Thanks to Laura H., who left a comment on my blog about a year ago recommending Gerald Durrell's books, I have a new favorite book...or books. (I am planning to read all of Durrell's books as soon as I can get my hands on them.) My Family and Other Animals combines my two favorite things: … Continue reading Book: My Family and Other Animals
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was always on my bucket list, so my husband bought me the new translation by husband/wife team Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. They are translators of many Russian novels, and their work is critically acclaimed. This translation of Anna Karenina was published in 2000 and was the winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation … Continue reading Book: Anna Karenina
One of my goals is to read more nature and science books, and I particularly love birds, so when I found Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich at a library book sale, I couldn't pass it up. I knew that more research had already been done on ravens because I had seen an interesting documentary about … Continue reading Book: Ravens in Winter
Some of this comes from my larger post about our 3rd grade schedule and curriculum, but it goes more in depth on how we did language arts this year. I'm going to try to do at least one post each year on math and language arts because I know focusing on one subject can be helpful to some people, … Continue reading Homeschooling 3rd Grade Language Arts
Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 23, 2016. If you’re a parent with a child in public school, you may want to read Schools on Trial: How Freedom and Creativity Can Fix Our Educational Malpractice by Nikhil Goyal. Nikhil Goyal is an accomplished twenty-year-old journalist (he’s one of Forbes’ 30 … Continue reading Schools on Trial
Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on February 5, 2014. For over a year, my husband has been reading the Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborne to my seven-year-old every night before bed. There are over fifty titles in the series, and currently they are reading #39, Dark Day in the Deep … Continue reading Magic Tree House Books
From my archives: Boys visiting a farm Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on February 29, 2012. You can read the online version by clicking here. Last week I finished reading Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph. Not long ago I wrote about one of his other books, The Secret of Happy Children. Like … Continue reading Book Review: RAISING BOYS by Steve Biddulph
Since I have two boys, I cannot help but be interested in information to help me understand the unique needs of boys. Below is a list of books and online resources that I have found, and I plan to add to this list as I find more. I hope you'll contribute to this by leaving … Continue reading Worthy Reads about Raising and Educating Boys
Recently I read the book The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph, which is an oldie but goodie in the world of parenting books. The title appealed to me because like every mother, I want my kids to be happy. I also like the fact that it’s not a long book, and Biddulph writes with ease and humor.
A review of the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. How it worked for my 4~5-year-old son. Though we had success with it, we did not finish the whole book.