What A Four Year Old Can Learn

Last year I realized that it was a bit of a misnomer to call this list “goals,” as I wasn’t really focused on trying to get her to accomplish them.  It was more just keeping track of what she was learning. Moving forward to get something done is a pretty inherent aspect of the word…

Book Club: A Southern Linner

This was our cookbook month for our adult/teen book club.  The plan is to read a cookbook or read about a cook and everyone cooks and brings a recipe from it.  This month’s book is: A Love Affair with Southern Cooking I chose this book first because everyone loves to read it and the recipes! …

Kids’ Book Club: Up the Rhine to Switzerland!

Book for this month’s kids’ book club: The Overall Boys in Switzerland (This link is for the kindle or hardback version.  DO NOT buy the paper book!  I did and immediately returned it.  It was terrible!  No pictures, tiny print.  I ended up just printing a pdf of this Google ebook.) This book is a…

Book Club: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Book for this month’s adult/teen book club: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Even though this book club is for older teens and adults, sometimes, when we read kid’s classics, we’ll ask the rest of our families to join us.  This was one of those instances. Nursery Alice is a simpler version Lewis Carroll wrote for younger…

Book Club: A Tale of Two Cities – Bangers and Baguettes

Book for this month’s adult/teen book club: A Tale of Two Cities This book is about a 9th or 10th grade reading level and would interest 14/15 year olds and up.  If you’d like to include younger kids, I would suggest Great Illustrated Classics: A Tale of Two Cities, which is a 5th or 6th…

Teen and Adult Book Club

I took a homeschooling test, which said one of the areas of homeschooling that I leaned toward was Thomas Jefferson Education. I’d never heard of it, but looked into it.  I liked a lot of what I read.  But, like any of the homeschooling philosophies, I pick and choose what I think will work for…

Kids’ Book Club: First Stop! China with Little Pear

  Books for this month’s kids’ book club: Little Pear Little Pear and His Friend I found some translations, as well!! Petit Tang (French Edition!)                                Petit Tang et Ses Amis (French edition!) Der Kleine Shang (German Edition!) The book is a high 4th/low 5th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-10ish.    There are two…

Squashing Boredom: Scavenger Hunt Style!

Photo Credit: Rachel Samanyi We were stuck in a rut. The “I’m bored bug” was crawling out far too often. I could suggest an activity, but rarely did it spark a creative fire in my kids. I decided that instead of waiting for them to be bored, I would send them on an adventure to…

Kids’ Book Club: All Aboard with The Boxcar Children

  This month’s kids’ book club book: The Boxcar Children The book is a 3rd/4th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-11ish. We met at a park near a train museum for most of the activities, and then headed over to the train museum.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, Travel Town…

Kids’ Book Club — Destination: Wonderland!

  This month’s kids’ book club book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland This book is about a 7th grade reading level.  I’d say it is appropriate for some 4 and 5 year old’s, but generally speaking probably 6 and up.  My four year old understood most things, but, of course, the jokes and puns were beyond…

Kids’ Classics Book Club

I started a classics book club for myself and my kids. For those who are like me and would like to start one up, but don’t have enough friends who are interested, I joined a few meetup.com groups in my area and posted each book club meeting and started a secret private Facebook group for…

Butterfly Life Cycle Party

At the end of our study of butterflies, we had a party with a few family friends.  Initially I was going to have them do tons of butterfly activities, but as I started really delving into info about butterflies, I changed it to have them go through the life cycle of a butterfly. I was…