Posted in Nature Study, Subject Science

Nature Study: Blue Jay

Blue Jay RWD

This past spring and summer, we spent a lot of time learning about birds and trying to identify the birds that visit our backyard.  One such bird is the blue jay.  We hear these birds from time to time throughout the day but especially in the morning.  We love their beautiful color.  Here is a map of their range so you can see if they live in your area:

Blue Jay-rangemap

And some other pictures of blue jays so you can see their coloring:

Blue Jay Ash RWD5

Blue Jay-27527

Blue Jay Searching for Acorns

Beautiful, aren’t they?

To hear the sounds a blue jay makes and to learn more about this magnificent bird, visit this link:

Posted in My Life, Poetry, Subject English

Feeling the Loss

Study of a dead child windusAfter losing Blythe this past July, I spent some time grieving and allowing myself to feel the loss.  A friend sent me a beautiful poem that captured how I felt.  I was also encouraged by the poetry of Anne Bradstreet, who was no stranger to loss as well.  Here are three of Anne Bradstreet’s poems that anyone dealing with loss might be able to relate to and receive comfort from:

On My Dear Grandchild, Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, Being but a Month, and One Day Old.

No sooner came, but gone, and fall’n asleep,
Acquaintance short, yet parting caused us weep;
Three flowers, two scarcely blown, the last I’ th’ bud,
Cropt by th’ Almighty’s hand; yet is He good.
With dreadful awe before Him let’s be mute,
Such was His will, but why, let’s not dispute,
With humble hearts and mouths put in the dust,
Let’s say He’s merciful as well as just.
He will return and make up all our losses,
And smile again after our bitter crosses
Go pretty babe, go rest with sisters twain;
Among the blest in endless joys remain.


In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet Who Deceased June 20, 1669, Being Three Years and Seven Months Old

With troubled heart and trembling hand I write,
The heavens have changed to sorrow my delight.
How oft with disappointment have I met,
When I on fading things my hopes have set.
Experience might ‘fore this have made me wise,
To value things according to their price.
Was ever stable joy yet found below?
Or perfect bliss without mixture of woe?
I knew she was but as a withering flower,
That’s here today, perhaps gone in an hour;
Like as a bubble, or the brittle glass,
Or like a shadow turning as it was.
More fool then I to look on that was lent
As if mine own, when thus impermanent.
Farewell dear child, thou ne’er shall come to me,
But yet a little while, and I shall go to thee;
Mean time my throbbing heart’s cheered up with this:
Thou with thy Saviour art in endless bliss.

Source and read more about this poem:

Here Follows Some Verses Upon the Burning of Our house, July 10th. 1666. Copied Out of a Loose Paper.

In silent night when rest I took,
For sorrow near I did not look,
I wakened was with thund’ring noise
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
That fearful sound of “fire” and “fire,”
Let no man know is my Desire.
I, starting up, the light did spy,
And to my God my heart did cry
To straighten me in my Distress
And not to leave me succourless.
Then, coming out, behold a space
The flame consume my dwelling place.
And when I could no longer look,
I blest His name that gave and took,
That laid my goods now in the dust.
Yea, so it was, and so ‘twas just.
It was his own, it was not mine,
Far be it that I should repine;
He might of all justly bereft
But yet sufficient for us left.
When by the ruins oft I past
My sorrowing eyes aside did cast
And here and there the places spy
Where oft I sate and long did lie.
Here stood that trunk, and there that chest,
There lay that store I counted best.
My pleasant things in ashes lie
And them behold no more shall I.
Under thy roof no guest shall sit,
Nor at thy Table eat a bit.
No pleasant talk shall ‘ere be told
Nor things recounted done of old.
No Candle e’er shall shine in Thee,
Nor bridegroom‘s voice e’er heard shall be.
In silence ever shalt thou lie,
Adieu, Adieu, all’s vanity.
Then straight I ‘gin my heart to chide,
And did thy wealth on earth abide?
Didst fix thy hope on mould’ring dust?
The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?
Raise up thy thoughts above the sky
That dunghill mists away may fly.
Thou hast a house on high erect
Framed by that mighty Architect,
With glory richly furnished,
Stands permanent though this be fled.
It‘s purchased and paid for too
By Him who hath enough to do.
A price so vast as is unknown,
Yet by His gift is made thine own;
There‘s wealth enough, I need no more,
Farewell, my pelf, farewell, my store.
The world no longer let me love,
My hope and treasure lies above.


Posted in Homeschooling, Our Adventures, Reading Lists - K to 3, Subject English

Sunny’s Grade 1 Reading List

reading-clipart-6Here is Sunny’s Grade 1 reading list.  We started out last year with reviewing phonics and working on reading fluency and progressed into easy readers.  As you can see, Sunny made great progress last year and is continuing to become a better and better reader.

Here are the books I managed to record over an 11-month period:


  1. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis, Haddox, and Elaine Bruner


  1. Amy Loves the Snow by Julie Hoban (RL 2.1)
  2. Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman (RL 1.6)
  3. At the Barnyard from The Clever Factory, Inc.
  4. Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle (RL 2)
  5. Best Nest by P.D. Eastman (RL 1.3)
  6. Biscuit’s Day at the Farm by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (RL 1.7)
  7. Biscuit’s Meets the Class Pet by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (RL 0.8)
  8. Biscuit’s Takes a Walk by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (RL 1)
  9. Biscuit Wants to Play by Alyssa Satin Capucili (RL 1.4)
  10. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle (RL 1.5)
  11. Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot by Frances Ann Ladd
  12. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – At Bat by Wiley Blevins
  13. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Clifford And The Jet by Wiley Blevins
  14. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Clifford Can by Wiley Blevins
  15. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Clifford Is Tops by Wiley Blevins
  16. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Friends by Wiley Blevins
  17. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Happy Birthday, Clifford! by Wiley Blevins
  18. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Hello, Clifford! by Wiley Blevins
  19. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – I See My Dad by Wiley Blevins
  20. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – T-Bone on Top by Wiley Blevins
  21. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Who Hid It? by Wiley Blevins
  22. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Will Clifford Win? by Wiley Blevins
  23. Clifford the Big Red Dog Phonics Reading Program – Wet Pets by Wiley Blevins
  24. CottonTale Book – Big Brother Bunny by Pamela Kennedy
  25. CottonTale Book – Night, Night, Bunny by Pamela Kennedy
  26. CottonTale Book – No, No, Bunny by Pamela Kennedy
  27. CottonTale Book – So, Mad Bunny by Pamela Kennedy
  28. Counting Bears by Judy Nayer (Level 1+)
  29. Daisy Dances by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  30. Dan Can Add by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  31. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff (RL 2.7)
  32. Danny and the Dinosaur – Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur! By Syd Hoff (RL 2.1)
  33. Danny and the Dinosaur go to Camp by Syd Hoff (RL 1.8)
  34. Dick and Jane: The New We Come and Go – Come by Wiliam S. Gray, A. Sterl Artley, and May Hill Arbthnot
  35. -See Jane Go
  36. -Sally and Mother
  37. -Tim and Baby Sally
  38. -Spot and Puff
  39. -Little Tim Can Help
  40. -I See Three
  41. -Jump and Play
  42. -See It Work
  43. -We Make Something
  44. -Play Ball
  45. -Spot Finds Something
  46. -Down it Comes
  47. -Away We Go
  48. -Three Big Cookies
  49. -See it Go
  50. -The Blue Boat
  51. Down on the Funny Farm by Patrick E. King (RL 2.4)
  52. Fancy Nancy Pajama Day by Jane O’Connor (RL 2.1)
  53. Father Bear Comes Home by Elsie Holmelund Minarik (RL 2.4)
  54. Fly Went By by Mike McClintock (RL 2.5)
  55. Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman (RL 1.4)
  56. Golden Books Road to Reading – The Worse Helper Ever by Richard Scarry (Mile 2)
  57. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
  58. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (RL 2.2)
  59. Green Light Readers: Digger Pig and the Turnip by Caron Lee Cohen (Level 2)
  60. Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle (RL 1.1)
  61. Hello, House! By Linda Hayward (RL 1.9)
  62. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (RL 1.1)
  63. Horse in Harry’s Room by Syd Hoff (RL 1.7)
  64. How to Train Your Dragon: Meet the Dragons adapted by Catherine Hapka (Lvl 2)
  65. Howie Finds a Hug by Sara Henderson
  66. Howie Goes Shopping by Sara Henderson
  67. Howie’s Tea Party by Sara Henderson
  68. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler (RL 3.3)
  69. Judy Moody and Friends: Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble (RL 2)
  70. Kiss for Little Bear by Elsie Holmelund Minarik (RL 2.3)
  71. Little Bear by Elsie Holmelund Minarik (AO 0; CCH 1000P; CCH 1; SL 1; VP 1; TOL 1) (RL 1.8)
  72. Little Bear’s Friend by Elsie Holmelund Minarik (RL 2.1)
  73. Little Bear’s Visit by Elsie Holmelund Minarik (RL 2.7)
  74. Little Christian Readers: Chicks, Chicks, Nine by De Anna Spencer
  75. Little Christian Readers: Child of God by De Anna Spencer
  76. Little Christian Readers: Do You Sing? by De Anna Spencer
  77. Little Christian Readers: Go Tell it on the Mountain by De Anna Spencer
  78. Little Christian Readers: Happy Birthday by De Anna Spencer
  79. Little Christian Readers: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by De Anna Spencer
  80. Little Christian Readers: I Am by De Anna Spencer
  81. Little Christian Readers: I Can See by De Anna Spencer
  82. Little Christian Readers: In My Heart by De Anna Spencer
  83. Little Christian Readers: Look! Six, Seven, Eight by De Anna Spencer
  84. Little Christian Readers: One Tree, Two Birds by De Anna Spencer
  85. Little Christian Readers: Over My Head by De Anna Spencer
  86. Little Christian Readers: Pray by De Anna Spencer
  87. Little Christian Readers: We Give by De Anna Spencer
  88. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Are We There Yet? By Sheila Sweeny Higginson (Early Reader Level 1)
  89. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Go, Goofy, Go! By Sheila Sweeny Higginson (Early Reader Level Pre-1)
  90. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Over the River By Sheila Sweeny Higginson (Early Reader Level 1)
  91. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pluto’s Best By Sheila Sweeny Higginson (Early Reader Level 1)
  92. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Mystery of the Missing Muffins By Sheila Sweeny Higginson (Early Reader Level 1)
  93. Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer (RL 1.2)
  94. Morris the Moose by B. Wiseman (RL 1.5)
  95. Mr. Mugs by Martha Kambeitz and Carol Roth
  96. No, No, Nicky by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  97. Original McGuffey’s – McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer by William H. McGuffey (selections)
  98. Original McGuffey’s – McGuffey’s Pictorial Eclectic Primer by William H. McGuffey (selections)
  99. Our Park by Mercer Mayer (First Readers Level 2)
  100. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle (RL 1.7)
  101. Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (RL 1.4)
  102. Quiet, Please! by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  103. READING-LITERATURE: The Primer by Harriette Taylor Treadwell (a5-8) (AO 0)
  104. Sally and Sammy by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  105. Small Pig by Arthur Lobel (RL 1.8)
  106. Step into Reading (Disney Pixar Cars) – Driving Buddies (Stwp 2)
  107. Step Into Reading (Disney Princess) – What is a Princess? (Step 1)
  108. Storybook Treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends from Grosset and Dunlap – Dick
  109. -Jane
  110. -Baby
  111. -Spot
  112. -Puff
  113. -Tim.
  114. -Tim and Spot
  115. -Up and Down
  116. -Puff and Dick
  117. -Look and See
  118. -See Baby Go
  119. -Go,Go,Go
  120. -Tim and Baby Sally
  121. -Puff and Spot
  122. -Come and Jump
  123. -Come and See
  124. -Spot and the Ball
  125. -Come and Help
  126. -We Go Away
  127. -Something for Spot
  128. -Sally Sees the Cars
  129. -Three Big Cookies
  130. -We Make Something
  131. -Spot Finds Someething
  132. -The Blue Boat
  133. -Work
  134. -See Sally Work
  135. -Play
  136. -Look
  137. -Run and Help
  138. -Puff
  139. -Spot and Tim and Puff
  140. -Big and Little
  141. -The Funny Baby
  142. -Something Blue
  143. -The Little Car
  144. -Spot Helps Sally
  145. -The Big Red Boat
  146. -The Boats Go
  147. -Something Funny
  148. Strawberry Shortcake: A Brand-New Look! By Lana Jacobs (RL 1)
  149. Tick-Tock Time by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  150. Time-Telling Flip Book from Learning Resources
  151. We Eat Dinner in the Bathtub by Angela Shelf Medearis (RL 1.6)
  152. What is in Bear’s Box by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)
  153. What is the Weather? by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (CTP)


  1. 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury edited by Janet Schulman and Simon Boughton
  2. Abraham’s Sacrifice
  3. Aesop’s Fables by Aesop (RC)
  4. Beginning Geography Grades K-2 from Evan-Moor
  5. Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature by Stan & Jan Berenstain
  6. Bible Alive books
  7. Bible Alphabet by Alison Brown
  8. Bible Time books
  9. Bible Wise books
  10. Big Truths For Little Kids by Susan Hunt amd Richard Hunt
  11. Canadian Flyer Series books
  12. Caring Creator by Carine Mackenzie (a7-11)
  13. Children of the Bible
  14. Church History ABC’s: Augustine and twenty-five other heroes of the Faith by Stephen J. Nichols and Ned Bustard
  15. Christian Liberty Nature Reader K
  16. Christian Liberty Nature Reader 1
  17. Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  18. Curious George books by Margret and H.A. Rey
  19. Dr. Seuss books
  20. Fairy Tales
  21. Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection
  22. Kids’ Book of Canada
  23. Life of Fred: Apples by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  24. Life of Fred: Butterflies by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  25. Life of Fred: Cats by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  26. Life of Fred: Dogs by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  27. Life of Jesus for the Very Young by Isobel Tallach
  28. Little Lights series by Catherine Mackenzie (a6-7)
  29. Magic School Bus books
  30. Magic Tree House books
  31. Paddington Bear Treasury for the Very Young: Six classic bedtime stories of the bear from Peru by Michael Bond
  32. Read & Wonder science books
  33. Storytime with the Millers
  34. Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  35. Wisdom and the Millers
  36. Miscellaneous Picture Books
Posted in Homeschooling, Our Adventures, Reading Lists - 4 to 6, Subject English

Delightful’s Grade 4 Reading List (Grade 3 By Age)

Books2Here is Delightful’s Grade 4 reading list from last year – at least, all the books that she remembered to tell me that she had finished and that I was able to record!

Grade 4 for Delightful was a year of reading and re-reading old favorites as well as discovering and devouring dystopian fiction.  Delightful still tends to have too many books on the go at once (the picture to the left is from Grade 2 but is still accurate) but I really can’t complain given the amount that she actually finishes.

Here is the list, which covers 11 months of the year (Grade 4 and Grade 5’s school years somewhat overlapped):


AO = Ambleside Online
BFIAR = Beyond Five in a Row
B4FIAR = Before Five in a Row
CCH = Classical Christian Homeschooling
CCH 1000E = Classical Christian Homeschooling’s 1000 Good Books List for Elementary 4-6
CCH 1000P = Classical Christian Homeschooling’s 1000 Good Books List for Primary 1-3
CHC = Covenant Home Curriculum
CL = Christian Liberty
EP = Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
FIAR = Five in a Row
LLATL = Learning Language Arts Through Literature
OFE = Old-Fashioned Education
PHSC = Puritans’ Home School Curriculum
RC = Robinson Curriculum
SCM = Simply Charlotte Mason
SL = Sonlight
TOL = Tree of Life School and Book Service
VP = Veritas Press


PHSC recommends Storytime with the Millers as a Grade 3 selection while it recommends Wisdom with the Millers for Grade 2. In my opinion, the grade recommendations should be reversed because Storytime with the Millers is an easier read and has a bigger font.


  1. 39 Clues #1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (RL 3.4)
  2. 39 Clues #2: One False Note by Gordon Korman (RL 4.2)
  3. 39 Clues #3: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis (RL 2.6)
  4. 39 Clues #4: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson (RL 4)
  5. 39 Clues #5: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman (RL 4)
  6. 39 Clues #6: In Too Deep by Jude Watson (RL 3.2)
  7. Adams Chronological Chart or Map of History Foldout by Sebastian Adamst Greece)
  8. Anne of Green Gables #1 – Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (AO Year 5; VP Grade 5; TOL Grade 6; OFE 7) (RL 5.9)
  9. Bambi by Felix Salten (AO Year 4 and 3.5)
  10. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit (a9-12) (selected tales per ELTL 3)
  11. Behind Mr. Bunyan by Agnes Beaumont
  12. BFG by Roald Dahl (RL 5.8)
  13. Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss and Various
  14. Burgess Seashore Book for Children by Thornton W. Burgess (a3-14)
  15. Canadian Children’s Treasury from Key Porter Books Limited
  16. Caring Creator by Carine Mackenzie (a7-11)
  17. Children of the Bible by Carine Mackenzie (a7-11)
  18. Children’s Plutarch: Tales of the Greeks by F. J. Gould (a8-10)
  19. Choice Stories for Children by Ernest Lloyd (a5-8)
  20. Christian Liberty Nature Reader 4, Second Edition (CL 4)
  21. Christian Light Reading Series 1 – I Wonder compiled by Ruth K. Hobbs
  22. Christian Light Reading Series 2 – Helping Hands compiled by Ruth K. Hobbs
  23. Christian Light Reading Series 2 – Happy Hearts compiled by Ruth K. Hobbs
  24. Christian Light Reading Series 3 – Doors to Discovery compiled by Ruth K. Hobbs
  25. Christian Light Reading Series 4 – Bridges Beyond compiled by Ruth K. Hobbs
  26. Christian Light Reading Series 5 – Open Windows compiled by Ruth K. Hobbs
  27. Christie’s Old Organ by Mrs. O.F. Walton (a6-11)
  28. Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Great Stories of Greek and Roman Mythology by William F. Russell (similar to/replacement for Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff (VP Grade 3), d’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths by Ingrid Parin (VP Grade 3; SL Readers G), The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum (VP Grade 3); The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch preface to 14 (AO Year 4); ch 15-ch 28 (AO Year 5); to end (AO Year 6))
  29. Cricket in Times Square by George Selden (VP Grade 5) (RL 5.9)
  30. Dear Canada: A Desperate Road to Freedom by Carline Bradford (a9-12)
  31. Dear Canada: A Prairie as Wide as the Sea by Sarah Ellis (a9-12)
  32. Dear Canada: A Ribbon of Shining Steel by Julie Lawson (a9-12)
  33. Dear Canada: Alone in an Untamed Land by Maxine Trottier (a9-12)
  34. Dear Canada: Exiles from the War by Jean Little (a9-12)
  35. Dear Canada: Footsteps in the Snow by Carol Matas (a9-12)
  36. Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake by Jean Little (a9-12)
  37. Dear Canada: No Safe Harbour by Julie Lawson (a9-12)
  38. Dear Canada: Turned Away by Carol Matas (a9-12)
  39. Dear Canada: Where the River Takes Me by Julie Lawson (a9-12)
  40. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #2: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney (RL 5.3)
  41. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #3: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (RL 5.2)
  42. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (RL 4.8)
  43. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney (RL 5.5)
  44. Diary of a Wimpy Kid #6: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney (RL 5.6)
  45. Do and Dare by Horatio Alger, Jr. (RC 5)
  46. Doctor Dolittle #1 – The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (AO Year 2) (RL 5.5)
  47. Dolphin Diaries #2: Touching the Waves by Ben M. Baglio (RL 4.3)
  48. Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli (AO Year 2; CCH 3; CCH 1000E; VP Gr 4) (RL 3.1 per Scholastic or 6.5 per Yearling)
  49. Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley (RC 5) (a10-14)
  50. Elsie’s Holiday at Roselands by Martha Finleyartha Finley (RC 5) (a10-14)
  51. Elsie’s Girlhood by Martha Finley (RC 5) (a10-14)
  52. Elsie’s Womanhood by Martha Finley (RC 5) (a10-14)
  53. Elsie’s Motherhood by Martha Finley (RC 5) (a10-14)
  54. Elsie’s Children by Martha Finley (RC 5) (a10-14)
  55. English Lessons Through Literature 3 by Kathy Jo DeVore
  56. Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day by Jeannie Fulbright (Grades 1-6)
  57. Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day by Jeannie Fulbright (Grades 1-6)
  58. Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day by Jeannie Fulbright (Grades 1-6)
  59. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (RL 6.1)
  60. Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris and Leonard Weisgard (selected poems for memorizing)
  61. Golden Touch: Told to Children by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  62. Gone Away Lake Series – Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (AO Year 4) (RL 6.1)
  63. Harry Potter #3 and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (RL 5.9)
  64. Harry Potter #4 and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (RL 5.9)
  65. Harry Potter #5 and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (RL 5.9)
  66. Harry Potter #6 and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (RL 6.5)
  67. Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson (RL 3.9)
  68. Hero of Faith – Katharina Von Bora by Jane L. Fryar (a8-12)
  69. How to Train Your Dragon #1 by Cressida Cowell (RL 5.7)
  70. How to Train Your Dragon #2 – How to Be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell (RL 5.7)
  71. Hunger Games Trilogy #1 – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (RL 5.3)
  72. Hunger Games Trilogy #2 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (RL 7)
  73. Hunger Games Trilogy #3 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (RL 5.3)
  74. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark by Ryder Windham (Gr 4-7)
  75. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by Suzanne Weyn (Gr 4-7)
  76. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by Ryder Windham (Gr 4-7)
  77. Inheritance Cycle #1 – Eragon by Christopher Paolini (RL 7.8)
  78. Inheritance Cycle #2 – Eldest by Chrstopher Paolini (RL 7.8)
  79. Inheritance Cycle #3 – Brisingr by Chrstopher Paolini (RL 7.7)
  80. Inheritance Cycle #4 – Inheritance by Chrstopher Paolini (RL 8.6)
  81. Kane Chronicles #1 – The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (RL 3.7)
  82. Kane Chronicles #2 – The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan (RL 5)
  83. Kane Chronicles #3 – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan (RL 5)
  84. Kingdom Series #1 – Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black (a8-12)
  85. Kingdom Series #2 – Kingdom’s Hope by Chuck Black (a8-12)
  86. Kingdom Series #3 – Kingdom’s Edge by Chuck Black (a8-12)
  87. Kingfisher Atlas of the Ancient World by Simon Adams
  88. Lady Jane Grey by Simonetta Carr (a7-12)
  89. Life of Fred: Cats by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  90. Life of Fred: Dogs by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  91. Life of Fred: Edgewood by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  92. Life of Fred: Farming by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  93. Life of Fred: Goldfish by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  94. Life of Fred: Honey by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  95. Life of Fred: Ice Cream by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  96. Life of Fred: Jellybeans by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  97. Life of Fred: Kidneys by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.
  98. Life of Jesus for the Very Young by Isobel Tallach (a5-6)
  99. Little House on the Prairie #3 – Little House on the Prairie by Laura I. Wilder (AO Year 2; CCH 3; OFE 6; VP Grade 2)
  100. Little House on the Prairie #4 – On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura I. Wilder (AO Year 3; OFE 6)
  101. Little House on the Prairie #5 – By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder (AO Year 4)
  102. Little House on the Prairie #6 – The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder (AO Year 5; OFE 6)
  103. Little House on the Prairie #7 – Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (AO Yr 5; OFE 6)
  104. Little House on the Prairie #8 – The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder (AO Yr 5; OFE 6)
  105. Little House on the Prairie #9 – These Happy Golden Years by Laura I. Wilder (AO Yr 5; OFE 6)
  106. Little Medicine Carrier from Grace & Truth Books
  107. Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (AO Year 3; CCH 1000E) (RL 5.5)
  108. Little Rebel Becomes a Saint from Grace & Truth Books
  109. Lord of the Rings #1: Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (RL 8.1)
  110. Mad Science: Mucus Attack! by Kathy Burkett (RL 4.1)
  111. Mad Science: What a Blast! By Kathy Burkett (RL 4.1)
  112. Map Trek by Terri Johnson (Ancient Greece)
  113. Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Gr 3+)
  114. Maze Runner #1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner (RL 5.3)
  115. Maze Runner #2: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (RL 5.0)
  116. Maze Runner #3: The Death Cure by James Dashner (RL 5.3)
  117. Maze Runner #4: The Kill Order by James Dashner (RL 5.7)
  118. Mortality Doctrine #1: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (RL 5.5)
  119. Mortality Doctrine #2: The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner (RL 5.2)
  120. Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler (RL 5.7)
  121. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater (RL 4.9)
  122. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle #1 by Betty MacDonald (RL 4.5)
  123. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle #5: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald & Anne MacDonald Canham (RL 5.6)
  124. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #3 – The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene (RL 5.5)
  125. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #10 – Password to Larkspur Lane by Carolyn Keene (RL 6.4)
  126. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #56 – The Thirteenth Pearl by Carolyn Keene (RL 6.1)
  127. Nancy Drew Notebooks #4: Bad Day for Ballet by Carolyn Keene (RL 4.2)
  128. Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago by Julia D. Cowles (SCM)
  129. Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago by Julia D. Cowles (SCM)
  130. Pagoo by Holling Clancy Holling (RL 6.1)
  131. A Peep Behind the Scenes by Mrs. O. F. Walton (a9-14)
  132. Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1 – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (RL 4.7)
  133. Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2 – The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (RL 4.7)
  134. Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3 – The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (RL 4.3)
  135. Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4 – The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (RL 3.3)
  136. Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5 – The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (RL 4.3)
  137. Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840 by Barbara Greenwood (a8-12)
  138. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (AO Year 4) (RL 5.8)
  139. Pony Pals #10 — Don’t Hurt My Pony by Jeanne Betancourt (RL 3.6)
  140. Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (RL 7.5)
  141. Princess School #4 – Beauty is a Beast by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens (RL 4.3)
  142. Prudence and the Millers by Mildred A. Martin (Gr 2-9)
  143. Railway Children by Edith Nesbit (VP Grade 2; AO Year 4; CHC Grade 5; TOL Grade 5; CCH 1000E) (RL 5.6)
  144. Real Story of Mankind, Adapted from Hendrick Van Loon’s “The Story of Mankind,” Compiled and edited by J. Parnell McCarter, Chapters 8-13 (PHSC Grades 5-8)
  145. School Days with the Millers by Mildred A. Martin (Gr 2-9)
  146. Seabird by Holling Clancy Holling (RL 4.9)
  147. Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (AO Year 4; LLATL Grade 4) (RL 5.7)
  148. Story of Canada, New Revised Edition, by Janet Lunn and Christopher Moore (Chapters 1-2)
  149. Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber and Christine Miller (Gr 1-6)
  150. Storytime with the Millers (PHSC Grade 3)
  151. Streams of Civilization, Volume 1 by Mary Stanton and Albert Hyma (pre-Greeks and Greeks)
  152. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb (AO Year 1; AO Year 2; AO Year 3; OFE 4) (RL 10.0) – Comedy of Errors
  153. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb (AO Year 1; AO Year 2; AO Year 3; OFE 4) (RL 10.0) – Timon of Athens
  154. Tales of Persia: Missionary Stories from Islamic Iran by William McElwee Miller (all ages)
  155. Tampering With Temptation from Grace & Truth Books
  156. Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (AO Year 2) (a9-12)
  157. Teddy’s Button by Amy Le Feuvre (a6-11)
  158. Three Greek Children by Alfred J. Church (a9-11)
  159. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. .John (Gr4-7)
  160. Tree in the Trail by Holling Clancy Holling (RL 4.8)
  161. TruthQuest History: Ancient Greeks by Michelle Miller (Grades 5-12) (parts)
  162. Twits by Roald Dahl (RL 5.2)
  163. Walt Disney’s More Tales from the Magic Kingdom from Brimar / Twin Books
  164. Warcraft Archive: The Four Original Tales Set in the World of Blizzard Entertainment’s Epic Game Series – Day of the Dragon by Richard A. Knaak
  165. -Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
  166. -The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
  167. -Of Blood and Honor by Chris Metzen
  168. Weed with an Ill Name from Grace & Truth Books
  169. World History Encyclopedia: A complete and comprehensive guide to the history of the world from Parragon Publishing (ancient Greece)


  1. Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty (RC)
  2. Children of the New Forest by F. Marryat (AO Year 3) (a9-12)
  3. Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (RL 6.8)
Posted in Homeschooling, Our Adventures, Subject History & Geography

First Week Funny

PlainsOfAbraham2007This 1797 engraving is based on a sketch made by Hervey Smyth, General Wolfe’s aide-de-camp during the siege of Quebec. A view of the taking of Quebec, 13th September 1759.

As we head into the last day of our official first week of school for this year, I thought I’d share a humorous exchange that occurred today:

DELIGHTFUL: Hey, Mom!  Did you know that General Montcalm died the day after the battle of the Plains of Abraham?

ME: I read that.  Did you know that I have actually been to the Plains of Abraham?

(Delightful’s eyes get really big)

DELIGHTFUL: (in a serious and concerned tone of voice) Was it still smoking?

Posted in My Life

Blythe Jasper

'Tulip Culture' by George Hitchcock, 1889

In loving memory of

Blythe Jasper,

Born into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at 5:45 p.m.,

At the age of 8 weeks’ gestation.

~ Deeply missed. Forever loved. ~


“Happy, Blythe, Cheerful, Carefree”

“But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.”

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)


“Treasure Keeper, Treasurer”

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21)

“I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel 12:23)

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens…Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-8)

“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14)

“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39)

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:27,28)

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13,14)

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52)

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” (1 Corinthians 15:26)


Posted in Reading & Literature, Subject English

100 + Whole-Hearted Books To Fight Back the Culture


A great list of books from Deep Roots at Home:

100 + Whole-Hearted Books To Fight Back the Culture