Spring Cleaning Giveaway

This was an idea I got from http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com, but unfortunately I could not get their buttons or mr. linky thing to work on my blog, I am still new to this so please be patient with me!  Anyway, I figured I would do it on my own! This is what I have to offer, if you are interested in receiving any of these leave a comment letting me know which you would like a chance at winning.

Themes to Grow on by the mailbox, over 375 cross-curricular activities pre-k – 1 fall/winter there are a few pages ripped out but they are still with the book.

Readiness Joy by Joy L Keith this is an oldie but a goodie, from 1975. It has a readiness (reading) checklist, unofficial testing, lots of ideas for games you can make to help your child with reading readiness, and some other activities such as narrating short stories back to you. This one is well loved, with some damage to the cover but all in all it’s great, and besides it’s a give-away!!

Finally I have almost a whole ream of  Ready Write Paper (kurtzbros.com) , 1 box of 12 Ticonderoga My Right Hold Pencils and color stickers to go with.

Now I can’t see signing up for random.org which is not free.  But I promise I will draw name from a bowl, I will have my daughter pick one, it will be completedly random, no favoritism.  Now please feel free to share this link with friends and family so we can make it lots of fun.   If you want a chance to win more than one of the prizes that is fine, byt if you win one, I will take your name out for the others.  I am going to pick a winner next Sunday, the 28th and will contact winners by Monday the 29th.  Please be sure to use an email that I can contact you at when signing in to leave your comment ( it will not be displayed publicly, but please don’t use the email that is for junk that you never check!) Thanks and I hope to get alot of responses.


St. Patrick’s Day

Well it is a little last minute so maybe these will be some ideas you can use next year! These are the things that I have pulled together, some of this I won’t even use until next year, or perhaps later this month since our lapbook is taking all of March. a>
These are the books that I chose to use:
St Patrick’s Day Shamrocks by Mary Berendes (Science/History)
Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
St.Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Jan Brett
Shamrocks,Harps, and Shillelaghs by Edna Barth
A Voyage from Ireland in 1849 (Journey to America, Fiona McGilray’s Story) by Clare Pastore
Kathleen, The Celtic Knot by Siobhan (pronounce sha-vonne) Parkinson (Girls of Many Lands)

Most of these are read alouds if your children are on the younger end.
Some other neat things I have found include recipes and crafts, coloring and activity pages, St Patrick’s Confession English translation, info about Ireland,and even a quiz!

One final cool site , where you can listen to native gaelic speakers from different areas of Ireland. Scroll all the way down and you can choose St Patrick’s Day sayings among others. CAUTION: check this out ahead of time as their are certain things you may not want to accidentally play for the kiddos such as “kiss my %$#” or other things referring to drunkenness and alcohol.
Hope you can use some of these things!
Eirinn Go Brach!

South Asian Book Challenge

My local library systems ( I have 2 three county systems that I have library cards for) did not have the books that I mentioned on a recent post. So I did a search on India (I know I am missing alot of countries there but South Asian did not gather any results so that ws my next try)
and I found these:
Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan

Maybe I will purchase my original choices at half.com another time. I already have some other books to read from the library but when I get to these I will let you know.


We have been working on our very first lapbook. This one is on St. Patrick and Ireland. I was quite overwhelmed at the idea of lapbooking when I first saw pictures. At first I couldn’t seem to find any good descriptions of how exactly it was done but recently found a couple good explanations. I will put some links on the sidebar. Maddie and I have been working on this one for about a week and it has been fun. The one we are doing is actually a 3 folder lapbook but they vary in size so if that sounds like too much, just do one folder. We are using just plain old manila file folders but I have seen alot people use patterned or colored folders. The basic idea is that you refold the file folder, make mini-booklets on the subject you are learning about and glue them into the folder. Some people do it totally on their own and some people use a prepared ebook that has the information and booklets to cut out and answer questions about the reading. Check out http://www.flickr.com and type “lapbooks” and look at all the different projects kids have done. Currclick is a great resource for free and cheap lapbooks and other homeschool resources. Also http://www.theoldschoolhousestore.com. Check my sidebar for more specific sites.

EDIT I had to remove all my affiliate links so I could have my blog back, unfortunely I am not computer literate enough to switch to wordpress.org, if anyone knows an easy blogsite I can switch to where I can have affiliate links, let me know.

Explode the Code

Explode the Code is a well respected phonics curriculum and they now have an online interactive program that corresponds with their workbooks.  It is a multi-sensory tool that your children will think is just a game!  I just bought a one year subscription for $30 ( a savings of 50%) at HomeSchool Buyers Co-op. The clickety link is on my side-bar. I recommend that all homeschoolers join this free co-op. The more members the better the deals we can get! They offer a 100 smart point, sign on bonus and then when you collect enough smart points, you can use them for purchases!

I think that Explode the Code online is going to work well with my 4 1/2 year old. She did a few of the demo games and seemed to pick up on it quickly. I will keep you posted.

Evangelist Tim Lee

I am looking forward to this Sunday night at my church, Pleasant Hill Baptist in Elkin, NC.  Evangelist Tim Lee,will be sharing with us.  Brother Tim is a Marine who lost his legs in Vietnam.  Rather than feel sorry for himself he uses this as a springboard to get the Gospel out.


Computer virus???

So yesterday morning my computer just stopped working in the middle of browsing here on wordpress.  I couldn’t even turn the blasted thing off.  I was convinced thay my system had been hijacked and someone in some internet cafe in a foreign country was going to empty my bank account!  Turned out the stupid thing probably just overheated.  So what is the point?  Why did God allow my computer to go wacky?  I mean I believe all things work together and that God is sovereign over everything.

#1 I overreact and need to remember not to worry!  God is in control, it is not that big of a deal!

#2  Addiction is not  limited to drugs and alcohol.  Addiction can happen with anything that takes over and comes before the Lord. Within a very short time of getting this laptop and getting hooked up to the internet, I was on it waaaay  too much!  I was neglecting other parts of my life such as my time with the Lord.

God can use the mundane little things that happen in your life to get your attention and teach  you things.

By the way, if you mosy through, do me a big favor and let me know, leave me a message or a rating so i know what you like and don;t like.  I am up for discussion and opinions!

Hubby’s blog

If you are the type of person who gets fired up about the state of our government, our slow loss of rights and the public education system numbing us to these things…check out hubby’s new blog.  www.celticcrier.wordpress.com

an inspirational story

I love to send and receive handwritten letters and that is becoming so uncommon in the present day. Thanks to my dear friend Chalice for sharing this.   www.atnutmeg.blogspot.com  Make sure you have some tissues handy!

Book Challenge

As I was browsing some blogs here on wordpress I found someone who mentioned book challenges.  Well when I saw that I just had to investigate!  Book and challenge in the same sentence?!?  Step aside!  I decided to try the south asian author book challenge at skrishnabooks.com.  I am going to keep it to 3 books since I already have tons to read.  I read The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan so I am going to read the sequel, Feast of Roses.  Shobhan Bantwal has a couple interesting looking contemporary books so I am going to read those: Forbidden Daughter and Sari Shop Widow.  Forbidden Daughter is about forced abortion and infanticide in India so I think this one will especially be an important read.