This book has an academic feel. Packed with research and written with a scientific viewpoint, The Secret Language of Dogs is a serious work for pet owners who truly want to bond with and understand their dogs. It is a valuable toolbox of information for those who are training dogs. Understanding is, after all, a key ingredient in social bonding with both humans and animals.
This would be a good research book for junior high students studying about dogs.
Here are some additional dog-themed learning resources for the dog-lover in your family:
I give this book 4 stars.
See that receipt? 19 homeschooling books valued (with discount) at $73.09 and I paid just $14.88!
God blesses my homeschool all the time, but one of the most frequent ways that He has blessed us is through our local Homeschool consignment store, BiblioMania.
Run by a former homeschool who is passionate about sharing knowledge and sincere about making learning at home accessible and affordable, the store is an impressive resource.
Today while I was in my children saw the owner, Mrs. Sue, with multiple boxes in her van. They helped her unload and, you know what? Those boxes were going out of state. One was headed to a missionary in Italy, I believe. In other words, if you live out of state, this is still a fantastic resource to check out. Learn more HERE.
Call and ask if they have whatever you are looking for. They were actually giddy today about saving one client $500 on Sonlight curriculum (and they were still going through the list). They take helping seriously, so if you need some, drop a dime.
Sarah's transition from starry-eyed teen to mother of ten is candid, innocent and relatable.
Sarah discloses her teen years and her life changing journey into homeschooling. She describes the magical world of the woods where learning was a byproduct of life, not a rigid set of rules. She played her lessons like clever games, experienced her own version of history and became a free thinker in the most positive way.
Her journey of love, faith and the shedding of labels is poignantly shared through narrative chapters and journal excerpts. As she embraces dreams and falls into her calling, you can't help falling with her and believing that anything is possible when God is at the helm.
From homeschooling to missionary life, to dyslexia and motherhood, Sarah's life is on display in 294 pages complete with family photos.
Each intimate, every prayer the reader witnesses fulfilled draws you closer to Sarah until you reach the end and either swear she is your friend or wish that she was.
You can order your copy of Life, Love & Dyslexia: Sarah's Journal on Amazon. While you're there, be sure to look for Windows to Our World: Sarah's Journal which continues her story.
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Recently I found a beautifully illustrated copy of Kate Greenaway's Marigold Garden. My copy was printed by Fredrick Warne & CO LTD. which makes it even more special to me.
If you didn't know, Fredrick Warne &CO was the same publishing house who took on Beatrix Potter and gave her her first big break.
I was already familiar with Kate Greenaway's artistic style. I'd seen several of her illustrations and fallen in love with her soft muted color pallet and the gentle childhood expressions she put on the faces she painted. These expressions she created always seemed to float between innocence, peaceful resolve and slight boredom. I couldn't tell if the child was as pure as the driven snow, content beyond words or bored out of its mind. Still, these quiet images soothed me.
If this artist is new to you, I know you will enjoy reading and viewing free examples of her beautiful artwork and poetry here.
I knew that I liked Kate Greenaway's style and that she was an English artist and illustrator who lived in the Victorian period, but I didn't know much more about her. You can read a brief bio here. That was all I knew about her.
I didn't know was that Kate Greenaway was a pivotal influence on needlework. I learned later that many of the red work sunbonnet sue patterns that are common on children's quilts are actually inspired by her.
Even though I don't sew, this new information sent me on a massive hunt for Kate Greenaway red work patterns. It's never to late to learn a new skill right?
I found a cross stitch pattern, iron on transfers, and a cheap copy of a hard cover book of patterns.
But I still didn't know how to sew, or stitch or embroider or . . . .
Then I found this amazing site that has a primer with pdf lessons in stitches and free samplers.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but that is when the light bulb clicked on. This would make a wonderful life skill to teach my daughter!
And . . .
I could even tie it into our current living book. In Hetty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field, young Phoebe is learning to do stitch work as a hobby, she was also made to work a more challenging sampler as punishment for her misbehavior.
This new life skill would tie my daughter to the character and bond them together through personal experience. I would be giving her a richer connection to the book and pulling her into the story.
Another great embroidery site primer can be found here.
This great site is also bubbling over with information on red work.
Would you rather start small?
This site has beautiful free samplers for beginners- advanced. After reviewing the pdf primer lessons together with your child and developing confidence in your stitches, maybe consider allowing your child to choose their pattern themselves. This creative choice might inspire them.
Also, if you're really brave, you can follow in the footsteps of Victorian young ladies who made their own patterns. Here is a site that will teach their method for making perforated patterns.
As you begin learning this skill, remember to take some relaxing time snuggled up on a couch together reading Kate's poetry. As the pages turn, allow the warm images and the quiet beauty of childhood to invite you back in time.
“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”
This post is honestly more of a collection of links that I'm sharing simply to save time for others. I didn't have any greatly profound or original ideas when it came to sharing this book with my children. Instead I drew on the creativity of others and trust me there is a lot out there. I hope you find something here that you can use.
Extend through reading and writing:
*Yes, I am aware that Charlotte Mason did not support the use of unit studies. I don't really follow her method in a frantic "letter of the law" sort of way. I think her methods reflect boundaries within a fairly flexible educational structure. Her ideas provide the core of our learning, however, I'll adapt anything that I find educational, enlightening and lovely. This study is all of those.
Extend Through Math:
Extend Through Life Skills:
Extend Through Science:
Extend Through Geography:
Extend Through Art and Creative Play:
*Whatever you choose to use to extend this story I advise that you notoverdo it. This book is so visually beautiful that it's a pleasure to read. You won't want to overwhelm kiddos with extra "work" that distracts from the beauty of the story.
Wonderful Blog Posts about Blueberries For Sal:
2. Visit http://mamahomeschool.blogspot.com/2008/10/blueberries-for-sal-other-activities.html for some really cool ideas from another blogger. I especially liked her link to the Life cycle of a Blueberry and her cork stamp craft is adorable!
3. Wondersome Story Time is a blog I follow. She also has some neat ideas concerning this book.
I promise I'll be more original in my next post :)
I began homeschooling my daughter Chloe very early. Honestly, a little too early. I had no clue what homeschooling really looked like, but I didn't wait for directions. I dove right in. Believe it or not, I began with Squirrel Nutkin. We read the book over and over again for an entire month. Each day I focused on one page of the book or some small detail of it. I wish I could remember and share all of the crazy inspiration I got from that tiny little book. We worked our way through all of the Beatrix Potter books that year,--though Chloe barely remembers the lessons --I told you I started too soon. That's why I was so excited when I found Peter Rabbit on the FIAR reading list. By that time she was the right age and I was eager to revisit our old friend, Peter.
Here are some of the ways that we enjoyed The Tale of Peter Rabbit --along with some new goodies I've picked up since then:
Extend through Reading and Writing:
Extend through Math:
Extend through Science:
Extend through Art:
Extend through History/Geography
There are a ton of free activities online for studying Little House On The Prairie. Here I've compiled my favorites along with some pictures of our completed activities so that you can see some of these great ideas in action.
Reading and Language Art:
Check out Chloe and Caibry's candles:
We have a family friend named Mr. R who is 98 years old. Just for fun Chloe tried on an authentic prairie hat worn by his family while traveling to Oklahoma in a covered wagon!
I hope that you found this information helpful.
Frog and Toad are Friends was the first full book that my oldest child ever read aloud to me. I have such wonderful memories and pride when I think about our time spent with this book.
There are tons of ways to extend this book. I'm sure I'm only scratching the surface a little when I mention some of the activities we enjoyed.
Extend with Math:
Extend with Science:
Extend with Language Art:
Extend though Art:
Extend through Life Skills:
Extend through entertainment:
Still need more? Check out these great sites for more learning:
Mr. Popper's Penguins was a very fun read aloud. I think it was my favorite read so far this year. There are a couple of fun and free directions that you can go in to extend this book.
1) Extend through art:
Here is a picture of our Art Wall of penguin art projects . . .
2) Extend through Science or Geography
3) Extend through emotion and literary comprehension:
I hope these links, pictures, and ideas prove helpful to you.
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