Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Free Blog Post Day

It is Friday and I love Fridays! It means the weekend is coming and yippie, Daddy is home and we get to be a family. We have such busy weekends, but I love them. :)

I thought I would "shake it up" a bit and post my Monday thoughts on Friday. :)

What I'm thinking: I am thinking that I am very grateful to be a part of the Crew. I know I say that a lot, but I am really blown away by the blessings that have come my way because of it. I am not only talking about all the amazing curriculum resources we get to see, but the relationships with all these amazing homeschool moms--they just bless me.

What I'm reading: I am reading several things right now. I just put King Alfred's English, by Laurie J. White, on my Kindle to read. I just finished four of the eight books of the John Carter series (sort of silly books, but I did enjoy them in an early 1900's writing sort of way), and I have The White Queen and The Red Queen that my aunt gave me to read, by Phillipa Gregory. I know they are history put to story and my mother and aunt loved them so I am going to love them too since they are historical books--and I just love those. I just began, Chasing Mona Lisa, by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey, for fun. (Of course I am reading all of these things for "fun" but it is neat to be reading again.)

I have finally gotten around to reading Cotton in My Sack, by Lois Lenski, to my two youngest girls. It is such an interesting glimpse into history for all of us. I cannot imagine living in a shack and picking cotton for a living and moving every year! I know that many people lived this way though and it is a very visual book. Mine was printed in 1949 and has all her illustrations. It is set in the 40's and it amazes me that life was so terribly different just 60+ years ago.

What I'm listening to: My oldest beauty talking to me as I type. I love love love that my daughter talks to me. It blesses my heart.

What we're learning: We are studying the 1900s. So many interesting things happened in this century. In our co-op, I have given each child a writing/presentation assignment and I thought I would share them with you in case you are hitting the 1900s and need a little help. I somewhat formed these to the children involved, but not entirely. Here they are:

6 year old: What kinds of toys did children have in the early 1900s? Make a presentation board for us and show us.

9 year old: Tell us about the 1904 World’s Fair.

11 year old: Tell us about the development and invention of the light bulb. Who invented it and how did it come to be?

11 year old: Tell us about Wild Bill Cody’s Wild West Shows. Presentation board with pictures is optional or you can write  a paragraph to share, or use the D’Aulaire book on Wild Bill and show us pictures and tell us about him and his shows.

12 year old: Tell us about the music of the early 1900s. What was popular? Two names to help you: John Philip Sousa and George M. Cohan.

12 year old: What was school like in the early 1900s? Tell us or show us—your choice.

13 year old: Tell us about the development and invention of the airplane. Were the Wright Brothers the only ones involved in it?

13 year old: Tell us about President William McKinley. Was he a good or bad leader? What are some of the things he did?

15 year old: Explain the gold standard to us, how it came about, and if we are still under it in essay format.

15 year old: How did the Panama Canal come about? How was it built? Was it difficult?

15 year old: How did Hawaii become a state? Did its people and Queen want this?

15 year old: Please write an essay on the development and invention of motion pictures.  What was a movie like in the early 1900s? A movie you might want to look into: “The Great Train Robbery.”

17 year old: Tell us about the science and technology of the early 1900’s. What was hip? J (Do not focus on flight or the light bulb.)

17 year old: How was Social Darwinism affecting the country?

What's cooking: I tell you, I have had more fun with Indian food in the last few weeks than I ever thought I would have at all! We have eaten some very good and very nutritious foods. Today I made Indian Spiced Lentils from Stephanie O'Dea's website. (A GEM of a website for all you crockpotters!) I also made fresh homemade whole wheat pastry flour naan! I cooked them on my pancake griddle that plugs into the wall at 400 degrees. They were absolutely delicious--the whole meal was. Yum for Indian cooking!

What I'm buying: Nothing but food--did I tell you we have five children and three are teens? :D

What I'm thankful for: I am thankful for a husband that loves and supports me, and five of the most amazing, interesting, creative, and wonderful children ever.

What I'm creating: Well...I am supposed to be creating lesson plans, but I am not doing a very good job of it. I have one week to plan for our history co-op as all of those essays and presentations I listed above will cover the history for the last day in June that we meet. (See how I did that? hehe)

What I'm praying: That God would work His perfect will in our lives. There are some things I just cannot say here. God is always and ever able and He is worthy of all praise and honor! We walk by faith in His goodness--and He never fails us.

What I'm planning: Only six days until my husband and I leave on our mini-anniversary trip!

A Picture to Share:

This is Tetris. He went missing in our house over six months ago--probably closer to nine months ago. He was discovered in the kitchen on the floor. He was not there before! Where has he been? Your guess is as good as mine. When we put him back in the tank with Hermoine, the female his age, guess what happened right away? That's right - visual science. It was a pretty interesting night! :D


Nicole said...

Okay, first of all, if that snake was missing in my house for 9 months, THIS MAMA would be missing in my house for 9 months. Oh. my. gosh.

My husband and I leave for our mini-anniversary weekend this afternoon. Much needed!!!

Love the 1900's ideas. The Smithsonian Institute has a traveling exhibit starting this week at a nearby library called "Key Ingredients". It's about the history of food, kitchens, etc. I am going to spend a day teaching my kiddos about the differences between the 1900's kitchen and our current kitchen, how kids were involved in food preparation in the 1900's, etc., and end it with a trip to the exhibit.

Have a wonderful week preparing for your weekend away!!

Kate said...


That is just about how everyone responds to the snake! :D

I would LOVE to go to the Smithsonian. Alas, I am a tad far away. :D

Have a lovely trip!!


Homeschooling6 said...

Mini anniversary sounds fun. I hope Lupe and I can get away for our 16 year,if not maybe our 20th.

With regards to the snake, I'm like everyone else, Yikes, eeks, get me outta here ;) If only it could talk and tell of its adventures.

Kate said...


I hope you can get away too! We have not done this is 13 years!

I would love to know the snake's adventures!