeder and plant flowers that attract them
* Do a Feeder Watch to see what birds come to your feeder
* use a feather to paint faux marble
* Learn the state birds

Folksongs, Rhymes, and Songs
Yellow Bird
Sing a Song of Sixpence

Free Lamplighter Books

A few months ago I learned about Lamplighter Books and instantly fell in love and then cried because I knew they were just too far out of our price range. And then a wonderful woman on the TJEd yahoo group shared that some of the books can be found at so I got to searching. About an hour in I’d found 2 books and decided I’d cut out the work for anyone else by linking them here. Enjoy!

In the Depths
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

The Lamplighter
Maria S. Cummins

Saved at Sea
Mrs O.F. Walton

or, From the Depths
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

Stepping Heavenward
Mrs E. Prentiss

That Printer of Udell’s
A Story of the Middle West
Harold Bell Wright

Probable Sons
Amy LeFeuvre

A Peep Behind the Scenes
Mrs O.F. Walton

The Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

Cobwebs and Cables
Hesba Stretton

Curriculum For Sale

I’ve got some books for sale, please feel free to make offers:

Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready – $8

Story of the World Vol 2 with Activity Book – All of the reproducible activity pages have been removed and spiral-bound, which makes it super easy to photocopy them! Asking $35 for the set.

Manners Made Easy – $6

Exploring Outer Space: 30 Amazing Projects That Explore the Wonders of God’s Creation and Exploring Weather: 30 Amazing Projects That Explore the Wonders of God’s Creation – $5 for both

Family Night Tool Chest Book 2 – $7

God’s Design for Heaven & Earth by Answers in Genesis: Our Weather and Water 2nd Ed. B/W NEW & Our Universe 2nd Ed. B/W NEW – $5 each or $8 for both

Writing with Ease Level 2 – first 50 workbook pages are missing but you can easily use the remaining 130 to make ones to replace them – $15

What We’re Reading April 24, 2012

I need to check out some new books but this is what we have right now:

Cat and Rat : the legend of the Chinese zodiac
The Cheshire Cheese cat : a Dickens of a tale
The golden age of pirates : an interactive history adventure
Leif the Lucky
The time traveler’s guide to medieval England : a handbook for visitors to the fourteenth century
Don’t let the pigeon stay up late!
Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary tale
Pigeon finds a hot dog!
Famous men of the middle ages : [history for the thoughtful child
Days of the knights : a tale of castles and battles
Good masters! Sweet Ladies! : voices from a medieval village
On board the Titanic : what it was like when the great liner sank
A samurai castle
Sir Cumference and the sword in the cone – these are the best math books!!

I’m almost finished with “Deconstructing penguins : parents, kids, and the bond of reading” – it’s amazing, I’m going to have to buy my own copy, I can see. :)

I finished Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea and am now reading Anne of the Island – loving these books!

Our family read-aloud right now is Charlotte’s Web, we’re over half way through it and are making lapbooks I got from Confessions (she’s got unit studies for 10 different books, you should hop over and check it out).

I ordered The Well-Educated Mind and Little Britches from Amazon yesterday and thanks to prime they’ll be here tomorrow – I can’t wait! Some friends and I are starting a monthly book club and Little Britches is our first book. If you are local and wanna join us shoot me an email!

What We Are Reading – March 14 – 20

First of all, have you seen this site?

We Give Books is a free website that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

VERY cool.

Mr. Fox came home from work today, after a stop at the library, with an armload of books I had requested. So now R1 is reading The golden age of pirates : an interactive history adventure.

And together we are enjoying:

Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China

Ms. Rubinstein’s Beauty

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! – R3 really enjoyed this one. Cute story about a gardener trying to keep the rabbits out.

Where’s Walrus? – there are NO words, which was a pleasant surprise – R3 had so much fun telling me the story!

We started Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy last week, got about 2 chapters into it and discovered we weren’t really all that interested. So, now we’re gonna give The Cheshire Cheese Cat : A Dickens of a Tale a try starting tomorrow.

I just finished One Thousand Gifts and am looking forward to perusing How They Croaked : the Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous that Mr. Fox brought home today. I’ve got about 8 more books on request that go along with the Middle Ages (where we are in Story of the World).

So Many Books… So Little Time

I’ve always been a voracious reader, I’ve usually got 3-4 books going at a time. Now that we have started implementing TJEd we are ALL reading a lot more. I’ve had to create an Excel spreadsheet to help me keep track of what we have read and what we want to read! I’m always hearing about great books and needed to start a list of them so I can request them from the library when we are ready for them.

Right now I am reading:

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Keeping His Way Pure – this ebook ($4.99) is written by a homeschool mom that lives right around the corner from me. It’s really great so far.

Simplicity Parenting

One Thousand Gifts – this book is amazing. It’s bringing me closer to God and helping me to find the joy He wants me to have. I am so thankful for Ann. I’ve read her blog for about a year now and am so thrilled to be studying the book with a sweet group of friends.

Deep Wounds, Deep Healing by Charles Kraft

The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman – this book is helping me SO much! Not only is it fascinating, it’s helping me understand myself, my sister and my children better.


R1 is still working on The Horse and His Boy, he took a break to dive into the Tales from the Odyssey series by Mary Pope Osbourne.
And he is LOVING this series of books – Life As A…. He’s read Ninja, Greek, Roman and is asking for Pirates. Thankfully, the library has most of them. We got him The Action Bible for his birthday and he dove right in!

In the evenings we are reading The Secret Garden as a family.

And then there are tons of books we read during the day. This week we have (from the library):

I Want My Hat Back
Birds in Your Backyard (Sharing Nature With Children Book)
The Bird Watching Answer Book
The Blues Go Birding Across America
Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends

I’ve got about 10 more on request from the library, I’ll try to remember to post each week about what we are reading and how we like them!