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I checked out 100 Best Books for Children by Anita Silvey and noticed that we had read several of the books listed – – and the ones I HAD read WERE good – – so I made copies of the list at the back of the book: “Beyond the 100 Best.” Essentially, it is a list of the authors favorite books for children. I thought it would give us a place to start – – and a goal to accomplish. As of today, (9/8/2008), Boo has read 44 of the listed books. I’ve checked out MOST of the “picture books” and we are actually going to read some of the other books for the historical fiction read-alouds for the year. I am really excited about the books we have read together, so far – – I am totally looking forward to more!!! If you are curious as to what she has read (with her recommendations), click here. (http://www.shelfari.com/o1517684841/shelf)

Monday August 4, 2008 through Friday August 8, 2008
Literature – – “The Horse and the Lion” “The Ass, The Lion and The Cock” from Aesop’s Fables; It’s Time for School, Stinky Face; Sunflower Sal; My School/Mi Escuela; Corduroy’s Trick-or-Treat; My Five Senses; Treasure Hunt; A Bit More Bert; Matilda Who Told Lies…; Does A Panda Go To School?; Gladys Goes to Lunch; Puff the Magic Dragon; Marsupial Sue presents The Runaway Pancake
Language Arts – – “The Horse and the Lion” “The Ass, The Lion and The Cock” from Aesop’s Fables;
Math – – Miquon Math Worksheet Pages: F-13 through F-16; F-17 through F-22
Music/Music Appreciation – – Jump Up!

Science – – Movie: Ants: Little Creatures Who Run the World

 

Monday August 11, 2008 through Friday August 15, 2008
Literature – – “The Lion the Tiger and the Fox” “The Fortune-Teller” from Aesop’s Fables; I know I’m a Witch; The Adventures of Bert; Kids Like Us; I’m Bad!; Abby; Mail Harry to the Moon!; Bark Park; Leo the Lightening Bug; Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
Language Arts – – “The Lion the Tiger and the Fox” “The Fortune-Teller” from Aesop’s Fables;
Math – – Miquon Math Worksheet Pages: G-9 through G-12
Personal/Silent Reading – – Loved Best; Cam Jansen: and the First Day of School Mystery; Lizzie McGuire: When Moms Attack!

Monday August 18, 2008 through Friday August 22, 2008
Literature – – “The Oak and the Reeds” “The Fox and the Mask” “The Sick Lion” “Hercules and the Wagoner” from Aesop’s Fables; Chuck’s Band; Just What Mama Needs; Creepy Crawly Calypso; Danny and the Dinosaur; Roberto The Insect Architect; The Grasshopper and the Ants; What does Peace feel like?; First Grade Takes a Test; A Mother’s Wish; Zeely Zebra; Where Does the Trail Lead?; Louella Mae, She’s Run Away!; Mockingbird; The Shopping Expedition; The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau; Wally Walrus
Quiz {www.bookadventure.com} – – Danny and the Dinosaur; Where Does the Trail Lead?
Language Arts – – “The Oak and the Reeds” “The Fox and the Mask” “The Sick Lion” “Hercules and the Wagoner” from Aesop’s Fables;
Math – – Miquon Math Worksheet Pages: H7 through H-16; H-17 through H-22; H-23, 24 and I-1, 2
Personal/Silent Reading – – Gloria’s Way
Music/Music Appreciation – – Home on the Range

 

Monday August 25, 2008 through Friday August 29, 2008
Literature – – “The Travelers and the Bear” “The Wind and the Sun” “The Falconer and the Partridge” from Aesop’s Fables; Z Goes Home; Come Back, Jack!; Snapshots from the Wedding; Penny Hen; Nothing; Terrific; Perky Otter; Number Nine Duckling; The Return of Freddy Legrand
Quiz {www.bookadventure.com} – – Snapshots from the Wedding; Nate the Great; Flat Stanley
Language Arts – – “The Travelers and the Bear” “The Wind and the Sun” “The Falconer and the Partridge” from Aesop’s Fables;
Math – – Miquon Math Worksheet Pages: I-3 through I-6; I-7 and I-8; J-1 through J-4
Personal/Silent Reading – – Nate the Great; Flat Stanley; BSK: Mummies Don’t Couch Softball
Science – – Scholastic News: Busy as a Bee! Exploration Place: Our Bodies Exhibit, Kansas Eco Exhibit, Planes Exhibit, Microcosm Video

 

Monday September 1, 2008 through Friday September 5, 2008
Literature – – “The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass” “The Fox and the Crow” “The Wanton Calf” from Aesop’s Fables; Running the Road to ABC; County Fair; The Funny Little Woman; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; More, More, More said the Baby; Mr. Gumpy’s Outing; Freight Train; Rosie’s Walk; The Carrot Seed; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; When Lightning Comes in a Jar; Sheila Rae, The Brave; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; Have You Seen My Duckling?; Miss Rumphius; Ira Sleeps Over
Quiz {www.bookadventure.com} – – The Funny Little Woman; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; More, More, More said the Baby; Freight Train; Rosie’s Walk; The Carrot Seed; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Sheila Rae, The Brave; We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; Miss Rumphius; Ira Sleeps Over; Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball
Language Arts – – “The Lion, the Fox, and the Ass” “The Fox and the Crow” “The Wanton Calf”from Aesop’s Fables;
Math – – Miquon Math Worksheet Pages: J-5 & J-6; J-7 and J-8; J-11 & J-12
Personal/Silent Reading – – School’s In!; Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball

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I am SO far behind on The Heart of the Matter Meme’s!! I’m not sure what happened…..but, I’m going to get back on track and crank out some Meme’s so I will be all caught up!! : ) LOL!!

 

April 25, 2008 Meme: “Favorite Books”

I LOVE book recommendations so much, I “tabbed” a section on our site, I hope you check ’em out!! I am WAY looking forward to what everyone else’s faves are!! : )

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“As office managers and cubicle dwellers know, the Internet is a great help for procrastinating on the job (ahem: Scrabulous). But now wasting time at the office has become much less risky, thanks to Read at Work, a website that houses cleverly disguised books in a fake Windows desktop environment; the days of bookworms’ desperately clicking back to a spreadsheet when the boss approached are over.

The site is a dead-on simulation of Windows with the books organized in desktop folders. Click and you’ll see the text rendered as a Power Point presentation, with the words rolling into graphics, charts, and photo captions. You can read short stories, novels, and poetry — by canonical authors such as Tolstoy and Orwell, and contemporary writers like Charlotte Grimshaw and Fiona Kidman.

The site, designed by the company Colenso BBDO, Auckland, is an effort by the New Zealand Book Council to entice people into reading. Sold.” – – VSL 

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Well, in the last month, I have attended each Chiropractic appointment as scheduled – – which, has kept us “off-track” a little. I have a little more than a month to go.
Also, my oldest, Sassy Sissy, was “found” again – – she was missing for 7 weeks (this time) – – at least she called almost daily – – so I did not have to worry that she was dead. (A couple years ago, when she was missing for 9 weeks, that was not the case – – I had NO idea where she was….). Anyway, her return has also kept us busy with appointments and such. So, even though having her here has upped our appointment schedule, it has also helped with some of the studies – – she is a big help with Boo. (Since I home schooled Sassy a while back, she has a pretty good grasp on “how” we do our thing.)
Bubba was done with public school at the end of May 16
th. I attended his IEP on Monday the 19th, and was sorry to hear that although he was “passing” – – he PURPOSFULLY would not turn in work – – even telling the IEP teacher that he did it just to irritate me. Lovely, huh? This is why I can’t homeschool the boy-child – – it would be bedlam. UUGGHH!! He doesn’t know it yet – – but, he will be spending some time elsewhere this summer – – it has just gotten completely out of control. (The biggest part of the problem is not something that he can really “control” – – and since I am cognizant of this fact, I haven’t throttled him……)
Anyway, there are the update for now – – I will try to get better about them after my Chiropractor appointments are over. I am becoming aware that I tend to deal best with one thing at a time – – I use to think I was a mean-multi-tasker – – but, now…..eh – – it’s all about just completing one thing at a time…

 

Week of May 5 through May 9, 2008

History – Read “The Barmecide Feast” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts/Literature – Read/Copywork for “The Boy and the Frog” and “The Hare and the Hound” from Aesop’s Fables
Math – Watched “Multiplication Rocks” and Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication)
P.E. – Riding Bikes, Walking, Trampoline

Week of May 12 through May 16, 2008

Art – Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: What is Pink?;
History –
Read “The Endless Tale” and “The Blind Men and the Elephant” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts/Literature – Read/Copywork “The Ape and the Dolphin” and “The Goat and the Lion” from Aesop’s Fables
Math – Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication)

Science – Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Groundhogs!; Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Toothpaste!
P.E. – Riding Bikes, Walking, Trampoline; Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Exercise Like Animals!

Week of May 19 through 23, 2008

History – Read “Maximilian and the Goose Boy,” “Whittington and His Cat” and “The Inchcape Rock” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold
Language Arts/Literature – Read/Copywork “The Ploughman and Fortune,” “The Peacock and the Crane,” “The Cats and the Mice” and “The Fox and the Ass” from Aesop’s Fables; Reading Rainbow: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie; Reading Rainbow: The Bionic Bunny Show
Math – Flash Cards (Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication)

Science – Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Groundhogs!; Scholastic: Let’s Find Out: Toothpaste!
P.E. – Riding Bikes, Walking, Trampoline

 

Books Read:

Blueberries for Sal
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
Kitten’s First Full Moon
Make Way For Ducklings
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
A Kiss For Little Bear
Little Bear’s Visit
Rapunzel
Everything on a Waffle
The Snowy Day
I Took My Frog to the Library
Amelia Bedelia
Junie B. Jones: First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman
Piper Reed: Navy Brat
Soupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
A Hen, A Chick and A String Guitar
The Relatives Came
Doing the Animal Bop
Prilla and the Butterfly Lie
A Masterpiece for Bess
Officer Buckle and Gloria
Mirette on the High Wire
Grandfather’s Journey
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
Imogene’s Antlers
The Ugly Caterpillar
Caps for Sale
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Song and Dance Man

Hey, Al
Junie B. Jones: Is a Beauty Shop Guy
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
The Bionic Bunny Show
Tuesday
Jumanji
Owl Moon
Skippyjon Jones In The Dog-House
Curious George
Clementine
The Glorious Flight

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Boo and I just finished Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, 2003 William Allen White Award Winner! 

I saw this description of the book and thought it was excellent, so I am adding it: “Because of Winn Dixie tells the story of ten-year old Opal. She has just moved to Naomi, Florida with her preacher father. On an errand to the grocery store Opal finds a large, ugly, homeless dog. Opal is immediately attached to the dog whom she names Winn Dixie after the grocery store where she finds him. Together they make friends with Otis, an ex-convict who runs the local pet store; Miss Fanny, the librarian who has a desk full of “Litmus Lozenges” a type of candy which her great grandfather invented; and Gloria Dump, the lady the local children think of as a witch because of her jungle-like yard. This book will make you laugh as Opal and Winn Dixie make friends with these very likable characters in this small southern town.” 

Amazing!! 

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