Monday, October 23, 2017

Different by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson*

The Story of an Outside-the Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him
Mother and son team together sharing how each one dealt with the son's OCD, ODD and ADHD throughout his childhood and into his adulthood.  The chapters focus on a single event with each one offering his or her point of view. 
Both Sally and Nathan are genuine with their struggles and offer hope and encouragement to any child and parent who is struggling with mental disorders. 
I so admire Sally's tenacity and love for her son even when he pushed her beyond exhaustion.  Her faith in and dependence on God are exhibited in her reactions and how she handled each situation.
Nathan's love for God and willingness to be vulnerable is inspiring.
An incredible story!
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.
Warning: One section discusses a struggle with pornography. 
Here is a link to a video which features Sally and Nathan:

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The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

My mother in law's sister was cleaning out her grown children's books and gave this series to my ten year old.  He is really enjoying the series and is currently reading book #4.  He, however, cannot read them at night since they are a bit scary (to him).
The stories take place on floating rock which is anchored to land with a massive chain.  Twig, the main character, is a sky pilot and encounters danger and adventure in each book.
-My ten year old owns the entire series (#1-6).

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Story of the World Activity Book One: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer

Tons of ideas and activities.
If I see this for sale somewhere, I will purchase it as a supplement for our current history curriculum.
-Borrowed from the library.

The Mystery of History by Linda Lacour Hobar

My boys and I are currently using Biblioplan for our History and Reading curriculum.  If I see The Mystery of History for sale somewhere I will buy it as a supplement.  I like how Mrs. Hobar includes all activities/reviews/test questions in one volume.  She also writes in a fun, engaging manner.  Not many pictures or photographs are included (compare to Biblioplan).  The literature selections/suggestions are sparse compared to Biblioplan.
-Borrowed from the library.

Latin Dr. Seuss *

I was able to borrow two Dr. Seuss books written in Latin from state's library system.  When my boys have studied another year of Latin, I may check them out again.
-Borrowed via interlibrary loan.
*Highly recommend.
The Cat in the Hat in Latin (Cattus Petasatus) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Latin-(Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary*

My eight year old is loving these stories about Henry and Ribsy.  This series is all he wants to read to himself these days.
Henry and Ribsy find themselves in many predicaments.  My son especially gushed over the last chapter when Henry caught a 29 pound Chinook with his bare hands!  This type of book appeals to my son-a boy and his dog and fishing!
*Highly recommend.
-We own this book.
Guided Reading Level: O (3rd grade)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Pocket Poems Selected by Bobbi Katz illustrated by Marylin Hafner*

I read poetry aloud to my two sons each morning before we officially begin school.  We enjoyed this anthology of poetry which contains a wide variety of poems by various poets.
Some made us laugh; others made us consider the beauty of words and the world.
*Highly recommend.
-We own this anthology.