Monday, September 29, 2014

Institute For Excellence in Writing - Fix It! Grammar - The Nose Tree {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Fix It! Grammar Review

I love Institute for Excellence in Writing and have used their writing products before. So when I was given the chance to try their Fix It! Grammar was really excited. Yes 'I' was excited about getting the program - however I knew it would have to be good so I could sell it to my kids. When I told them we were going to be reviewing a 'GRAMMAR' program they looked at me and said 'great' in this really shaky voice. However they both really liked the writing program we used and think Andrew Pudewa is awesome, so they were willing to give the complete grammar program a shot.

Fix It! Grammar Review

I was pleased to see that IEW offer a placement test and webinar available to help you decided where to start. There are five levels available and although my older two can read at a very high level we have never done a complete 'grammar' program before. So after watching the webinar and looking over the placement test, I decided to just follow the advice of the program and start with Level 1 - The Nose Tree.

I received the Teacher Manual - The Nose Tree ($19.00) and the Student Book - The Nose Tree ($15.00) The Nose Tree is suitable for all students in grades 3-12.



Although I got the hard copy of the student book, the teachers manual actually comes with a free download of the student manual. This was excellent addition for us as I wanted to use it with both of the older kids. I mean how do you 'pick' one - this made it SO much easier for me. Boo claimed the printed student manual (and Jam being a gentleman let her win) so I downloaded a copy for Jam and printed it out at home. I also have a spiral binder machine, so it still looked great. The teacher's manual also comes with these awesome downloads;
Mastery Learning e-audio ($3.00 value) and the e-audio to But...But...But...What About Grammar?

I wanted both kids to start at the same time so as soon as the books arrived I got straight to work downloading, printing, and binding. It was all done in about an hour - perfect. However if you do need help there is a 800 number to call.

I sat down and read the introduction in the teacher's manual and was pleased to learn that each lesson was supposed to take about 15 minutes per day - a great selling point when you are adding things to kids timetables.

The introduction explains the methods used in this program to teach grammar. Fix It! Grammar teaches grammar at the point of need. Instead of pages of boring grammar exercises the students work on real literature using limited instruction. Basically the student edit a sentence every day, with new concepts being gradually implemented as the student gains more experience and confidence. It is a very positive way to work. If you have ever listened to a lecture given by Andrew Pudewa you will understand what I mean. He is fun and energetic and encourages these methods in teaching. The only thing that would make this a better grammar program would be for Andrew Pudewa to be teaching it!

Each level is intended to last for 33 weeks, 15 minutes a day, four days a week. However it mentions that if using a lower level with a older student then you could choose to work at a higher rate. I let my kids determine whether they did more than 15 minutes or not.

HOW WE USED IT

Jam and Boo are quite competitive when it comes to school work, OK maybe I should rephrase that Boo is quite competitive when it comes to anything she does with Jam. So I decided to work seperately with them instead of doing this as a group. So although I will mention each step once - think twice and I will add any differences as I go along.

The first thing we did was set up our workbook. The program suggests having a folder and adding each section to it. However we decided to use spiral notebooks since we have an abundance, and they worked really well. They worked from the front with their re-write (I'll explain later) and from the back with their definitions, along with the Grammar Glossary and Fix Its sections which we kept with the notebook. The only thing added to this is the Grammar review cards (I printed these on colored card stock for Jam but Boo had yellow card stock ones included in the student book which we just had to cut out).

Once our workbooks were ready it was time to begin.

At the beginning of each week is a 'Learn It' section. This is read with each child. This tells the child what to look for that week. Once a concept is introduced it is always on the list, so at first it is simple. You then find the appropriate grammar cards and place them on the table in front of the student.

Everyday the process is the same;

1. Jam and Boo would start by reading the sentence.

2. The next step would be to look up the new vocabulary word (bold in the text) in the dictionary. They then chose the definition they think makes the most sense in the sentence read. They then wrote the word and definition in the vocabulary section of there notebook.

Day 1  Then we would work through the sentence together marking the grammar points using the necessary abbreviations and fixing the passage. Then Boo and Jam would re-write it in their notebook. One thing that we really liked about this stage is the suggested given of writing it double spaced. This is something that we have carried over into the rest of our writing work. It seems to make even slightly messy writing neater. It also gives the space necessary to edit the writing.

Day 2-4  Using the reminder abbreviations at the top of the page Boo and Jam would then repeat the process by themselves everyday. I would then review each passage with them. They would then re-write the section in their books. The kids really liked this part. Boo is really looking forward to having a written copy of the whole story when she is done.

It is a really simple process but is amazing how quickly you learn to identify the different parts of grammar. This is something I can't really remember being taught in school.

The teacher's book contains all of the corrections you need to mark the students work. It also offers the correct definitions, and explanations for each grammar point (including a few extra pointers for advanced students). My kids struggled to find every correction, every time. Mostly due to lack of concentration however, I am sure this is true for most kids.

I loved how easy this program was to use. Boo races ahead as she is intrigued by the story. Boo has really pushed herself with this program doing much more than I required. In fact while I am writing this she is working on week 20.

I don't have anything negative to say about this program at all. It is simple to use and very effective. The fact that the teacher text comes with the free download of the student text makes it very reasonably priced. However if you are like me the cost of the student book with all the bells and whistles is very attractive at $15.00.

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Since there are so many levels of this book there is definitely something for everyone. Other members of the crew reviewed the other levels so click the link below to read what others thought.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Random Five Friday September 26 2014

1. Today a group of homeschool friends and I took out kids on our first ever group field trip. We went to State Capital, and we had a blast. My friend even arranged it so we could go RIGHT UP THE TOP! I mean literally up to the highest walk around the dome. It was a long climb up but worth it and the kids loved it! Just for the record Boo was stood on a really tall box! They had a really fun dress up area, and museum on one of the floors.


 2. The view from the top was amazing!


 3. It's going to be a busy weekend. Jam and Boo have their first official USA swim meet tomorrow. We have to leave at 6:30am...I have a feeling it will be a LONG day!

4. Is it wrong to be looking forward to the clocks changing...I can't wait for an extra hour in bed!

5. We have been watching a new TV series called Our Zoo it's the story of the start of the Chester Zoo in England. If you haven't seen it, and you love British TV.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Shelley Shepard Gray is heading back to Sugarcreek in JOYFUL! {Review and Book giveaway.}

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's newest book in the Return to Sugarcreek series, Joyful. USA Today raved: "A sweet, straightforward story about how love can be tested by family, faith, and personal insecurity. Enjoyable and heartwarming."

Click the banner for a chance to win books 1-3 in Shelley's Return to Sugarcreek series! 
Winner announced on Shelley's blog on 9/30.

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I have said it before and I will say it again. I LOVE Amish fiction. I think I have read every Amish book in my library, plus all that I can get my hands on to review.

This book is written by best-selling author Shelley Shepard Gray, takes us back in her latest novel Joyful, the third book in the Return to Sugarcreek Series.  I had actually forgotten that I had read the first two (that is not as strange as it sounds since like I said I read any Amish books I can find!) As soon as I started reading I remembered all the couples in the story like old friends, and the struggles that they went through in the previous books. It was nice to see how they were doing and I loved that the book included a little side story about one particular couple and their struggles.

Book three finds us back with the Beiler family - just with a different brother, Randall Beiler. with all of his older siblings married and moved out he needs to step up and take control of his younger siblings. He goes a bit crazy and completely changes his life, stopping everything that may distract him including his 'almost' fiance Elizabeth. Everyone's life is turned upside down. The Beiler household is living of baked potatoes, green beans, and chicken - and are completely sick of it. Elizabeth is the main caretaker of her grandmother since her mother left for a new life with her new husband. Struggling for money but being to proud to ask for help Elizabeth gets drawn back into the Beiler family.

The two main characters Randell and Elizabeth have some soul searching to do. What do they want with their life, what sacrifices are they willing to make. Will they have a second chance at love? You will have to read the book to find out.

If you like Amish fiction, you will love this book. I would recommend reading the others first - not because the story won't make sense but because you don't want to miss out on all the goings on of Sugarcreek.

Definitely a great addition to my Amish library!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Random Five Friday September 19 2014

 1. We took a day off this week and went to the zoo with Grandma. It was a lovely day. Definitely worth the trip. The zoo is our favorite field trip. We have a season pass and try to go every month. The boat was still open so it was a real treat.

2. Captain America has taken to the water like a fish. Tonight the were doing time trials (they do these once a month) and after he had swam 5 lots of 25 yards I had to decide he was done. He looked SO tired, and yet would have kept on going. He has been sleeping like a log, and eating a lot more since swimming started. I LOVE IT!

3. We have been watching a Harry Potter most nights this week. My older kids LOVE them. Captain America of is always packed off to bed before we start.

4. Captain America has been playing Skoolbo he really likes it. Although it says it's common core I haven't found anything unusual in it yet. Just reading and simple math for him. If you want to sign up do so before Sept 30th as it is free until then. You can sign up as a Homeschool even though it says for schools (I clarified that on their facebook page).

5. Benefits of spending a lot of time sat at the swimming pool - I have time to read books! I love to read but always felt guilty, because I have so many other things pulling at my time. The good thing is that while sat at the pool, I can't do any of them. So I read my books, and watch my kids - I love it.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the arms of our Savior



One day Heather walked into a room and saw this Christus in front of her. Before we could stop her she ran up to it and threw her arms around the legs. She stayed that way for sometime, it was a very special thing to witness.

It was her first instinct and we can learn a lesson from it. We are told to receive the kingdom of God as a little child. We need the Savior in our lives, we need to rush to him and fling our arms around his legs just as Heather did.

When I took this picture I was of course unaware that Heather would return to live with her Heavenly Father just a few months later.

I find comfort that she knows her Savior.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Suzanne Woods Fisher - Christmas at Rose Hill Farm {Litfuse Publicity Group Review}

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Suzanne Woods Fisher

I loved loved loved this book, and it's definitely one that I will let my daughter read. Such a sweet simple love story, with a few little twists and turns. I am a definite lover of Amish fiction and this one does not disapoint.

Bess Riehl loves roses, but she also has a green thumb and can grow them too. Not just your usual run of the mill variety but really special ones. She learned to love and care for roses from her Grandmother along with her childhood sweetheart Billy Lapp.

Now Bess is preparing for her wedding. However, part of her is still wondering what made Billy Lapp leave the community and her a few years earlier. Although her head has moved on and is preparing to marry Amos Lapp, who just happens to be Billy's cousin.

All seemed to be going well until an 'lost' rose turns up on Rose Hill Farm and Bess's dad asks someone from the local University to come and identify it. Billy turns up and Bess's heart is awakened to her old feelings for Billy Lapp, leaving her in turmoil. Billy's plan is to solve the mystery of the rose and disappear as quickly as he did before. Of course things never go according to plan. Did he leave because he didn't love Bess anymore or was there something deeper, a bigger problem he couldn't share.

What will Bess and Billy decide, will she marry Amos - will she find out why Billy left. You will have to read the book to find out the ending.


This is a sweet little book perfect for the Christmas season and a reminder that miracles can still happen.

Suzanne Woods Fisher doesn't disappoint in this Amish Christmas story.

Check out more reviews here.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway before September 28th.

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CHRISTMAS AT ROSE HILL FARM iPad Bundle Giveaway & sign up to host a Book Club Brunch!

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Suzanne Woods Fisher

Join best-selling, award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher for an Amish Christmas to remember. Filled with heart-twisting moments amid the sweet anticipation of love, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm will charm readers into the holiday spirit.

Suzanne is hosting a "Christmas Rose" iPad bundle giveaway and a nation-wide Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch in November. Enter the giveaway below and sign up to host a brunch HERE.
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TWO grand prize winners will receive:
  • An iPad
  • A Rose-patterned iPad case
  • A Rose-patterned phone case (for any model phone)
  • A Christmas wreath
  • A set of Christmas hand-towels
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Five second place winners will receive:
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 28th. All winners will be announced September 29th at Suzanne's blog.

rosehill-brunchbuttonHost a Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch! This fall Suzanne is inviting book clubs across the nation to throw a Christmas at Rose Hill Farm Book Club Brunch. Sign up here between now and September 29. If you’re selected as one of the 50 hosts, you’ll receive a copy of the book plus two other Revell titles (give them away as party prizes or door prizes or keep them for yourself), a complete party kit, and a discount code to purchase copies of Christmas at Rose Hill Farm for your book club at a discount. Suzanne is also encouraging each book club brunch to collect non-perishable items for their local community shelter. She will be making a donation to her favorite charity (helping abused women and children) for every brunch that meets their goal. Click here for more details and to SIGN UP!

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 29th to see if you won one of the great prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Magnificent Tales -Treasury of Bible Stories - Review and Giveaway

For the last couple of week Captain America has really been enjoying this really cool picture book full of bible stories.

Captain America has really loved these stories. In fact the very day this book came in the mail he made Dad read it from cover to cover. Just about every day since, he has convinced someone to read at least one to him.



The stories are all told in rhyme which make them really fun to read as well as listen to. The pictures are also very bright and fun.

The book retails for $14.99 it's marketed for ages 4-8 and it makes the perfect book for bedtime.

You can check out the book trailer below...


The book contains the stories of;

Adam and Eve
Noah's Ark
Joseph
Moses
Escape from Egypt
Tower of Babel
Joshua at Jericho
Gideon
David and 
Esther
Daniel and the Lions' Den
Jonah
Birth of Jesus
John the Baptist
Jesus walking on water
The Good Samaritan
Parable of the Wayward son
Last Supper
Jesus on the Cross
Jesus Resurrection

I love the fact that the book also tells you where in the bible to story is found. For example under the fun titles "Tricked by a Snake" (the name of the story about Adam and Eve) it says "Based on Genesis 2-3".

Captain America's favorite story was "Dreams That Were Dreamed" The Colorful Story of Joseph and His Brother, based on Genesis 37-47. We had to read this one over and over.

If you like the sound of this book. I have you covered. You can win your own copy below.






"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Random Five Friday - September 12 2014

1. I feel like I have been living at the pool lately. However, it's been worth it Captain America is really coming along. I can't believe just last week I was worried if he would do his length. Now he can do backstroke (not perfectly but awesome for a 5 year old) and he's working on Butterfly - he can already do this stroke better than I can. The video I took shows a little clip.

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2. We are closing the pool down this weekend. It's going to be said but today was REALLY cold.

3. I have a whole bunch of book reviews I will be posting soon - sitting by the pool for 90 minutes four days a week does have some advantages.

4. My kids have their Primary Presentation this Sunday. Once a year the primary organization give talks and sing all of the songs they have been learning all year. Captain America has his part memorized as does Boo. I can't believe this will be Boo's last one. As by the time next year comes she will be 12 and in Young Womens.

5. We made pizza again tonight. Barbecue chicken and pineapple is our speciality. It's Yummy.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Net Neutrality - What is it!

I found a video that really explains what is going on.

 Check it out here.

So if you are confused as to why Netflix and Hulu are going to be down for 24 hours - Check it out!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Heirloom Audio Productions - Under Drakes Flag - {TOS - REVIEW}


We love all books, especially audio books. One of our favorite authors is G.A Henty, my goal is to read or listen to all his books with my kids. So when we had the opportunity to review Under Drakes Flag from Heirloom Audio Productions I was really excited. When I was little we used to listen to a lot of BBC radio productions. They are excellent to listen to while driving (or doing anything really - they make house cleaning almost fun). My kids love audio books but especially dramatized productions.

Under Drake's Flag is the perfect story, full of action, adventure, and honorable heroes. Just the kind of story that my boys love, mind you Boo loved it too.

Every other Tuesday we have a two hour return trip to our old hometown for piano lessons. This two disc CD set which retails at $29.95 arrived the morning of one of these trips. I put it in the CD player the moment we got in the car and within a couple of seconds I knew it was a hit. There was no arguing or 'stop touching me' for the whole journey. I can't say it was silent though there were plenty of... 'Oh No!', 'What's going to happen now!' plus a few other excited shouts.

We had to stop the CD when I dropped my older two off at their piano lessons, they were very concerned that Captain America and I would continue to listen to it without them. As soon as I picked them up they all shouted "Start it again Mom!" and we listened all the way home. It ended just as we pulled in our driveway (perfect timing). Captain America shouted as soon as it finished "I want to listen to it again!"

If you haven't read any of G.A Henty books you are really missing out. He was an amazing man who lived a lot of adventures. He was a war correspondent and traveled the world so he not only wrote about history he lived it too. Of course the best storytellers usually start by telling stories to their families, and Henty was no different. He perfected his stories by telling them to his family and then went on to publish 122 books. These books USED to be essential reading in English schools and believe me you will want your kids to read/listen to these stories. It is a great way to incorporate History in a fun way.

So what is "Under Drakes Flag" about I hear you ask? Henty wrote this book in 1883 and the Heirloom Audio Production  is based on the book. The book tells the story of Ned and Gerald two members of Sir Francis Drake's crew. They go on a lot of adventures; they stand up to a bully, survive a ship wreck, rescue a woman from a shark attack, help slaves gain their freedom, escape religious persecution and then end back up with Sir Francis Drake. They are willing to fight for heroic causes, and die if necessary for their faith.

The CD comes with a small printed abridged study guide. It is full of hints to help you discuss the storyline and the principles it teaches. The full study guide is available as a download. Each of the sections are divided into three parts, Listening Well, Thinking Further, and Defining Words. These sections have ideas for discussions or information on introducing the new vocabulary. One of the reasons I love these classics by Henty is the vocabulary that my children learn. I was not disappointed with this dramatic version. It didn't water down any of it, and Captain America learned a lot of new vocabulary. He listened very carefully and then shouted out now and again "Mom, What does ____ mean?" sometimes I tell him and sometimes Jam and Boo help before I can, it's great!

This adaptation is designed for ages 6 to adult but Captain America (5) had no problem following the story. In fact I think we have found a theme for his birthday party next month!

Make sure you check out Under Drakes Flag on Facebook to learn more. It's a great place to learn about upcoming releases. Jam has just finished reading In Freedom's Cause  by Henty and LOVED it. I found out recently that this is the next release. It's the real story of Wallace and Bruce - another story FULL of adventure.



As you can tell we loved this story. We will definitely be listening to it again, and I can't wait to see what other treasures they adapt.

Click on the link below to read what other crew members thought.

Under Drake's Flag Reviews


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fifteen years...

Fifteen years ago today my oldest daughter passed away. Every year I expect it to be easier but it isn't.


We miss her everyday, but with three other children that were all born after Heather had already passed away we have to enjoy our life with them too. They all know her and love her and can tell stories about her as if they knew her, because well they do, by proxy. We have talked about Heather, her photos are in the house and her name is spoken often.

Loosing a child is difficult. When Heather passed away my husband and I lost some of our identity. We suddenly lost a title, we suddenly felt that we were no longer 'Mom' and 'Dad'.

The hardest question for me to answer still is "How many children do you have?" Sometimes I feel like saying do you want the long answer or the short one. Or sometimes I just give the short one because it's easier. If I say three I would feel guilty remembering my two angels in heaven. The first child we lost was a son. Samuel was stillborn at 27 weeks, Heather was just over a year old when we lost Samuel and we thought it was the hardest thing we would ever have to go through. Unfortunately we were wrong.

Loosing Heather was definitely the hardest thing we have ever survived. The fact that we can play and laugh with the three wonderful children that we have now, is a miracle.

The physical pain you feel at the loss of a child is excruciating. It takes effort to walk, talk, and even breathe. Just like a physical pain that you learn to live with loosing a child is a pain that you learn to live with, it doesn't go away. Emotionally we will never be the same. I am not the same carefree parent person I was before. I am not the same person period. I am a person who has loved, lost, and loved. I can remember the first time I smiled after she died, not the fake smile when someone asked if I was OK but a really truthful, 'I feel happy smile'. It was the day that Jam was born. I held my son in my arms and smiled. Not that he replaced her in anyway - just that as you add a child to your family your heart seems to grow. He helped mine heal just a little bit.

If someone asked me if I would do it again, I would say yes. The love that Heather brought into our lives was definitely worth the pain we feel missing her. If we love we know that one day the ones we love will die. Sometimes their time on earth is shorter than we want, but if we love - it is always worth it.

Since the day we lost Heather I have witnessed other parents go through similar situations. I say similar because no loss is the same. I feel the pain all over again. When our eyes meet we share a moment, a connection, that only a parent who loses a child can understand. With that look we tell each other, you can do this, you are strong, you love, and you are loved.

So yes it's been fifteen years, but I still love, and miss her everyday. I am just better at dealing with the pain.




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Friday, September 5, 2014

Random Five Friday - September 5 2014

 1. School has been going really well this week. It's fun to see how well the kids are doing and how much effort they put into their day.
 
2. Swimteam started this week. The kids were really glad to get back after 7 weeks off. Captain America (or as Daddy calls him - Sharkbait!) passed his swim test and is now an official member of the swim team. His is SO excited - the look on his face when he climbed out of the pool after his 25 yard swim was so amazing. So far he has managed to last all of the 90 minute practice. Seeing how he is listening to his coach and interacting with the other team members is so cute - He is the youngest swimmer on the team (six next month).

3. We spetnt the night at my parents last night. After putting Captain America to bed, the big kids and I stayed up till midnight playing cards with Grandma and Grandpa - Such good times.

4. I took the kids rock-climbing today with my friend who has two boys about Captain America's age. We have been going about two years and it's so cool to see their progress. The last two visits Captain America has really improved. He nearly made it to the top today. He is growing up so fast. They wore their new T Shirts today, don't forget to enter my giveaway!




5. My allergies are starting back up and I am diffusing my favorite remedy as I type. LLP (Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint) blend from Sparknaturals if you use my code 'chickens' you can get 10% off everything (except the Oil of the Month Club)! However for $15.99 you get a new oil every month. It's such a great deal - I love it! Bergamot this month - mine should be here tomorrow!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Book by Edgar Guest (Poem)


A Book by Edgar Guest

“Now” - said a good book unto me -
“Open my pages and you shall see
Jewels of wisdom and treasures fine,
Gold and silver in every line,
And you may claim them if you but will
Open my pages and take your fill.

“Open my pages and run them o’er,
Take what you choose of my golden store.
Be you greedy, I shall not care -
All that you seize I shall gladly spare;
There is never a lock on my treasure doors,
Come - here are my jewels, make them yours!

“I am just a book on your mantel shelf,
But I can be part of your living self;
If only you’ll travel my pages through,
Then I will travel the world with you.
As two wines blended make better wine,
Blend your mind with these truths of mine.

“I’ll make you fitter to talk with men,
I’ll touch with silver the lines you pen,
I’ll lead you nearer the truth you seek,
I’ll strengthen you when your faith grows weak -
This place on your shelf is a prison cell,
Let me come into your mind to dwell!”

  
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day - September 1 2014

This month the first day was Labor Day and Dad had the day with us. So I am posting this a little late!














Why not check out some more first days @journeytojosie

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The Magic School Bus Science Club! - Educents Deal!!!

I am already looking at school curriculum for next year. One thing I want to change is our science curriculum. Captain still loves the Magic...