And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
This week’s summer learning theme is history. We ended up focusing on American history and got the following books at the library yesterday.
The Boston Tea Party by Matt Doeden Both girls wanted to read this book as it is written somewhat like a comic book.
Roanoke The Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord, First Battles of the American Revolution by Dennis Brindell Fradin
How They Lived: An American Pioneer Family by Robin May
The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Natalie Miller
What Do You Know About the Civil War? By Lynn George
The Declaration of Independence by Terry Allan Hicks
Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky
My eight-year-old wanted to read a couple of books about World War I and World War II, but I couldn’t find anything at the library that was on her reading level. If you have any suggestions along those lines, please let me know.
We added a couple of other books for pleasure reading: A Little Book of Teddy Bear Tales by Hutchinson Children’s Books and Mole and Shrew All Year Through by Jackie French Koller. My younger daughter has already finished reading her books for the summer reading program at the library; her age group only had to read 15 books. My older daughter had to read 15 hours to get all her prizes and she has read just over 10 hours. Many times she’ll be reading and forget to write the time down on her sheet!
Since we will be going out of town around the middle of next week to visit family, I am going to use next Monday and Tuesday to have them do a little extra writing in their notebooks. We’ve had some fun outings as a family and with friends, so I’m trying to have them write a few sentences or draw a picture about each experience so that they can look back at the end of the summer and remember all the things they did.
When my girls were younger, I always enjoyed reading them books that not only shared a story but also taught a spiritual lesson in an age-appropriate manner. I Believe Bunny by Tish Rabe, illustrated by Frank Endersby, is one of those books. It would be great as a read-aloud for children as young as two or three with its simple story and attractive layout.
The book describes how I Believe Bunny hears a mouse crying for help; she needs to be rescued from the swirling river. Bunny realizes that he needs to act, though he is little and afraid. He prays and asks God for help and, with a little aid from his friends, is able to save the mouse. The simple message of the story is that with God’s help, even you as a small child can make a difference in the lives of others.
This is a nice, sturdy hardcover book with adorable illustrations. The pictures truly make the story come to life. The text is written in a rhyming pattern that will appeal to young listeners. I can see this being a book that a young child would want to hear read aloud over and over again.
For me, Vacation Bible School is an integral part of summer. As a child, I loved going to Vacation Bible School at our church. We sang fun songs, made neat crafts, played games outside and had flower-shaped cookies and Koolaid for snack. Most importantly, I heard stories about missionaries in foreign lands telling others about Jesus and a clear presentation of the gospel, an invitation to accept Jesus as my Saviour.
We finished up last week’s Ocean theme by heading to the beach on Friday afternoon. I love going a bit later in the day as there are more people leaving than arriving (and we always stop for supper on the way home!)
Following our weekly themes for the summer, our visit to the library this week included checking out books about the ocean and sea animals.
The following are the ones we liked the best:
March of the Penguins Okay, I suppose penguins aren’t technically sea animals, but one of the girls saw this book near the ocean section and asked for it. It’s adapted from the National Geographic film so the pictures are wonderful. We all really liked this book.
Octopuses by Deborah Coldiron
Jellyfish by Elaine Landau
The ABC’s of Oceans by Bobbie Kalman
Both daughters are still in the American Girl mode – they selected seven of those books to bring home this week. The younger one also chose The Missing Shapes Mix-Up by Wendy Wax from the Disney’s Read and Grow Library.
While we didn’t buy any books from the library sale shelves per say, they did have a collection of Highlights magazines and Puzzlemanias which appeared to be brand new. My older daughter enjoys those, so I allowed her to choose seven of them to buy; at ten cents apiece, it’s a pretty good deal for quiet entertainment.
On Wednesday we made a quick stop at a used book store for dollar day and got the books below for $3.75. (Three of the books were only a quarter apiece.) Maybe I could be wealthy if I never bought any books??
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla I had this book when I was a girl.
The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad by Thornton W. Burgess
The Boxcar Children Spring Special #2: The Mystery in Washington, D.C. by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A Louisa May Alcott Christmas (a collection of Christmas stories)
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting Couldn’t believe we didn’t already have this one. It was a great deal for $1 as it is hardback and in great condition.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri We already had this book, but it’s mine from when I was young and literally falling apart.
No new books for me this week; I’m still working on the same stack. I’m now almost done with Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris and would highly recommend reading the book. I want both of my girls to read it when they are approaching their teen years.
Visit The Happy Housewife to see what others are reading this week.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
I guess this started about the time our younger daughter was old enough to talk…….a situation comes up during our day in which one of the following takes place: they have to take turns (who goes first?); a video can be chosen to watch; Mom needs a helper but can only handle one at the moment; who gets to sit by Daddy in the booth or at the table when we go out to eat? It would then fall to me to choose which one should go first or get the privilege over the other one.
I read this tip some place years ago and, after nearly reaching my wits’ end over the constant decision making and attempts to be fair, I decided to try putting it into practice. Since we only have the two children, I divided six days of the week between them. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are designated as my older daughter’s days; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are my younger daughter’s days. Anything that comes up during the day, be it a privilege, a first turn at something OR an extra chore that needs to be done, is assigned to the daughter whose day it is.
What about Sunday? Since most months have four Sundays, the first and third are my six-year old’s and the second and fourth are my eight-year old’s. If it’s a five Sunday month, the fifth Sunday is Mom’s and she gets to make all decisions without argument. How can you keep all that straight, you may ask? I really don’t have to – they police themselves quite well and usually already know when they get up in the morning whose day it is. Assigning responsibility and less refereeing – that works for me!!
This post is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.
Before I move on to talk about this week’s Ocean Life theme, let me give you an update on how things went last week in our summer learning program.
With two little girls growing up at our house, I’ve come to know a lot about princesses. God’s Little Princess Devotional Bible by Sheila Walsh is a devotional book for young girls that highlights character traits a true princess would have and connects them to a Bible character or passage.