Saturday, July 26, 2008

Free Children's Ebook: A Wonder-book for Girls and Boys(Classical Mythology) By Nathaniel Hawthorne




Beautifully illustrated, published in 1892, free and in public domain. Readable online, downloaded, and printable in HTML mode(right click on image of pages). Click here.

Vintage Scouting for Girls: Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts




Published in 1920 and in public domain. Click here. Read online or download. To print, right click on image of the page. Make sure it is in HTML mode in order to save image or print, see sidebar on bottom.

Excerpt:

1. THE HOME MAKER
By SARAH LOUISE ARNOLD
Formerly Dean of Simmons College

The Keeper of the House. Every Girl Scout knows
that good homes make a country great and good; so
every woman wants to understand home-making Of
course that means "keeping" a house; and of course that

means that Girl Scouts should try for the Housekeeper
Merit Badge, the "Home Maker."
Now "making a home" doesn't mean just having it,
owning it and holding its key. It means making it a
good place to live in, or helping to make it so. This
sounds like the House that Jack built ; but all this belongs
to the making of a home.

CONTENTS
Foreword by Sir Robert Baden-Powell.
Preface by Josephine Daskam Bacon, Editor.
SECTION :
I. HISTORY OF THE GIRL SCOUTS 1
II. PRINCIPLES OF THE GIRL SCOUTS 3
III. ORGANIZATION OF THE GIRL SCOUTS 13
IV. WHO ARE THE SCOUTS? 17
V. THE OUT OF DOOR SCOUT 35
VI. FORMS FOR GIRL SCOUT CEREMONIES 44

VII. GIRL SCOUT CLASS REQUIREMENTS. 60
VIII. WHAT A GIRL SCOUT SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT THE FLAG 67
IX. GIRL SCOUT DRILL 84

X. SIGNALLING FOR GIRL SCOUTS 97
XI. THE SCOUT AIDE 105
Part 1. The Home Maker 106
Part 2. The Child Nurse 157
Part 3. The First Aide 164
Part 4. The Home Nurse 217
Part 5. The Health Guardian 254
Part 6. The Health Winner 257
XII. SETTING-UP EXERCISES 273
XIII. WOODCRAFT 280
XIV. CAMPING FOR GIRL SCOUTS 313
XV. NATURE STUDY FOR GIRL SCOUTS 373

XVI. THE GIRL SCOUTS' OWN GARDEN 456
XVII. MEASUREMENTS, MAP-MAKING AND KNOTS 466
XVIII. PROFICIENCY TESTS AND SPECIAL MEDALS 497
XIX. REFERENCE READING FOR GIRL SCOUTS . . . 540

Friday, July 25, 2008

Make Your Own Crayon Organizer Using Recycled Boxes

Click on title.

HILDEBRAND AND HELLELIL


Beautiful painting, tragic story.

They stood at the door with spear and shield:
‘Up Lord Hildebrand! out and yield!’
He kissed me then mine eyes above:-
‘Say never my name, thou darling love’
Out of the door Lord Hildebrand sprang;
Around his head the sword he swang.

HILDEBRAND AND HELLELIL, TRANSLATED FROM THE DANISH.

Painting: "The Meeting on The Turret Stairs" by Frederick William Burton, Pre-Raphaelite.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Light Blocking Drapery Liners Which Actually Work


We've gotten heavily lined drapes and blinds which were labeled "light blocking", but they never truly blocked the light. I wanted heavy drapes like the kind you find in hotel rooms, super heavy duty light blocking drapes, the reason being that the children's bedrooms faces west, and it gets really hot in their rooms in the late afternoon and into the evening. The sun shoots right through two layers, the lined drapes and closed blinds, especially in my daughter's room. I planted a Japanese Cherry tree in front of their windows, but it is not quite tall enough yet.

So today while I was searching for a tension rod at Walmart, I found some Roc-lon drapery liners The package stated that they were made of the same fabric used in hotels worldwide, so I tried them, and they work really well! You can hang them behind your curtains or drapes on a pocket rod, or attach them with drapery pins to the back of your existing drapes. I spent about $24.00 for a two panel package which included the drapery pins.

These liners will definitely save us on air conditioning costs. They advertise that they cut down on noise as well. We've got traverse rods in both the children's bedrooms, so these were very easy to loop onto the existing pins behind the drapes.

Read Walmart reviews here.

One small issue is that each package fits a window width of up to only 50 inches. The larger size would need a patio panel(drapes that open only on one side). Our window width was a bit wider, but the liner still blocked out enough light to make the room almost pitch black. For complete coverage I'd have to double up the liners - one pack for each drapery panel, but that's for an absolute black out which is a little creepy for the kids. Another way to make it darker would be to hang the liners on a tension rod in the window where you'd normally hang your blinds, or if you have room, in front of your blinds. This blocks out the light/heat from above the drapes and from the sides. The only downside is that you can't move them on the rod during the day; the fabric is very thick.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fifth and Sixth Grade Nature Study Resource/Curriculum




I hadn't realized this, but ds's fifth grade science book is all nature study. I had to order additional books(newly published) which cover regular fifth grade science. I was flipping through this book tonight, and it reminded me so much of a Charlotte Mason type nature study. The entire book is in black and white with charming hand drawings throughout. It's a thorough nature study with Scripture sprinkled among the pages. We'll be using both books, the nature study and the regular science from Rod & Staff. The nature study is just too good to skip.

There are two books: Book One for fifth grade, and Book Two for sixth grade.

God's Marvelous Works, Book One is 30 lessons covering Insects, Birds, Flowers and Reptiles.

God's Marvelous Works, Book Two
is 30 lessons covering Algae and Fungi, Mammals, and Aquatic Creatures and Amphibians.

Links above show sample lessons.

I got mine on ebay for a few dollars plus shipping. Use Bigcrumbs.com as your shopping portal to ebay for additional discounts. I get a rebate of 36% of the seller's fees. Not a fortune, but every little bit counts.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Curly Haircare Product Review: Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil with Ginseng


I have long hair with naturally loose curls. In the summertime it goes bonkers with the humidity. Frizz and dryness are a real problem. I've tried numerous products to control the frizz, and many cause scalp irritation or blemishes around my hairline. I even tried olive oil and mineral oil, but they didn't work well, and the olive oil was very hard to get out of my hair.

For the past week I've been using Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil with Ginseng(made in the U.S.A.) in an 8 ounce bottle which I picked up at Family Dollar for $2.00. I had to use it twice, leaving the oil on my hair overnight, and it worked quite well! My hair is a lot softer and no frizz. You can use this on your skin as well, so it's dual usage is thrifty.

Here are the ingredients:

Soy Bean Oil , Walnut Seed Oil , Kiwi Fruit Extract , Olive Fruit Oil , Castor Seed Oil , Sesame Seed Oil , Jojoba Seed Oil , Carrot Seed Oil , Sweet Almond Oil , *Tocopheryl Acetate , Safflower Oil , Calendula Extract , Yarrow Extract , Cucumber Extract , Carrageenan Extract , Ginseng Extract , Sage Extract , Comfrey Extract , Aloe Extract , Fragrance.

*I looked up Tocopheryl Acetate, also known as vitamin E acetate, and it is a common vitamin supplement.

The fragrance in a little strong, but the ingredients are almost all natural which makes a big difference for my skin and hair. I have a sensitivity to many haircare products for curly hair.

See the good customer reviews at Walgreens online.

7/09 Update: I am still using this product and it's the only thing that really works on my hair. I tried some organic rosemary oil specifically for hair and scalp, but Africa's Best is much more effective. I do wish that this oil came unscented, but this is just a minor concern .

Friday, July 11, 2008

Free Old Fashioned Color-By-Numbers Preschool Sheets


These Mennonite coloring books are so cute! I'm going to order the first one, Color-By-Number For Little Hands - Number 1 (ages 3-5). My two year(2.10) old loved the cat and food sheets. I like that they have a few sample printables(click on "Look in the Book") so you can try them out with your little ones.

There are two others we enjoyed:

Color-By-Number For Little Hands - Number 2 (ages 4-6)

Birds - Color-By-Number

I helped with the more difficult ones, but she really enjoyed matching the colors to the numbers. I think it's because they provide large drawing spaces for very young children, and the pictures are simple, but appealing.

Have you seen the Little Jewel Books? These are wholesome hand drawn Amish/Mennonite books about nature, family values, and Christian lessons for young children. My son loved these, and now my daughters picks them up for me to read, often bypassing our Barney books! It surprised me, but I was glad because they teach as well as entertain.

Maybe it is our strong German background(Pennsylvania Dutch: Non-Mennonite), but we are so drawn to these Mennonite resources. The books feature rural scenes so similar to my grandparent's old home outside of Hellertown, Pa(Wassergas). I love the Pennsylvania countryside; it's in my blood even though I've never lived there. My grandparents sold their "gentleman's farm" in the 1980's, and sadly, have since passed away.

If you like wholesome children's books with simple drawings of farms, rural life, nature and animals, these resources will be a hit. They are very inexpensive as well!

Mulching the Garden Frugally

A local tree company delivered free mulch earlier this week, so we have been working on whittling down the huge pile. We got the front yard done and almost finished the backyard today. It's quite a bit of work, but the trade off is it doesn't cost us a dime.

If you can obtain free tree chips(mulch)from your municipality or a tree company, this is a very frugal way of keeping the garden beds moist during hot summers. It also keeps down the weeds, and makes the beds look "finished".

We don't water our garden, so mulching heavily is the only way we can keep a garden without paying large water bills. Our water bills since the drought last year as high enough without having to water the garden. We do water our little vegetable garden, but we use water from our rain barrel.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

The Aging Narcissistic Parent

If you have been carrying the cross of dealing with a narcissistic(Narcissistic Personality Disorder - NPD) parent, here is an excellent set of articles. I found this "Aging" article particularly helpful, as persons who continue to exhibit these behaviors(coping mechanisms) throughout their lives often become worse with age. One paragraph struck me as very insightful, and as being part of the painful letting go process:

"The first step in extricating yourself from the tentacles of an overly demanding narcissistic parent is admitting that your parent suffers from NPD. This is not as easy as it may sound, as many a child of a narcissist will tell you. It is extremely difficult for an adult child to come to grips with the fact that their parent never did, and never will, love them in the way that they needed and wanted to be loved. Of course, this feeling is not exclusive to children of narcissists. It is a process that comes as a by-product of many situations that may be present in childhood."

Read more here.

Check here for a thorough listing of personality traits associated with NPD. If you find most of these traits to be relevant to your situation with your parent, you will find validation. Personality traits like this are not normal, even if they seem normalized by dint of having been raised to experience no different from a parent. They must be extreme in nature and consistent in most or all situations across the person's lifetime. These are not just annoying behaviors, they are abusive in nature, and they affect everyone who comes in contact with the person.

In Christ there is healing for all: "I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me. —Galatians 2:19b-20a

Our Lord said, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me." -- Gospel of St John 14:6.

Christ and our Holy Mother in Heaven are always there to love us and step in as our parents. Never lose heart; bask in their love for you. You are first and foremost a well loved child of God, and for that we should be joyful and content.

From our Scripture readings today, St. Paul gives us the answer for proper focus and direction: Our Lord said, "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up My yoke[teachings] upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden light." -- Gospel of St Matthew 11:28-29.

Free Children's Educational Resource: Kids.gov.com

See here: here.