Archive for August, 2006

Book Meme

I have been tagged…quite a few times ;o)

1) ONE HOMESCHOOLING BOOK YOU HAVE ENJOYED Real Learning by Elizabeth Foss….the courage to think out of the box and feel like homeschooling is more of a way of life and perspective…not just something we "do".

2) ONE RESOURCE YOU COULDN’T BE WITHOUT I ditto what Jennifer said…"As a family who loves to Homeschoogle, how can I say anything but Google?"   As mentioned before…Google Images is the greatest thing…for projects and very visual Mothers!!  :o)

3) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH YOU HAD NEVER BOUGHT Latin is Easy…it is just sitting there on my shelf easily collecting dust.

Christoper’s Talks to Catholic Children from Neumann Press and Life of Our Lord For Children by Marigold Hunt…sorry that is two…;o)

Brave Writer

All of the Catholic Mosaic books to be embraced by my book shelves..for me…the children…the grandchildren…

7) ONE RESOURCE YOU WISH EXISTED A printed source of how to Montessori Homeschool full of all of the directions as to how to use the official apparatus and make the materials…and most importantly all of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd from 3-12 and beyond…I am learning from so many different places now, I am starting to get dizzy…but there are the bills to pay and the actual doing of the work…I get sidetracked doing so many different levels and I need a FOCUS MANUAL!!  I think it would have to be 3 feet thick though…..

I loved the old bywayofthefamily.com print catalog…it had some great Montessori homeschooling articles in it for the beginner!…ooh Micheal Olaf Montessori catalog too!

4RealLearning Forums

So many of you have been tagged already…if you are reading this…consider yourself tagged!

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As I mentioned in this post, I am now selling Usborne books to help my family make ends meet.  In order to help pay for my kit, I am going to hold an e-show book party at this link for 10 days. All you have to do is click on this link, and order.   As a special surprise to those who order from me from this special link,  between August 17th-27th, will have their name put into a hat for some free books!  How many free books?  It depends on how many people order.  If enough people participate, I will have three drawings!  This is a great time to stock up for Christmas or as a special gift to your homeschool shelves for the year.  If you have ANY questions, please feel free to email me from my site at the email address you see on the top of the page.  And to top it off…the leading purchaser will win free shipping from me. 

I use many of these books in my homeschool.  My sons especially, eat these for breakfast and it is hard to get them to read what we would consider a regular course book.  What we decided to do with them this year is so very different.  We are working from the Usborne books as a springboard to further study.  My one ds(7) is very interested in Sharks  and Ocean Life(among other things).  We will be watching movies about sharks, doing activities involving sharks, visiting an aquarium and notebooking/lapbooking many of our AMAZING discoveries! 

My older ds(almost 11) is interested in so many areas of Science that we are using the Usborne Internet Linked Encyclopedia of Science and exploring many new topics this year, resting on those subjects he is most fascinated in and doing experiments and throwing in as many living books on each subject as he wishes.  He is so motivated that he started already.  When he is engaged in something, there is no stopping him.  I have given him the reigns on this project and he is doing Usborne1_1waaay more than I ever would have assigned to him in the first place…..see? I AM learning….a bit slow…but I am catchin on….HE is educating ME…BIG TIME.  This same child used to tell me…"Stop teaching me Mom, I am trying to learn something."  Now don’t think this is any miracle child, if he isn’t engaged he is harder to motivate than a beached whale!  It is just that when he has more of a say in what he does he somehow thrives…if only he felt this way about the dishes!


The older children are FINALLY going to be compiling a Timeline of the Centuries Notebook this year.  We are using many of our studies against the Usborne Book of the Ancient World (INTERNET LINKED) and the Usborne Encyclopedia of World history Internet linked.


For our World Studies projects, we are using the Internet Linked World Geography book with Atlas, The Children’s Picture Atlas , World History Sticker Atlas and the Children’s Internet linked Atlas…some of the sites they link up to are awesome for teaching geography!  Each new topic will have entries in our Geography notebooks….I have so many ideas and I am excited about sharing them!

I just got my kit last week, and I hid the box under the bed in my room….wouldn’t you know it?  The kids have been in there with the door closed sneaking into that box learning behind my back!  What do you think of them?! 

These books are great conversation starters.  One such book that we are eager to look at is the book of WWII  There is so much to explore in there…I NEVER learned about that era in school.  What I do know came from old John Wayne movies and a few other living books that we read last year.  So this book will add another level to the knowledge we already have.

PlantsI love all of the  Internet Linked books.  There are so many wonderful sites that they link up to!  Nothing like putting some fun into the day…Who said school had to be booooring??  We are proving them wrong!  Challenging yes!  Boring?….nah!  not here!  How natural it is to re-tell something that you have encountered  that you actually enjoy….aaand in the retelling it seems to come alive in you  again!  After all, we are lighting fires here…not filling buckets!

Knights_armorI am planning on a big rabbit trail history year.  One place we will linger is with Knights, Castles and Armor!  We are saving cardboard and duct tape as I type!  We have books put aside for the little guys and meatier ones for the big guys…and truth be told…dh couldn’t be happier with the subject matter!  I can share those titles too, if you wish!

Telling_timeSo this is why I decided to start with this company.  I have never felt like I could do anything else with my dc about me as easily as I can do this at home.  Even if you can’t purchase something now, you can get on my mailing list of specials and have your name put into a free book drawing.
DrawI will be sharing future rabbit trail ideas as we go along!  I want to build up some special notebooking pages for those trails too…after all…notebooking is a great learning tool and re-telling tool…the kind of cement that makes learning STICK! ;o)

Please spread the word!  If you would like to have your own e-show, please email me because as hostess you can earn double free books during my 12 week incentive period.

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Young Edison(10) is very interested in bridge building and architecture  lately.  A dear friend on Magnum Opus sent me this link and ever since I clicked on it to ck it out, Edison has had his nose plastered to the screen observing the unique details  and pondering the possiblities in his brain….meanwhile….my other ds(7), my large motor boy, took it upon himself to empty out a large jar of pennies I have been saving all over the hardwood floor in my bedroom…..and put this link into practice!  Two kids…two different approaches.

They like my bedroom because:
#1…I have cool stuff (or so the dc think…what could possibly be cool is beyond me)
#2  they can hide out in there and be alone behind a closed door away from the toddler
#3  because they aren’t supposed to be in there in the first place…it has a mysterious air about the place…so why not go?

Arg…Time to teach large motor boy the wonderful feeling in your heart that you get AFTER cleaning up your messes.  He is a hard sell, unfortunately….haha

If I can ever get my digital camera to work I am going to post some other bridge images. …got to talk to my tech guy….oh, little brother……;o)

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Hiddengarden"Listen to me, my faithful children, and blossom like a rose growing by a stream of water.  Send out a fragrance like incense, and put forth blossoms like a lily."~Sirach 39:13-14

How pleasant it is to take in the delightful scents of the garden as we mingle in good company!  Welcome all to the very first  Garden Party in the Garden of Roses and LiliesWelcome to the Carnival of Yum!!!

I raise my glass in toast to you all!  You simply must try this yummy recipe that comes to us from  My Thoughtful Spot  ….Cheryl, this Lemon Lush is delicious!!

This is a very special day for our Garden Party!  It is the feast of the Assumption!  What better way to honor Our Dear Holy Mother than with this very special recipe from Jennifer at  S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen

"A dessert that is "cool and creamy and refreshing. Deliciously delicate, piled cloud-like around a brilliant blue daisy, a towering triumph, reminding us of Mary’s quiet accomplishments."

At Family Food for Feast and Feria you will find so many wonderful ways to delight in the abundance of tomatoes!!  There is nothing like a freshly picked garden tomato from Jenn’s garden!  It’s bouquet stands on it’s own!!

AsisterstouchIt is time to celebrate with Elizabeth Foss at Kitchen Comforts  with Yum, Yum, Summertime!  Elizabeth has prepared an easy yummy munchable treat and drink that will be sure to satisfy  and…. there is something special for the older more discerning crowd.  Please have a seat Elizabeth and allow us to wait on you! 

Come make your own yummy parfait treat with Wendy from The Soup Simmers, the Body Mends!  She has prepared a delight for us today Yogurt Pudding!!

Allow me introduce you to our dear friend Meredith from  Sweetness and Light  …who has the most scrumptious looking brownies to share! They are truly OUTRAGEOUS!

Dawn from Harvest Home is sharing some of her best New England hospitality with August Delights  truly a delight to the heart as well as the palette!!

Heart of the Kitchen is the place to find this yummy peach cobbler….Rebecca’s true comfort food for the soul!

This dear elegant lady from  Family Centered Living   
honors Our Lady with these yummy treats!…Thank you Nissa!!


Pink Lemonade (1 gal)

2 cups freshly squeezed (or bottled) lemon juice

2 cups organic sugar

1 cup Knudsen "Just Cranberry" juice

Ice cold water

Combine juices and sugar, top up with ice cold water to make 1 gallon. Serve in pretty glasses rimmed with colored sugar, or freeze edible flowers/petals in ice cubes for a festive touch!

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

3/4 c. butter (NO substitutes)

1 c. organic sugar

½ tsp. salt

1 egg

1 tsp. lemon rind

2 tsp. culinary lavender

1 tsp. pure vanilla

2- ½ c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

Cream sugar, salt and butter.  Beat in egg, vanilla, lemon rind, and lavender until light and fluffy.  Stir in flour and powder.  Roll out to 1/8" thick and cut with a glass or fancy biscuit/cookie cutter.  Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes.  Frost with royal icing or lemon glaze, sprinkle with lavender buds.

** Lavender is said to derive its scent from the swaddling clothes of the Newborn Savior, where they were laid by the Blessed Virgin to dry. Lavender (spike variety) is a main ingredient in spikenard which is used to anoint the bodies of the dead and was used to anoint the feet of Jesus***

Kuck__quiet_gardenGod bless you all for joining in this special day.  May God Richly bless you! 

We do well to honor you Dear Holy Mother on this your feast day.  You are the ultimate secret garden of virtue "a garden enclosed" and we do well to enter in through the meandering paths to imitate your fruits and take our delight in you!

Mailedd0"Awake, o north wind ,
And come, O south wind!
Blow upon my garden
that it’s fragrance may be wafted abroad.
Let my beloved come to his garden,
and eat its choice fruits…
My beloved has gone down to his garden,
to the beds of spices,
to pasture his flock in the gardens, to gather lilies."

~Song of Solomon 4:16, 6:2

Pictures in order:
Hidden Garden
A Sister’s Touch
Enchanted Cottage
Quiet Garden

~by Sandra Kuck

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Afternoontea_1Don your best summer hat, follow the meandering garden path and enter the cool shade of Our Lady’s Garden on August 15th for some sweet summery treats and refreshing drinks!

Introducing ….. ….A Garden of Roses and Lilies….Carnival of Yum!  Please submit your best summery snack and beverage recipies to me at tappclan@hotmail.com and join in the fun!! 

Go ahead and be as creative as you please!  Fanciful Finger food?  Delectable Desserts??  Delightful Drinks?  Stories and Poetry are wonderful too!   

I would like to have all entries by Monday, August 14th.  I am so looking forward to your pleasant company …all bloggers and non-bloggers welcome!! 

Please help me spread the word…invite your friends over too!  The more the merrier!! 

Image~Sandra Kuck  Afternoon Tea

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Wiseandfoolishman1_1My sil was at the beach and overheard this conversation:

Father attempting to put Sunscreen on a 5yo wiggly boy….
Son, Hold still!

Father getting even more frustrated…
Oh Son!  WHY can’t  you hold still??!

Son…wiggling with exasperation
I don’t know!! … I JUST don’t know HOW to listen!!!

Photo: The Wise and Foolish Builder ~Danny Hahlbohm

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Cul_6023_map_usaMy dear friend Anne passed this link to me today!  What a great way to study geography!  Just as my dear friend mentioned, my children also seem to mix up the idea of different continents being made up of countries.  They often get upset that maps will divide the US  into states and wonder why other "continents’ states" aren’t Cul_6017_south_uslabeled…..mmm…time for more exploration, me thinks!  Check out the interactive maps and find out how much YOU know ;o)!

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