Thursday, December 26, 2013

Whales on Stilts

Whales on Stilts (Pals in Peril, #1)Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read-aloud with my kids. I think some of the humor was lost on them. Kind of weird overall, but I kind of liked it.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly, I was kind of bored and skipped a big section. I had such high hopes for this.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Above All Things

Above All ThingsAbove All Things by Tanis Rideout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked this book for getting me to learn the true story of George Mallory and his Everest attempt. I think it will stay with me. The way the novel was put together and the style of presentation wasn't my favorite though.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Homeschooling Books

I started homeschooling all 4 of my children this year. Here are some resources I checked out at the library:


Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath - You Can Do This!Homeschooling: Take a Deep Breath - You Can Do This! by Terrie Lynn Bittner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Would certainly recommend for a first-timer.






The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at HomeThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good for understanding the classical homeschooling method. Even though I don't follow it religiously, it gave me some great ideas.



Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High SchoolHome Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dated.




Homeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-OldHomeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old by Cafi Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These are the years that scare me the most. This made it feel do-able!


Homeschooling: The Middle Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 8- to 12-Year-Old Child (Prima Home Learning Library)Homeschooling: The Middle Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 8- to 12-Year-Old Child by Shari Henry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK. But not really any new ideas after teaching this age for a year already.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Shoemaker's Wife

The Shoemaker's WifeThe Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The beginning was great. She was the Trigiani of her earlier books that I love. Then it went downhill from there.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Easy

EasyEasy by Tammara Webber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More adult than YA. Quick read, but I think it will stick with me.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013