Thursday, March 22, 2012

I paid $4 for 24 books- SQUEE!

I've noticed something while going through bookstores both new and used.  As I've been preparing these lists for you, writing lists of books for me and my family, and studying book lists from various places I've gained a large knowledge of book titles and authors and now its easier to find books that I might not have otherwise. 

Yesterday, while I was waiting for my ultrasound appointment, my husband and I went to a thrift store.  We originally went to look for a coffee table for our "Chalkboard Table" business, but while I was there, I HAD to look for books.  {Smile}  I ended up taking out 24 books, many of them nice hardcovers, for $4.35~ what a deal!

Here's what we brought home:

Adult/Scholar Books:
Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Deerslayer by James Cooper
20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (This I got because it was small.  We have 2 other hardback copies)
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Sorry for it being sideways.  Thanks to the cellphone for that one.

Kid books:
Heros Don't Run
A Boy no More---both by Harry Mazer.  {We have A Boy's War also written by him}
Junie B Jones is not a Crook
Junie B Jones loves Handsome Warren
A Bargain for Frances by Hoban
Bedtime Stories for Frances by Russell Hoban
Golden Book: Old Mother Goose
Arthur's Pen Pal by Lilian Hoban
Lyddi by Katherin Paterson
The Rescuer's by Disney
Pluto Detective by Disney
Hardy Boys 1 & 2
The Incredible Journey by Burnford
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell

More soon!

Tales from Belleview Cottage: Preparing for Spring

Our house feels like a small zoo with animals and kids galore. Just in time for spring we ordered butterfly larvae and a butterfly garden to keep them in. Painted ladies to be exact. They just emerged from their cocoons today and the children are so excited. What a fun learning experience it has been.

We have five chickens now. They won't be ready to lay until this summer. They are so sweet and so fun.

We have a Buff Orpington, a New Hampshire Red, and a Brown Longhorn. We also have some pure breeds which are a blue cochin and a black silkie bantam.

Last year's garden was so successful that we decided to expand it and also to give each child a small plot to grow what they want to. We suggested themes and many of them chose color themes. I ordered the seeds from an Heirloom site online called Here is what we ended up with. 

My flowers:
Black Prince - Snapdragon

Meredith's Cowboys and Indian plot {7}
Royalty Purple Pod Bush Bean
Giant Indian Flint Corn
Yellow Wonder Wild Strawberry

Makenzie's Assorted Mix plot {10}
Stone Mountain Watermelon
Yok Kao Cucumber
Albino Bullnose Pepper

Cailynn's Snow White plot {16}
Alaska Shasta Daisy - Wildflower
White Emerald Cucumber
Snow White Carrot

Madison's "Scarlett" Red Garden plot {8}
Early Wonder Beet
Red Mini Bell peppers
Chadwick Cherry tomatoes

Bella's purple extravaganza plot {5}
Pandora Striped Rose Eggplant
Cosmic Purple Carrot
Cupani Original Sweet Pea flowers

Benjamin's Pepper Bonanza plot {13}
Golden Cal Wonder peppers
Sweet Yellow Stuffing peppers
Lemon Drop Pepper

Charisa's kitchen garden plot {14}
Tendercrisp Celery
Corne De Belier Snow Peas
Early White Vienna Kohlrabi

Until next time...

Monday, March 19, 2012

An Inside Look into Scholar Phase

My daughter Cailynn and I
My eldest daughter, who is 16, is knee deep into scholar phase. I'm so pleased with trusting the process of TJED.

When we first pulled her out of school we went through a two year "detox". She had such a difficult time with school and her self esteem was shot. By the time I pulled her out, I put her into Core phase and my only goal with her at that time was to nurture and build her self esteem. The other children were going through similar experiences but not to the extent that she was. She was also diagnosed with autism: Aspergers with high anxiety.  She could barely read and hated learning and hated school.

As I read, I mentored and we did {do} a LOT of reading aloud. This post isn't to go over our long journey, but if there is interest in that I can post more on it later.

She is blossoming, happy, centered, and I'm very pleased to say you can barely tell she has anything going on with autism.

This is what has been working best for her now...

Here is what she has read so far this year {2012}:

Religious Books
  • Finished the Book of Mormon
  • A Marvelous Work and A Wonder by LeGrand Richards
  • The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball
  • The Last Days by Avraham Gileadi
  • A Witness and a Warning by Ezra Taft Benson
Classic Literature
  • Song of Roland ~Unknown
  • The Confessions ~ St. Augustine
  • Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • All's Well That Ends Well by Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  • Othello by Shakespeare
  • The City of God {book 8} by St. Augustine
  • The Virginian by Owen Wister
  • The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Koran {The Cows}
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Beowulf ~Unknown
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by the Venerable Bede

Other Literature:
  •  Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • Ten Peas in a Pod by Arnold Pent III
  • Nancy Drew and the Sky Phantom {She loves Nancy Drew, but only gets to read them every now and then or on her own time}
  • Nancy Drew and the Mysterious Mannequin
  • Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with the Circus by James Otis
  • ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
  • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

  • Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
  •  On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolas Copernicus

Reading for Educational Subjects:
  • A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
  • Lives of the Musicians by Kathleen Krull {We all agree this was kind of negative}
  • The Annotated Mona Lisa {Art History}

This Week

We have our mentor meetings each Sunday evening or Monday morning.  Here's this week's list of things to do that we prepare together.  She sets the goals and sometimes does more and I encourage and mentor where needed.

History Timeline: 400 AD-1600 AD

Book Report: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by the Venerable Bede


Begin the Inferno by Dante.  Get to at least page 213 by Sat.  (Our copy has Italian on one side and English on the other so it's half of that first #)

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer read to page 777.  {Pretty sure she is finishing the book}


Daily Scripture readings for seminary.
Whom the Lord Loveth by Neal A. Maxwell ~ finish


Julie of the Wolves ~finish
Candleford by Gaskill ~ finish

Read one storybook a day to the little kids.

Journal: 3 times this week.

Copywork: 100 words a day in 20 minutes.

Lost Tools of Writing Workbook ~ get to page 102 by Friday.

Science:  {Astronomy}

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei ~ finish

2 experiments.  Write a paper on one.

Foreign Language:

5 Lessons in French {Rosetta Stone}

Latin: {Henly} get to lesson 31  {Almost finished with year 2}

Greek: to lesson 5

Personal Improvement:

Run: Tuesday and Thursday
50 crunches/15 pushes every other day
Work on Personal Progress.  {She just earned her Honor Bee}
Help brother with his Duty to God and Scout Merit Badge


30 min. Piano, 30 min. viola daily
Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers {book} ~finish
Listen to 10 minutes a day of Classical music, composer of your choice.

She checks in often with me and we have seen our daughter blossom into a confident, happy, and progressing young lady.   I love Leadership Education!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Elevate your Life

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