Friday, November 30, 2007
We enjoy frequenting the library, and I always like to browse the stacks for interesting books to assign for reading. This week I found a nicely illustrated and well written book on Saints, Ten Saints by Eleanor Farjeon published in 1936. The reading level appears to be advanced fourth or fifth grade and up. Ds is really enjoying this one.
These books are a bit unseasonal, but in our area it's still warmish weather with our fall veggies still growing and producing.
Good Bugs and Bad Bugs in Your Garden: Back-Yard Ecology I thumbed through this book and it was really interesting. I still need to learn about this topic and the illustrations really help. After we read this book, ds should be able to help me in the garden with good bugs and bad bugs. The reading level looks to be advanced third or fourth grade and up.
At a lower reading level for ds, but still informative with nice vintage illustrations of a country farm, My Garden Grows by Aldren Watson
These two garden books go nicely together, and are perfect for fall as we harvest our last vegetables and prepare the beds for winter. It really doesn't get cold here until late January.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Harry and His Dog
Consequences of Idleness
The Noblest Revenge
Week V Vocabulary List
Week V Vocabulary Quizzes
Selections are from the Revised Fourth Grade McGuffey's Reader(1920 edit.), free and in public domain.
Previous weeks here.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Path of Praise: "Cavalcade of America" 1951, history of Thanksgiving.
And just for fun: Baby Snooks' Thanksgiving
Download instructions: Right click and "save as target". See download directions at bottom of page at site.
Click here. Both are in public domain.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Free printable worksheets for math word problems(earlier post).
Vintage printable math books with word problems throughout for first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and possibly fifth grade and beyond. The books are not graded, are free and in public domain.
Free printable math problems for fourth and fifth grade.
Word problems for grades 5-12.
Algebra word problems.
Word problem strategies with problems for early elementary school math.
Word problem strategies for middle school with problem examples.
Ungraded, mentions that printable math problem worksheets appropriate for basic through intermediate.
HT to School Librarian in Action for some of these links.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Ds has two more lessons in his Pathway fourth grade reader and workbook. I will be sad to finish this reader. I've liked this wholesome series with life lessons. The stories are so cute! My favorite was Dotty the Salmon. The reading and vocabulary was challenging, but the stories kept ds's interest and it was enjoyable.
So, I'll be back to using the vintage readers from my homeschool library. I posted a short series of these a while back. I'll continue sharing beginning with Week V, only this time I'll be adding five lessons a week.
I won't be doing this for the entire school year as we still plan to use Rod & Staff's fourth grade reader which cover the New Testament. We school all year round, so there is no rush.
Ringless/hookless shower curtains are made of water resistant fabric(polyester), wash easily and are mold resistant. They hang nicely and don't cling to you in the shower. I can't tell you how much easier it is with this shower curtain to get it off and on for cleaning. The flexible ring makes it pop right on when you push it against the shower curtain rod. It comes off just as easily. Ringless or hookless shower curtains are economical because you never have to buy liners.
I got mine a few years ago at a close-out sale on QVC. They were difficult to come by then, but when I did a Google search for this post, I found quite a few available. This one looks a lot like mine, and it's reasonably priced.
See more tips over at Shannon's. :)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Turn off the boob-tube and spend some family time together listening to vintage radio shows.
Wisconsin Public Radio Listen only. You maybe able to save audio, just not sure how to do it yet.
More discussion and links here.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
These are in public domain. I've copied and pasted them to Google Documents. Just click and print.
Fourth Grade Reader:LANDING OF THE PILGRIM FATHERS poem with a vocabulary list and comprehension questions. Also from this reader, Thanksgiving Dinner at Plumfield by L.M. Alcott Book source here.
I'll add more as I find them. Please visit my homeschooling library blog for more free public domain books.
Thanksgiving(blessing poem), source: a vintage children's reader.
Printable at site:
From The Elson Primary School Reader Book Four, The First Thanksgiving Day, pages 50- 62, a play. It was too long for me to copy, edit and paste in plain text. If you switch to HTML(bottom right margin at text page), you can right click and save page, or try the download button(iffy).
Stories of Colonial Children, pages 43-50 cover the First Thanksgiving.Free and in public domain. Switch to plain text to copy and paste, download book(iffy), or switch to HMTL(bottom right margin) to right click and save pages. It may be in HTML mode already.
Historical Plays of Colonial Days, for Fifth Year Pupils. Free and in public domain. I've linked it to HTML mode so there are hyperlinks on the table of contents. You can switch it to plain text if you want to copy and paste. See page 39, Little Pilgrims, and a few others.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
This picture is a sample of what they have for sale. Here is the free audio-program: Homeschool For the Holidays.
They also offer free weekly audioprograms. This week's free MP3: Tisquantum, Strange Friend of the Pilgrims.
Free downloads for playing MP3 audios on your computer. I downloaded the Windows Media Player 11 at the Microsoft site with no problems.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Catholic missionary nun and saint, born in Lombardy, Italy. A devout child who took a vow of chastity at the age of 12, she was trained as a teacher and became director of an orphanage. In 1880 she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, hoping to spread the faith in China. Instead she was sent by the Pope to America (1889) where, despite lack of finance, she founded schools and charitable institutions to serve poor immigrants in New York and other cities. She also dispatched missionaries to other countries. Naturalized in 1909, she became the first American citizen to be canonized (1946). ~ biography.com
In her lifetime, Mother Cabrini established 67 missions--schools, hospitals, orphanages, and convents--from Denver to Chicago, Los Angeles to Philadelphia in the U.S., and at sites in 13 countries around the world.
After establishing her first institution--St. Cabrini Home--in 1890, she embarked upon a tireless crisscrossing of the world, establishing a network of educational, health care, and social service institutions for needy immigrants, institutions that today provide services for those of all faiths and backgrounds. ~ St. Cabrini Home Inc(originally, Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum).
Today is her feast day. Visit The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to learn more about the foundress' life.
And for children ages 7-12, a book about Mother Cabrini:
The orphans find a home: A St. Frances Xavier Cabrini story (The glory of America, Catholic girls of the U.S.A) (Paperback)
Monday, November 05, 2007
I purchased a one gallon bottle of Dr. Bronner's all natural castile soap in March of this year, and as you can see, I still have quite a bit left. I've been using it to bathe my baby/toddler, and since the soap is concentrated, all it takes is a little drizzle in this(see picture-purple bottle) recycled baby shampoo bottle. I add water to fill about half the bottle, and it's plenty strong enough to wash the hair and body.
I purchased mine from Amazonfor $28.00 with $5.75 shipping when they had a clear-out sale. The price has gone up, but I'll keep an eye on it and post if I see a sale. Dr. Bronner's can be found at health food stores as well; I just couldn't find the gallon containers around my area.
I got the peppermint version because it was on sale. It does sting the eyes a bit, so when I use it on the toddler's hair, I work it from the back of the head forward. I've not had any problems using it this way.
Dr. Bronner's soaps are made with organic oils and are certified to USDA National Organic Program standards. Essential oils are used for the scented soaps. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps contain no synthetic surfactants or petrochemicals, and are packaged in recycled plastic bottles. I heard that if you can find a store that carries the soap in bulk, you can reuse the bottle for refills. It's great stuff and thrifty! At this rate, I shouldn't have to buy baby shampoo or soap for years.
I've read good reviewsfrom adults using Dr. Bronner's soap. I just haven't tried it yet because I am still trying to use up a huge stockpile of free-with-rebate and deeply discounted shampoos which I've accumulated.