Read-Alouds – January 2007

January 31, 2007 Categories: Books , Homeschooling , Kid Stuff | Comments Off  

Egermeier’s Bible Story Book: A Complete Narration from Genesis to Revelation for Young and Old by Elsie E. Egermeier
Favorite Poems Old and New selected by Helen Ferris
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Dragon’s Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume 1 by Dugald A. Steer
The Snail House by Allan Ahlberg
3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet by Bob Raczka (Cybils finalist)
Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account Of The 1938 War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast by Meghan McCarthy (Cybils finalist)
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston (Cybils finalist)
An Island Grows by Lola M. Schaefer (Cybils finalist)
Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle (Cybils finalist)
Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals by Steve Jenkins (Cybils nominee)
George Did It! by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain (Cybils nominee)
What Happens When You Listen? by Joy Richardson

Natalie’s Reading – January 2007

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The Adventure Bible for Young Readers
Drat! You Copycat!: Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo #7 by Nancy Krulik
Doggone It!: Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo #8 by Nancy Krulik
No Messin’ With My Lesson: Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo #11 by Nancy Krulik

Noah’s Reading – January 2007

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Journey to the Orange Islands (Pokemon Chapter Book) by Tracey West
The Blue Moon Effect (Extreme Monsters #1) by Mel Friedman & Eric Smith

Media Meme

January 30, 2007 Categories: Memes & Quizzes , Movies , Music , Television | 9 Comments  

Saw this at Sallie’s and thought it would be fun to play along.

Action – Favorite action movie?
The Fugitive

Beautiful – Most beautiful performer?
Catherine Zeta-Jones

Comedy – Favorite comedy (TV or movie)?

Drama – Favorite drama (TV or movie)?

Event – Historic event that kept you riveted to the TV?
September 11, 2001

Favorite – If you could only own and watch one DVD the rest of your life, what would it be?
Just one? Sleepless in Seattle. Or maybe Meet Me in St. Louis. Or White Christmas. Or …

G – Favorite G rated movie?
Meet Me in St. Louis

Head over heels – Which star were you in love with when you were younger?
Cary Grant and Gene Kelly. My parents raised me on old movies.

Ice – Did you see the “Miracle on Ice” live (tape delayed) in 1980?

Justice – Did you watch any of the famous O.J. Simpson chase down the freeway?
Yes. I also remember the verdict. My boss had a TV brought in and we all gathered in the meeting room to watch.

King of the Thriller – Favorite Hitchcock movie?
Rear Window

Laettner – Did you see Duke’s Christian Laettner make the winning shot against Kentucky?
Who’s Laettner? What sport? I guess my answer is no.

MP3 Player – Do you own one?
Yes, and I love it.

Never get enough – Which movie have you watched the most times and how many times have you seen it?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I must’ve watched it 30 times with my sisters growing up, and probably another 10 with my own kids.

Opie – Opie or the Beaver?
I didn’t watch either of those shows regularly, but probably Opie.

Pride and Prejudice – Do you prefer A&E or 2005 release?
The A&E Version. Otherwise known as the Colin Firth version. ;)

Quality – Best TV show of all time?
Wow. That’s a toughie. I can’t think of one – lots of ones I like, but greatest of all time? Oh, I know, M*A*S*H. I used to sneak down the stairs and watch reruns at 11:30 p.m. after my parents were sleeping. I had such a huge crush on Hawkeye.

Remote control – Who is in charge in your house?
Me, but only because Kevin is usually snacking on sunflower seeds and he’s too slow at fast-forwarding through commercials. :)

Super Bowl – Game or commercials?

Television – How many in your house?
Just one.

Ultimate – Who is your favorite movie star?
Well, I already told you my favorite classic movie stars. More current? Matthew McConaghey, Hugh Jackman, George Clooney

Victory – The best sporting event/game you’ve watched live on TV?
Last year’s NFC Championship, when Seattle clinched their spot in last year’s Super Bowl.

Walkman – Did you ever own a Sony Walkman?
I think so.

X – Movie you wish you had never watched?
Carrie. Gave me nightmares for weeks.

Yesterday – How many hours of media did you consume?
Two – we watched an episode of 24 on DVD and then I watched Heroes after Kevin headed to bed early. Oh, and I listened to 1/2 hour of a worship CD.

ZZZ’s – Best music to fall asleep to?
Josh Groban

Let me know if you do this one. Also, Sallie has a Mr. Linky at her site if you want to get more lookers.

Review of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

January 28, 2007 Categories: Kid Stuff , Movies , Reviews | 4 Comments  

(Cinderella III: A Twist in Time was provided to me by Special Ops Media for purpose of review.)

The kids watched Cinderella III Friday, and Natalie said it was really good. The boys, being boys, said they didn’t like it ’cause it’s a girls’ movie. Having said that, they sat through the entire movie without talking. ;)

What would happen if Cinderella never met the prince, if the slipper didn’t fit? In this movie, the evil step-mother gets ahold of the fairy godmother’s wand, and turns back time – and chaos ensues. All with a happy ending, of course.

Special Features include a Bibbidi-Bobbidi Game, Cinderella’s Ballroom, and a Music Video featuring Hayden Panettiere – who just happens to be the cheerleader on Heroes. (Save the cheerleader; save the world.)

This movie would make a great gift for the little girls in your life – and their brothers just might like it, too!

I almost forgot…the CD drawing!

January 26, 2007 Categories: Just for Fun , Music | Comments Off  

I totally forgot that I was supposed to draw a winner today! Noah just pulled a name out of the dish for me, and the winner of the Norah Jones CD is…


Congratulations, Janice! I’ll e-mail you for your mailing address and the CD will be on its way to you as soon as I receive it.

Links for Friday and a Snapshot Meme

It’s still Friday here – only 7:00 p.m. – so I’m not too late. We had a good day today – most of our schoolwork was finished, so just some reading, a trip to the library and housework. Then a fun playdate with Michelle and her boys. Tomorrow we’re having a girls’ afternoon out – lattes and browsing at a local store called (what else) Books ‘n’ Coffee, and more window-shopping at the new kitchen store. All while the husbands take the kids swimming. Something about January/mid-winter brings out the emotional roller-coaster – so I’m planning to really enjoy some time for myself.

~Opinion Journal ran a series on intelligence, No Child Left Behind, and the necessity (or not) of college that is a must-read. A Circle of Quiet pointed me to the links.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

~I’ve enjoyed Melanie Hauser’s blog The Refrigerator Door ever since I read her book Confessions of Super Mom last year, but the post Memoirs of an Invisible Mom is especially worth reading – she’s hilarious!

~Michelle introduced me to The Rebelution, a blog written by Alex and Brett Harris, two homeschooled Christian teenage boys. Their series The Myth of Adolescence should be read by all parents. Be sure to follow the link at the end of the post to the next part – and then keep doing that. The whole series is extremely well-written and gives much food for thought. Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:

“David Farragut, the U.S. Navy’s first admiral, became a midshipman on the warship Essex at the age of 10. At the age of 12, a mere boy by modern standards, Farragut was given command of his first ship, sailing a capture vessel, crew, and prisoners, back to the U.S. after a successful battle. Young David was given responsibility at an early age, and he rose to the occasion.

The father of our country, George Washington, though never thought to be particularly bright by his peers, began to master geometry, trigonometry, and surveying when he would have been a 5th or 6th grader in our day and ceased his formal education at 14 years of age. At the age of 16 he was named official surveyor for Culpepper County, Virginia. For the next three years, Washington earned nearly $100,000 a year (in modern purchasing power). By the age of 21, he had leveraged his knowledge of the surrounding land, along with his income, to acquire 2,300 acres of prime Virginian land.

These examples astound us in our day and age, but this is because we view life through an extra social category called ‘adolescence’, a category that would have been completely foreign to men and women just 100 years ago. Prior to the late 1800s there were only 3 categories of age: childhood, adulthood, and old age. It was only with the coming of the early labor movement with its progressive child labor laws, coupled with new compulsory schooling laws, that a new category, called adolescence, was invented. Coined by G. Stanley Hall, who is often considered the father of American psychology, ‘adolescence’ identified the artificial zone between childhood and adulthood when young people ceased to be children, but were no longer permitted by law to assume the normal responsibilities of adulthood, such as entering into a trade or finding gainful employment. Consequently, marriage and family had to be delayed as well, and so we invented ‘the teenager’, an unfortunate creature who had all the yearnings and capabilities of an adult, but none of the freedoms or responsibilities.”

I was reminded of this series again when my issue of Focus on the Family magazine came and I read this:

“For Mike, a typical Monday evening begins with “Monday Night Football.” After the game, he plays Xbox, surfs the Internet and text messages some friends. Mike’s dad worries about his eating habits and insists he come home at a decent hour when going out with friends. None of this is so bad until you realize that Mike is 39, not married, and not planning to be.

“I know that I’m not living the traditional ‘American dream,’” Mike says. “But this arrangement is working pretty well for me.”

Karen is a Christian professional, focusing on her career and hobbies. A chemical engineer, she landed an enviable job with a pharmaceutical lab shortly after finishing her bachelor’s degree. When the company offered to pay the majority of tuition toward a master’s degree, the next four years of her life were, as Karen puts it, “pretty much set.” While her career goals are admirable, she has little regard for marriage and shuns the responsibilities that come with raising a family.

Mike and Karen are part of a growing demographic. According to their age, they’re adults. But their attitudes are more typical of people 10 or 20 years younger. It used to be called arrested adolescence. Today, it is increasingly being called adultescence.”

quoted from 30 Going on 18 by Alex McFarland, Focus on the Family Magazine, February 2007

Let me know what you think on this issue – I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, about what I expect of my kids. Do I expect enough? Do I expect too much? How do we train our kids to be responsible adults who follow God’s plan for their lives in a world that completely disregards all of that? And even more, a world that expects – even encourages – adolescent rebellion and delayed adulthood?

~After the day I had on Tuesday, the post Peace Isn’t a Place at The Sacred Everyday was just what I needed.

~Andrea pointed me to this artists’ website: Just Coffee Art. Their chosen medium is coffee – nothing else.

~I saw this Snapshot Meme at Randi’s place and thought it looked like fun:

Reading: Still making my way through An Irish Christmas Feast and Education of a Wandering Man as well as all the others listed on my sidebar.

Music in my Head: Chris Rice’s song Clumsy

Drinking: Nothing right now, but I treated myself to a decaf latte today.

Wishing: That our current thaw would last, and last, and last…

Considering: Which church to visit on Sunday.

Feeling: Tired, but good.

Goals: To finish the two above-mentioned books this weekend.

To do list: Fold the laundry that I shoved in my bedroom when we had our playdate this afternoon.

Hours spent in bathtub last night: I take showers.

Things accomplished: Made it through the week! ;)

Have a great weekend!

Which Jane Austen heroine am I?

Categories: Books , Just for Fun | 3 Comments  

Found this at Keer Unplugged and couldn’t resist. And yes, I should be in bed – it’s after midnight. But the house is so nice and quiet with everyone sleeping…

You scored as Marianne Dashwood. You’re Marianne Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility! More dramatic and emotional than your sister Elinor, you have no trouble saying what you think and showing people how you feel about them. However, you usually know when to keep your mouth shut.

Marianne Dashwood


Anne Elliot


Fanny Price


Elinor Dashwood


Emma Woodhouse


Catherine Morland


Elizabeth Bennet


Which Jane Austen heroine are you?
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If you take the quiz, be sure and let me know who you are!

Norah Jones CD Giveaway

January 24, 2007 Categories: Just for Fun , Music | 11 Comments  

Norah Jones’ new CD Not Too Late will be released on Tuesday, the 30th, and I will be receiving one copy from Special Ops for giveaway.

Tracks include:

1. Wish I Could
2. Sinkin’ Soon
3. The Sun Doesn’t Like You
4. Until The End
5. Not My Friend
6. Thinkin’ About You
7. Broken
8. My Dear Country
9. Wake Me Up
10. Be My Somebody
11. Little Room
12. Rosie’s Lullaby
13. Not Too Late

You can listen to previews of each song on Not Too Late here, and all of the track Thinking About You here.

Here’s the rundown:

~Leave a comment on this post by Friday, 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
~I will put all the commenter’s names in a hat (bowl, cup – whatever’s handy) and draw a winner.
~I will e-mail the winner for mailing address info and send it off as soon as I receive it.

That’s all! So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment, already! ;)

One of those days

January 23, 2007 Categories: Homeschooling | 14 Comments  

I put myself in time-out this morning. Jonathan refused to read for me – after squirming, talking, and generally disrupting his way through Spanish and Science – and I lost my temper. And I was so angry I left the room and locked myself in the bathroom.

After some crying and talking to myself (“You’re okay, you can do this, you can always pick up chocolate on the way home from ballet”), I emerged and asked Jonathan to go downstairs and stay downstairs until he was ready to do his schoolwork with a cheerful attitude.

The amazing thing is that it worked! When I called down a half-hour later and asked if he was ready, I heard, “Yes, Mom.” He came up, got his book, and quickly and efficiently read his assignment. I went over his math and language pages, and he worked his way through that, more quickly than usual.

And I’m left wondering: was it the timeout downstairs or the fact that Mommy left the room sobbing that did it?