Thursday, October 30, 2008

"The fallacy of quick-and-easy"

I found this blog post about cookbooks while looking for something else, and thought it was a good illustration of many other things in life. Amy Dacyczyn once said the same thing--that simplicity isn't always simple, or at least not quick and easy.
"Can you imagine a book called The French Laundry Cookbook Made Simple? Such food would cease to be French Laundry food. In my experience excellence and ease usually don’t go together."
Read it and see what you think.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Want to NaNoWriMo in November?

And are you a Canadian home educator?

Check out Jacqueline's special page.

The rest of you can stick with the official NaNoWriMo website.

You can even buy a NaNo handbook.

You don't know what NaNoWriMo is?

It's not a tagline from Mork and Mindy.

It's National Novel Writing Month. As in, you too can write a novel in 30 days.

They even have a Young Writers' Program.

So what are you waiting for?

Giving Charlotte a chance

In which Sprittibee shares not only a list of useful Charlotte Mason links, but also offers a sneak peek at some CM blogs which were nominated for the Methods category in the Homeschool Blog Awards. (No, the list of finalists isn't up quite yet.)

Other people's stuff is always more d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. than mine

The yard sale economy is booming in some places. (Are you a Recessionista?) "The sales are part of the once-underground “thrift economy,” as a team of Brigham Young University sociologists have called it, which includes thrift stores, pawn shops and so-called recessionistas name-brand shopping at Goodwill." (H.t. to Melissa)

A great roundup of Christmas gifts to sew. (Via Melissa again, who can't remember who found it for her.)

Lindafay wants to know how your readaloud voice is. (Dramahhtic? Mo-no-tone? Toofast?)

(I'll come back and add to this if I get some time today.)

She must have sent some our way too

Donna-Jean's snow pictures

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Homemade produce bags

Oh, I like this idea...a home-sewn alternative to those transparent bags that are never big enough to hold a cauliflower properly anyway. (Found through the Festival of Frugality.)

Free Downloadable Children's Songs

Homeschool Freebie offers--just for today--some MP3 files of classic children's songs. (What's the EIO Song? Download and find out. If you don't want your kids singing about the devil kissing his wife, though, pick a different one.)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Explain this one to me (kids choosing fluff books)

Second-grader Crayons is a good reader, she has been read to since babyhood, and she enjoys the challenging books I read to her and that she picks out for herself from our shelves. Recently she found our copy of Clyde Robert Bulla's opera stories--not the most suitable thing for a second grader, but she had most of them read before I realized what she had gotten into.

So explain this to me...

When we went to the big library yesterday and Crayons acquired her first Downtown Library Card, what she wanted to take out on it was a whole pile of bright pink Tiara Club series books and several others of that ilk. She was happy to have ME pick out some older books (see the previous post), but she wanted to borrow the kind of books we don't have at home.

Well, maybe that was the point, right?

At least library books are free.

(Some people might comment that I obviously should be setting limits on the kind of books she takes out of the library, or not take her to the library, or some other wisdom like that. Noted and appreciated. If that was all she was reading, I'd worry. However, like letting a child occasionally have candy floss at the do hope that they'll eat their fill and get it out of their system.)

There are libraries and then there are libraries

Where we live, there are libraries running under two separate library systems (i.e. no trading books back and forth). The big library downtown is under a different system from the library that's closer to us--the point being, we don't get to use that system as much because it's hard for us to get down there.

But when we do...we fully appreciate how much this library has held on to that other libraries either never had, or have discarded. (Even WITH the big booksales every year.) After the library sale yesterday, we went upstairs to the children's room and borrowed some of the books that we don't usually get to read.

The library closer to us has All of a Kind Family. The downtown library has all the sequels.

The library closer to us has The Moffats, Rufus M., and I think Ginger Pye (we just finished reading our own copy of that). (We're on an Eleanor Estes kick right now.) The downtown library has The Middle Moffat, The Moffat Museum, and Pinky Pye.

The downtown library has Rumer Godden's Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, and the sequel.

And so on.

How they've managed to hang onto all of this stuff, AND find room for The Tiara Club books (I'm not joking--I didn't even know there were such things), I don't know. But I'm grateful.

Library Sale

The big downtown library had its annual sale this weekend, and we brought home a box and a bagful of books, about forty in all. Some were Crayons' choices, some were mine, and a few The Apprentice picked out. Some we've read before, and some just looked interesting.

A Story of the Group of Seven (Hunkin--about a well-known group of Canadian artists)
Cornelius Krieghoff (Hugues de Jouvancourt) (one of our term's artists)
Adventures of Richard Wagner (Opal Wheeler)
Young Brahms (Sybil Deucher--same series as the Wheeler music bios)
Elisabeth & the Water Troll (Wangerin)
Meet the Malones (Weber)
Beany Malone (Weber)
The Glass Slipper (Eleanor Farjeon--her version of Cinderella)
Go With the Poem (Lillian Moore)
The Unbroken Web (Richard Adams)
The Cuckoo Clock (Mary Stolz)
The Story of Holly and Ivy (Christmas story by Rumer Godden; we already have a copy of this, but this edition has illustrations by Barbara Cooney)
The Coat-Hanger Christmas Tree (Eleanor Estes)
'Round the Christmas Tree (Corrin)
The Alley (Eleanor Estes)
Doctor on an Elephant (Kroll)
Diamond in the Window (Langton)
Harry's Mad (Dick King-Smith--about a parrot)
Ben and Me

Backyard Vacation: Outdoor Fun
Mountain Bluebird (Hirschi)
Thanksgiving Fun
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (Alcott)
Cat's Cradles, Owl's Eyes
Crystals and Crystal Gardens
Sugar Free Kids' Cookery
Make Clothes Fun!
Miss Patch's Learn to Sew Book
Dancing Is (Ancona)
Ballet Company
Have Fun with Magnifying
The Past of Pastimes (Bartlett)
World of Swans
Music for Very Little People
Winners! Super Champions of Ice Hockey (don't ask)
Not Much News: Ruby's Letters from Home (Edna Staebler)
These High Green Hills (Jan Karon)

Plans for this week's school (Grade Two)

This week's list of school work looks long but most of the lessons are very short--there's a lot of review going on right now. We're starting the last third of the term and there are some new things coming up--but I need to make sure we're finished with what we've been doing so far.

It may not look like we're reading that many different real books this week, either--actually we are, we just made a library trip and also went to a book sale (I'll post about that later), so there's other reading going on--it's just not all during school time.


Bible: 1 Samuel 14 & 15 (begin these chapters)
Hymn: Trust & Obey
Spelling: Create new list on Spelling City
Mr. Popper's Penguins, Chapter 4
Math: learn 2-dimensional geometric shapes (including rhombus etc.)
Memory work: work on Matthew 2:1-12
Singing: When I First Came to This Land; Leatherwing Bat
French: parts of a jack-o-lantern face, Alouette
Review parts of a Canadian dollar (some old flashcards we have)
An Island Story: Henry Plantagenet
Short nature study
40 Fun Ways (a list of physical activities--I'll post about this later)
Work with me on sewing nightgown


Bible: Matthew 12 (half)
Manners: phone manners, some Bible verses on manners
Printing book
Spelling practice
Canada Eh to Zed (alphabet book): I page
Review geometric shapes
The Little Duke
David Thompson geography workbook pages 34-37 (about salmon)
Telling time
Work on crocheting while I work on slippers
Map skills (in Miquon workbook)
Among the Forest People
40 Fun ways


Bible: finish Old Testament lesson from Monday
Manners: continue same as Tuesday
Memory work
Artist: finish Cornelius Krieghoff
Short keyboard lesson
Review geometric shpaes
Pilgrim's Progress
Fairy tales


Bible culture book: houses, women, children, family life
George Washington's book of manners (e-book)
Printing book
Short language lesson about words that sound almost the same
Composer: Stravinsky
Keyboard lesson
Review geometric shpaes
The Little Duke
Number Stories (e-book; we may not get to this)
Prime numbers, telling time
40 Fun Ways


Matthew 12 (finish)
Reformation Day Hymn: A Mighty Fortress
Uncommon Courtesy for Kids: review
Spelling test
Memory work
Review geometric shapes, parts of a dollar
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Prime numbers and begin Miquon review worksheets
Map skills
Child's History of the World: Knights and Chivalry
Nature study
40 Fun Ways
Get ready for some family time planned for this evening (make snacks)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Simple Folk Songs

We found the music to this nursery rhyme in The Faber Book of Nursery Songs. I thought it was a good choice for this week since we're also reading the Knights and Chivalry chapter in A Child's History of the World. It can be sung as a round if you're ambitious.

The hart he loves the high wood,
The Hare she loves the hill;
The knight he loves his bright sword,
The lady loves her will.

How can I get the tune across? It's written in the key of F and I'll write in the notes above the words:

C C C C C F(do) F
The hart he loves the high wood,
F G A B flat G A
The Hare she loves the hill;
The knight he loves his bright sword,
B flat A A G G F
The lady loves her will.

(Okay-I tried to put the letters above the right words, but I'm stymied by the lack of control over spacing here. Can you figure it out anyway?)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gleanings of a very various nature

Fun, Halloweenish and pretty healthy too: Frugal Upstate's popcorn hand.

How does an Apron Thrift Girl make the best use of her cookbook collection?

How do you make a blanket out of old scarves? (Hat tip to the Deputy Headmistress via Frugal Hacks.)

How do you...okay, this one's for women only. (Also from the DHM.)

Make It From Scratch Carnival

I forgot to post about this week's edition of the Make it From Scratch carnival at 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven--but it's well worth the trouble--and pretty too, lots of photos.

(How do you participate in this one? From the carnival's home page:

"1. Post about something you've made from scratch. (cooking, crafts, sewing, or anything else.)

"2. Submit your post using the blogcarnival form. You can post and submit anytime, but submit by Sunday to be included in the carnival to be posted Tuesday. Late posts will be bumped to the next week. Only one post per blog per week please! If the Blog Carnival site is down, please email a link to your post to makeitfromscratch at")

Friday, October 24, 2008

You can make yogurt in the Crockpot

I haven't done this, but Steph at A Year of Crockpotting is very happy with her Crockpot yogurt.

I haven't been making yogurt as much lately, but I'm still happy with my covered-dish-and-heating-pad method. Still, this sounds like an interesting alternative.

Keeping the ducklings warm (baby blankets)

The Queen of Carrots came up with these frugal fleece-lined "sleeping bags" for her twin little ones. And they do look so cute in them!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Yes, it's worth the trouble (memory work)

Crayons has memorized the 23rd Psalm this fall (she enjoyed watching the video of that cute little girl saying it) and most of Christina Rossetti's "Caterpillar, brown and furry." (For some reason she does better with Scripture than with poetry.) I've also started her working on Matthew 2:1-12 (the story of the Wise Men).

The poem "Indian Summer" that I posted here came to mind because my children's Sunday School teacher used it as part of a children's moment in church, and mentioned that she had memorized it (more years ago than she preferred to say) during elementary school.

And in this beautiful post, Queen Shenaynay reflects on what her lifetime accumulation of poetry and Scriptures has meant to her, especially over the past couple of years.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Oh lovely

Holy Experience shares in words and colour at Wonders: A Nature Table Gathering.

How's school going? (Math)

How's Miquon Math going this year?

I have to laugh...Crayons reminds me so much of her big sister The Apprentice in some ways, and one of their similarities was that Miquon Math--wonderful program though it is--wasn't designed for them.

Ponytails loved it. The other girls didn't and don't.

The reasons, if you're unfamiliar with of my homeschooling friends describes it as "loosey goosey," meaning fairly unstructured. It's a program that encourages discovery, making connections between the four basic operations, and going beyond those even in the elementary years. For some kids, that's exactly what's needed--other kids are more like, "just show me how to do it and never mind all this other stuff." Those are usually the kids who don't like using Cuisenaire rods either.

It's not that I don't understand this program now (I'm on my third time through it) or that I don't try to teach it creatively and to each girl's math needs. Even The Apprentice, who balked at a lot of Miquon, turned out later on to have gotten a good understanding of mathematics (she now does very well in high school math). But I can see the road ahead, and I think we might have to switch programs at some point.

Last call for nominations

This is the last week to nominate your favourite homeschool blogs!

When there are no fairy godmothers

Someone at church loaned me a copy of Maeve Binchy's novel Whitethorn Woods. I'm only partway into it so I don't know how the rest of the book will be, but the first couple of chapters were worth a book in themselves. (Some adult situations, so not for young maidens below a certain age.)

The framework of the novel seems to be a contemporary (read poorly-attended?) Irish church, a curate, and a place called St. Ann's well which tourists and locals treat as a kind of wailing wall. The curate doesn't care much for this but can't seem to fight it. At the end of the introduction, he sends his own thoughts to St. Ann, asking that he would be able to "hear" what people are asking for at the well, so that he can help them better. Then the book picks up that thread and moves into pairs of short stories about the people of the town.

Twice within the introduction and the first set of stories there are characters who make the most of what they have, no matter what they have. To begin with, we have a pair of immigrants who thrive on doing what nobody else wants to do:

By the time he got back to the priests’ house, Josef, the Latvian caregiver, had arrived and got Canon Cassidy up, washed and dressed him and made his bed....Canon Cassidy liked soup for his lunch and sometimes Josef took him to a café but mainly he took the frail little figure back to his own house, where his wife, Anna, would produce a bowl of something homemade; and in return the canon would teach her more words and phrases in English....Josef had three other jobs: he cleaned Skunk Slattery’s shop, he took the towels from Fabian’s hairdressers to the Fresh as a Daisy Launderette and washed them there and three times a week he took a bus out to the Nolans’ place and helped Neddy Nolan look after his father.

Anna had many jobs too: she cleaned the brass on the doors of the bank, and on some of the office buildings that had big important-looking notices outside; she worked in the hotel kitchens at breakfast time doing the washing up; she opened the flowers that came from the market to the florists and put them in big buckets of water. Josef and Anna were astounded by the wealth and opportunities they’d found in Ireland. A couple could save a fortune here.
Josef and Anna have plans to open their own shop in a few years, and you have no doubt that they will do it.

The second example is the above-mentioned Neddy Nolan, who describes himself as "not the sharpest knife in the drawer." Someone online compared him to Forrest Gump; I think he's also like the Simple Jack, youngest-brother character in many fairy tales--the one who shares his loaf of bread and usually gets rewarded for it. He's honest and somewhat naïve, particularly when it comes to understanding that not everyone else is as honest and well-intentioned as he is--especially his older brother who tries to take advantage of him and ends up losing. There are no fairy godmothers in this story, and Neddy has to make his own luck, with the same kind of creativity and determination that got Forrest Gump his own shrimp boat.
"And cause I was a gazillionaire, and I liked doin it so much, I cut that grass for free."--Forrest Gump
When Neddy moves to the city and unintentionally exposes some kind of pilfering scam on the construction site where his brother has gotten him work, he is told to stay back at the flat from now on and "clean up or something." Taking his brother at his word, he goes out and swaps some cleanup work and painting for a box of paint and cleaning supplies, then comes back and starts fixing up the apartment for Older Brother and their roommates. He even manages to scrounge them a television. The guys agree that if he'll just stay away from their job site (I guess to keep him from exposing any more of their scams), they'll pay him a salary to "manage things." And this goes on for years--they spend, drink, and scam, but Neddy socks his money away and takes care of them all, makes friends all over the place, helps people out, and never seems to feel he's being taken advantage of.

Neddy's first payback comes when his old father can't take care of their house any more and needs a caregiver. The solution is simple: Neddy moves back to their hometown and buys the house, to the astonishment and fury of his always-broke brother (who eventually ends up in jail).

And unlike Forrest Gump, he ends up with a woman who, although she has her own issues, doesn't want to run away and be a folk singer; in fact, she wants to teach, and she's happy to let Neddy keep doing what he likes to do: taking care of stuff. He even manages to take care of his fiancee when she's being blackmailed--now that's real chivalry. She and he both agree that sharp knives can sometimes be too scary--the world needs more Neddys and fewer Older Brothers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Homeschool Blog Nominations are Open

See the apple? See the big red apple? It is time. It is time to go and...

nominate your favourite homeschool blogs!

"Nominations will be accepted from October 13th–24th. Voting for these nominations will begin on Monday, November 10, and end on Friday, November 21. Winners will be listed on Saturday, November 22. YOU WON’T SEE THE NOMINATION LIST UNTIL ALL NOMINATIONS ARE FINAL. Thanks for participating!"

Monday, October 13, 2008

The peace we have is ours through constant care

The Stauffers posted a quote from J.I. Packer's book Knowing God that should be "required thinking" for anyone confused about God's peace.

Peace and Thanksgiving to all.

(The quote in the title came from a badly-remembered poem that I can't find online; I think it might be by Sheila V. White. If you know the author, please let me know so I can give credit.)

The peace we have is ours through constant care
Our trust in [something] leads only to despair...
Forgive us, God, if we forgetful be
For time itself can cloud our memory.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Poem: Indian Summer

Indian Summer

by Wilfred Campbell, 1858-1918

Along the line of smoky hills
The crimson forest stands,
And all the day the blue-jay calls
Throughout the autumn lands.

Now by the brook the maple leans
With all his glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hills
Have turned their green to red.

Now by great marshes wrapt in mist,
Or past some river's mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.

Photo taken in October 2007 by either Mr. Fixit or Ponytails

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Cranberry-Cherry Sauce (Canadian Living)

If you have the October 2008 issue of Canadian Living, check out the Cranberry-Cherry variation on cranberry sauce in the Thanksgiving menu. I made some today and I think it's a nice change from the traditional sweeter kind.

Quick unofficial version of the recipe: you need half a cup of some kind of juice (cranberry, cherry, or a mixed juice); half a cup of dried cherries (the recipe says "sour cherries," but the ones I bought just said "cherries" and they worked fine); 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, and a couple of slices ginger root (frozen is fine). Bring the juice to a boil in a medium saucepan, add the cherries, cover and remove from the heat; let stand ten minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; turn the heat down and simmer about ten minutes or until thickened; all the berries don't have to be popped. You don't really have to stir it, just make sure it's not cooking too hard. Let cool; store tightly covered.

It has a bit of kick--you can taste the tartness of the cranberries.

(I was also thinking that if you wanted to try this and couldn't find dried cherries, you might substitute cherry-flavoured Craisins. Orange-flavoured might be nice too.)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sounds too good not to pass on (Pumpkin Pie Dip)

A Year of Crockpotting posted this Pumpkin Pie Dip recipe--perfect if you have one of the Little Dipper mini-crockpots, and it's gluten-free too (depending on what you dip, of course).

I do have a mini-crock. I bought it at a yard sale awhile back but haven't used it, and I've been watching Steph's ongoing dip recipes and thinking I'd like to try some of them. This one might be fun for Thanksgiving weekend (yes, that's this weekend in Canada).

UPDATE: I made my own version this afternoon, and it's good too!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


So anyway,
School is fun.
And I have no reason to not be blogging right now so I will.
Oh wait, I have nothing to say. Oh well I have a thingy that keeps your food warm and it works.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Homeschool Blog Awards: Categories are Posted

The categories have been decided on for this year's Homeschool Blog Awards.

Poems for today: on bells

I was surprised to find that the full text of Come Hither, the anthology by Walter de la Mare, is available online. I'm pasting in the two poems we read this morning.

225 Upon a Ring of Bells

Bells have wide mouths and tongues, but are too weak,
Have they not help, to sing, or talk or speak.
But if you move them they will mak't appear,
By speaking they'l make all the Town to hear.

When Ringers handle them with Art and Skill,
They then the ears of their Observers fill,
With such brave Notes, they ting and tang so well
As to out strip all with their ding, dong, Bell.


These Bells are like the Powers of my Soul;
Their Clappers to the Passions of my mind;
The Ropes by which my Bells are made to tole,
Are Promises (I by experience find.)

My body is the Steeple where they hang,
My graces they which do ring ev'ry Bell:
Nor is there any thing gives such a tang,
When by these Ropes these Ringers ring them well.

Let not my Bells these Ringers want, nor Ropes;
Yea let them have room for to swing and sway:
To toss themselves deny them not their Scopes.
Lord! in my Steeple give them room to play.

If they do tole, ring out, or chime all in,
They drown the tempting tinckling Voice of Vice:
Lord! when my Bells have gone, my Soul has bin
As 'twere a tumbling in this Paradice!

Or if these Ringers do the Changes ring,
Upon my Bells, they do such Musick make,
My Soul then (Lord) cannot but bounce and sing,
So greatly her they with their Musick take.

But Boys (my Lusts) into my Belfry go,
And pull these Ropes, but do no Musick make
They rather turn my Bells by what they do,
Or by disorder make my Steeple shake.

Then, Lord! I pray thee keep my Belfry Key,
Let none but Graces meddle with these Ropes:
And when these naughty Boys come, say them Nay.
From such Ringers of Musick there's no hopes.

O Lord! If thy poor Child might have his will,
And might his meaning freely to thee tell;
He never of this Musick has his fill,
There's nothing to him like thy ding, dong, Bell.


226 The Belfry

Dark is the stair, and humid the old walls
Wherein it winds, on worn stones, up the tower.
Only by loophole chinks at intervals
Pierces the late glow of this August hour.

Two truant children climb the stairway dark,
With joined hands, half in glee and half in fear,
The boy mounts brisk, the girl hangs back to hark
If the gruff sexton their light footsteps hear.

Dazzled at last they gain the belfry-room.
Barred rays through shutters hover across the floor
Dancing in dust; so fresh they come from gloom
That breathless they pause wondering at the door.

How hushed it is! what smell of timbers old

From cob webbed beams! The warm light here and there

Edging a darkness, sleeps in pools of gold,

Or weaves fantastic shadows through the air.

How motionless the huge bell! Straight and stiff,
Ropes through the floor rise to the rafters dim.
The shadowy round of metal hangs, as if
No force could ever lift its gleamy rim.

A child's awe, a child's wonder, who shall trace
What dumb thoughts on its waxen softness write
In such a spell-brimmed, time-forgotten place,
Bright 'in that strangness of approaching night?

As these two gaze, their fingers tighter press;
For suddenly the slow bell upward- heaves
Its vast mouth, the cords quiver at the stress,
And ere the heart prepare, the ear receives

Full on its delicate sense the plangent stroke

Of violent, iron, reverberating sound,

As if the tower in all its stones awoke,

Deep echoes tremble, again in clangour drowned,

That starts without a whir of frighted wings

And holds these young hearts shaken, hushed, and thrilled,

Like frail reeds in a rushing stream, like strings

Of music, or like trees with tempest filled,

And rolls in wide waves out o'er the lone land,
Tone following tone toward the far-setting sun,
Till where in fields long shadowed reapers stand
Bowed heads look up, and lo, the day is done. . . .


Crayons' Grade Two plans for this week

Still a bit sketchy, but this is the basic plan.


Bible: 1 Sam. 10: Samuel anoints Saul as ruler
Math, printing, spelling
A Pioneer Thanksgiving
Poems 225 and 226 from Come Hither
Composer: Mark O'Connor, Strings & Threads Suite
Canada Eh to Zed: F page (Fleur-de-lis, fiddlehead, [Terry] Fox, Fogo)
Owls in the Family (2 chapters)


Bible: half of Matthew 8 (Jesus heals a man, Jesus heals a Roman Officer's Servant, Jesus heals many people)
A Pioneer Thanksgiving; weaving a doll-sized basket
Math, printing, French, music, spelling, language page (word meanings)
An Island Story: William Rufus
Through the Year (nature reader), pages 20-23
Pilgrim's Progress, four pages
Nature notebook


French songs
Bible culture
A Pioneer Thanksgiving; play "Peach Stones" (Iroquois game)
Math, printing, French, music, spelling, language page (word meanings)
Among the Forest People: "The Bees and the Kingbird"
Poems of James Whitcomb Riley
Picture study: Cornelius Krieghoff, using a coffee-table book from the library
Cooking: read about pioneer breadmaking, make rolls


Bible: 1 Sam. 10: Saul is acclaimed as king
A Pioneer Thanksgiving
Understood Betsy
Math, printing, French, music, spelling
Night Prowlers, pages 41-45 (wildlife you might see at dawn)
Geography activity book: pages 24-27
Fall art projects


Bible: finish Matthew 8 (Jesus Calms a Storm, Jesus heals two men with demons)
A Pioneer Thanksgiving
The Old Nurse's Stocking Basket
Math, printing, French, music, spelling quiz
Poems from Peacock Pie, pages 13-15
Sewing (working on nightgown with Mom)
Go look to see if any chestnuts (conkers) are hard yet

Ponytails Here!

I have a blogger acont whoa this is cool sorry bad spelling.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A New Treehouse Blog

I've started a new blog called Low Sodium Frugal. Content: what it sounds like! I'm going to start posting our menu lists, recipes and so on over there instead of taking over the Treehouse blog with them.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Dinner Menus this week (Low Sodium)

For more menus, recipes, rants, and low-sodium stuff, see our food blog, .

Most of this week's dinners are coming from 500 Low Sodium Recipes: Lose the Salt, Not the Flavor, by Dick Logue. His website is here. I'm also planning on trying out some of his bread machine recipes.

Saturday: Chicken Soup and Chicken Sandwiches (family recipe)

Sunday: Cider Stew (crockpot)

Monday: Baked salmon, potatoes, vegetables

Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Curry

Wednesday: Pork Chop Bake OR Fish Skewers

Thursday: Kraft Dinner & Hot Dogs (younger children), Leftovers

Friday: Chicken Shepherd’s Pie OR Turkey Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Saturday: Southwestern Bean Soup

Sunday: Thanksgiving with extended family (taking meat, stuffing, maybe pie)

Monday: Pork Subs (no-salt buns), sauerkraut (low-sodium brand), salad, special dessert

Friday, October 03, 2008

New use for gravity boots

In Pilgrim's Progress, Christian visits The Interpreter's House, where he sees several strange things that are analogies for the Christian faith. One of the things he sees is a fire in a fireplace, with someone (said to be Satan) continually pouring water on it, yet the fire doesn't go out. It's revealed that there's someone (said to be Christ) standing on the reverse side of the fireplace, pouring oil on the fire to keep it going.

Crayons drew a picture of The Interpreter's House on the narration scroll she's making for the book. In the room with the fireplace, you see someone pouring the bucket of water, and another guy hanging upside down from the ceiling. When I asked her about it, that's what she said: he's wearing special boots so he can walk on the ceiling and pour oil on the fire.

John Bunyan might have enjoyed that idea.

I'll keep it in mind

Crayons' narration of the Sermon on the Mount:

"Watch out for false prophets wearing sheep costumes."

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Crayons' Grade Two: Thursday and Friday plans

At first glance these might look like unusually long lists (for us, anyway). And they are...each one has about three hours' worth of things to do. I don't know if we'll get through everything.

But I really am trying to stick to the weekly schedules I made, and this is what needs to be finished to keep us on track this week. We're on the fifth week of school, and the plan really does seem to be working out--we're getting through most of what's planned for each week plus sometimes a little more. (Getting used to homeschooling just one has taken some adjustment!)


Bible--Matthew, on fasting
Pilgrim's Progress, four pages, draw narration on scroll
Math lesson
Poems from Peacock Pie, pages 6-10
Singing and music: Pumpkin Pie song, Canada songs, keyboard exercises
A Pioneer Story: Christmas chapter (I know it's out of season, I can't help that)
Printing page "C"
French lesson
Among the Forest People
Word puzzles book, puzzle on page 56
Work on weaving or choose an activity from A Pioneer Story
Read Rufus M. (our just-for-fun book)
Drawing--work on round things
Tea time


Bible--Matthew--on judging
Geography: work on David Thompson activity book and read the E page from Canada Eh to Zed
Math lesson
Poems from the James Whitcomb Riley book (special for fall)
Singing: Leatherwing Bat, other songs, keyboard exercises
A Pioneer Story: New Year's chapter (end of the book)
Printing page "D"
French lesson
Nature reading: Night Prowlers, pages about spiders (other spider books on hand to look at)
Scrabble spelling
Weaving or Pioneer activity
Read Rufus M.
Drawing challenge: Apples
Tea time

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Homeschool Blog Awards--2008

Nominations will be starting soon!

For more information, see this post on the Homeschool Blog Awards site.

Oh, there ARE some low-sodium blogs out there

I was having trouble finding any!

"Please, Don't Pass the Salt" includes this post about the Low-Sodium Pantry.

How about this? . They have a free e-newsletter.

And there's a blog, but a good website.
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