Friday, January 27, 2017

Pretend Play with Playmobile

Did you have Playmobile as a child?  I did!  I remember really enjoying pretend play with it...that and Little People (I loved Little People)!  I have recently made a decision to buy my girls some Playmobile!  We started with the Middle Ages and it has been such a big hit.  
Boy do I regret not buying the Ancient Egypt sets last year!
They have really enhanced the girls imaginations and they get excited to act out many of the stories we have read in our history books!

It's Pirates vs Knights in these epic battles! is where they park the horses.   LOL! 

Really though, I cannot recommend Playmobile enough.  It can get a little pricey but if you watch they often go on sale and get marked down at Toys R. Us and Barnes and Noble!  We even found a great coupon code last week at AND they offer free shipping on all orders over $19!  The hubby and I really look at toys like this as an investment.  Playmobile (like Lego!) will hold it's value for a long, long time...  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What We're Reading on Wednesday

We are reading a lot of really good books this week as we meander our way through the Middle Ages!  I am a bookaholic and reading good LIVING books, is very important to me.  With BiblioPlan we do use a text book called Remember the Days.   I think it is also important to have a solid spine but those the living books is what really makes history fun and approachable.  

I pilfer my book lists from a really wide variety of sources starting with BiblioPlans recommendations and moving on to Sonlight, Heart of Dakota, Simply Charlotte Mason and Ambleside.  

Anyway, with that aside I thought I would share what living books we are currently reading in our homeschool...

We are learning this week in our history about the legend of William Tell so we took a quick jaunt through The Apple and the Arrow...  It tells a fictionalized about of William being forced to shoot the apple of of his sons head.  It's pretty good and only 5 chapters long, so easy to fit into our week!

We are only a couple chapters away from finishing up Adam of the Road!  
Hopefully he is reunited with his Father and his Dog soon!

Maggie is reading a Stepping Stones history book called the Minstrel in the Tower.
This is perfect for the emergent reader crowd as a beginner chapter book.

Kayley is reading a great book that I stumbled across called Will in Scarlet.  It is the story of young Will Scarlet and how he becomes a part of Robin Hood's Merry Men.   Full of action and adventure! 

As for me, I sat down and guzzled Cindy Rollins new book called Mere Motherhood.  It was so good and I read it way too fast.  As soon as I finished, I turned around and started reading it all over again, aloud this time, with my husband.  Such a gem!   

Friday, January 20, 2017

Medieval Times {BiblioPlan Y2 Week 9 & 10}

We are having a great time studying all about the Middle Ages at our house!  With the cold and icy weather we enjoyed several projects since we've been cooped up indoors for a couple of weeks.  These projects reflect 2 weeks of BiblioPlan Year 2, Weeks 9 and 10.  Check it out!

First we had a small Medieval Dinner.  Meat (Pot roast) with root veggies (Turnips, Potatoes and Carrots) on a Trencher!  True to the middle ages we only had a knife and fork for our use.  We also enjoyed a blueberry compote on the side and had apple cider to drink.  The girls dressed for the occasion.  It was really fun and so easy to do!

One morning I made "gruel."
This was basically a watery oatmeal with some chia seeds.
To show you how lazy I am, I actually bought this from Schwan's.  

We also built a castle out of rice crispies.  This was an ambitious project that I will probably not do again, but it is really awesome and the girls labeled all the castle parts with small banners.   The instructions for this project are found in Story of the World Vol. 2.

We also learned about how monks created pretzels as a way to remind children how to pray (by reverently folding your arms).  We tried our hand at making fresh pretzels and they were SO good!
This project came from the book Huzzah Means Hooray (the updated book is called In the Days of Knights and Damsels).  There is a TON of stuff to do in this book!) 

Our pretzels turned out really, really yummy! 

We've been doing a ton of reading. 
Here are some of our favorites so far:

Our history spines are BiblioPlan's Remember the Days.  It's recommended for ages K-6th.  We tend to pick and choose what we read and that is working for us right now.  We also use Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World Vol 2 that is also scheduled in BiblioPlan's Family Guide...

The Illustrated Book of Knights.  Non-fiction book that details all things about knights.  In fact, the design for our rice crispie castle came from this book!  Full of nice color pictures!

We really love all the Usborne Books that we can get our hands on and this is no exception.  Meet a Medieval Family and join their adventures as they go through a typical day, plus experience a knighting ceremony and participate in a tournament! 

A wonderful read-aloud about a young minstrel boy named Adam, who gets separated from his father and dog while traveling to a fair.  We are about 2/3 of the way through and plan to finish this book by next week's end.

And that sums up our history studies for the last couple of weeks!  
Thanks for Swinging by!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Maggie's 7th Birthday!

For Maggie's 7th Birthday she wanted another Choose Your Own Adventure that is what we did.  It was a lot of fun, but totally exhausting!  Here are a few pictures from her special day!

Starting the day with her personalized adventure book!

A free shake from Chick-fil-A?  For Breakfast?  Yes Please!

A quick stop at Target where Maggie picked out a Zoomer Meowzie.

Next stop:  Build-a-Bear.  
Goodness knows you can never have too many of those!  
(Yes... yes you can.) 

A stop at Chuck E. Cheese (sooooo boring for Mom n' Dad!) 

Toys R' Us! 

A stop at Fantastic Sam's for a bob! 

A free cupcake from Barnes and Noble... 

Birthday dinner at ReRico.  

Happy 7th birthday to YOU! 


Friday, January 6, 2017

The Lady of the Lakes {A Historical Proper Romance Book Review}

Walter Scott has three passions: Scotland, poetry, and Mina Stuart. Though she is young and they are from different stations in society, Walter is certain their love is meant to be. For years, he has courted her through love letters. She is the sunshine of his soul.  
Though Mina shares Walter’s love of literature and passionate temperament, it’s hard for her to know if she truly loves him or if she has only been dazzled by his flattery. When she meets the handsome and charming William Forbes, her heart is challenged. Who will she choose?But as every poet knows, “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and on a windy morning in the lake country, Walter meets Charlotte. 
At twenty-six, Charlotte Carpenter believes she will never find love. After all, she is a Catholic-born Frenchwoman living in London with a family history shadowed by scandal. Though quiet, practical, and determined to live a life of independence, her heart longs for someone to love her and a place to call home. 
Passion and promises collide as Walter, Mina, and Charlotte must each decide the course for their futures. What are they each willing to risk to find love and be loved in return? 
When I was given a chance to review this book I have to admit, I had to look up to find out exactly who Sir Walter Scott was!  His name was familiar but I couldn't remember what literary accomplishments he was famous for.  I felt a little silly when I discovered that he was the gentleman who wrote the famous novel Ivanhoe and Rob Roy, among many other well-known works.  What's even worse is I had a copy of Ivanhoe sitting near my bedside...  No wonder I was familiar with his name!  Unlike Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, which for me is a major challenge to read, The Lady of the Lakes by Josi S. Kilpack that shares of the life of Sir Walter Scott is a pleasure that I couldn't put down!

Walter Scott is in love with a young lady of means, Mina Stuart.  Even though they come from different stations in society, he is sure that they will one day marry (for she shares the same passions for prose as he and has expressed her affection on several occasions).  Even though life will be difficult Walter knows that facing the future together with Mina will bring him joy for all his days...  For Mina, she flushes with delight under the romantic attention of Walter, but the pressures of family and society force her to consider courtship with William Forbes, a man who is of her station, admittedly she doesn't find the prospect at all unappealing.  William is also handsome and kind, and he would be able to support the lifestyle to which she was accustomed.  Torn between the two gentleman, Mina must make a decision.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Carpenter has given up on ever finding true love and marrying.  Her past is filled with shame and scandal, and at the ripe, old age of twenty-six she is considered, by all standards, an old maid.  Making a bold resolution, she convinces her guardian to let her move out on her own.  Learning how to manage her own accounts, Charlotte is determined to no longer be a burden on anyone.  Her heart still yearns for love...and a family of her very own...when she meets Walter she finds someone who challenges her intellectually and makes her laugh.  Could he be the one?

If I tell you much more I will give away the story but I promise you will not regret getting ahold of this book and enjoying the adventure as much as I!  Josie S. Kilpack has done it again with another great, clean, Proper Romance!  You can purchase this book from your favorite retailer!

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed here are my very own.  
Thanks for swinging by!

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