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Homeschool Review: August

We had a "soft" start to school several weeks ago...mid August...I don't even remember the exact date.  This post is a review of what we have been learning so far.  Keep in mind that I am not using a purchased curriculum.  Thanks to Pinterest, the world wide web, and our local library I have found some great resources that fit the needs for both kids.  I use a lot of resources from THIS BLOG post as a guide to help me get started.   If/When we exhaust these free resources I will probably purchase a few things to keep things fun and challenging. 

LANGUAGE ARTS:  We are using McGraw Hill Grade 2 practice book as well as spelling. I request the books that go along with each unit from our local library.   And we are about half way into Unit 1.  I have used this resource to focus on the following skills:
Vocabulary:  ABC order, word families (-ell, -eat) Comprehension: character/setting,  story mapping, plot,  main idea/details Phonics: short a, short i, words with -s/-es, short …
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#3:  Children of Blood and Bone:  ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

*What I liked:  
-the sibling bonds (two sets of siblings both brother/sister with different yet strong bonds)
-a girl hero
-short chapters (easy for start and stop reading that is my life right now)
-multiple points of view

*What I did not like: 
I confirmed my non-preference of the fantasy genre. There was so much rising and falling action. Is that typical for the fantasy genre?  This is a great book for anyone who enjoys fantasy and/or dystopian society setting (an imaginary society that is as dehumanizing and as unpleasant as possible).  If anyone has a fantasy recommendation that could change my opinions about it, please share!  

#2 "That Kind of Mother" ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
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Baby Beau,
We made it! We survived a year.  Once again, I am surprised at how fast another year has come and gone.  You have delighted our hearts every single day.  This time last year we were preparing our home and hearts for one last baby.  We were anxiously waiting for you to make a boy into a brother and a girl into a sister.  And what a sweet, sweet blessing it has been to watch them care for you with joy.

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What are you reading this summer?  I would love to know.  I wanted put out a quick post to share my summer reading list.  I only have 3 books on the list, and I will be lucky to get those three finished.

 I should also add that I have all 3 books on hold at the library and I am like number 47 on the wait list for each one, so I feel like I have picked good ones!

1.  Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
This memoir details the life of a child raised by religious, overprotective, isolated parents.  Her first exposure to public education was at age 17.  Up until then she was"homeschooled" (but not really).  She describes the grit and determination she possessed to amizingly earn her PhD from Cambridge University.  I have a feeling this book will leave me saying...."I can't even imagine"
Click here for the direct link in Amazon.

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Perspective 47 (a poem for Beau)

Perspective 47
A definition of perspective  Might read “point of view” The way we see the world Our angle.... attitude
Often grownups wish for days of yesteryear Can we turn back time? Is there a magic gear? 
Grownups too often see mundane In daily Tasks that bore.  Oh, but the eyes of a child,  They see so much more!
Beauty and adventure  Reasons to giggle and play  And then there is you child  Your perspective is what I crave. 
You will live your days with a certain sense of wonder.  You will find joy and goodness in the biggest of blunders You will forgive easy. And You will stand so loyal.  Every person you meet, you will find a way to make each one feel royal.
Did you know that is a unique skill, a set of special powers? You will show pride in all accomplishments and remind us to smell the flowers. 
Our days together may not always be easy.  This world so full of rage.