We’re off in a couple of hours to the Mankato area to spend the night with the grandparents and buy a new (to us) van. Tomorrow is Jack’s birthday, the next day is Victoria’s birthday and Monday is Alex’s birthday.
I’m baking cakes from scratch for all three. There are at least 2 parties. I still have to finish buying presents and party favors.
I’m tired. 🙂
I’ll try to check in occasionally in the tornado that will be the next 4 days.
In the meantime, this (not that first part) makes me grin…. A lot. 😉
Anna has started writing a new book and she gave me permission to share the first paragraph here…
Lightning Strikes the Innocent
There I stood, only twelve, yet alone. The storms happened what seemed like every day but this one had been different. My family was having a family barbecue when the sky turned gray. Before that it was calm. After that, the lightning hit and started a fire in the grass. I saw in blue flames, “Beware the magic inside you, Mary.” I shrieked.
I’m curious to find out what happens next! 🙂
If you want to see my chickadees! Click here. 🙂
Victoria (Tacy) was wearing a white dress with a big white bow in her hair. Anna (Tib) was in the long blue sailor-like dress with curly blondish brown hair just past her shoulders. Jack was also in one scene listening to the stories, wearing a red shirt.
We headed to Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday party celebration in Mankato yesterday and the girls dressed up as Tacy and Tib to help out. We had a lovely time but even better was the fact that a news crew was there and the kids were on the evening news!
Here’s a few samples…
The girls looked so sweet in their outfits (I even curled Victoria’s hair and put it back with a big white bow) and they each made new friends.
You can see lots of pics of the festivities here.
We’re off to Mankato to take part in a Betsy-Tacy birthday party. Victoria will be playing Tacy and Annalee will be Tib in this. If you want to see more pictures from past Betsy-Tacy events, I put some here too.
By the way, if you haven’t read the Betsy-Tacy series and you like books like the Little House series, it may be one to check out. It’s a sweet series based on the author’s childhood in Mankato and tends to be a favorite read-aloud for families.
Here’s hoping costumes fit, hair holds curls, the van holds out and fun is had by all…. 🙂
There once was a young girl called Anna
She wanted to go to Montana
She whined and she groaned
She sobbed and she moaned
But next vacation, they went to see Nana!
We once had a cute dog called Spot.
And he loved when it got very hot
He could splash in the pond
(Of that he was fond)
But scuba dive, he could not.
I just finished a series of articles for the Examiner that really solidified for me why our homeschool style here is so eclectic. I wrote about five great lessons to take from all different types of homeschooling, including Montessori, Waldorf, Charlotte Mason and Unschooling. They are all parts of what we do here, and why I love the freedom we have as homeschool parents. We truly can take the best of all worlds and adapt it all to perfectly suit each of our children.
If you want to check out the series, here it is so far…
Five lessons to take from Montessori for your homeschool
Making your own Montessori materials
Five lessons to take from Waldorf for your homeschool
Making your own Waldorf Materials
Charlotte Mason Methods:
Five lessons to take from Charlotte Mason for your homeschool
Make your own nature journals
Make pocket-and-handle nature journals from paper bags!
Five lessons to take from unschooling for your homeschool
Five great blogs by unschoolers for inspiration, projects, games and more
And next in the series… Five lessons not to take from public school in your homeschool. 🙂
Have you seen this site/book?
Book one in a three part series, “BANG!” explains the scientific theories regarding the origin of the universe using captivating illustrations and whimsical rhymes.
From the beginning of existence to the birth of stars and galaxies, you’ll learn how matter was created, why stars shine and where where we fit in this wild and crazy universe.
This book is intended for all ages. If you don’t understand everything, don’t worry, no one does! That’s why I made it rhyme and added lots of pictures.
Not only is it fun and informative, but it’s also free to read online or print out. You can even email the author for a PDF file and reproduce it all you like for educational purposes (or purchase a paperback version for $10).
This is definitely on my list for this week!
Just saw this on PatForenga.com:
ABC TV did a segment about Radical Unschooling on its news show, Good Morning America, and it was pretty negative. However, since response was so strong the producers decided to do more on the topic tomorrow. They have invited the Biegler/Yablonski family featured in the story to be interviewed live in the studio and I’ll be chiming in from Boston via remote hookup. I’m told our segment will air around 8AM EST tomorrow.
I’m interested to see if it gets better. 🙂