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K4.5 Curriculum and Tot School for Winter/Spring 2014

AppleBlossom and I have made it halfway through Memoria Press Kindergarten and we’re loving it. We started early with the expectancy of a new child addition in mid-Spring, but when that was met with miscarriage, we took some time off, but then we ended up right on time with the Halloween books at Halloween, Thanksgiving with Thanksgiving and Christmas and Advent stories with the season, so it all works out. Now it will be the summer that we’re expecting a new addition, and that works out just fine! Also we’re continuing to trot along with Sonlight P4/5. We’re about halfway through that as well, but we’re not trying very hard either. With P4/5 we’re mainly doing it to add in more reading. I love MP Kinder, but I also like having more books to read, so it works out well. Memoria Press is definitely my preference for overall curriculum rules.. . .

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a nearly bottomless resource!

In all honesty, I’m slightly nervous about this post. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted as I was planning to take most of the months of December and January off from blogging, but then on my birthday (late November) I received an amazing email present, a letter letting me know that I have been accepted as a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2014! I am completely delighted and hope that I work up to the expectations of the group. Ever since I knew about the group a few years ago, I’ve been interested in joining and now finally I have my chance! Now, for the first review what could be more appropriate than to jump in and talk about SchoolhouseTeachers.com? This is not my first introduction to SchoolhouseTeachers.com as I have had a membership there for about two years. I started a few Christmas seasons ago. . .

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Bethlehem’s Baby, Book Six of the Five-Minute Bible Story Series by Sheila Deeth {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Sheila Deeth and the book: Bethlehem’s BabyBook Six of the Five-Minute Bible Story Series Cape Arago Press (September 2, 2013) ***Special thanks to Edward Lewis for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sheila Deeth is a prolific writer whose works. . .

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Bound To A Promise – A True Story of Murder, Love and Redemption by Bonnie Floyd {Preview}

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is:   Bonnie Floyd   and the book:   TITLE Creative Enterprises Studio; 1ST edition (2013) ***Special thanks to Rick Roberson for sending me a review copy.***   ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Real, relatable and refreshing are words often used to describe Bonnie. . .

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The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown {Christmas}

Once there was a tree that stood in a field away from the other trees. It longed to be part of the forest—or part of anything at all. After many lonely years, its dream came true. And the little fir tree’s life changed forever!

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It’s just Wednesday.

I’m waiting for the online chat with my host company to come available, so I figured I might as well say a thing or two while I wait. I cannot believe it is December. I really cannot. Yesterday there was a commercial with Christmas lights on it and my OrangeBlossom was delighted and naming everything she knew. I remember last Christmas when we went driving looking for lights, it feels like that was just a few weeks ago. I cannot believe the fact that it was really about a year ago. Where has the time gone? I hope I’ve been at least a fairly entertaining blog during that time. In the last year my pride has seemed to catch up with my blog. True I do not want a flashy ad-filled blog with products even I haven’t heard of. But I’ll gladly share products and things that I do believe. . .

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Two Christmas Special Reads from Revell Books

One of the things that I love about reading Christmas books is how publishers will have shorter than normal stories, but still a little bit longer than novellas in a jacketed hardcover edition. (Although sometimes, I guess these could be considered novellas… depends on who you ask I suppose.) They are pretty on the shelf, elegant enough for gifts, and just the right length to take along on a trip when traveling. Each year I’m eager to see what will come in the year to come. Interestingly this year provided two different faith stories. One is a historical set in the time of the American Civil War in a Shaker faith village and the other is a contemporary in an Amish town. Both are stories of hope.

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