Posts Tagged ‘Literature’

I ran across another site that had this – – thought it was really cool – – and figured I would share. I will probably also have Boo do this – – will talk with her about it tomorrow. 

888 Book Challenge

Challenge Rules
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

1. Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2008.2. Choose 8 categories of your own that you would like to read 8 books EACH in.3. You will be allowed 8 overlaps, for a total of 56 unique book titles.4. You may overlap these 56 titles with any other challenge.

5. You may change your list or your categories at any time.

6. Post a comment here that you are participating, and I will add a link to the sidebar. Request an invite including your e-mail address if you want to post your list to this blog. However, we will NOT be writing reviews here! You may update your lists by providing the link to books read. Please use your name as a label, along with the book categories you’re reading from.

7. Check back here to see who is participating and cheer others on.

8. Participants who complete all 56 books will be in the running for in-stock books from paperbackswap.com. (I have mucho credits.) Overseas is okay!

9. Have fun reading!

1) Physician Heal, Thyself (Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Spiritual)
1) Grief Recovery handbook – – Finished 1/24/2008
2) Older than Dirt (Classic’s, Western, Historical Era Setting, etc.)
1) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – – Finished 1/18/2008
3) For my Inner Child (Juvenile, children’s, young adult, etc.)
4) Walk in their Moccasins (memoirs, biography, autobiography, etc.)
1) Lucky by Alice Sebold – – Finished 1/26/2008
5) Play it again, Sam (Books I have already read…and want to read again!)

6) Tear Jerkers (any book that can make me cry)
1) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – – Finished 2/2/2008
7) What the Heck??? (Books that are not in my comfort zone, i.e.: Poetry, Vampires, Westerns, etc.)8) New to Me (Authors I have never read before) **Obviously the list is not complete…I will keep updating this list until it is done.  Don’t forget the wonderful bookswap resources out there: www.bookmooch.com, www.whatsonmybookshelf.com, www.frugalreader.com, and www.paperbackswap.com.  (If you know of others, leave me a note and let me know!!  : )  Thanks.)

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This week’s AAR, I am going to do a little differently. Suffice it to say that we are behind in ALL subjects; however, we did have a good week – – and we did complete one thing (in its entirety).


History – Read Chapter 3: “The Romans Come Again” from An Island Story.

History – Christopher Columbus Worksheet (Extra Credit)

Literature – “The Elephant’s Child” from Just So Stories.

Science – Read Information about Elephants.

Science – Elephant Quiz

Poetry – “Windy Nights” from A Child’s Garden of Verses.

Silent Reading – Finished Reading Junie B. Jones: First Grader: Boo…and I Really Mean It.

Reading – Quiz on www.BookAdventure.com on Junie B. Jones: First Grader: Boo…and I Really Mean It.

Literature – Chapters 7 and 8 from Alice in Wonderland.

Music Appreciation – Read about Keyboard Instruments

Music Appreciation – Lapbook: Keyboards



Field Trip – County Courthouse



Art Appreciation – Read Pg. 73 – “Outline and Contour Line” from A World of Art.

Art Appreciation – Introduced “Mount Sainte-Victoire” by Paul Cezanne by Index Card.

Geography – Learn where Peraseinajoki, Finland (Card Received) is.

Geography – Learn where Vaasa, Finland (Card Sent) is.

History – Read “The Story of Regulus” from Fifty Famous Stories Retold.

Literature – Read “The Fox and the Stork” from Aesop’s Fables.

Language Arts – Copy work from “The Fox and the Stork” (Aesop’s Fables).

Language Arts – Copy Work: Copy paragraph onto postcard to Finland.

Literature – Read Chapter 9 and 10 from Alice in Wonderland.

Silent Reading – Finished reading Junie B. Jones: First Grader: Toothless Wonder.

Reading – Quiz on www.BookAdventure.com on Junie B. Jones: First Grader: Toothless Wonder.

Poetry – “Travel” from A Child’s Garden of Verses.

Science – Worksheet on The Cactus Wren



Field Trip – Extended Lessons on County Courthouse



Literature – Read Chapters 11 and 12 from Alice in Wonderland.

Literature – Watched Movie: Alice in Wonderland.

Reading – Quiz on www.BookAdventure.com on Alice in Wonderland.

Science – Field Trip: Grandma Hoerner’s Food and Factory

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Boo loves the idea of only having four days of school – – does that mean the SAME four days? Well, for me it did – – until Monday. I had oral surgery on Monday, in a city about an hour and a half away. The last time I was there (to remove stitches), school had been canceled and my husband was home early – – early enough to take me to the appointment – – so both my hubby and Boo were witness to the ‘Grand-Mal Seizure’ and subsequent trip to the hospital via an ambulance. They were both completely freaked out – – so, my husband after the defensive driving course {on Monday}, took the rest of the day off to escort me to the dental appointment.

Since the trip takes so long, I planned on doing ‘school’ in the car on the way up and back – – and while I was having surgery, she could read to her Dad (or silently). I had this nice, calm, day planned (in my head) – – amazingly, it isn’t what actually happened. Hmmmm. So, after several attempts, we decided to just call it a day – – and we would school on Friday. I love the flexibility – – I just need to remember to use it. LOL!! 😉

So here is how we did this week:
**  NOTE:  Many of the resources are linked in other blogs – – particularly the first AAR.  I will only add a small precentage this week.

History – On Schedule

We read Chapter 2, “The Coming of the Romans” from An Island Story on Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday, we read one story each day from Fifty Famous Stories Retold: “The Brave Three Hundred,” “Alexander and Bucephelas,” and “Diogenes The Wise Man.” We are still enjoying all of the stories. (For sure, I look forward to reading them each day…LOL!)

Literature – On Schedule

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we read Aesop’s Fables: “The Lion and the Four Bulls” and The Goatherd and the She-Goat.” Boo talked with me about the expectations for the copywork page and we decided to revise it to what she thought I meant, in the first place. (She is to copy the title and the moral and then she WAS suppose to tell the story in her own words – – but, she wanted to express her feelings about the story, so we decided to go with expressing herself.) On Thursday and Friday, we listened to two stories  (“How the Leopard got his Spots” and “The Beginning of the Armadillos”) from Just So Stories on Wired for Books. Finally, both last week and this week, we listened up to Chapter 7 in “Alice in Wonderland” with Natasha on Storynory. We are attempting to finish the book by next week on Wednesday, watch the movie on Thursday, as Boo will be spending the following week with my sister.

Poetry – On Schedule

We read four poems from “A child’s Garden of Verses.” I must admit that they are growing on us, both. Part of the charm seems to be the change in HOW we are reading them.  Last week, we read the poem and moved on.  I made a couple changes this week: after reading it through once, we spend a fair amount of time breaking each line down and understanding what he meant. Then, we read it {fully} again, for appreciation.

Geography – On Schedule

On Tuesday, we sent one of her Cezanne postcards to a Postcrossing user in The Netherlands. We read a bit about the country and found it on the map. We did not get to Geography on Wednesday – – but, we did manage to read Chapters 4 and 5 in “Around the World in Eighty Days” on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Since there is still no map work for ATW, so we are still on schedule!! 😉

Science – A Little Off Schedule

On Tuesday and Wednesday, we read two sections from Unit 1 in “Science for Modern Living.” On Thursday and Friday, instead of doing Burgess Bird Book and our Nature Book, we did additional studies on the animals we read about in Just So Stories. She did worksheets everyday on the different animals we learned about (Mon – Squirrels; Tues – Ptarmigan; Wed – Leopard; Thurs – Armadillo) – – plus, we did some on-line research on the animals. I am okay with this trek off the beaten path. I am also considering a change in the time I have ‘alloted’ for the Burgess Bird Book. One day is just not enough for each bird. Since it IS winter, and we are just starting, I may just forgo the Nature Study until Spring – – this will give me more leeway in the schedule. Still pondering it, we shall see.

Art and Music Appreciation

I introduced both this week. Art was on Tuesday and Thursday – – and Music the other two days. I am using the postcard replicas of Paul Cezanne from Dover Publications for the basis of our Artist Study for this term (it may end up being the entire half of the year, as I am gathering more and more resources. Check it out: Netflix has THREE Cezanne movies….Can you believe that? Three??? Wow. Oh, I am also using one of my Art Appreciation books from college to discuss the ‘basics’ – – the first thing it delves into is ‘line’ and the first artist it discusses is Cezanne. Cool, huh? I read the first section in the book and then presented the print. Since she has not had a lot of exposure to art nor is she versed in the terminology, it did not go as well as I had hoped. So, on Thursday, I tried another technique – – which I tweeked slightly from what I read about in “One Child Policy Homeschool” blog. This time, we read the next section in the book – – we discussed it for a bit – – then, I presented the new print to her. I asked her to study it really carefully because I was going to ask her to tell me what was in the print. After a couple minutes, I gave her a lined index card and asked her to write everything that she remembered from the print. (She did very well – – only missing one item). Then I asked her to copy the print on the unlined side of the index card. She did a darn good job!! I liked how that worked out – – so, as long as it works, I will use it!! : )

In Music, we started an Orchestra Lapbook. Much of the information is from this site. I am also adding some of my own – – which I am putting together and will post when we are done with the unit. We talked about what an orchestra is – – the history of the orchestra – – the conductor – – and what those funny arm movements are – – and finally, we talked about the different instruments in an orchestra. Today, we watched several orchestra’s at work on YouTube! I played Beethoven’s 5th – – and she commented that it was the same song as in her Barbie movie – – which she was able to describe with perfect accuracy, what was going on in the movie while we were listening to the song on YouTube.

I still haven’t gotten a math curriculum yet – – I really want Math-U-See; however, for just the ‘basics’ – – I am looking at close to a hundred dollars. YIKES!! I was planning on ordering it with this pay check – – but, several other things have come up. I also have not added any foreign language into the mix – – as I had hoped to – – our days just go by so fast – – there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. I like that our days are very relaxed, with lots of breaks….it makes for less stress for both of us.

Well, there it is….the Southpaugh AAR for this week. Below are some pics from the week…..Enjoy!! 🙂

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 I tried to leave two comments on this site; however, I think the spam blocker, blocked them because of all the sites I listed.  So, I will leave this up for a while – – hope it helps someone!!  : )

Although the resources would be considered free, in all actuality, you do have to pay for shipping.  I belong to several on-line book swapping sites.  In all of them, you get points when you ship out books to others – – you can, in turn, use those points to get books for yourself.  The most common cost of mailing a book is 2.13.  Very good deal for a book.  Here are the sites:

A lot of the books I use for the swaps are from the thrift shop, library sales and what I already have on hand (that we have read and are done with). 

Here are some of my favorite Free (or nearly free) resources:


Classical Music/Composers:

Language Arts



Curriculum (with LOTS of FREE resources)

Okay, there you have it – – my faves broken down…..hope this helps!!  : )

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 First Week of School…..Done!!!

Phew! It has been an interesting week, to say the least. We have had a couple “whiny” times during the week – – but, for the most part, it was WONDERFUL!! : )

When I was in the military, we did what we called an “AAR” – – After Action Review. We would review the good, the bad and the ugly of whatever we did (for example: First Aid Training) We all seemed to feel ‘better’ when we went through it, as it gave us goals and we also knew that we accomplished something. So, in that spirit, I give you the “First Southpaugh AAR……for the week ending January 3rd 2008.”



We read Chapter 1 (The Stories of Albion and Brutus”) from An Island Story and three stories (“The Sword of Damocles,” “Damon and Pythias” and “A Laconic Answer”) from Fifty Famous Stories Retold. I was NOT looking forward to either of these books, as I assumed they would be LONG and BORING!! (And yes, it sure did make an ASS of me!!)  Man, I couldn’t have been further from the truth!! They were EXCELLENT!!! All of them. I am SO looking forward to more!!

Literature – ON SCHEDULE (Kinda)

I scheduled three fables from Aesop’s Fables and one story from Just So Stories. We did FOUR fables and No stories. I will just do TWO stories next week – – and two fables – – then we will be okay.

I decided to use this as “Language Arts” for Grammar, Spelling and Copy work – – at least for now. Here are the sheets she did this week. (I got the sheets from Donna Young.) On the first and second lines, she has the title of the fable. The next section is the moral, copied. The following section is HER version of the fable (the first page she didn’t understand the directions – – so it is a little off). The last line has the date. The picture is suppose to be her version of the fable, drawn. (Again, the first page she did not understand).



We have managed to read a poem a day (in order of their appearance). They are ok – – I hope that A.A. Milne is better (next year).


Geography – ON SCHEDULE

My plan was to read chapters 1 and 2 in Around the World in Eighty Days and then do Map Work for the corresponding chapters. The problem: He did not even make the bet until chapter 3 – – so, we read Chapters 1 through 3 – – with no Map Work.

On Monday, she sent a postcard to Finland – – so we did study where it was. Oh, and we also studied Great Britain (from the “An Island Story” reading on Monday in History). It was kinda cool, ’cause I pulled up several types of maps of Europe and she was able to pick out where both countries were!! Yeah!! : )



We listened to “Jenny Wren Arrives” – – Chapter 1 of the Burgess Bird Book – – from Librivox (On Wednesday). I intended to do one thing from the EcoJournal – – but, we did not get to it. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we read a section within the first Unit of Science for Modern Living. Today, we were reading about WHY we have seasons – – so I looked up some info and printed several pages from Enchanted Learning – – more info, a quiz and a word puzzle. We had some issues in science today – – she was dragging her feet and having a bit of attitude, which was causing science to take FOREVER. I finally told her that it looked like we would need to do school tomorrow AND she was losing points for her ‘tude. At that point, she had two choices: 1) Change her attitude and get her work done OR 2) we would put the science away for tomorrow – – and she would lose HALF credit for all of it. As you can see, she chose to change her attitude and get busy with her assignments.



The following are the pages she did today: Orbital worksheet, Season’s Quiz and Word Puzzle sheet.


Word Puzzle

When Daddy came home, she took the dog outside and had a little ‘run around’ time!! : )

Daddy and Boo

Daddy is thinking, “Sheesh, that woman and her camera!!”

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Today was even better than yesterday!!! : )

Yesterday, as the day progressed, Boo was whiny and {starting to be} uncooperative. I understand that she needed to test the waters – – and I needed to make sure that I let her know that what we do is important and necessary – – and that her “attitude” will not be tolerated. But, I had to do so, in HER language.

Boo is the type of kid who especially dislikes “rocking the boat.” She is the only one of my children to whom I can say, “You have disappointed me,” which is suitable ‘disciplinary action.’ She is also very studious. She is very proud of herself – – and wants the numbers to reflect.

I took points away for “attitude.” It spoke volumes.

Our day was wonderful!!

We listened to Alice in Wonderland {Chapter One} at Storynory. We also did our “usual” Aesop’s Fable, A Child’s Garden of Verses and the Science for Modern Living: Through the Seasons. I also had her do another Magic Square. I will probably do another {easy} one tomorrow and Thursday – – and then, next week, we shall try the harder ones. We started Fifty Famous Stories Retold, today, with “The Sword of Damocles.” I loved that story. We also started Around the World in Eighty Days – Chapter One. It was interesting….I sure felt like a dummy.  These are the words I had to look up – – and yes, we are adding Vocabulary study to ATW. LOL!! : )

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