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

End of the Year 2014 – R2



Subject: Math
Color: sea green
Food: grapes
Sport: Soccer
Book: Geronimo Stilton books
Toy: Legos
Game: Go Fish
TV Show: Shake It Up
Indoor Activity: coloring
Outdoor Activity: baseball
My best friends are: Ally and Trinity
When I grow up I want to be: Artist
What makes me happy: Remy
What makes me sad: moving
I am really good at: Gymnastics
I love: Mommy and Daddy
This is how I write my name:


Next year I will be in 3rd grade

End of the School Year 2014 – R3


My Favorites:

Thing to learn about: animals
Color: gold
Food: beanie weenie
Sport: basketball
Book: Chicken Butt
Toy: OG Doll
Game: Who’s Behind the Door?
TV Show: The Winks Club
Indoor Activity: watch a show
Outdoor Activity: jump on the trampoline
My best friends are: Journey, Ricky
When I grow up I want to be: a Veterinarian
What makes me happy: being with my mom alone
What makes me sad: when Daddy leaves to go to FL
I am really good at: hand stands
I love: Mommy and Daddy

How I write my name:


Next year I will be in First Grade!

Vulcan, Frozen and Screaming

This morning we went on a field trip with our homeschool friends to Vulcan. It was fun and the kids (well, R1 and R3) enjoyed taking the elevator to the top. The house was being shown from 12-2 so we accepted Seester’s invitation to see Frozen in 3D at the dollar theater. I dropped Nana and the kids off and R4 and I went next door to Bargain Hunt where I scored a shirt for R3 for $.30 and a Woombie fo $10 (but it’s too small :( ).

Afterwards we headed back to the theater and nursed in the parking lot.


I tried, unsuccessfully, to get R4 to sleep in my arms but since she was smiling and talking to me I missed the window and all of a sudden she was overtired and angry.


I got out and wrapped her and went to stand on the sidewalk around the theater since it was misting and chilly. She yelled at me while I bounced for a good 10 minutes. She would NOT let me tuck her head in and so she continued to overstimulate herself. Finally I cupped my hands on each side of her face and shh’d into her ear and she zonked right out. But while I was doing all of that this nice older lady drove past, turned around and came back to ask me if I needed something for the baby! I nicely replied, “No, thank you” but according to Aunt S I missed an opportunity. She says I should have said, “Yes, diapers!” ROFL


So we kicked off back-to-school with a Unity Study on weather. The kids are really enjoying it. I checked out a stack of books and we read this one today, I learned a lot from it!

Another book that R3 really enjoyed was this one:

So far we’ve learned how to read a thermometer, the difference between weather and climate, how a rainbow is formed and more. Next we start on clouds.

“Mom, I’m Bored” Jar Revisit

I made one of these over the summer and the kids pulled something out maybe once or twice… so now I’m thinking of tweaking it for TJEd. We have lots of great educational games, toys, etc around here and I find that my girls LOVE to do these things when I suggest them but I don’t always think about it. So I’m thinking of making the bored jar into a suggestion jar and limiting how often they can pull from it. I’m thinking it will help this stuff get used a little more often and hopefully set off some sparks in our learning.

I’ll keep you posted as to how it goes…

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

PreK Craftiness

Somehow while blog-hopping today I came upon this post about index cards and thought, “Ooh! That would be great for R3!” and so I made these:

I made them self-checking by putting the small number or dots on the back/bottom in gray. It’s a matching game, she’ll lay out the stickered cards and try to match them to their word/number card.

So, after that I made these pattern cards for her to use with our foam cylinder blocks:

So that sent me googling to see what else I could do with index cards and I found this but wanted to make it reusable so I used a dry-erase marker and made pages (we have a TON of scrap paper, I never throw it away) that can be swapped out instead of just writing the letters.

Ries is going to be thrilled tomorrow!