I finished the spring clothing switch, gave the house a good cleaning on Thursday, continued with the regularly-scheduled homeschooling, and battled headaches, for which I have a doctor's appointment scheduled next week to request the drug Topamax, which helped a friend's migraines. Last but not least, I read this book every spare minute. It's a collection of stories about heroic, faithful women, some missionaries, some not, but oh my...it's a beautiful, inspiring book.
In our homeschool this week:
We're in the Africa portion--the last portion--of our Eastern Hemisphere study. The boys and I have read, or are reading, these books since my last homeschooling post, which was three weeks ago:
Mary Slessor, Forward into Calabar (Africa)
|A delightful collection of folktales from Africa collected by SIM missionaries.|
|Ghana, Mali & Songhay: The Story of Three Great Empires|
Peter is finishing up The Rat-Catcher's Son and then he'll have completed his Sonlight year. My plans for the rest of the school year, which for us closes at the end of August, is to have him read classics and some personal requests.
Introducing a Christian Children's Author
Through Sonlight we discovered author Patricia St. John, one of the most prolific Christian children's writers from the twentieth century. We have 4 more of her books on order, shown below. A wonderful storyteller, Patricia leads children to the Lord and deepens their commitment to bringing glory to God, through honoring Him with their lives. Her books weren't available in our library, so I decided to buy used copies to bless my girls too. Peter's the one who requested more from this author.
While we wait for these books, Peter will start the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic, Little Lord Fauntleroy. Burnett also wrote The Little Princess and The Secret Garden.
Grade Level 6.4, Lexile 1070Overview: "Little Lord Fauntleroy" is the story of Cedric Errol who is living in poverty with his mother in New York. When his father, an Englishman who was disinherited for marrying an American, dies, Cedric is summoned to England by his grandfather. Cedric's grandfather, an Earl, intends to transform Cedric into a lord so that he may one day take his place as the lord of the manner. However, it is Cedric who transforms his grandfather with his kind-heartedness and helps to bring his estranged mother finally together with grandfather.
Preschool and First Grade News:
The girls are enjoying:
A Little Princess Rewritten for young children (labeled for preschoolers), my girls have asked for this every day for a week.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Illustrated Edition: This one, being long, will take us some time to finish, but the illustrations are beautiful.
After lunch, we read a little of this, which will also take some time to finish:
Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. It is indeed a privilege to publish her memoirs, which, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality. One glance at her portrait will show that she is no ordinary doll. Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip in a whaler. This is the story of Hitty's years with Phoebe, and the many that follow in the life of a well-loved doll.
Our yard is full of mud, and my lovely, mud-caked children are on their way inside, so I must close for today to minimize the mess. Have a wonderful weekend!
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.