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We have loved our books again this week!  I am also pleased because I have probably had over sixty items checked out from the library over the last three weeks, and so far only one late fee :).  Here is a sampling of our week in books:

If You Lived In Colonial Times by Ann McGovern – This series  of books by Ann McGovern always grabs my kids’ attention.  She poses several questions, such as, “What were the schools like?”, “Were there doctors in colonial days?”, and “How did people get the news?”  She poses fifty-two questions in this book alone, and the answers are fascinating.  A great way to learn more about the everyday life and questions kids want the answers to about different time periods.

Skunks Do More Than Stink by D. M. Souza – Boy, there has been a lot of talk about skunks around here this week inspired by this book.  Wow – so much I never knew!  This book even manages to help you develop a little soft spot for these smelly guys (and gals). 

The Beetle Alphabet Book  by Jerry Pallotta – Pretty much exactly what you would expect from the title – a book about 26 different types of beetles!  Did you know that there are over a million different species of beetles?! God’s creation is amazing.  There are interesting facts about each beetle, beetles in general, and how to distinguish beetles from other insects.

Play and Learn French and Play and Learn Spanish by Ana Lomba and Marcela Summerville – We are just not ready to plunk down hundreds of dollars on Rosetta Stone at this point.  However, I do want our kids exposed to the sounds and vocabulary of both French and Spanish.  French is Jason’s parents’ native language, which is why we are choosing this language.  Each book comes with an accompanying audio CD with a native speaker reading or singing each lesson.  The situations are simple and familiar, and the occasional catchy tunes are very entertaining.  It is enough to expose them, for now, and also very inexpensive.  Bonus.

What books are you enjoying with your kids this week?

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Nature study six-year-old boy style:

Jack-in-the-Hole

Upon hearing about Jack’s latest hole, a friend asked me if there was a reason for the hole he was digging.  What?  He needs a reason?  Better not tell him that.  The only thing he needs is permission from the gardener (check), permission from the shovel owner (check) and raw ambition (big time check).

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis are just about the coolest things my kids catch.  I witnessed the capture out the window as I was washing dishes, and then watched (and heard) him sprint across the lawn and up the back stairs to show me his find.  Of course he drew a picture:

Nature Notebook Entry

He asked me if he could make a nature notebook entry before releasing the little lady (fellow? – please don’t tell me how I can find out).  And then he decided to add some lightning.  Just because.  Very nature-y.

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