Tuesday, January 31, 2017

14 Books to Celebrate St. Valentine's Day



Over the years, we have collected a lovely collection of books to read for Saint Valentine's Day. Even as Therese have gotten older, she still pulls out the books to read them.


1.
Saint Valentine
Robert Sabuda





2.
Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle




3.
Llama Llama I Love You
Anna Dewdney



4.
The Biggest Valentine Ever
Steven Kroll



5.
Happy Valentine's Day, Curious George
N. Di Angelo



6.
Day It Rained Hearts
Felicia Bond



7.
The Valentine Bears
Eve Bunting



8.
The Berenstain Bears
Valentine Blessings
Mike Berenstain



9.
God Gave Us Love
Lisa A. Bergren



10.
A Charlie Brown Valentine
Charles M. Schulz



11.
Snowy Valentine
David Petersen



12.
Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink
Diane deGroat



13.
The Very Fairy Princess
Julie Andrews



and finally....Biscuit! We loved reading the Biscuit books when the kids were little.

14.
Biscuit's Valentine's Day
Alyssa Satin Capucilli 





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Monday, January 30, 2017

A is for Art~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

For many homeschool parents, art can be a little difficult. A few parents even dislike teaching art. I can't even imagine not doing art in our homeschool. Over the past 9 years, we have used a variety of art lessons and ways to help learn art.



When the kids were little, art was fairly simple. We did a lot of crafts! The crafts often followed the season or holidays....Christmas, Groundhog day, Easter, Fall, Halloween, etc. We played with play-doh, finger painted, did water colors, colored in coloring books, and drew tons of pictures. These projects and pictures were often given to family and friends or used for decorations. Our fridge was always filled. I miss those days when my fridge was mini art exhibit.



As the children got older, we started following a more classical education. I would pick art lessons and artist that went with what we were studying. When we were studying early history, the children practiced their cave drawing with brown paper and brown charcoal. We made paint using eggs and natural pigments. We painted glass and even did our own mosaics.
We learned a lot how art has changed and advanced over the years.





For a few years, I would pick 3 artists for the kids to study. I'd try to find artists from the time period in history we were studying. We would learn about the artists, their style of artwork, learn about their works of art, and then we'd all give them a try!


Once I became a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were given even more great art resources to use and review.

and the


These resources have added even more opportunities for my kids to learn.
I love seeing their creative side come out.


Art is the one subject in school that there are no wrong answers and no wrong way to do.Mistakes can easily adapted or changed. Art allows children to use their imaginations and make their dreams come to life!


"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."
~Edgar Degas





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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint Claire of Assisi




"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become."

~Saint Claire of Assisi


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Badlands National Park


 Here we are at our next stop.....Badlands National Park!



This place is amazing. It appears out of nowhere and looks like it doesn't belong there. It reminds me of all those pictures I've seen of the Southwest. Of course, I wouldn't truly know because I haven't been there yet. Maybe our next cross country trip? In a few years? This Mama is still trying to get back into things after a month away. It's crazy!

O.K., O.K. back to Badlands National Park.
It is absolutely breath taking.


My pictures don't do this place justice. The colors in the rocks vary drastically. I've never seen rocks with so many colors in the them. Rose, beige, tan, lilac, etc. When the sun hits them they are even more brilliant. We heard that the colors really come to life at sunset.



While walking around an educational boardwalk in the park, we saw fossil replicas, learned about the different rocks and formations, and saw flowers found there. We had fun looking at the rock formations and seeing different shapes in them. We saw an Egyptian Spinx, a prairie dog, a bird, and even a person.



Along the drive, we saw a lot of different animals. Pronghorn, Big Horn sheep, Prairie dogs, Moose, and Mule deer.



He was a big boy. He was just sunning himself along the side of the road.



The visitor center has a wonderful display about the park. The kids were able to stamp their National Park Passport. 


Thanks for visiting with us!
Stay tuned for our next stop.
Want to know where we go next?
Be sure to come back and visit!



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

14 Fun Decorations for Saint Valentine's Day



We love decorating for the holidays. 
It seems like we are putting out some type of decorations every month. I started when the kids were little and have continued with it. Now, they get to help with the decorating. It's a wonderful way to spend time as a family.

I'm always looking for new decorations to add to our collection. Sometimes I but them, other times I look for inspiration and create it myself.



1.
Heart Shaped Garland Wreath



2.
Love Blocks



3.
Be Mine Banner



4.
Red and White Heart Checked Table Cloth



5.
Valentine's Day Glitter Sign



6.
Vintage Card Garland

7.
Heart Valentine's Day Pillow





8.
Be Mine Garden Flag


9.
Rustic String Heart



10.
Hanging Candy Hearts


I love these! They would help brighten up the bare trees outside.



11.
Valentine's Day Magnets for the Fridge




12.
Valentine's Day Wreath







13.
Valentine's Day Tree with Ornaments





14.
Valentine Day Kitchen Towels


  




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