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DD 23/365 – Grammar-Land

We are still waiting for our new read aloud for the book club, so I picked this book for today. It is very clever how it teaches you grammar in a fun, story tale, way! It’s so old, it is available for free online.


I purchased mine on Amazon since it was so cheap and I love this little book. The kids after the first chapter wrote nouns on the white board and just having so much fun doing that. It’s amazing how simple things can be so much fun with a crowd of siblings.

Grammar-Land: Grammar in Fun for the Children of Schoolroom-Shire

You can also listen to it for FREE on LibriVox! CLICK HERE.


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We finished! DD22/365

We finally finished Unbroken. I realized I knew nothing about WW2 before. Sure, I knew facts…but I didn’t know people’s actual living accounts of suffering unimaginable things. This is something textbooks just cannot really convey.

We are not waiting for our next read aloud to arrive from Ebay. The Scarlet pimpernel! Who has read it? This will be the first time for us.

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Documenting Delight 17/365

Today I am sad to say, I didn’t do any reading to my kids arg. It was grocery day and I was preparing a pernil for tomorrow and printing some books and catching up on laundry etc. One of those days.

It was just what I needed though to head off in the evening to hear one of my favorite authors speak, who is also a homeschooling mother of 6. It was SO good! Afterwards I took my time going home, enjoying just being alone (which is RARE) and headed to a bookstore. I bought some great classics I didn’t have yet, that were on clearance. Score!

As I got in the car to head home, I was a little sad at the thought I didn’t tuck my kids in. Surely my exhausted husband after a 12 hour work day, would not be in the mood to read to them. However when I got home, he informed me he did read to the kids one of their favorite books. It’s one of their absolute favorites I think, largely because of the voices Joe makes when he reads it. They crack up so hard! I think it’s sweet.

Bedtime for Frances (Trophy Picture Books (Paperback))

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Inscribing Books for Your Children

I love buying old books. I bought a few on ebay today for our homeschool “history” textbooks, such as “Our Hero, General U. S. Grant”  not a reprint, an original from 1885! One of the things that I love most about old books is reading the inscription.  I always look for them and the ones that really tug my heart-strings are from mothers to their children. Sometimes it’s on Christmas or a birthday, which I think makes it more special especially with such old book, you realize those people are probably not on this Earth anymore. Somehow through all the donations, sales, piles in Goodwill bins, shipping all over the world, the book has remained in tact and carrying on that love, that sentiment felt in that one moment in time.

I started to inscribe my kids books recently and I do believe it makes them more special. It is like a little time capsule when I set a date on them. I hope they look back on them one day in the future and remember their mom loved them and thought about them.

Here is one I wrote in Alice in Wonderland. I used a quote from the book and added my thoughts.

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I have so many faults, but when my children think back on their childhood I would like them to think that their mom loved them, enjoyed reading to them and loved books…and I hope they will love books too. I hope they will pick up these books one day, long after I’m gone, and feel like I am there with them at least for a moment. And if the Lord tarries and both my children and I are passed, I hope whoever finds this book takes a moment to wonder who we were and think about how this book was loved.

Here are my 5 tips for Inscribing Books for you Children-

-Set a date to when it was given and who gave it. 

“July 12, 1997. Silva, 37 years my Poe book has been on my bookshelf. May you enjoy yours as much. Love, Dad.”

-Mark the occasion– If the book is given for a special occasion, mark that in the book. Perhaps the occasion is a birthday or simply a book you thought they would enjoy it, document it.

“4/96. To Liz, Hope this will help explain to an American about one Europeans obsession that is football/soccer. Nick Hornby is not a Liverpool fan but this book still ripples the back of the neck[t]. Fond thoughts always, Tim .”

-Provide Some Life Advice-  This is one of my favorite ones to do as a mom, gotta sneak it in anyway we can!

-Echo an idea in the book, often through a quote. I really like this one. If I can’t remember one-off the top of my head, I will go a quick google search. I pick a quote that I like and expand on it.

 -Say what the giver thought was special about it. I try to personalize this to the children. I bought them a new Kate Dicamillo book and wrote inside that I bought it because I remember Izzy saying that she was one of her new favorite authors after reading  a couple other of her books.

Here is a fun website where people have sent in inscriptions they have found.

Let me know in the comments below. Do you inscribe your books?


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Documenting Delight 13 & 14

We finished the last in the series, Tucket’s Home. The ending was good, and the notes at the end were perfection.

Yes, there is a good amount of violence in this series, but the reality is, all of it really happened. The journey out west was for many, their last. I think this is a better tribute to them, than to act like it was some pleasure trip.

I am glad my children understand how it really was, what people sacrificed, what mistakes can cause people.

Now we are diving full force into Unbroken. We are about 7 or 8 chapters in but now we will read more daily. This is another book where the reality of the deaths of WW2 will be something to absorb for all of us. It’s one thing watching an oversimplified youtube video, but it’s quite another to read an actual human beings account of his terrorizing experience. This is one reason why Dr. Robinsons says autobiographies are far superior to textbooks written by recent college graduates, I agree!

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Story Stretchers- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Edition

I checked out this book from the library and it’s really fun. It gives all kinds of ideas and activities for favorite children’s books.

Today we picked Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. We read it first together.

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Then I asked the kids to draw a picture of what they would like to rain down in the imaginary town of chewandswallow.

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We then worked together to make mashed potatoes to mimic the “snow” at the end of the story and of course we had to have meatballs to go with it for lunch.

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The littles scrubbed the potatoes,the big kids peeled and the instantpot cooked them!

One of the activities was to make boats out of cartons but I didn’t have enough, so they just made a fort instead.

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There were a lot of suggestions but I had a very busy kitchen day so we cut it short there and just read other books more.

This is a great book, especially if you have young children and need direction to the day while they are too young to officially homeschool. As you can see though, even big kids like this!