A Review of All About Reading Level 1 Second Edition {Part 1}

8/22/2016
I can't tell you how many times my husband has walked through our school room and remarked that I'm a great teacher. Each and every time, I was teaching an All About Reading or All About Spelling lesson! But, I always admit that it's the program that makes all the difference.

All About Reading has made such a wonderful difference in my homeschool. It makes me feel confident as a teacher. The program is so easy to teach - it tells me exactly what to do in a very detailed, clear, and concise way with lessons that engage my children in the learning process, so they are learning and feel confident too.

Today I'm reviewing the Second Edition of All About Reading Level 1 from All About Learning Press. I have taught Level 1 to two students previously, and I'm truly excited for the changes in this edition and also to start teaching my 5 year old, Bo.

General Product Information

All About Reading is an open-and-go, mastery based reading program, written for the child and the teacher. It is fully scripted and teaches one concept at a time focusing on rules, patterns, and concepts to teach children how to read and understand the English language in less than 20 minutes a day. It's hands down the best reading program I have seen in 12 years of homeschooling, and it's the only program I use to teach my children how to read.

What do I need to teach All About Reading Level 1 Second Edition?


To get started you will need Level 1 materials and a Reading Interactive Kit.

Note: Second Edition materials are not compatible with First Edition materials. 

This includes:
  • Teacher's Manual 
  • Student Packet: Blast Off to Reading! activity book
    • The Blast Off to Reading! activity book contains:
      • Process Chart 
      • Read-Aloud Record 
      • Activity Sheets 
      • Warm-Up Sheets 
      • Practice Sheets 
      • Certificate of Completion
  • Phonogram Cards and Word Cards
  • Viewfinder Bookmark
  • Interactive Kit: Letter Tiles, Divider Cards, Phonogram Sounds app
  • Readers: Run, Bug, Run!, The Runt Pig, Cobweb the Cat.
You will also need:
  • Crayons, scissors, glue or rubber cement, a stapler, and two small baggies to store letter tiles. 
  • 2'x3' Magnetic White Board (or a smooth flat surface such as a table top). 
Optional:
  • The Reading Review Box, Stickers for the Progress Chart and Tote Bag are all optional, a part of the Deluxe Interactive Kit, and I highly recommended them to help you stay organized.

You will also need books to read aloud to your child! All About Learning Press recommends that you read aloud to your child for 20 minutes a day. 
We are currently enjoying (and highly recommend) the delightful Burgess nature readers

What's New in Second Edition?
  • 17 new stories 
  • Over 100 more pages of teaching material, but please don't let the number overwhelm you. All About Reading is gently scripted and very easy to follow.
  • Over 150 more student activity pages, which includes 30 new activities and 52 new Warm-Up Sheets <--- I thought this was a brilliant addition to Level 2, so I'm so happy to see it in this new edition! 
Look at the difference between the old activity book (on bottom) and the new activity book (on top)! The quality is even better and the images softer and more appealing to the eye. Love it! 

What hasn't changed?

The price! All materials for Level 1 Second Edition are still $99.95.

Before I go on, how do I know this is the right level for my child?

All About Learning makes it easy to determine if your child is ready to read.

He:
  • can recite the alphabet song and recognize capital and lowercase letters.
  • knows the proper way to hold a book, and understands that books are read from cover to back, that sentences are read from left to right, and that words on the page can be read.
  • can retell a familiar story in his own words, answer simple questions about a story, and asks questions during read-aloud. 
  • can rhyme, separate a sentence into words, clap syllables, blend sounds to make a word, identify the beginning and end sounds in a word.
  • enjoys being read to, "reads" on his own, and asks us to spell words for him to write.

According to the assessment, he is ready! Of course, I already knew he was ready because he completed All About Reading Pre-reading, and I have been reading longer story books and chapter books to him for some time now.

So now that I know my child is ready, what's next? 

You will want to preview the Teacher's Manual and Activity Book. Shall we?

What to expect: 

The lessons in the Teacher's Manual are step by step and there are two types of lessons: "New concepts" and "Read a story."

Most lessons begin with a short preview of the lesson called Before You Begin. This little ditty is for you - it is a quick introduction to the lesson. You will preview the sounds you will be teaching, place any new tiles on the board, and learn any new terminology.

You begin teaching with a Review of previously taught material. This is where you will pull out the Reading Review Box.

New Teaching is a hands-on, multisensory, and engaging lesson using letter tiles, activity sheets, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency exercises. This is the fun part. :-)

Then you are reminded to Read-Aloud to your child for twenty minutes everyday. You will want to find the best time of day to read-aloud. For us, it is afternoon or bedtime. Our evening bedtime routine ends with a read-aloud in bed. This has always been my favorite time to read-aloud because any extra time to stay up is always a win. Find what works for you! To help me be better prepared, I timed how long it takes me to read a chapter in our nature reader to give me an idea of how long 20 minutes is. I'm glad I did this because 20 minutes is at least 4-5 chapters! We are up to reading 4 chapters at a time in one sitting.

Finally, you reward yourselves for your progress by added a sticker or coloring in the star on the Progress Chart.


The manual walks you step by step through all these processes and has a lot of great Q&As to help you along the way.

Getting Ready

Our Magnetic White Board with one set of letter tiles. 


Our Reading Review Box organizes our flash cards.

Here's a tip that has saved me from great frustration: use a rubber band to secure the cards in the box, especially if you have little ones or are accident prone. I've had our cards dumped out so many times that I put the word cards in plastic sleeves for upper levels to prevent this.

I will keep the word cards in the box for Bo for Level 1. He is ready to read, but he is young and a busy boy. He will greatly benefit from having the the word cards shown to him one at a time. The more hands-on I am with him the better, so I will use Level 1 Second Edition as instructed. (I am more flexible with older students).


I already have the app downloaded to my iPad and iPhone, so I have that ready to go if needed. I used this extensively in the beginning, but after 7 years of experience with All About Learning, I have them all down pat, but Bo loves to hear the sounds for himself.

To dive into all the parts of a lesson, I'll later share a "day-in-the-life" with Bo and how I use Level 1 Second Edition with him. (Look for that in September when we are back to school full time!) Keep in mind that lessons are designed so that you can work at your student's pace. I love this! Don't worry - general guidelines are in place to help you through this process.

Lessons generally take us 10-20 minutes.

Getting Started with All About Reading Level 1 Second Edition

Because lessons are truly open-and-go, you can jump right in once you have your supplies - the manual walks you through step by step.

Bo has been helping me get set up and is excited to get started. Since All About Reading is open and go, and we were planning to be away this week, I packed everything we would need to get started away from home in the tote bag. By the way, I wanted Bo to have his own tiles and board (all those extra tiles I use for Eliana and Malachi would have been distracting to him), so I bought a new white board from Costco on our way up to our home in Montana. We sat on the couch with the white board propped up against the back of the couch and did our first lesson. It was comfortable, and we could both reach the board easily. In fact, I like being able to move the board and may not attach it to the wall after all.

Our first lesson went great. He knew all the sounds from Pre-reading and the blending exercises went well - Bo is definitely ready to read!  It was a delight to hear Bo read his first word (as it has been with every child). One of his first words was Sam. He has a friend named Sam, so he learned that word right off the bat. But, as soon as he saw the first two letters in sap, he wanted to say Sam, so I followed the process in the manual to have him touch each tile in order and say the sound of the letter - no guessing! This was wonderful! He caught on after a few lessons and there was no more guessing. (Though, he is reading all sorts of words outside of our lessons and guessing at them!).

He was very curious why the y was both blue and red so I was happy this was answered right away when I taught him vowels and consonants. He completed the activity sheet and I taught him that names start with a capital letter and had him find the words that are names. Then I had him find which words rhyme. Love this addition! Today, he reminded me that every word has a vowel, and even recites them on his own outside of a lesson. :-)

It was so fun to see him read his first story, "Bam." He was so excited, he snuck out of bed later that night after his dad got home so he could read it to him too. He read it with more confidence the second time and again the third. Since All About Reading is designed for me to go at my child's pace, I am very comfortable moving on when Bo is ready. For him and his personality, that means building confidence and moving ahead when he is confident.

Bo seems to enjoy the activities in the Student Activity Book. He looks forward to them and completes them with ease.


As you can see, Bo is working right in his activity book. He did this with Pre-reading too. He loves to have a "book" of his learning. For most of the activities, this works well. Some activities have to be removed from the book to use, such as the Word Flippers.

I haven't taken any pictures of Bo's first lessons because I wanted to give him my full attention, but he was willing to read the stories again (and again!) so I got a video to share. In the following video, he is practicing reading exclamation points, so when he repeats a sentence, he is practicing reading it with excitement! :-)



He also read The Cat in the same sitting. This is his second reading of the story.



Once school starts, I will continue All About Reading Level 1 Second Edition with Bo 4 days a week for 20 minutes a day as recommended and slow to 2 days a week as needed. I'm very excited that this program will be the heart of our Kindergarten year. ♥

What I love about All About Reading Second Edition:

  • I loved seeing the gentle transition from Pre-reading to Level 1 in this edition. All of his Pre-reading skills are being put to work in a friendly, familiar, and gentle way, and he was reading his very first story (from a beautiful reader) by the second lesson! 
  • It may take Bo 2 or 3 sessions to finish one lesson, but that is okay. The goal is to make learning to read an enjoyable journey and that means working at my child's pace. I love this!!!
  • The fluency sheets are a big improvement from the first edition. They are not as overwhelming. It would take us sometimes as many as three sessions to make it through one lesson. The fluency sheets in Second Edition are shorter and easier to get through. No more trudging!
  • The illustrations and print in the new activity book are not as bold and bright. They are softer and more pleasing to the eye. 
  • The readers are adorable. They are full of beautiful illustrations and charming stories. I love that each line in the story is designed to make reading smooth and fluent with natural breaks in sentences. And I love that my child holds a real book in his hand as he learns to read. 
  • What's not to love about more stories! I especially love the addition of "Bam!" It is a very easy first story that is great for building confidence.
  • I love the additional teaching material in Second Edition. There really are no gaps with this program! Even though there is more teaching material (more work for me, right?), the new edition makes it easier on me and my child.
  • Last but not least, the additional learning material in the Student Activity Book! These are fun, engaging, and a delight to my child. 

What's not to love?

I used to think that All About Reading was teacher intensive. While I loved teaching it once I got started, I had a hard time getting started. I can't just hand my child a workbook and have them work independently - lessons required consistent effort, juggling of cards, cards being dumped out, letter tiles that sometimes fell off the board, and trudging through fluency sheets. But, I figured if I only did 2 reading lessons per WEEK, I'd still complete the program in about 26 weeks. I realized that this program is not only completely doable, but it is a delight to be directly involved in teaching my child with such a thorough program. So, while All About Reading may seem more teacher intensive than other programs, it is well worth the effort and very doable if you are willing to invest 20 minutes a day.

Would I buy Second Edition if I already have the original?

In short, yes! But, it honestly would have been a hard decision if I had not had a chance to review the Second Edition. I've used the first edition to teach two children to read, and I had planned to use it to teach Bo to read too, but I never imagined that they would make so many wonderful improvements, almost double the value, and make it easier to teach and easier to learn to read!! Knowing what I know now, yes, I would. I totally think it is worth it.

Please check back in September for a "day in the life" of All About Reading Second Edition for Part 2 of my review! If you have any questions, please ask in the comments and I will be sure to answer them - either in the comments or in my post. If you have a request for our day in the life, please share!

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product from All About Learning Press in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. Affiliate links are used in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations. 

Our First B4FI♥AR Quilt

8/07/2016

We made our first Before Five in a Row memory quilt. :-) 


Since I am not an experienced quilter, I made a rag quilt. I made mistakes and lacked the patience to really do a good quality job, but my kids don't care. In fact, Elli kept saying, "Mom, it doesn't have to be perfect," so it isn't, but I'm happy with how it came out.




Row 1:
Play With Me
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
The Runaway Bunny
Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Row 2:
Goodnight moon
Katy No-Pocket
The Snowy Day
Prayer for a Child

Row 3:
Caps for Sale
I am An Artist
Corduroy
My Big Green Pocketbook

Row 4:
Angus Lost
Blueberries for Sal
The Carrot Seed
The Yellow Ball

Row 5:
Ask Mr. Bear
The ABC Bunny
Play With Me
My Blue Boat

Row 6:
Caps for Sale
Angus Lost
The Red Carpet
If Jesus Came to My House

(All of these rows can be found under my Before Five in a Row tab on the blog.)


This is the first washing. I have washed it once more since and it looks even better. The edges have frayed more, and it is soft and cozy. I didn't follow a tutorial, but I had a general idea of how to make one.

The back is flannel and it is a rainbow of colors. Eliana picked the flannel out and helped me match up the squares, but we decided to give the quilt to Malachi for a memory of his B4 Kindergarten year.

The quilt is 4x6 for a total of 24 squares, but we did not row all 24 books so some squares are repeats of fabrics I bought before I participated in the FIAR Quilt Swap.

We spent several years shopping for fabric, and it was hard to find just the right fabric for each book. I only recently discovered the wonderful world of buying fabric online (oh what joy!), but it has been such a wonderful experience participating in the swap.

Want to make a B4FIAR memory quilt too?

A new B4 swap just opened up! You can request to join here. (You need a yahoo email account to join). Once you request to join, and are added, you can read a little more about how the swap works. Basically, you choose a book, pick out fabric for that book, cut into squares and then swap squares with other swappers to get a complete set back for each volume you participate in (2 books are required for B4). There are guidelines to follow, but anyone can participate - even inexperienced quilters like me! 

As my readers know, we recently finished rowing through this volume for the second time, and I'm sure I share the same sentiment as other rowers that these books will be on my shelf for when my kids have kids! We've made so many amazing memories with these books. How special that I (we!) will have a quilt to share with them as we read and reread these stories and delight in the memories we made rowing these books with Before Five in a Row!

I hope you will join us!

P.S. Volumes 1-4 swaps are in progress, but new swap groups will be opening up soon. :-)

Delighting in the Journey {Daybook - July 29th, 2016}

7/29/2016
Chasing Slow
journaling my days as I delight in the journey...
July 29th, 2016

Chasing Slow

I took this photo to remember Bo's love offerings this summer. he has picked me bouquet after bouquet of wild flowers on our little homestead in Montana. 
Chasing Slow
bedrooms are clean and pretty. well, Bo's side of the room may be a mess by now, and my teen is at camp for the week and that explains why his room is clean (I cleaned it), but I've been working hard to get rooms clean since we moved rooms around after two boys moved out. In the master bedroom, we have new cream colored sheets and the softest blanket on a foam mattress topper that makes it so comfy. several matching decorative pillows that were given to us sit on top - I saw the very same pillows on an episode of When Calls the Heart! they are charming and old fashioned (and maybe old, but I don't know). also in the room is a hundred year old arm chair with a foot stool, a treadle sewing machine for a nightstand, and two old fashioned lamps on each side of the bed that were also given to us. It's old fashioned in look, but pretty and clean and modern in that it is very minimalist, bright, and clean. 

we moved elli into the little boys old room. we put a pretty light seafoam quilt on her bed - I bought it for our log bed at our home in montana, but she loved it and it will get more use here. she is moving away from hot pink and is into coral now, which i love. they will be pretty together as we can afford to make her room pretty.

Chasing Slow
by enjoying the little things.
"it's the sweet simple things of life that are the real ones after all." -Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Chasing Slow
I've been spending some time with the kids at our place in Montana this summer and was able to establish a wonderful daily rhythm. we had meals at regular times, we cleaned up together, the kids spent a lot of time playing outside while I worked, and most importantly, we had a regular bedtime routine and read aloud time. it was all so peaceful and slow. my husband wants routine and structure in our home, but I realized that he is the one that upsets our rhythm the most. at home, kids are busy in camps and sports. we have late dinners. and instead of an early bedtime and read aloud, we watch an episode of Heartland on up.tv. it's all good, but when I get out of a steady rhythm, it's hard to get it back. 

Chasing Slow
that today is my husband's last day of summer term. he took two online courses through our local college: macroeconomics and western civilizations. he has two more classes to get an associates degree and will then start working towards a bachelors. I will be happy to have my husband back until soccer season starts. maybe we can watch an earlier episode of Heartland as a family, and then I can tuck the kids in bed with a book. :-) 
Chasing Slow
we finished reading Plum Creek a good week or two ago, but we have one small project to finish up - a 9 patch quilt square. fabric is ironed and cut, but I'm wondering if it would be a better winter project. that's when Laura and Mary worked on their quilts. 

Bo is off to a great start with All About Reading Level 1 Second Edition! I'm so pleased with the new edition! 
Chasing Slow
by focusing on what's good about today. it's been a season of change, and change - even if it is positive can be stressful and emotional. choosing to let go of the pain and focus on the good is helping me cope.
Chasing Slow
by learning that trusting God = resting in God. {{{game changer!!!}}} I say I trust, but do I then REST in Him? no, my heart is filled with worry and anxiety the whole time. I want to rest in God. 

Chasing Slow
my garden is not looking good, so I'll focus on our place in Montana - 22 acres of forestland. we have the prettiest blue birds! we looked them up and they are probably mountain bluebirds. each year we see more and more signs of life. the pine trees are abundant with pine cones (a first since we've owned the land) and we have lots of little (and some big) critters. the land is healing, and the slash piles we created are homes to many small animals. 

Chasing Slow
letting go of Jordan was easy. after two years of college and him living as an adult child in our home, he was ready and so was I. it has been much harder emotionally letting go of Nathan. the good: he is in a much better school, is playing soccer again, and is happy. we are happier. and after graduation, he will have in state tuition to attend the University of Montana. 

Chasing Slow
of the delightful Burgess books. we are currently reading old man coyote. we have heard his howls when the moon is full and know he lives close by, but we haven't met him yet. :-)

of terra firma. very interesting. it has grounded me even more in my faith and will undoubtably change my homeschool.

of QBQ! The Questions Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life. This is a quick read (or listen on audible), but it changed me and has made my marriage and relationships better. instead of trying to change anyone, it has me asking "what can I do to make things better?" What can I do to make my marriage better, for example. I was intentional about one particular area of our relationship and it had a profound affect on our marriage. I can't wait to listen to Parenting the QBC Way

oh! and of my trim healthy mama plan, cookbook, and membership this summer. it took me about a year to get the place that I was ready to lose the 10 pounds I gained during a pregnancy that ended at 12 weeks, but I made up my mind it was time and I did it. ::yay!:: now I am holding steady and enjoying being closer to my trim. a new favorite: crepes with cottage cream, strawberries, and whipped cream - and all on plan! oh, and thank you to a few of you who shop through my thm store link. :-)

Well, I suppose I will do my sabbath meal prep and think about working on posts for Plum Creek. :-) Have a great weekend!

Until next time... 

hi, it's me again :-) {a quick note and apology to my email subscribers}

7/20/2016

some of my readers were having trouble resubscribing so I activated my old feed to send out a notice but didn't get around to it before my scheduled posts published, and now I have two email lists. I'm so sorry - especially if you are on both lists! but, I'm not really sure what to do about it. I have two email feeds now - one a full feed and one a summary feed.

one of the reasons, I even messed with my email feed is because I was afraid to invade your inbox. and now, I'm in some of yours twice. please forgive me and simply unsubscribe from one of them. or both. or none. whatever.

the reason I even messed with it is because as my email list grew, I started to become intimidated and afraid to post unless it was something worth sharing - you know, the fun stuff. because that's what gets read and commented on. so, I not only deactivated my email list, I turned comments off so I could feel like I could post anything I wanted. but then I didn't want to post at all. but really I really just needed to get over it. and be me. my awesome {{{{sister}}}, who always makes me feel good about myself, helped me see that.

and I deleted my facebook - because social media is not really my thing. but blogging is my thing. and I welcome you to read what you want to read and skip the rest. I won't worry about it.

*****

I took that photo as I was driving through our subdivision in Montana. It was so beautiful early that morning that I had to stop to take a picture. but when I grabbed my camera, I realized I had on my rose colored sunglasses - everything is beautiful through them (especially sunsets). my husband wears glasses so I tease him all the time that he has rose colored glasses because he sees everything as beautiful. so when I saw a pair at Ross, I had to have them.  

Prairie Week 3 & 4 {Prairie Primer}

7/15/2016
Week 3 may have been our favorite week of Prairie because we had another party. If there's not a party scheduled in Plum Creek, we may have to have one anyways. :-) Week 4 was pretty uneventful photo wise, so I'm including it here with week 3. 

 See what we are using and resources we use for more details. 

May 9th-12th & 16th-19th 

Week 3 

Day 1 

Chapter 14 - Indian Camp
Chapter 15 - Fever -N- Ague 

Instead of dying uncooked pasta as suggested, I bought beads. First, Eliana and Bo made beaded bracelets and a necklace. 





Then we made wampum belts. This was so fun that we made a mess of beads and string in the living room... for three days. 






The last unfinished one is Bo's. Malachi made several and ran off with them before I could get a picture. These were so fun to make. 

We read in The Indian How Book on how Indians found food in the forest and how they cooked their food. I'm really enjoying this book. 


I really really wanted the book Foods the Indians Gave Us and a sweet blogging friend sent it to me along with a few others. {{{{thank you}}}} Little Bears Outdoor Adventure Guide was right up Malachi's alley. We also found an illustrated book on Cowboys and Indians at the thrift store - a fun find. 


There is a Fry Bread recipe in the Native Americans Thematic Unit - so happy because that is what I had in mind for our Indian meal. There is a great place to get Indian Tacos just outside the reservation by us - they are huge! I haven't had one since I did my dental hygiene rotation on the reservation, but I used to make them at home often (but rarely now since I'm doing THM). 


We were to cook the Indian meal today, but instead we planned it for our Indian Party on Thursday, Day 4. 

The Literature lesson pointed out that Laura paints such descriptive word pictures in her writing. If only I were as careful to describe the amazing learning moments we share - I try through photos, but I am not a gifted writer and can't describe the meaning that these oral lessons bring to our learning. 


We watched several You Tube videos on malaria this week. They were automatically playing one after the other while we worked on our wampum belts, and we found one on the pathophysiology of malaria very interesting. :-) Mostly we learned that malaria is a parasite transmitted by mosquitos, so we cannot build an immunity to the disease. We can only make efforts to prevent it and treat it if it occurs. A parasite is an organism that grows on or in another organism at the host organism's expense. We later looked up natural treatments for parasites in my reference guide, the purpose of a fever, and how/when to treat a fever naturally. 

Day 2 

Chapter 16 - Fire in the Chimney
Chapter 17 - Pa Goes to Town 

Mali and Elli drew a picture of an oak leaf - a white oak and a black oak, from a collection of leaves that I had from a leaf exchange many years ago. These oak leaves came from the southwest corner of Missouri - not far from where the story takes place. I remember being amazed at how big the leaves are compared to our leaves in the north. 



Day 3

Chapter 18 - The Tall Indian 

Pa trapped and hunted a variety of animals, so we looked up how to build various traps in Living Off the Land. We also read how Indian Trails are Made in The Indian How Book. 




There were lots more illustrations in the Little Bear book. 


Animals of the Prairie 


Can you see them? Animals of the prairie often hide. :-) This is Malachi's page. He added his animals to his flowers page. There is a Great Plains toad, a Rattlesnake, a Prairie Skink, a Plains Garter snake, and a Five Lined Skink hiding in the prairie. 

Day 4 

Chapter 20 - A Scream in the Night
Chapter 21 - Indian Jamboree 

We had bean porridge cold. But, I like 'em hot too. and with potato chips. But I've never had them in a pot nine days old. (How did they even keep that long?)



Eliana and I clapped to Beans Porridge Hot like Laura and Mary did... and then every time we had beans. :-) 

We read about Indian games in The Indian How Book. 


The kids gathered all their Indian items for our party today - fringed leather jackets that I made for the older boys years ago, skins for trading, leather bags and pouches, and our new wampum belts. 

We picked out our Indian names:

Eliana was Quanah, which means "fragrant" and is perfect for her sweet personality.

Malachi was Takoda, which means "friend to everyone" (Sioux), and he does like to have a lot of friends.

Boaz was Tocho, which means "mountain lion." (Hopi) We just liked the sound of it.


Indian Party 

We had Indian Tacos with Fry Bread and all the fixings and blackberries (and cherries). 








Bo wasn't dressed up, so Elli helped him dress like an Indian, haha. 




Malachi is dressed more like a mountain man. :-) 

We played Cats Cradle (or tried to) like Laura and Mary. 


Laura drank out of a tin cup, so I bought us each a tin cup from Amazon. These are so cute. We use these while camping to make hot cocoa and around the house for drinking water and each kid is responsible for washing and taking care of their cup. 



Archery 

Well, since we are learning about Indians. :-) 


 

The kids did archery with 4H on Sunday afternoons.

It was about time, so the kids got hair cuts this week, and a hair cut means ice cream no matter how cold it is. I often get compliments on how Bo sits so still to get his hair cut. ;-)



Week 4 

I thought this original article was so neat to read for one of our lessons this week:

The New York Times headline, Published: August 24, 1862:
THE INDIAN MASSACRES.; Terrible Scenes of Death and Misery in Minnesota. Five Hundred Whites Supposed to be Murdered. The Sioux Bands United Against the Whites. FORT RIDGELEY IN DANGER 

We read from Frontier Home - such a cool tie in to the end of the book.



I loved that old stout door with the latch string - Pa left the latch string out in case a traveler needed shelter for the night. 


I have a note to myself to show you something from the World of Little House, but I didn't take a picture.


 I really love this book. 

See, it was a really short week on photos - mostly reading and discussion, which is wonderful. 

Jordan graduated from college this week. Yay! I still can't believe he's done. He finished with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Technology with a Certificate in Diesel Tech. He also made the honor roll this semester. :-) 

He was right in the front row. 


His dad hosted a BBQ for him, for which I was thankful because I hosted a family reunion the very next weekend. 


So proud and happy for you Jordan. :-) 
 
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