Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
due to wet weather here in the Garden State.
Very high winds and hail didn't help.
The book for this week, will be
Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons
and Turtle Tide The Ways of Sea Turtles by Stephen R. Swinburne
I am hoping with two titles to choose from people will have better luck getting the books
in hand. I will post links and the whole she-bang tomorrow..My service light is flickering.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Will you join us? Farmer Dad and I will be putting up the tent again this year
here in our little corner of the Garden State. I am not sure what the weather will
be like, but it has been raining. If it is too stormy, we will camp out in the living room.
There will be s'mores...and lots of fun games...we are hoping for lots more fireflies than
mosquitoes and star gazing galore.
The following day is our 25th Anniversary...hopefully the weather will be fine enough
for us to have some family fun. There are plenty of activities this weekend in our area.
Don't forget to stop in on Friday for this week's Book Club selection.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Welcome to the first official Homeschooling in the Garden State Summer Book Club!
We're calling it...A Book, A Craft, and a Plate with Kate.
This week the book we chose was Summertime.
The craft, making this Summer Book Club Scrapbook.
This is the front cover. I just put the supplies on the table, and Princess picked
what she wanted and used them as she wanted. I do not ever control the creative process.
That is just how I roll. Some children like to be shown how to do it, and so you may need to be more "hands on" if your child is like that, or is younger.Inside we put 3 hole punch paper so she can write about the book, and paste in photos
or draw pictures as she wants.The back cover..
We had these folders left over from when my nieces were in school, and the paper,
and stickers were all from Freecycle at one time or another. I love picking up raw supplies
like this for future crafty days. ;-)
The plate (or snack) were Popsicles we made like in the book..
Word to the Moms with younger children, make a couple up ahead of time
if you plan on doing this with your kids...sometimes they need instant gratification. ;-)
Doesn't it look yummy? That wasn't hard was it? Did you enjoy this book? I thought it was a nice way to start off our Summer Book Club, especially for
the younger set.Now that you have seen how it looked in our little corner
of the Garden State, care to link below, and show us how it looked
wherever you are? Be sure to check in with all the participants
to see what they got up to.Remember, this is about sharing ideas,
not competition. I hope you all participated this week..in one way or another.
Remember, if you have a book you would like me to use in an upcoming week,
just tell me the title and author. I'll do my best.Come back this Friday for our
next selection..I'm working on something special. (If my use of Mr Linky does not work, please leave your link in the comments..I'll add them here myself)
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here are a few good summer reads according to my Princess. First, a couple of seasonally appropriate choices..
I have to say, this is going on the list of our must read for the holiday list. I really like the message here. If I had this one in my hands for the start of the book club,it probably would have been the starting book.Langley Snail is trying to decide what to buy his Dad for Father's Day , he never thought the gifts he made his Dad were good enough, (fair warning..he says he felt dumb) now that he is old enough to have an allowance, he has decided to buy his Dad something really special. He heads to the store with all his friends,but being a snail he cannot keep up, and meets each one on the way home with the various contraptions they purchased for their Dads. By the time he gets there, the store is closed. Langley feels upset as he heads home, but comes across a round rock and remembers how his Dad calls them "good luck", then he finds a cupped leaf filled with water that reflects the sky,a nest filled with baby birds, and a wonderful spider web. He suddenly realizes what he'll give his Dad the next day. The note wrapped around the rock reads...
You are invited to a special walk at 1 o'clock today
Langley Snail treasure hunter and finder
PS bring your camera
Naturally, Langley's Dad thinks this is The Best Fathers Day Present Ever.
Now, a little something for all my Thrifty Mom friends out there...
The Pink Refrigerator
Meet Dodsworth. Dodsworth's motto was "Try to do as little as possible". It's not that he does nothing. Early each morning he rides his bike over to the junkyard. He finds things that are still useful, like picture frames and dishes, and he cleans them up for sale in his thrift shop.He never sells a lot, just a little more than enough to get by.The rest of his life passes by in front of the television set, with breaks for small meals. That was his life..until one day at the junkyard, he sees an old rusty pink refrigerator with a note held up by a shiny brass globe magnet that gets his attention. He tries to remove the magnet, but it's stuck. He finally reads the note: MAKE PICTURES Out of curiosity he opens the door, inside is a beautiful assortment of paints and brushes and a little red sketchbook. His thought is "these must be worth something", and he takes them home and puts them in his shop window. To his surprise, he finds he is unwilling to sell them to a customer who asks to buy them.Unable to resist, but he takes the supplies and paints a picture.For the next week, he keeps going back to the refrigerator (it takes a couple of days for him to stop trying to remove the magnet).Each day there is another note...inside there are more "valuable" surprises. After a couple of days, he stops even putting the items in his window for sale. Finally on Friday he wakes up filled with enthusiasm, and rushes over to look for the note.The note says..KEEP EXPLORING. Hmmmm..Dodsworth can't wait to look inside the refrigerator, but inside, there is nothing. He searches the interior, and slams the door so hard in his anger, that the shiny brass magnet falls off. The note flies off on a breeze, and although he chases it, he is unable to catch it.He takes the shiny globe magnet home and ponders the meaning of the last message all night.Now, I am not going to tell you how it all ends, for I believe you should all read this one for yourselves..oh yes..and for the children. ;-)
I do hope you will all come back to see how A Book, A Craft, and a Plate with Kate works out tomorrow. Even if you don't participate in your own way.Now, go read something! ;-)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Splashing in a rain puddle with the little boy next door. (add that to the list)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Your wait is over. My big news is...a Summer Reading Club!
Did you just yawn?
Been there? Done that? O....kay.
I am calling mine....
A BOOK, A CRAFT, and A PLATE with KATE
- Every Friday I will tell you the title of a book, along with a craft and a snack idea. (the plate)This should give you time to locate the book at your library.
- Every Wednesday, you can come see how it looked here in our little corner of the Garden State.
- You can link to show us how it looked wherever you are.
Disclaimer...THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION.
This is just to give you a starting point for a fun afternoon of reading with a
craft and snack. I do not do the crafts for Princess. If hers don't "look" like the picture
in my mind...oh well.Feel free to join in or not. I get e-mails all the time
from other Moms, homeschooling, and not, who claim to wish they could come up
with goofy ideas like I do to make learning, or just reading ,more fun
for their kids. Here's your chance.
These ideas will be easy as 1-2-3
- The book
- The Craft
- The Snack (or plate)
Sound difficult? It's not. I urge you to use what you have on hand, do not
go buying a bunch of fancy supplies. (Unless you are the rare homeschooler/parent who has tons of extra cash on hand- in which case I urge you to support your local businesses when buying supplies) We will be using a left over (from my niece's school days)
folder. I will add note paper and blank construction paper. I will have Princess
write in the title, author-illustrator, and a brief sentence or two of what the book
was about and how much she liked it, or not. I will either have her paste in a photo of her craft,
or the actual craft depending on what it is. For now, we will just be making the book itself.
I think I will also paste a photo of her with the book as we go..we'll see.
The Snack idea: We are going to make ice pops (just like in the story)
the day before, or maybe even today.
You need, fruit juice,an ice cube tray (or other small mold/cup),wooden sticks.
Pour juice in tray (or whatever) put stick in, place in freezer for at least 4 hours.
Remove,pop out, and this is the most important step....ENJOY!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
If your child has a Grandparent or another loved one who is travelling, or lives too far away
to see often, this book might be a nice comfort. Little Cottontail misses his Grandfather
who has travelled all the way across the great green meadow.As Mother Cottontail harvests
sweet red clover, and wild lettuces, they talk about what Grandfather misses about
Little Cottontail, his "snuggly hugs", and smiles...Little Cottontail decides to "send" his hugs
to Grandfather on the wind, and his smiles with the clouds...in a delightful story filled with gentle watercolors that with soothe you both. Princess still really misses her Poppa, and because
of his ill health, doesn't get to see her Grandpa often either, so she enjoyed thinking about ways
to let him know she thinks of him.We read this in honor of Fathers Day I suppose, although
for my little Princess, every day is Fathers Day.
Are You Going To Be Good?
It is almost pajama time, but little Robert is not going to bed,
he is getting dressed up in his "going to a party" clothes to attend his Great Gran Sadie's
100Th Birthday party. His Mom,Dad and Big Sister all warn him to be good, and they practice their "please" and "thank yous" all during the drive.This story is adorable, giving you a child's eye view of all they have to go through and how they view our adult ideas of a "party".
Through out the evening, everyone admonishes Robert.."don't do that.."
the only one who enjoys his childlike enthusiasm is Great Gran Sadie, who kicks her shoes off
and dances with him..it did make Princess a little sad that Great Grandma wouldn't make it to
"100", but she has high hopes for her Nana! So do we!!Sorry this is so late, but I thought I set it up to post on Tuesday, and never came back to check it. I will be back Wednesday afternoon, with the BIG SUMMER NEWS...that I have been promising. ((hugs))KateinNJ
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tomorrow I will be unveiling a special Summer treat I'm hoping you will all enjoy!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Play date..dress updoll housewatching a movie, because it's raining again.And yes, the books in the background, are all my library books..Princess has a separate shelf for hers. Most of them have been read now, because it has been raining so much.((BIG HUGS))KateinNJ
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
An original Tall Tale
This original Tall Tale is about the daughter of Pecos Bill, who decides
Great rhyming book about summer fun on the 4Th of July..we really enjoyed
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Princess did a little dressing up...
what did you do? Did you learn something new? Try something you thought was "too hard"?I hope you had some sunny days.We are expecting more rain this week, so we tried to enjoy being out in the sun as much as we could. I hope you did too.((hugs))KateinNJ
Saturday, June 6, 2009
corner of the Garden State has been to start making our own laundry detergent.
The recipe I use is:
- 1 cup of Fels Naptha Bar Soap
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
I make as much as I can at one time, depends on how many bars of soap are on hand.First I cut my bars of soap in half
then I use the grater on my food processor it looks like this