A New Direction

I’m so excited to be taking over the reins of this blog. My name is Dawn Peluso and I was one of the folks that helped Diane with the Schoolin’ Swag Facebook page.  I’m a homeschooling mom of 3.  Our children are 11, 9, and 3.  We live in Eastern, NC and enjoy hiking, the beach, and spending time with family. We are active in our church and strive be a family that follows Jesus.

We use a variety of materials and methods in our home school and like to say our style is “Charlotte Mason Eclectic”.  In particular, we enjoy using lots of good books, nature study, hands-on history, cooking, and traveling to create a family culture of learning and growing.

Look for more posts over the next couple weeks with information about book reviews, fun home school ideas, and more.

My plan for the blog beginning in September is to have a weekly post about the history that we are studying that week (my husband and I are creating a hands on American history program for our kids and I will share that plan and the resources that we are using,  in case anyone else wants to join us on that journey), Product reviews, a monthly book review of a book for Moms, lots of guest posts from other homeschooling moms about what they are doing in their home schools and a variety of other content.  I’m very open to hearing from our readers about what you would like to see and making sure we are meeting those needs.

E is for Ellie’s People

Last April we had the privilege of traveling to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to visit some friends and see the sites. While were there my daughter enjoyed learning more about the Amish culture. Since she was so interested in the culture, my mom found the book Ellie by Mary Christner Borntrager for her as a part of her Christmas gifts.  Ellie is the first book in the Ellie’s People Series.

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Ellie is also one of my daughter’s nicknames, so it seemed like a great book for her. In our hurricane relief efforts, our family has had the opportunity to meet and work with many different groups of Amish and Mennonite who have traveled to our church to help with the relief work. This has fueled my daughter’s interest in these unique cultures.

The author was born and raised Amish and uses the books to share the stories of her childhood and youth among the Amish people. Each book focuses on the story and life of one particular person (the namesake of that book) but also shares about others in the community. While these books are fiction, they include a lot of real information about the Amish culture and Mary Christner Brontrager’s childhood.  My daughter even mentioned that, “I like how it uses a few words of Pennsylvania Dutch and then includes an English translation for those words.” In Ellie we learn about Amish weddings, funerals, and other customs through the eyes and experiences of Ellie.

After reading Ellie, she asked us about getting more books in that series. I was able to get a good deal on a collection of them and she read them rapidly. Reading late into the night and each morning before she got up. I loved that she found books that she enjoyed that much and that were also helping her learn and appreciate more about another culture.

Have you read Ellie before? What is your favorite ‘E’ book? I would love for you to share in the comments and let us know.

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Tied 2 Teaching STEM Challenges (Review)

Can I be honest with you for a minute? We love science in this house, but our formal science program had fallen to the wayside this year due to other life events. I really wanted to get some science going again but knew that right now I just couldn’t tackle our regular program. I knew that my personality would not do well with just doing part of a textbook and I didn’t have time to complete an entire textbook between March and May. I didn’t want to be doing school all summer, but I didn’t want to ignore science completely. The STEM Activities, Full Year of Challenges with Close Reading from Tied 2 Teaching offered just the solution I had been looking for.

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While this is a full year of challenges, each challenge stands on it’s on which means I do not feel like I have to complete all of the challenges or do them in any particular order. Many of them are designed around monthly themes. For example, there is a Leprechaun trap as one of the March activities and a spider web activity for October. They do download with each activity as a separate PDF, so if you want to use them thematically, you need to look at the list on the website. If I was going to be using them thematically I would probably separate them into monthly folders on my computer to make them easier to find.

I love that aside from finding a few fairly readily available supplies, these were very open and go activities. The supplies consisted of things like marshmallows, toothpicks, recycled materials, building blocks (we used Legos), a card deck, and dried cranberries. Aside from the fact that we ran out of toothpicks after a couple of challenges I did not have to buy any materials to complete the challenges that we have tried.

I could print off the sheets, make sure we had the supplies, and hand the papers over to my children to work through the challenge. We utilized the challenges in a several ways. Some of them I had my 12 and 11 year olds work through together, some I had both of them do the challenge individually, and then I was also able to do some of them individually based on interests.

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Each challenge starts with a reading passage. I chose to copy and paste those into a word document and print them out, but they can be accessed through a QR code on the paper or linking on the computer. Once the students have read the passage, they answer some comprehension questions about the passage. Then they are issued a related STEM challenge. There are several different forms included in the package that can be used for planning and commenting their work. There are also follow up questions to help them reflect on what they learned and explore the topic more in depth.The challenges tend to be fairly open ended and allow for a lot of creativity and not necessarily a right/wrong answer.

I found that most of them could be completed from start to finish in about an hour. This varied somewhat depending on how focused my children were and how much time they wanted to spend working on different ideas and variations. For example, they had multiple ideas for the spider web and so it took them a little longer as they tested out several theories. The Lego flags that they made did not take as long because they knew exactly what they wanted to do and just built them.

The first project that we did was the spider’s web design challenge. For this project they read an article about spiders and their webs. Then the challenge was, “using toothpicks and yummy marshmallows, design and build a super cool and slightly creepy spider web.”  They ended up building one that they called a bat mobile after trying out a couple of different ideas.

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Their favorite project so far was a flag building block challenge.  Both of my older children love building with their Legos and being allowed to use them during school is a sure way to get their attention. My oldest son is also a flag enthusiast, so I knew this challenge would be a hit. They had to research the flags of five different countries and recreate them using only building blocks. I loved that they were dealing with history/geography while also working on the building/engineering skills. They decided they wanted to do the American flag but thought that it would be hard to get one with 50 stars, so they went with the historic Hopkinson flag which only needed 13 stars.

In addition to those two projects they were able to make bugs from Lego’s, towers from dried cranberries, and more. We have also picked out our next two projects which are a house made from cards and a model of a lighthouse. We are hoping to go on a field trip to see a lighthouse next week and then complete the lighthouse challenge when we return home. While I would not want these challenges to replace my children’s entire science education we felt like there were a great fit for this semester. I think that they are perfect for those times in life when you need open and go science/ STEM activities or as a fun addition to your regular curriculum.  It is also a fun way to get in a little bit of reading comprehension practice with the reading passages that go along with each project.

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Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” ( Review)

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Our family does not watch a lot of television or movies. While each week is different, on a given week our television is not normally on more than once or twice and it is not unusual to go an entire week without turning it on at all. Since we watch so little television, I like to make sure that what we do watch is very high quality entertainment or educational material.  Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” is one of those programs that fits the bill of both educational and entertaining. Drive Thru History® is a company that we have come to love and trust and this newest production is no different.

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These DVDs could easily be assigned as schoolwork to coordinate with your Bible and/or history studies. However, my children love them and ask to watch them in their free time. Dave Stotts is funny or ‘punny’ as my children like to say but also does a great job providing an amazing amount of Biblical and historical knowledge in each episode.

Last year we were blessed with the opportunity to review Drive Thru History®: The Gospels as a part of Drive Thru History Adventures. When the opportunity came to review Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” , I knew it would be a great chance to continue with our studies. This time instead of getting the online subscription, we received the DVDs and study guide that are ours to keep and revisit as we wish.

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Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” is an 18 episode series on three DVDs.  In each episode, the host, Dave Stotts, goes on site to learn and teach. Being able to see the actual locations where Biblical events took place really helps make them real to my children. They know that Athens, Thessalonica, Corinth, and Malta are all real locations but it can be so hard to conceptualize. This allowed them to see what they look like today, see the historic sites, and visualize what it might have been like in the days of Paul.

 

In this series, we start at Pentecost and follow along as Saul becomes Paul. Then we follow Paul through his missionary journeys. The final disk includes the martyrdom of Paul and Peter as well as John on the Island of Patmos and the book of Revelation.

We have been going through the episodes together as a family and using the included study guide to help facilitate our discussions afterwards. The study guide is a great resource and is conveniently located inside the DVD case. The study guide includes beautiful pictures, a summary and discussion questions (and answers) for each episode, and Bible readings for each episode. Since we watched the episodes together, I generally did not need the answers to the discussion questions, but they would be really helpful if you were having your child go through the series independently.

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The VW that my son liked so much!

I love how he drives to all the different places that Paul visited and lets us see them. I also like all the different cars he drives.  My favorite car was the VW Beetle.  Matthew, Age 12

We watched two of the discs during our review period look forward to finishing the last disc over the next few weeks. Each episode is just under 30 minutes, includes a short review of the last episode and then moves forward in the story of the New Testament. My children would have binge watched all of them if I had allowed it, but we felt that this program was best utilized by watching one episode at a time and discussing it together before we moved on to the next episode.

 

Included in each episode was the relevant scripture, a video or retelling of that part of the story, and the sights and information about the modern day place. For example, in one episode we heard a reading from Acts 27 and saw the story of Paul’s shipwreck on the Island of Malta. We then were able to see what modern day Malta looks like. They also included maps with most episodes to help you understand the geography of the locations that he was visiting in that episode.

I recommend Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” for any family that is looking to learn more about the Bible or wants a fun and entertaining series to watch together. We watched with children ranging from 4-12 and they all enjoyed it, but I would say it is probably best for upper elementary through adult to get the full understanding. This is a great addition to your home school curriculum or your family Bible study time. You can also check our my review of their Drive Thru History ® Adventures program.  For more information on how other Homeschool Review Crew families used Drive Thru History® “Acts to Revelation” click the link below.

 

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Happy Birthday Joseph: A Dr. Seuss Themed Birthday Party

My youngest son was born near the end of February but when we looked at family schedules, we needed to wait and do his party on the first Saturday in March. I scheduled his party and then realized that the date coincided with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. I decided not to let that coincidence go to waste and set out to plan a fun but simple themed party.

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There are hundreds of ideas for a Dr. Seuss themed birthday party on the internet so I had plenty to choose from. Then my older children got involved and started adding ideas of their own.  Together we came up with some fun, easy, and inexpensive ways to turn the birthday party in a Dr. Seuss extravaganza.

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I spent a mere $14 at the Dollar Tree for decorations and the only other expense was food (around $50 for 30 guests). We utilized the Dr. Seuss books that we already had along with the bright red, blue, and white decorations from the Dollar Tree. This kept it simple and made a big impact. I focused on decorating the food table and the area where the high chair was set up for the baby and his smash cake.  We also chose mostly foods that could be prepared the day before to keep stress levels low and allow me to be able to enjoy the party.

I adapted Lindi Haw’s idea of using a Dr. Seuss book as a guest book. I had each of our guests write in the cover of Oh The Thinks You Can Think!. I am very excited to have that keepsake for him when he gets older.

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When we were thinking about themed snacks, we immediately thought of green eggs and ham. We simply made our regular deviled eggs and added a bit of natural blue food dye to make them green. I added a bit of ham to the serving tray and it was done.  Next,came a series of Cat in the Hat snacks. We found several ideas over at Mighty Moms and then added one of our own. We made Jello Stacks and strawberry and banana stacks from ideas we found there. Then we also added tomato and mozzarella skewers. I simply cut up some fresh mozzarella and alternated it with cherry tomatoes on the skewers.  We also got our idea for ‘roast beast sandwiches’ from that blog.

My children thought it would be great fun to have Truffula trees and came up with two different ideas. First they had broccoli with dip as trees and then, my daughter created a ‘forest’ of Truffula trees using lollipops, an egg carton and a bit of green tissue paper. She covered the large egg carton with the green paper to give her a base and then simply poked holes and stuck the lollipops through the holes. We also had the colored gold fish in honor of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and my daughter decorated cheese sticks to resemble the Cat in the Hat.

We can’t forget the cakes! We had a small smash cake for my son that my daughter topped with whipped cream and used blueberries to make a “1”. Then for everyone else my mom had made her special strawberry cake and my daughter used strawberries to decorate the top like ‘Cat in the Hat’.

While the party was for a one year who did not really care about crafts, my eleven year old daughter thought it would be lots of fun to do themed crafts with the other young children. So she set up a station outside where they could do a hand painting activity and decorate their own ‘Cat in the Hat’ hats.

Overall, I thought the party was a great success. We were able to decorate in just a few minutes, the snacks were fun but simple, and everyone had a good time. These ideas are great for a birthday party or to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. What are your favorite birthday party themes?

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Through The Year in Foot Prints: March

Dr. Seuss’s birthday was March 2nd. We always enjoy celebrating Dr. Seuss and reading on that day. This year was extra special because it happened to also fall on the day we had planned to celebrate my youngest son’s birthday. While my daughter was looking for fun craft ideas she came across some ideas for using hands to make fish representing One Fish Two Fish.

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I decided that using Joseph’s feet and making his monthly footprint art into fish would also be fun. So we printed out a fish bowl template.  Then we dipped one foot into red paint and placed it on the fish bowl. Next, I did the other foot in blue paint and placed it on the fish bowl.

Then we washed his feet off with a baby wipe and allowed the paint to dry. Once the paint dried we added a quick mouth and eyes with a black sharpie marker and cut the fish bowl out.

One thing I will note, is that if you were going to do this craft with children who had bigger hands or feet you would want to choose a different fish bowl. I would try to find one that was landscape and not vertical to allow more room.

This was an easy and fun craft and I look forward to adding it into our collection and watching his feet grow throughout the year. I hope you enjoy this craft. I would love for you to share your finished projects or ideas with us!

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Supplies:

White Cardstock

Red and Blue Paint

Markers

 

 

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D is for Danny and Daisy Dolphin

This week I chose a picture book that is near and dear to our hearts. My children have all loved this book (and the others in the series) and the fact that it is set in our home state of North Carolina. Though not as well known as some of the other books I have shared, it is a wonderful addition to any children’s library.

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Danny and Daisy: A Tale of A Dolphin Duo is book #13 in Suzanne Tate’s nature series. The beautiful illustrations are done by James Melvin. We have collected most of the books in this series and a few of her history books as well. They are all wonderful but Danny and Daisy was so well loved that my children wore out our first copy and I had to purchase a second copy.

Danny is a wild dolphin who needs help because he is alone and hungry. Since he is unable to get enough to eat or find his pod, he is brought to a science center to recover. There he meets his friend Daisy dolphin who was brought there because she had problems with her eyes. Together they have a great time and recover while also meeting lots of ‘helpful humans’.

This series of picture books is great for learning about different animals, mostly sea and beach animals, and how we can be ‘helpful humans’ and take care of the environment. They are short picture books that are fun to read and can be enjoyed my children of any age but I have found that my children particularly enjoy them from around ages 3-8. They could also be a fun way to introduce a science study about marine life with older students.

Have you read Danny and Daisy before? What is your favorite ‘D’ book? I would love for you to share in the comments and let us know.

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Artistic Pursuits (A Review)

I remember drawing one good picture of a flower in middle school, it was purple and large and my art teacher really liked it. Aside from that one drawing, artistic skills and abilities have never been a strength for me. My son is very interested in drawing and I wanted him to have the help he needed to develop his skills. He has been doing an art program with my daughter and enjoying it, but wanted more instruction how to draw well. I was very excited to give him the opportunity to try one of the books in the K-3rd Grade Level, Volumes 1-8 series by ARTistic Pursuits Inc.

When looking at the series I knew they were designed for younger students (my son is a 7th grader) but decided after talking to him to go ahead and give it a try. I did get Art in America, K-3 Vol. 8 which is generally recommended for the older end of that range and specifically focuses on drawing with graphite and colored pencils. I was prepared for him to feel like it was to ‘babyish’ for him, but the book is laid out in such a way that it works for a wide range of ages. Though a second or third grader could have done the lessons, it did not feel ‘babyish’ for my middle schooler and did a great job of giving him more basic drawing instruction.

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This program is a combination of book lessons with some short video lessons. The book includes both a DVD and a Blu-ray.  For this particular volume the only supplies that I needed to purchase were graphite pencils. He also needed plain paper and later in the book colored pencils but we already keep those supplies on hand.

The lessons were short and only took him about 15 or 20 minutes to complete. They are set up to be one lesson a week but since he is older I had him go ahead and do a couple of lessons most weeks. For each lesson you have instruction either in the book or a short video (about 5 minutes) and then a practice activity. This particular volume is twelve text lessons and six video lessons. In addition to basic drawing instruction, the book also includes information and lessons about various famous artists. Each of the twelve text lessons included a different artist.  I loved that they were introduced to some great artists, including John Copley and one of my personal favorites, John James Audubon.

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For the lesson featuring John Singleton Copley the student was introduced to the artist with a bit of background information about the artist. Then they showed how he used basic shapes in his drawings using an example of one of his famous pieces. The student is then given instructions on how to translate that skill into their own drawing of an object they can see or a photograph. There is also an example picture done by a nine year old student. I think this feature is nice because it gives both the student and the parent a better idea of  a reasonable expectation for the assignment.

The short video lessons demonstrated examples of different skills. One of them showed how to use shading to create light and dark and another taught students how to draw lines and circles with a ruler and compass. After each lesson the student had the opportunity to take what was learned and create their own art work.

As a seventh grader, my son was able to easily work through this course without any assistance from me. He enjoyed the short lessons and I could see improvement in his skills. If I were using this with a younger student, I would go through the lessons with them to make sure they understood the reading and be prepared to assist as necessary. it would still not take much prep work for the teacher and is a very easy to implement course.

Each volume of this series focuses on a different set of skills including watercolor, print making, paper construction, etc. With elementary aged children each volume is designed to be covered in one semester. If you are using it with older students, you could easily cover two or three in a semester. You can find more information about the other volumes at ARTistic Pursuits Inc. and donn’t forget to click the link below to read reviews from other Crew members. You can find reviews for each of the different levels and see how families with different ages used the program.

 

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Celebrating Math with Books and Pi: A list of Math Related Picture Books

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If we are being really honest, I love pie more than I love pi. However, we love celebrating Pi Day with both yummy treats and fun math lessons. Last year I shared how we celebrate Pi Day with a group of our friends. We are continuing with that tradition this year, but I also wanted to share some of my favorite math books. Not the textbook type of books but picture books full of math ideas. These are a fun way to introduce or reinforce math concepts, especially for students that enjoy reading. You can even enjoy them with a piece of pie!

When you put the math concept into a story it can make it much easier to remember. It can also help make things more exciting for those students who might think math is ‘boring’. Circumference might not seem like an interesting topic, but make it Sir Cumference and add in knights and dragons and suddenly you have their attention. This is by no means an exhaustive list of math books, but rather a fun list to get you started. If your student really enjoys learning math through reading, Life of Fred is an entire math curriculum designed as a story.

You may think of picture books as something for young children, but many of these books have upper elementary and even middle school concepts in them. I encourage you to try math picture books with any age student. One of my fondest memories of a college class involves a professor reading aloud a picture book. Whether you are looking for a way to celebrate Pi Day, reinforce math concepts, or just add a little more reading and fun to your homeschool day, I hope you enjoy this list of books! If you have a favorite math picture book let me know in the comments.

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Sir Cumference Series

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of PI

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone

Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter

Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens

Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map

Sir Cumference and the Off the Charts Dessert

Sir Cumference and the Round About Battle

Other Fun Math Books

What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?

A Cloak for the Dreamer

The King’s Commissioners

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All!

Pigs will be Pigs

The King’s Chessboard

G is for Googol (A Math Alphabet Book)

Hershey’s Fractions Book

Hershey’s Addition Book (there are also others in this series)

Math Fables

Pigs in the Pantry

Just Enough Carrots

 

 

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What’s Coming Up in March?

For such a short month, February was jam-packed! Elizabeth got her 4H goat, we did our Trail Life and AHG Pinewood Derby, wrapped up our Junior Historians projects, and stayed busy with a variety of events and activities.

On a personal note, I finished reading two more books!   Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson was a great read. Sarah shares her thoughts and ideas about reading, it’s importance and how it affects our lives. She also includes many wonderful book lists for various purposes. For example, one list is “Biographies: The Real-Life Epics That Shaped My Dreams”. Another list was “Novels of Eucatastrophe: The Fantastical Stories That Taught Me to Hope”.  While I honestly do not think that I will ever read all of the books on her lists, reading Book Girl gave me a renewed passion for reading and lots of good ideas for new books to add to my growing list of books to read.

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I also finished Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa Terkeurst. In this world full of social media, busy schedules, and high expectations, I think many of us have felt ‘uninvited’ at one point or another. This book shares great insight and Biblical perspective to help us heal and overcome and also to help us look at how our own actions are effecting our lives and friendships.

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You can expect to see at least new reviews in March. The first one, Victus Study Skills System,  has already posted. I will also be sharing about Homeschool Complete, Drive Thru History, and more. So many exciting products and we are having a blast trying them all out.

I also have a couple of fun field trips planned that I look forward to sharing with you including a fun nature center and planetarium. We also celebrated my youngest son’s first birthday on Dr. Seuss’s birthday (a week late for my son but when we could work it in the schedule) and I will share all of the fun theme ideas we used for his party.

Pi Day and St. Patrick’s Day are coming up soon. They are always great fun to celebrate and add a little fun to our school day. Make sure to check out those blog posts from last year full of ideas to help you cerebrate. I am also working on a great post about fun books to reinforce math skills that will be perfect for Pi day!

I have been busy testing out new quick and easy, low GI breakfast ideas based on your various ideas and recommendations. I look forward to sharing with you what worked for, what didn’t, and how I adapted a few things to make them work for our family. I have found some yummy ideas and think we are making head way in getting our mornings back on track.

March seems to be shaping up to be just as full as February. We started our online book study of Girls’ Club: Cultivating Lasting Friendships in a Lonely World, but it is not too late to jump in and join us.  I would love to have you follow me over at Pinterest. I am just getting started but enjoying sharing posts and other ideas there.  What is happening at your house this month?

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C is for Chronicles of Narnia and Circumference (or Sir Cumference)

If my family could only keep one book aside from the Bible, it would be the Chronicles of Narnia. I know some of you are thinking that it is a whole series of books, which is correct, but we have a copy that has the entire series in one volume so I can count it as one book. Our entire family has enjoyed listening to them together and my oldest has read most of them several times.

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C.S. Lewis has a way with words and the Narnia series is no exception. They are a delightful and engaging story that mixes this world with other enchanting and exciting worlds. A world in which children can become kings and queens, in which good battles evil, and you never quite know what is going to happen next. Animals that talk, trees that come alive, and children that become heroes and heroines.  As I raise my children to grow into strong young men and women who do hard things, this is a book that provides both enjoyment and a good example.

In addition to the fun and enjoyment of reading, they provide a powerful allegory to the life of Jesus Christ.  I think Sarah Clarkson said it well on her blog, “I loved Aslan. And even as a little girl, I knew it was God I was learning to love through him.” Even as an adult, I think that the story helped me to grow in my own faith in Jesus Christ. We know the story is fictional but its portrayal of the character, relationship, and sacrifice of Christ helps our finite minds to really grasp something so infinite.

I promise I won’t do two every week but with Pi Day coming up next week I couldn’t help but mention the Sir Cumference series. These books are such a fun way to learn math concepts. This nine book series is written as picture books about Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius. They tell fun stories of knights, dragons, and castles while teaching geometry concepts. While even my four year old enjoys hearing the stories, the math concepts do well for students in upper elementary and middle grades.

So many good books to choose from but these are two series that we have really enjoyed.  I would love for you to share your favorite C book in the comments. Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers who are joining us on their journey through the alphabet and stop back next week for the letter D.

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