Horses and Reading

Image by Overmarslee via Flickr Thank goodness that Peanut has a good imagination and really enjoys reading. Again this year at school she has to read 2o minutes per day. I never have to force her or even remind her to do this part of her homework. She even reads on weekends. She is enjoying reading about horses now. One of the series she's taking a liking to is the Saddle Club Series (Horse Shy, Dream Horse, Rodeo Rider, Horse Trade) (The Saddle Club, 2, 4, 12, 38). She's not asking for a pony or riding lessons, thank goodness. But she is learning about history, relationships, english … [Read more...]

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Book Review – Cole Family Christmas

Family memories are made and remembered as they are told and retold from one generation to the next. They help us to feel a shared sense of our background and upbringing. Spoken history turned into the written word is a keepsake that families can cherish. Cole Family Christmas by Jennifer Liu Bryan with Hazel Cole Kendle, illustrated by Jennifer Julich is A Treasured Tale and A Gift to Share. The Cole family, made up of Papa, Mama and nine children live in a small, crowded home with meager furnishings and very little money to even buy food and clothing. Their small town in Kentucky is a … [Read more...]

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Book Review – Sweet Life by Mia King

A high powered couple from New York with a daughter seem to be living "the life" because they can afford luxuries many of us dream of. Paul and Marissa don't have to cook or clean their coveted apartment in a well off area of NYC. Their daughter Pansy goes to a private school and takes ballet lessons. Parties, dining out and designer label clothing are part of their lives. Paul suddenly gets an offer to work in Hawaii and has to make a quick decision. When he breaks the news to Marissa, she is afraid and a bit angry too. She loves her job and can't imaging leaving it. But this opportunity … [Read more...]

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Book Fair Zombie

Today I volunteered for a few hours at Peanut's school to help with the Book Fair. Those few hours felt like an entire day. This is some hard work. A lot of the teachers send in their whole class at once. So we can have around 20 children looking to buy $30 video games with $3 in their pockets. Most of the time the children don't have a slip filled out with what their parents want them to purchase. They just have money and very little. There are a few $2 books and a lot of small supplies like erasers, pencils, bookmarks, etc. that are 45 cents to 99 cents. We do have to charge tax but many … [Read more...]

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