Friday, June 28, 2013

Random Five on Friday--June 28, 2013

Five Random Facts for Which I am Thankful Today: 


1.  Ferry rides on hot, summer days. 




2.  New adventures orchestrated by the God of all my circumstances (and so I am trusting). 

3.  A bountiful garden and a full pantry.  We are taste-testing my first-ever attempt at dill pickles today! 

4.  A very fun photo editing program of which I am still learning a lot. 



5.  Hot showers on sore backs. ☺☺☺

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

(Review) Baker Publishing (The Adventures of Lily Lapp)









$12.99 each (Softcover and Ebook formats)
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Aren't these the most precious book covers?  From the time we received these living books in the mail to review them, we fell in love. Baker Publishing has hit a home run with  the first two books in the Lily Lapp Adventures series: Life with Lily and A New Home for Lily.  My nine-year-old, reluctant reader loved them!

My parents live in Amish country in southwest Tennessee, and actually had their Amish friends build their house and their barn there.  We loved that connection to this sweet story of an Old Order Amish girl.  In Life with Lily, we are introduced to five-year old, cake-loving Lily Lapp, and her family.  

The opening chapter quickly draws the reader in, as Lily and her little brother are being whisked off to their grandparents in the middle of the night, but are not at all sure why.   In the Old Amish Order, pregnancies were not something that were talked about--Lily's mom is giving birth to her new baby brother.  I love how they learn of  the new baby the next day and call him a gift from God.  Sweet illustrations sprinkled throughout the story enhance its charm:


Book One continues with Lily's adventures as their family farm grows with new animals, Lily meets a new teacher, she learns to love her little brothers more each day, and she learns the value of friendship and hard work.   Lily is a charming five-year old full of curiosity and honesty.

In an early chapter in which Lily's family plants tomatoes in their garden, my daughter was reading and looked up from the story to say, "Listen to this, Mama!"  And she proceeded to read aloud:

'Mama got a box of Epsom salt and showed Lily how to carefully measure a tablespoon into the crack.'

We had just done this with our own tomatoes in our garden, but it was the first time we had ever done it, so my daughter was pleasantly surprised (and I was a bit relieved) that it was a common practice as the magnesium sulfate helps enrich the soil as the tomatoes grow.  Personal connections like that are what keep the reader of any book engaged, and these Lily Lapp books are great at that!





Later adventures include her mischievous friend Mandy Mast, and meeting her new teacher at school.  While Lily's home life may be very different from my daughter's, the character traits and adventures have so many similarities, that Abbey felt connected to Lily throughout the story.


In Book Two: A New Home for Lily, we travel with Lily and her family from upstate New York to their new home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Lily is not happy about moving, having to make new friends, deal with obnoxious classmates that tease her about her clothes (head coverings were different in this Amish community), and another new baby brother.  She is happy to learn that her relatives are going to live close by, but she thinks her new house is ugly and she feels uncomfortable in this strange new place.




Reading A New Home for Lily with Abbey gave me the chance to tell her about my childhood, in which I had to move with my family eight times---eight different schools--before I graduated from high school.  Abbey has lived in one house, one town, and has been homeschooled her whole life; she has no concept of the emotions involved in being forced to leave all you know and love and start over.  So even I connected to these stories. 

In addition to the books, the authors have included a link to a fun website for kids: The Adventures of Lily Lapp.   Abbey enjoyed learning more about each character, the authors (Mary Ann Kinsinger actually grew up Amish), and playing games and coloring pages from the stories.  What a great supplement to these precious books!


My only personal concern was how small the font/print was and how long each book is (272 pp).  Abbey is a great reader, but is easily distracted with long chapters. I ended up splitting time with her--she would read a while and then I would read a while to help ease her eye strain and reduce her frustration.  Reading with my daughter is never a bad thing, though, so it certainly didn't stop us from enjoying them. 

These books are the first two of four in a series: The Adventures of Lily Lapp, and we are looking forward to the next two titles: A Big Year for Lily (July 2013) and A Surprise for Lily (Sept 2013).  

I encourage you to add these titles from Baker Publishing to your home library!!  Want to see what others thought about these great living books? Click the blinking banner below and head over the Schoolhouse Crew Review page for more: 







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Scripture and a Snapshot--June 23, 2013



He leads me beside the still and restful waters. Psalms 23: 2



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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

If You Give a Kid a Camera--Part Deux

If you give a kid a camera. . .

She'll have great perspective. . .

and find beauty in the ripples. 

She'll get to the root of the issue at hand. . .


with her best friend by her side. 


She'll find awesome patterns on the ground. . .

and awesome patterns in the sky. 

She'll keep a close eye on the passengers in the boat. . .


no matter what their size. 

She'll see mossy scarves in places most of us never notice. . .

again and again. 

She'll insist on celebrating even the smallest of victories . . .

and see angels in the clouds, joining in the celebration.
And as the sun goes down on her busy day. . .

she'll take time to rest her extremely keen eyes.  

 *All photos (except that last one) taken by Abbey, age 9. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

(Review) Birdcage Press--Go Fish for Impressionist Artists




Recommended Ages: 7+
Retail Price: $11.95 (currently on sale, prices subject to change)



As soon as I saw this great company come on the list for Crew Reviews, I was anxiously waiting for it open for requests. I was so excited to be chosen for this one.  There are so many great products on this site, but we chose to review Go Fish for Impressionist Artists Cards.

These beautiful cards have been a great addition to our daily routine, as we have added more and more art appreciation into our homeschool curriculum, and this beautiful card set from Birdcage Press fit in beautifully.  This set is also a Parents' Choice Gold Medal Winner, and we can definitely see why. 


Each card shows a work of art and gives its name and the name of the artist.  It also lists the other  three works of art that complete the set of  cards for that artist.  In addition to cards for each artist, there is a set of four cards about Impressionist art. 

The following artists of the Impressionist period are highlighted:
  • Edouard Manet
  • Camille Pissarro
  • Edgar Degas
  • Berthe Morisot
  • Claude Monet
  • Auguste Renoir
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Gustave Caillebotte

There are three games recommended to play with this set of cards:
  1. Go Fish for Art (Played like “Go Fish”)
  2. Masterpiece Memory (Played like “Concentration”)
  3. Art Pairs (a simple observation game for all ages)

Our favorite game of the three is by far Masterpiece Memory. It is fun even for this middle-aged mama, and we had fun trying to beat each other.  Let me just say, a 9-year-old’s mind is much, much sharper than mine.  




Abbey has had no idea how much she is learning about each artist, but as we walked through the halls of our local community college last week, she squealed with delight as she recognized a Mary Cassatt painting without even looking at the plate beneath the framed work of art!

The cards come in a beautiful little box for storage and include a 28-page fact book by Wenda O’Reilly, Ph. D., that we have used to lead us on our research for each artist and for this genre of art.  


It is a gorgeous set of cards and I can’t wait to order the next set—we just have to decide which Go Fish card set to choose:



Birdcage Press offers a ton of other educational games and resources for history, wildlife and nature, art and air & space.  I encourage you to browse this beautiful site and I dare you to try not to order something!



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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Scripture and a Snapshot--6/9/2013


"He dawns on them like the morning light when the sun rises on a cloudless morning, when the tender grass springs out of the earth through clear shining after rain." 2 Samuel 23:4

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Random Five--June 7, 2013

My Random Five today? My top five favorite 
Corrie Ten Boom quotes: 

1. “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” 

2. “He uses our problems for His miracles. This was my first lesson in learning to trust Him completely...” 

3. “If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.” 

4.  
“If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” 

5. “Discernment is God's call to intercession, never to faultfinding.” 

Her words move me beyond myself.  Love her!  Happy Friday! 

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

First Day-June 2013

 Okay, so it's not the first day of June, but it's the first day in June that I've had a chance to post my pictures!
Glade candles smell the best, but sure don't last very long! 

Filling out her end of year notebook! No more 4th Grade! 

Her Summer Read Aloud--Life with Lily! 

Yes, they are! 


Can anyone tell me what kind of flowers these are? I just love them and they grow so hardily by our door! 

Electric Company on PBS! A rite of childhood! 
Oh, yes! Summertime in Alabama calls for a few of these each week!  

Pepe Lopez, never quite sure what this black camera is when I pull it out! 

Hot, buttered popcorn! Sounds like a summertime lunch to me! 

Six months of the year gone already!!! Wow!!! Praise the Lord!! 
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