Jan 202017
 

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growing through reading 3 books collage

The love of books and the love of gardening are not mutually exclusive, as Beatrix Potter successfully demonstrated. To that extent, here are three books which caught my eye recently.  They are each of vastly different garden topics and aspects.

Something they all have is common is they are available both in print and ebook versions.  These are also not free books, though they sound very much like something that would be worth paying for.  They also all have over 100 raving reviews, as in 98% give them 4 or 5 stars, which can often be hard to find.

The world of gardening books has taught me a lot these past few years, and these three books promise to add to that knowledge.  They are all going to be added to my reading list and hopefully consumed soon.

Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children's Tales by [McDowell, Marta]

Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life: The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tales

The book is divided into 4 sections; a biography of Beatrix Potter, a description of her garden through the season, a guide to visiting her gardens, and a plant list. I was familiar with Potter’s illustrations in her children’s books, but was unaware of her other artwork.. She began doing botanical illustration as the age of 10. In addition to some of Potter’s artwork, there are also photographs of Potter and her gardens, so photos taken by Potter herself and some more contemporary. I enjoyed reading a biography that did not attempt to sully the person’s reputation. This book made me want to get out in my own garden and visit Potter’s gardens if I should visit England in the future.

And the review from Not Yet Old makes me want to visit this book.

Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use by [Gladstar, Rosemary]

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

As I look ahead to a year of growing a mobile garden, herbs were at the top of my list of plants.  I love having fresh ones to use for cooking.  To be honest, I have not explored the material on herbs and their usage as much as I could have.  I knew they could be used for medicinal purposes, but have never tried it.  This sounds like it would be just the thing to have on hand for gaining such knowledge.

The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming

A great reminder that one does not need vast acres to have a successful garden or farm.  Over the years I have found the best results when I look to non-traditional methods, those who look to the natural process and try to mimic it rather than fight against it.

The thing about this book that caught my eye was this sentence in the description, “Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their thriving CSA and seasonal market stands and supply their signature mesclun salad mix to dozens of local establishments.”  (emphasis is mine) Imagine what we can do in our small back yard garden for our family, or even perhaps our neighbors.

Since the move to a new place with a different flow and culture, I have had serious doubts about having a road side stand again.  And to be honest, I doubt I will.  I enjoyed having it, getting to know our neighbors and blessing them with produce, but it does not look like it would work as well in this setting.  It was nice to have a bit of extra income during the summer months.

Perhaps I will visit the idea again, once we are no longer renting, and do something similar to what is described in the book.  Till then, I will continue to grow in my knowledge and from the experience of others.  You  never know what you might learn.

Feb 132016
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

While searching for gardening ebooks this morning I came across some books geared towards kids.  A further search revealed even more books.  My kids often ask me to read something to them from my Kindle.  Currently the only ‘kids’ books I have are 50 Famous Stories Retold, which we use as a part of school, and a book on feelings.  Not exactly an extensive list of choices.

A lot of the books below are fairly simple and short, sometimes that is exactly what you need. A few are longer and have more details.  When you click through the link you will be able to take a look inside the book.   That will give you a good idea of what the rest of the book will look like.

Animals

Bugs and Insects Kingdom : K12 Earth Science Series: Insects for Kids

Its A Bugs World: Scary and Spooky Bugs: Insects for Kids – Entomology

Book of Scary Creatures on the Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Blue Animals On The Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Orange Animals On The Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Crustaceans, What & Why? : Preschool Science Series: Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids Pre-K Books

All About Elephants

Bees Like Flowers

The Amazing Animal Superbook

Geography

3rd Grade Geography: Why Does it Rain?: Precipitation Weather for Kids

4th Grade Geography: North and South Poles: Fourth Grade Books Polar Regions for Kids

5th Grade Geography: Seas and Oceans of the World: Fifth Grade Books Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids

Around The Globe – Must See Places in the Middle East: Middle East Travel Guide for Kids

Around The Globe – Must See Places in South America: South America Travel Guide for Kids

Let’s Explore North America (Most Famous Attractions in North America): North America Travel Guide

Around The Globe – Must See Places in Africa: African Travel Guide for Kids

Let’s Explore Southeast Asia (Most Famous Attractions in Southeast Asia): Southeast Asia Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Canada (Most Famous Attractions in Canada): Canada Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Italy (Most Famous Attractions in Italy): Italy Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Australia (Most Famous Attractions in Australia): Australia Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Germany (Most Famous Attractions in Germany): Germany Travel Guide

Natural Sciences

Why Does It Happen?: Oceans, Seas, Lakes and Rivers: Oceanography for Kids

Space

Let’s Explore the Moon: Moons and Planets for Kids

About the Milky Way (Our Home Galaxy) : 3rd Grade Science Textbook Series: Solar System for Kids

101 Facts… Solar System. Space Books for Kids

History

Grade 2 History: Wayback Machine For Kids: This Day In History Book 2nd Grade

4th Grade History: Ancient Civilizations: Fourth Grade Books for Kids

4th Grade History Book: Mayans and Incas of South America: Fourth Grade Books Ancient Civilizations

5th Grade American History: American Presidents: Fifth Grade Books US Presidents for Kids

5th Grade Us History: Famous US Inventors: Fifth Grade Books Inventors for Kids

5th Grade US History: Famous US Authors: Fifth Grade Books American Writers

6th Grade American History: Founding Fathers and Leaders: American Revolution Kids Sixth Grade Books

Science

Famous Scientists and What They Did : Pre-K Science Series: Scientists for Kids Preschool Books

Five Human Senses, What & Why? : 3rd Grade Science Books Series: Third Grade Books

Grade 1 Science: For Curious Kids: Fun Science Trivia for Kids In Grade One

Phonics

Grade 2 Phonics: Better Baby Speakers: 2nd Grade Books Reading Aloud Edition

Music

I Love Music: All About Musical Instruments Then and Now: Music Instruments for Kids

Misc.

Let’s Explore the Construction Site: Construction Site Kids Book

Things That Go – Boats Edition: Boats for Children & Kids

Feb 132016
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

Here are 10 free ebooks found on Amazon which I thought looked interesting and informative.  Several of them I got for myself, to read either now or later.  While I often read at home at night, I also like to have a selection of books for when I am in the car, waiting at an appointment, or for quiet times.

The books are grouped by similar topics to help you find something that may interest you.  I hope you find something to enjoy and learn from.

Gardening

Urban Gardening Guide

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens

Homesteading

Homesteading The Easy Way Including Prepping And Self Sufficency: 3 Books In 1 Boxed Set

Weekend Homesteader: April

Heirloom Seeds: An Introduction to Organic Heirloom Seeds, Growing Them, and Their Benefits

Foraging: The Complete Beginners Guide – 28 Crucial Steps To Foraging Wild Edible Plants And Herbs The Easy And Safe Way!

Herbs

Herbs, Herbs and more Herbs: A handbook on everything you need to know to use herbs effectively (How to dry herbs at home – How to dry foods 2)

Herb Gardening For Beginners, Planting An Herb Garden Made Easy: How To Grow Herbs And Dry Herbs

Straw Bale Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening: The Complete Straw Bale Gardening Guide How to Grow More Vegetables and Herbs in Straw Bale Garden with Limited Space.

Straw bale gardening for beginners: Ultimate guide to grow fruits, herbs and vegetables in backyard straw bale garden

Straw Bale Gardening: Simple Step by Step Guide to Successful Gardening without Any Digging

Vermiculture (Worms)

Worm Composting: The Ultimate Guide to Worm Composting for Life

Get the Garden of your Dreams with this Composting and Wormery Guide!

Indoor Gardening

Apartment Gardening

Indoor Gardening: The 12 Best Herbs to Grow On Your Kitchen Window. Tips and Techniques to Create Your Own Culinary Herb Garden

Growing House Plants for the Beginner Enthusiast

Urban Organic Gardening Indoors: A Step-By-Step Beginner’s Guide to Growing A Garden Indoors

Cooking

Cook What You Have A Guide to the Lazy Garden and the Lazy Kitchen

Jul 282015
 

school supplies 2013

With 3 weeks left before George starts school at the local public school, I figured I should start getting plans finalized for homeschooling Jack. Finalize being the key word.  Up till now I have had a general plan in mind, but nothing ordered, printed or put into binders.

My goal is to have a better laid out schedule for Jack this year, something he can take ownership of and succeed at, without feeling that I am a task master trying to drive him where he does not want to go.  This needs to be fun, short and to the point, relevant, challenging, and fun.  Did I mention fun?

Last year the focus was to be on our relationship more than academics.  While I did not always get there, I tried and learned to let things go. Jack is doing a lot better, even compared to this time last year.  Seems it worked, though we are still working towards better progress.

“Relationship” is still at the top of the list this year and has formed a lot of what I have chosen to do and the method in which we will do it.

Today was the first step – I registered for some classes at a local nature center.  We attended one last Spring and I was happy to see how much he enjoyed it.  I was concerned about his activity level, but they seemed to handle it fairly well.  The fact that part of the class was outside helped a lot.

After an internal debate, I signed him up for all the classes this semester.  Even if there are one or two classes he says he won’t like, by the time they come around I am pretty sure he will be up for going.  At least that is what I am hoping.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars

The first item on my To-Do list is to create a binder to keep all the curriculum, materials and details straight.  I found several different links that will help me compile what I am hoping to use.

This week I will go through these links, figure out what I want to actually have printed.  Add that to going through electronic versions of some materials I am planning to use, and I will be ready to get these printed out in the next week or two.  I may print some initial ones out from my home computer, to help with planning, but will take the rest to a printer in Big Town.  The price is comparable to me printing at home, about $.10 a page, but I will not have to worry about finding an ink cartridge if I run out half way through.

Homeschool binder

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So how have we decided what to use this year?  There were a variety of ways.  Some are things we have used previously, some were recommended and some came about through research and ‘discussion’.  Here is an example of how we chose the math curriculum to use:

I looked through various curriculum, narrowed it down to two, then asked my husband if he wanted to have a say in the choice of what I used.

Husband: Just choose something.  (He has other things using his brain cells lately, so I am usually the one to research things around home.)

Me: I have narrowed it down to two. One spirals and is more hands on.  The other works on mastering a topic before moving on and has fewer practice problems.

After explaining what ‘spirals’ meant his answer was quick.

Husband: The other one. He thinks linearly, that one sounds more like him.

And that folks was the extent of our ‘discussion’, 3 whole sentences plus a few more explanatory ones.  Thankfully, he chose the one I really wanted, but was questioning myself on.

When I initially looked through curriculum, I came upon this program and it seemed to fit what I was looking for.  I took time to look over materials several times and read reviews.  This is how I decided that Math Mammoth would be a great candidate for our math curriculum this year.  The following review from The Old Schoolhouse says very well some of my reasons for making this decision:

Short lessons without a lot of talking (from Mom), not having a lot of review problems, working on mastery versus spiraling, and a simple layout are the main reasons we chose this curriculum.  

I see us working our other math resources into this, to reinforce the topic being covered or to just keep it fun.

I am also curious if it would work well with George. Though he needs lots of review before his long term memory kicks in, I think he gets confused by all the jumping around they do at (the public) school.

Curriculum (somewhat in order of focus)

Bible TimeFoundations 1: Preparations for Christ (Old Testament) – this is something I picked up in an ebook bundle sale a few years ago.  At the time my kids were too young, but I knew they would get here one day.  I am planning to work this into our morning pre-school routine.  I did not do so well with it last year and felt like I was letting my kids down by putting other things ahead of our Bible Time.

Copy work – Kirsten Joy Awake’s Bible Writer – this is again something I picked up from an ebook bundle sale, but can no longer seem to find online.

MathMy Calendar Book, Math Mammoth (our main curriculum book), books from library, Math Lessons for a Living Education from Queen Homeschool (is the free ebook from the author no longer available? You can get a hardcopy here), flash cards, and Mathseeds

Reading/Phonics – Reading Eggs, AO book list, Library story time, audio books/dramas

Art – Learn. Imaine. Create! Book 1 by Queen Homeschool (no longer available?), books from library, Home Depot monthly kid’s craft

Science – homeschool day at local nature center, walks, Youtube videos, science/children’s museum

Music – listen to CDs, play variety of instruments

P.E. – bowling (free), roller skating (free), indoor playground, outdoor playground, soccer, bike riding

Geography – from public domain  Home Geography for Primary Grades by C. C. Long

HistoryStory of The World, Volume 1 – we started this last Spring and made it several chapters into it.  This summer I was able to pick up an audio version.  This means he can listen while doing something else or while in the car.  We can then do the activity pages another time.

Wow, I did not realize how many of the resources I plan to use are no longer available.  It is sad really, as I was looking forward to sharing them with you. Not only did I like them, but they were also free at the beginning of summer. That would have been helpful for those of you who are looking to keep spending low.

Also sad because that means I only have access to the ones I downloaded … unless someone knows of another source for these.  I am thinking mainly about the art and math ones from O’dell.

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Even the act of getting the above list filled out and put in order makes me feel so much better about this upcoming year.  As a Lover of Lists, it feels like my thoughts have been put into order and chaos is on its way out the door.  That is something I really need to happen right now, there are too many loose ends right now.

There are two things I still need to purchase, but I am not in a rush.  I am going to be patient and see if any sales come up in the next few weeks.  For now, the focus will be on getting pages printed, into binders and a general time frame of what I want to accomplish each month put together.

goodwill map poster music triangle finger puppet

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May 282015
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I was able to read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

Here are 10 free ebooks found on Amazon which I thought looked interesting and informative.  Several of them I got for myself, to read either now or later.  While now may not be my busiest time of the year, reading wise, I still find time each day to read something.  I also like to have a selection of books for when I am in the car, waiting at an appointment, or for quiet times.  I hope you find something to enjoy and learn from.

A Beginner's Guide to Patio and Kitch...

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Patio and Kitchen Herb Gardens: 21 Herbs You Can Grow at Home (Gardening Quick Start Guides Book 5)

How To Grow Healthy & Tasty Tomatoes...

How To Grow Healthy & Tasty Tomatoes (How To eBooks Book 46)

Perennial Flowers: A Gardening Primer

Perennial Flowers: A Gardening Primer

Garden Party: A Guide to Throwing an...

Garden Party: A Guide to Throwing an Awesome Party in Your Garden

No Work Urban Front Yard Vegetable Ga...

No Work Urban Front Yard Vegetable Gardening Simplified: The Easiest Way To Get Fresh Tasty Organic Veggies For Your Whole Family (Food and Nutrition Series Book 1)

Apartment Gardening Today: Learn to G...

Apartment Gardening Today: Learn to Grow a Complete Garden in a Small Space 

Berries: An Introduction To Growing O...

Berries: An Introduction To Growing Organic Backyard Berries

Famous Flowers And Butterflies: Beaut...

Famous Flowers And Butterflies: Beautiful Blossoms and Flowers for Kids

How To Dry Herbs: A Comprehensive Gui...

How To Dry Herbs: A Comprehensive Guide on Drying Herbs for Your Kitchen Spices and Seasoning

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens

 

 

 

 

Dec 012014
 

Storynory has a free audio story about Herod The Great.

This 14 minute story covers the history of this ruler, not just his role in Jesus’ birth story.  With the Christmas season beginning, we often hear about Jesus’ birth but not much else about that time period.  This story helps to fill in some of the details of the time and further along in the story of Jesus’ life.

This would also be a good story to use as a supplement to history of this time period.

Below the story is a narrative of the time, giving details and connections to other people and events that were going on.

The content seems best suited for older elementary kids and up.  There is nothing inappropriate for younger listeners, but the content may go over their heads a bit.

 

 

Nov 202014
 

book collage 112014

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  

Before I had a Kindle I was able to read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.

Mini Farming For Beginners: Build A Thriving Backyard Mini Farm, No Matter How Small The Space

How To Grow Fruit Trees For Beginners: A Fantastic Guide For Growing Fruit

Medicinal Herbs For Beginners: Using Herbs to Grow and Heal 

Homesteading: A Clever’s Guide to Homesteading and How to Become Self-Sufficient With Organic Gardening

Homesteading Handbook vol. 3: The Heirloom Seed Saving Guide

The Working Chicken

Homesteading Handbook vol. 2: Growing an Organic Vegetable Garden

Grow Your Own Indoor Garden at Ease: A Step By Step Primer to Gorgeous Indoor Gardens

Sep 142014
 

It isn’t always  possible to be outside in the garden.  The next best thing is looking at pictures of gardens or reading about them.  I find I can never learn enough about the things you love.  So, for those times when it is raining, you are stuck inside for a meeting or in a car going somewhere, here are a few books to add to your reading list.

These gardening ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.

Before I had a Kindle I was able to read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.

Gardening: 33 Easy and Effective Gardening Tips and Timesavers You Need to Know

Mint: The Miracle of Mint! Unlock All The Health, Beauty, & Healing Properties Of This Amazing Herb (Mint – Herbal Remedies – Healing – Natural Medicine – Essential Oils – Herbs)

Natural Pest Control – Simple Tips And Tricks To Keep Your Backyard And Plants Bug Free (Natural Pest Control, Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Pest, Natural Ways, … Ways To Keep Your Backyard Pest Free,)

Vegetable Gardening: 20 Drop Dead Simple Vegetable Gardening Techniques to Get the Most Out of Your Vegetable Garden Every Year

Organic Gardening For Beginners: Easily Start Your Own Healthy & Natural Garden: Backyard Organic Gardening, Raised Bed Gardening, Backyard Homestead (Urban Hillbilly Book 4)

Container Gardening Made Easy: The Essential Guide For the Beginning Gardener

Starting a New Garden (VOL. 2): How to Plant Seeds and Seedlings, Care for Your Plants, and Grow 12 Simple Vegetables, Plus Shade Gardening (Growing Organic Vegetables at Home)

Seed Starting: Beginners Guide To Seed Gardening!

Growing Berries: How To Grow & Preserve Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Redcurrants,Blackcurrants & Whitecurrants

The Ultimate Vegetable Container Gardening Guide for Beginners: How to Grow Healthy Vegetable & Herb Gardens in Small Spaces & Containers (FREE BONUS): vegetable gardening, herb gardening

Patio Planters: & Vertical Gardening – Designs & Wood Working Plans Volume 2 (Patio Planters: & Vertical Gardening – Designs & Wood Working Plans)

Sep 092014
 

Free E-Book of Superfood Breakfast Recipes

 

Good morning, my wonderful Readers!  I opened my inbox this morning to find this wonderful deal, a FREE ebook containing 10 Superfood Breakfast Recipes.  As you know, I love trying new recipes.  Breakfast is not often a meal I try new recipes for, as we have gotten into a groove.  For Raspeberry Coconut Quinoa, though, I will probably make an exception.  :)

  • Gluten-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Vegan-friendly

And delicious, too boot.  What more could you ask for?

To get these recipes, click 10 Superfood Breakfast Recipes and enter your email address.  That’s it. Simple and easy.

Have a great morning!

 

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