Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns : Schoolhouse Review

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Last Christmas Boo received some amazing doll clothes for her American Girl Doll that her Grandma had made, Including a matching Princess dress for them both. Ever since then she has wanted to learn how to make clothes for her doll. When we were offered the opportunity to learn how to sew using Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns we were ecstatic.

So who is Rosie you may ask? Rosie is a stay at home mom from down-under. She has been sewing for as long as she can remember, and now has a daughter to pass her skills onto. You can read more about how her business started here

Boo and I are both visual learners, the so we found the Learn how to make Doll Clothes Video Course was perfect. The videos are designed for ages 8 and up and so since we both fitted into that age range, and I am a self taught sewer we decided to work through the course together.

We decided that we wanted all the information first and so we watched all of the videos before we started any sewing (Boo's idea). All together there are 130 instructional video's available on the site. The videos are very well made and although I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to see well enough (I imagined trying to pick over someone's shoulder) this was not the case. It seems that the cameraman new the perfect angle so you can always see what is going on.

Boo and I loved the fact that Rosie is from Australia. Is was nice to listen to the accent. Since we are originally from England people sometimes think I am from Australia I can honestly say we sound nothing alike.
There are two different sets of videos, general sewing instruction videos and then step by step videos for each of the eight bonus outfits. The video course subscription is available for twelve months. You can access the videos as often as you like during that time. There is also the option to purchase a DVD so you can keep it forever. We have watched many of them more than once.

I went shopping for material by myself - mainly because I hate taking all the kids into Walmart. Unfortunately they didn't have the orange felt so we are making that outfit after our next visit into the city. We are still working through the patterns, Boo is hoping to make more of them for her cousins.

One thing we did is extend the length of the crop top. Boo didn't want the soft stomach of her American Girl Doll showing, and Boo also doesn't wear tops that show her stomach so it was an easy fix to make her happy. The only negative thing I have to say is that I wish there was a few winter patterns included. However since they come free it is not a big deal. Plus there are a lot of other patterns available here. I know Boo has her eye on the winter patterns available on her site.

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We have truly enjoyed this program and I know we have many more hours of fun to come. I love that I can pause the video when working, and rewind and rewind and rewind if I need a little extra help.  Oh I forgot to mention if you don't have a 18 inch doll don't worry you can always ask for patterns for a 18 1/2 inch Cabbage patch doll. In fact I remember seeing on of my fellow members of the crew adapted a pattern to fit a American Girl Bitty Baby. The skills you learn from these videos will help you for all of your future sewing projects. Think matching Halloween outfits for your daughter and her doll next year - how awesome would that be...or matching Christmas dresses - even better.

Boo followed the directions like a pro. She measured her own pattern after we printed (make sure you don't have the 'shrink' option ticked - you want it to print out the correct size. We measured ours and they were perfect. Then she cut out the pattern and pinned it to the fabric, making sure to follow the directions regarding the grain and pattern of the material. She cut out her own fabric and sewed (most of it) together. I helped with the shoulders of the crop top...I even had to watch that part of the video more than once.

So my final word on Rosie's Doll Clothes Patterns is that we loved them and will continue to use them. The patterns we have printed have been filed away ready for the next time (which believe me will not be a long time). I am definitely going to be looking at our used clothes before tossing them to see if they will make a cute dolls outfit.

The course costs $47.51 for a whole year and in our opinion is worth every penny. Remember it is suitable for ages 8 and up.

Check out what others on the crew thought...and check out the clothes. I have already checked them out.


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Painted Pumpkins

This year I decided I didn't want the mess of carving pumpkins. We decided to paint instead;

 I don't think it was any cleaner though.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

VocabularySpellingCity (Crew Review)

I think everyone wants their children to be able to spell, I know I do. So when I was given the opportunity to try VocabularySpellingCity and their premium membership I jumped at the chance. I have used the free version before and so I was excited to find out what the differences were.

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All of my kids like playing games on their computer and so I was hoping this would be a fun educational review. We have tried the traditional spelling tests without much success and lean more towards the reading and copy work methodology.

VocabularySpellingCity is an interactive site that uses games and quizzes to help children memorize spelling words. It's a very interactive program and the games are quite fun even for the 12 year old (although he may not admit that in public).

The premium membership offers a lot of extras as you can tell from the checklist below.

VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership Features

The program is suitable for ages K-12th as you can customize it for each child. It costs $29.99 for up to five students.

When using the program the first thing you have to do is create a parent account, and then a student account for each child. My oldest two have their own computers so I put a shortcut on their laptops to make it easy (and a visual reminder) for them.

You can create customized spelling lists for each child. There is a space to add the child's name, grade and description. If you get confused during the sign up procedure or have any questions at all there is a ton of videos to help click here to view the list. There are so many videos I am sure there is an answer to any question.

The first list I made was for United States Capitals, the next for counties in our state. However we have used this to review science and history vocabulary as well.

Boo's favorite game is 'Letter Fall' since these games are customized to you spelling lists it will be as easy or hard as the kids find the words. So Little J (5) can play it using his sight word lists, or Jam and Boo can play it using their science vocabulary. 

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So another awesome activity is Word-o-Rama this game is excellent for introducing new vocabulary because you practice finding the meaning of the vocabulary words in your list.

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This game like letter fall is customized. This is one of the main benefits of the premium membership, each child can have their own account and scores and progress can be tracked online. Since we have started using this program I have noticed that I have been more conscious of words that they are spelling wrong on a regular basis. These words have gone into their next spelling word list.

I forgot to mention another game/teaching tool that I like 'Flashcards'. The very first time that Jam and Boo obtain a new list of science words I encourage them to use this before playing Word-o-Rama as it introduces the new words and their meanings.

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One of my favorite features (not the kids) is the sentence or paragraph writing helps. This is a feature that is available to both memberships. However when the student is logged in under the premium membership as the parent (teacher) on the account I automatically receive a copy of what they have written and can then check it, give suggestions and even attach a smile.

Little J has been using the Dolch sight word lists and finds most of the games a little hard. Mainly because he finds reading hard still. We are still sounding out words and so I think we will probably use this more in the future for him. When he plays Jam, Boo, or myself have to sit with him continually because of this we find the android app a lot more convenient. It's nicer to snuggle up on the sofa and play rather than sit at the desk to work on the computer.

Not all of the games are available on the app but Little J still liked the ones that are available though.
This is one of Little J's favorite...

What we thought

I think spelling lists are the least favorite activity for all of us. The older kids hate the rote practice of spelling. This program took a little of that away. However it is still spelling and so not the favorite program we have used. The games make it bearable but I don't kid myself that they will chose to go to this website for 'fun'. Boo, Jam and Little J all consider it schoolwork, even though it helps. The only problem we encountered was basically self inflicted. Jam did log in properly so for the first week none of his work was recorded. It was a little frustrating for him because he does a lot of his work on his own and so when I asked him why he hadn't been working on his spelling he was a little upset. We sorted this out and it works fine now.

Just to recap...

Costs $29.99 for a family of 5 for a 12 month subscription and is suitable for all ages K-12th.

Read more reviews here.


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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Stories of the Pilgrims - Jim Hodges Review and Awesome Giveaway

The kids and I have finished listening to an awesome audio book just in time for Thanksgiving Stories of the Pilgrims.

This story starts in England at Scrooby. We visited Scrooby last year during our visit to England.

As soon as the story started the kids suddenly shouted "We've been there".

The picture below is a picture of the information posted outside of the church at Scrooby.

The Stories of the Pilgrims is a historic production told in story form. We use a lot of audio stories as we do quite a bit of driving. In my mind it's the perfect way to learn history, mainly because my kids don't realize they are learning. Even Little J speaks up now and again while we are listening. He asks questions like "What does _____ mean?" or "Oh I remember when we went ________" and so even when I think they have switched off or gotten engrossed in their coloring books, up pops another question and so I know they are still listening therefore still learning.

The Stories of the Pilgrims takes us through the journey of the Pilgrims from Scrooby, England to Holland and then finally to the New World. The story focuses on the children and their experiences. Boo enjoyed listening about their adventures in Holland. She was able to link it to another book she had previously listened too that taught her about life in Holland. Jam and Little J loved a story about two little boys that were kidnapped by Indians and the adventure that followed.

In fact when the story ended Boo shouted "NO" I want to hear more. No doubt we will be listening to this again very soon.

There is also a study guide that goes along with this audio recording. I have been getting ready to incorporate a lot of it during our Thanksgiving preparations in November.

Bow of Bronze is offering you a fantastic giveaway from Jim Hodges Audio Books in celebration of the launch of the Stories of the Pilgrims launch this month. The winner of this incredible homeschool giveaway will receive one of each download book available by Tim Hodges 

Sale Price as of Nov 1 $15.00

This prize is worth more than $700 - awesome isn't it.
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When London Burned by GA Henty
The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
The Young Carthaginians by G.A. Henty
Beric the Briton by G.A. Henty
For the Temple by G.A. Henty
The Dragon and the Raven by G.A. Henty
Wulf the Saxon by G.A. Henty
Winning His Spurs by G.A. Henty
In Freedom’s Cause by G.A. Henty
A Knight of the White Cross by G.A. Henty
By Right of Conquest by G.A. Henty
St. Bartholomew’s Eve by G.A. Henty
Under Drake’s Flag by G.A. Henty
When London Burned by G.A. Henty
With Wolfe in Canada by G.A. Henty
In the Reign of Terror by G.A. Henty
Captain Bayley’s Heir by G.A. Henty
In the Heart of the Rockies by G.A. Henty
With Lee in Virginia by G.A. Henty
Ten Great Adventures by Amy Puetz
Ten Girls from History by Amy Puetz
Uncover Exciting History by Amy Puetz
Our Young Folk’s Josephus by Paidea Classics
American History Stories
Stories of the Pilgrims
Four Great Americans
Nursery Book of Bible Stories
You Are There United States History Collection
You Are There World History Collection
Horizon’s West
Mr. President
Classic Literature
Les Misérables
Frontier Fighters
Pearl Harbor Attacked
D-Day June 6, 1944
The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
Gorilla Hunters by R.M. Ballantyne
God’s Might Hand
Moody’s Great Sermons

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Favorite Monologues - Albert's Return

Remember I promised the second monologue about Albert I don't like this one quite as much...

Albert's Return

 You've `eard `ow young Albert Ramsbottom
At the zoo up at Blackpool one year
With a stick with an `orse's `ead `andle
Gave a lion a poke in the ear?

The name of the lion was Wallace,
The poke in the ear made `im wild
And before you could say, "Bob's yer uncle!"
E'd upped and `e'd swallowed the child.

`E were sorry the moment `e done it;
With children `e'd always been chums,
And besides, `e'd no teeth in his muzzle,
And `e couldn't chew Albert on't gums.

`E could feel the lad movin' inside `im
As `e lay on `is bed of dried ferns;
And it might `ave been little lad's birthday-
'E wished `im such `appy returns.

But Albert kept kickin' and fightin'...
And Wallace got up, feelin' bad.
Decided 'twere time that `e started
To stage a comeback for the lad.

Then puttin' `ead down in one corner,
On `is front paws `e started to walk;
And `e coughed, and `e sneezed, and `e gargled
`Till Albert shot out... like a cork!

Now Wallace felt better directly
And `is figure once more became lean.
But the only difference with Albert
Was `is face and `is `ands were quite clean.

Meanwhile Mr. and Mrs. Ramsbottom
`Ad gone back to their tea, feelin' blue.
Ma said, "I feel down in the mouth, like.
" Pa said, "Aye, I bet Albert does, too."

Said Mother, "It just goes to show yer
That the future is never revealed;
If I'd thowt we was goin' to lose `im,
I'd `ave not `ad `is boots soled and `eeled."

"Let's look on the bright side," said Father,
"Wot can't be `elped must be endured;
Each cloud `as a silvery lining,
And we did `ave young Albert insured."

A knock on the door came that moment
As Father these kind words did speak.
`Twas the man from Prudential - `e'd come for
Their tuppence per person per week.

When Father saw `oo `ad been knockin',
`E laughed, and `e kept laughin` so -
The man said, "`Ere, wot's there to laugh at?"
Pa said, "You'll laugh an' all when you know!"

"Excuse `im for laughing," said Mother,
"But really, things `appen so strange
Our Albert's been et by a lion;
You've got to pay us for a change!"

Said the young man from the Prudential,
"Now, come, come, let's understand this...
You don't mean to say that you've lost `im?"
Pa said, "Oh, no, we know where `e is!"

When the young man `ad `eard all the details,
A purse from `is pocket he drew
And `e paid them with interest and bonus
The sum of nine pounds, four and two.

Pa `ad scarce got `is `and on the money
When a face at the window they see
And Mother cried, "Eee, look, it's Albert!"
And Father said, "Aye, it would be."

Albert came in all excited,
And started `is story to give;
And Pa said, "I'll never trust lions
Again, not as long as I live."

The young man from the Prudential
To pick up the money began
But Father said, "`ere, wait a moment,
Don't be in a `urry, young man."

Then giving young Albert a shilling,
`E said, "`Ere, pop off back to the zoo;
Get your stick with the `orse's `ead `andle...
Go and see wot the tigers can do!"

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Random 5 Friday Oct 25 2013

Random Five October 25th

1. I had my eyes dilated today. Little J has to have it done a lot. I will be more sympathetic next time.

2. Little J has new glasses that we are using for his Amblyopia therapy. We have a set of cards that are red and green that he uses with them. It is to try and get his eyes to work together.

3.Little J passed Level 2 Preschool Swimming Lessons by the Red Cross this week. Please forgive the picture quality - it was hard to catch him.

4. By the way as far as kid size glasses go, Little J's are amazing. They are completely plastic and so swimming lessons in them is a breeze.

5. Jam and his Dad are on a camp-out tonight and it is supposed to be COLD. Boo, Little J and I are snuggled in the house enjoying the warmth! Plus Dad and Boo are running a 5K tomorrow (Dad on no sleep.)

The Pebble Pond

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Customizeable Allied Shirts Review

 Jam's new favorite shirt

I recently had the opportunity to try something I have never done before. Making a customizable one of a kind T Shirt.

Allied Shirts contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their service I thought it sounded fun. So I got Jam in on the deal and let him design what he wanted.

When you first go to their website you get to choose between unisex long or short sleeved shirts, women's shirts, and sweatshirts. 

Jam chose a regular style round neck lime green t-shirt. After you have chosen your t-shirt the next steps are really simple...literally you add your text. To do this you click on the 'add text' button write your text and then place it in the correct place on the t-shirt. If you want to add extra lines you just clear the text out of the box and then click on the 'add text' again. This can be done repeatedly until your t-shirt design is finished.

Jam chose a quote that he loved from October 2013 LDS General Conference.

Check out how is design came out...he LOVES it.

We love the t-shirt. I got a close up below so you can see how good the printing quality is.  Jam will be wearing this for a long time. This shirt would have cost $22.05. I have not checked but would assume the more you order the cheaper it is.

Allied Shirts Recommends: and Printcopia

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Are you interested in joining the Schoolhouse Review Crew?

I am sure that you have noticed I have had a huge opportunity this year. I have been a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. It has been an amazing opportunity for my family. I have been homeschooling for three years. I found the crew as I searched for ideas and help to start me on my home school journey. To be on the crew myself has been a little surreal. I have be exposed to so many new (and old) curriculum ideas. So whether you are a veteran homeschooler or still feel very green (like me) and you have a blog I wanted to let you know of an awesome opportunity you might be interested in.

The Schoolhouse Review Crew will be taking applications for the 2014 Review year from October 24 - November 8!

Are you a homeschool blogger?
Are you a curriculum junkie?
Do you enjoy writing reviews?

Then you might be perfect for the Crew! 

Some requirements for being a part of the Crew include the following: 

  • First of all you must be a homeschool mom or dad. You don’t have to homeschool all of your children, but you must homeschool at least one. 
  • You must be willing to use the review products for about six weeks in your homeschool, before writing your review. Review periods have deadlines and requirements for the reviews. You must be willing to follow these requirements. No, that doesn’t mean you must write a positive review. But it does mean that there are certain elements that are required. And the deadlines are firm. If you are often late for deadlines, the Crew is probably not for you. 
  • You must have a blog on which to publish your reviews, and be sure you have an active blog with a following. By active blog, I mean that you should be blogging regularly, at least weekly, about your family and homeschool (in addition to your reviews). Your blog should have followers — RSS feed or email subscribers, as well as in social media. The Crew does not accept brand new bloggers who just set up their blogs for the purposes of applying to the team. 
  • Are you using social media to promote your blog? Activity on at least one social media platform is a requirement to serve on the Crew. Which one is up to you — Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google Plus are the options. You will need to be willing to promote your reviews there and post a widget or plug-in publicly on your blog, indicating how many followers you have in social media. 
  • You must be willing to check into the Crew's Review Management forum. This is where information is disseminated to the team. The leadership does everything possible to make things easy for us, outside of writing the actual review, but you need to be willing to participate by checking in almost daily. 
  • Sample reviews are helpful. If you’ve never written a review on your blog, go ahead and write one for curriculum you are currently using in your homeschool. This will help the leaders see how you approach writing reviews. 

Why should you want to be a part?

Our Crew of over 250 review bloggers has been serving the homeschool community for more than 5 years. As a respected review team, we take this job very seriously and will insist you do as well. The leadership provides an incredible amount of assistance to help us be the best bloggers, homeschool parents, and of course, reviewers we can be. They provide a mentoring program for new members, a social media networking group, many blog and social media tutorials, and lots of incredible opportunities for our team, including blog carnivals, the opportunity to guest post on the Crew blog, and the blessing of some incredible friendships.

How can you apply? 
After making sure you meet all of the requirements, if you believe you would to an asset to the Schoolhouse Review Crew and wish to join us, please click over to the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to apply.

Come be a part of The Old Schoolhouse family!

This has been an awesome year full of opportunity, it's hard work at times and you need to be dedicated to the review and take it seriously. I have tried to do this because I know what an effect reading these reviews had on me and how much I relied on them as I made decisions about my children's educational future.

I hope to see you on the crew next year!

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Diary of a Real Payne Book 1: True Story - Barbour Publishing Book Review (Schoolhouse Review Crew)

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Boo my ten year old loves to read. In fact it is so difficult to keep her in books, so when I was given an opportunity to review a new book for her I jumped at the chance. We were offer a book called Diary of a Real Payne : True Story by Barbour Publishing.

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Boo started reading this the very day it arrived, and I heard her giggling while she did (more like laughing her head off). Then she would run around the house saying "Listen to this..." It was very pleasant to be able to relax and know that she wasn't reading anything inappropriate. 

Emma Jean Payne or EJ for short is fun loving, a little spunky, and often misunderstood. She seems to be always getting into a fix and reminds me of a set of books we read when Boo was littler.

I have only heard the parts of the book that Boo read to me, so I asked her to write me a paragraph about it to share with you.

What Boo Thought;

The reason I loved the Diary of a Real Payne Book 1 is because it has a great moral to it. For one, I liked how EJ is a lot like me, in fact my initials are EJ too. I have a little brother too who is a little annoying at times (but I love him). I loved her imagination. My favorite parts of the story are when EJ was imagining being an astronaut, and then a racer although she got into trouble. I love how kind EJ, she even helped Cora Lee her greatest enemy when she found out that she had problems of her own. If EJ was real I would love to be her friend. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
P.S This book should definitely be made into a movie - they could even make an E.J American Girl Doll
P.P.S Imaginations are GREAT. 

The Diary of a Real Payne Book 1 - True Story  recommended for ages 8-12 it is published in a glossy paperback and retails for $5.99 - it is currently on sale for $4.49 (perfect for Christmas)

Watch out for - Church Camp Chaos in March 2014


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Monday, October 21, 2013

More favorite poems... Matilda by Hilaire Belloc

My mom used to read a lot of poetry to me when I was young. I loved it and have lots of fond memories. However one poem my Mom used to recite to us used to scare me a little. A couple of weeks ago, while eating lunch at my parents house I managed to convince her to repeat it to my children. They loved it - even the sad ending.


by Hilaire Belloc

 Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,
And would have done so, had not She
Discovered this Infirmity.
For once, towards the Close of Day,
Matilda, growing tired of play,
And finding she was left alone,
Went tiptoe to the Telephone
And summoned the Immediate Aid
Of London's Noble Fire-Brigade.
Within an hour the Gallant Band
Were pouring in on every hand,
From Putney, Hackney Downs, and Bow.
With Courage high and Hearts a-glow,
They galloped, roaring through the Town,
'Matilda's House is Burning Down!'
Inspired by British Cheers and Loud
Proceeding from the Frenzied Crowd,
They ran their ladders through a score
Of windows on the Ball Room Floor;
And took Peculiar Pains to Souse
The Pictures up and down the House,
Until Matilda's Aunt succeeded 
In showing them they were not needed;
And even then she had to pay
To get the Men to go away!

It happened that a few Weeks later
Her Aunt was off to the Theatre
To see that Interesting Play 
The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.
She had refused to take her Niece
To hear this Entertaining Piece:
A Deprivation Just and Wise
To Punish her for Telling Lies.
That Night a Fire did break out--
You should have heard Matilda Shout!
You should have heard her Scream and Bawl,
And throw the window up and call
To People passing in the Street--
(The rapidly increasing Heat
Encouraging her to obtain
Their confidence) -- but all in vain!
For every time she shouted 'Fire!'
They only answered 'Little Liar!'
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda, and the House, were Burned.

Click here to read more poems by Hilaire Belloc.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Favorite Monologues

At Christmas we always do skits as part of our entertainment.  My Mother in law's favorite is a fun monologue about a young boy called Albert who went to the zoo. This is one of my favorites! You can find them on Amazon.

The Lion and Albert

by Marriott Edgar

There's a famous seaside place called Blackpool,
That's noted for fresh-air and fun,
And Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Went there with young Albert, their son.

A grand little lad was their Albert
All dressed in his best; quite a swell
'E'd a stick with an 'orse's 'ead 'andle
The finest that Woolworth's could sell.

They didn't think much to the ocean
The waves, they was fiddlin' and small
There was no wrecks... nobody drownded
'Fact, nothing to laugh at, at all.

So, seeking for further amusement
They paid and went into the zoo
Where they'd lions and tigers and cam-els
And old ale and sandwiches too.

There were one great big lion called Wallace
His nose were all covered with scars
He lay in a som-no-lent posture
With the side of his face to the bars.

Now Albert had heard about lions
How they were ferocious and wild
And to see Wallace lying so peaceful
Well... it didn't seem right to the child.

So straight 'way the brave little feller
Not showing a morsel of fear
Took 'is stick with the'orse's 'ead 'andle
And pushed it in Wallace's ear!

You could see that the lion didn't like it
For giving a kind of a roll
He pulled Albert inside the cage with 'im
And swallowed the little lad... whole!

Then Pa, who had seen the occurrence
And didn't know what to do next
Said, "Mother! Yon lions 'et Albert"
And Mother said "Eeh, I am vexed!"

So Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom
Quite rightly, when all's said and done
Complained to the Animal Keeper
That the lion had eaten their son.

The keeper was quite nice about it
He said, "What a nasty mishap
Are you sure that it's your lad he's eaten?"
Pa said, "Am I sure? There's his cap!"

So the manager had to be sent for
He came and he said, "What's to do?"
Pa said, "Yon lion's 'eaten our Albert
And 'im in his Sunday clothes, too."

Then Mother said, "Right's right, young feller
I think it's a shame and a sin
For a lion to go and eat Albert
And after we've paid to come in!"

The manager wanted no trouble
He took out his purse right away
And said, "How much to settle the matter?"
And Pa said "What do you usually pay?"

But Mother had turned a bit awkward
When she thought where her Albert had gone
She said, "No! someone's got to be summonsed"
So that were decided upon.

Round they went to the Police Station
In front of a Magistrate chap
They told 'im what happened to Albert
And proved it by showing his cap.

The Magistrate gave his o-pinion
That no-one was really to blame
He said that he hoped the Ramsbottoms
Would have further sons to their name.

At that Mother got proper blazing
"And thank you, sir, kindly," said she
"What waste all our lives raising children
To feed ruddy lions? Not me!"

 I will share the second part another time.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Random Five Friday - October 18th

Random Five Friday

1. Today is my Mom's Birthday. She is the best Mom every and I love her loads.

I was born four weeks early, the same year my Mom's Dad passed away and it was thought she had cancer. I was not the easiest of babies. I was taken to one hospital and my mom to another. In fact my Dad had a huge dilemma of which ambulance to follow.

My mom has always been there for me through all my trials. I love her tons! Isn't she cute!

 2. I took the kids to the zoo today and it rained - we still had a blast. Little J got to play with his 'Best Friend' which happens to be his cousin.

3. We LOVE the zoo. We always have to have our pictures taken near the statues.

4. We love the Polar Bear.

 5. We lit our first fire tonight in the new house - delightful

I hope you had a great Friday.

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We have a new school room!

We have been homeschooling for three years. However we have never had a dedicated school space. However in our new house we have a dining kitchen and a formal dining room space. We only have one dining table and really don't see the need for another one just to sit unused.

We have been living here for about four months and finally last night my husband came on board with the idea of a school room. We had all of the furniture we needed spread around the house, it just needed to be gathered into one room.

We already had bookshelves and our piano in the room and so after adding one of our filing cabinets (in an attempt to keep all those papers etc organized) and throwing the bean bags on the floor - it's as 'scholarly' as I want it too look. We are very casual in our style and I don't want to do school at home, however I also didn't want to have my children hide away in their rooms on the computer.
My husband set the desks up with docking stations and large screens so the all four of us can utilize the desks. The rule is that it has to be cleared at the end of the school day - as it is a shared space and needs to be respected so that everyone can use it.

The other side of the room was a little more difficult to photograph. There is a big window (which is great while we are working). On top of the filing cabinet we keep Little J's library basket, it helps us keep track of them during the week. I take Little J to the library once a week for reading time, and so we swap books often. My plan is to make the filing cabinet a little prettier or use is as a place to put up school posters. Our printers and drives are all in the basement family room to keep this room as uncluttered as possible.

What do you think? What is your school room like?

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Amish Market Field Trip

Yesterday my friend and I (and 6 kids in tow) went to our local Amish Farmer's Market. We went earlier in the season and I bought huge amounts of sweet peppers and tomatoes.

Yesterday I bought jalapeno's, mint, and sunflowers. I know a crazy combination.  

The kids love to see all of the Amish things. I think it is an excellent opportunity to learn about different lifestyles.

I know not to take pictures of the Amish themselves, but I couldn't resist taking a picture of this horse and buggy.

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