We have had the busiest week… in the best possible ways…
A number of our followers saw the post: Our Reader’s Have Done It Again: They Have Built a Library Book by Book… and wanted to know how they could join in… If you would like to send books or haven’t got around to sending books yet… then it is never too late. Please follow the link and find out how you can still contribute to our library.
And I have to mention that this week… our Pinterest followers… popped over the 20 000 mark… what can I say, Pinterest has a phenomenal number of folk joining in… and it is one of my favourite places to hang out on the internet. If you are one of our followers, thanks so much for going the extra mile and following!!!
Lovely Links from This Week
Some weeks I battle to find the most fantastic links on earth and I spend hours searching for just the right links for our readers. This was not that week. There was so much to read out there this week. There is something to read here for everyone… enjoy!!!
- 13 Great Ways to Feed Wild Birds on the Crafty Crow!!!
- How to Make Natural Dye for Painting Eggs with TinkerLab.
- Oh this must be the season to make Fairy Gardens… would you look at this delight on Nurture Store.
- I loved this April Fool’s Fish Game on HandMade Charlotte… love it!!!
- This was just the most inspiring project spotted on the web this week: Repurpose School Bags.
- Tiny LEGO photographer… travels the world!!!
- These books on Playing by the Book look fantastic: Gotta Get Outdoors.
- Here is an interesting read, sometimes we just need to make a decision and go with it: No complaining for a month…
- 7 Suggestions for Raising Boys Who Welcome Your Input as Adults, by Ron Edmondson.
- I am with Mandi Ehman on thins one: Talk, talk, talk… Why We Don’t Talk About Miscarriage and Why I Am… On Life Your Way.
- Heather Sanders writes about homeschooling as it is and this is such a great post: 7 Time-Management Secrets Every Homeschooling Mom Should Know.
- From the Telegraph: Survey Reveals Fifty Books A Child Should Read Before they are Sixteen.
- And I might mention… if you are planning to bake an Easter Cake then bake on of these: Because obviously Yuppie Chef is hosting a fabulous Easter Baking Competition, and you wouldn’t want any of that great baking effort to go to waste!!!
A Blast From the Past – Easter Posts:
- 2009: Se7en Egg-stra Special Easter Craft Ideas.
- 2010: Se7en Things to do the Week Before Easter.
- 2011: Passover and a Platter of Plagues… and An Easy Easter Tree in Se7en Steps…
- 2012: Se7en Make Palm Sunday Leaf Crosses.
- 2013: Greek Easter Bread in Se7en Steps…
- 2014: A Little Easter Surprise…
TIP TOP TIP
Digital Learning: a course for becoming confident with modern online tools. Launching on April 6, a FREE seven-week class.
I have mentioned before how Tim Chase’s ImpactVirtual.com has had such a profound effect on our kids learning online. Well he has a free course that our oldest three children have done and really is the course that has launched their confidence with all things online. The course gives them the skills to present their work online in a useful way… they will learn in a safe environment and discover how to conduct themselves in an online class. There is a lot of evaluation and they are not left to their own resources by any means, which is probably what sets this “virtual school” apart from most online classes. Our kids had to raise their game significantly, they worked hard and the harder they worked the better they did… and it became a self-fulfilling cycle. I would go so far as to say, this course is a game changer, providing high-school students with the necessary skills they need to acquire, for learning in an online world.
“This one is Impact Virtual Learning’s most popular class–great as a stand-alone for your homeschooling teen or as a prerequisite for the Impact Virtual Learning electives. Digital Learning has received terrific responses from parents and students. You can see some of the reviews at www.facebook.com/impactvirtual
The course features website creation, digital citizenship, and working with embed codes and design tools. You’ll love the teacher feedback, and your homeschooler will love the peer-interaction. Class starts the week of April 6. Follow the link for details and registration.“
Book of the Week
River Daughter by Jane Hardstaff and published by Penguin Random South Africa: Moss and Salter are back, this is the follow on from The Executioner’s Daughter, that we loved and reviewed here. Moss is a girl living in the harsh reality of Tudor times, she has escaped the vicious world of “being the executioner’s daughter” and appears to have arrived in happier times. Her father is now a blacksmith and her friend and ally, Salter, has come to live with them in a country village. The author seamlessly entertwines mythology and traditions and history so well, frankly it is hard to tell them apart. Did you know that there really was a Polar Bear that lived in the Tower of London… that part isn’t actually a myth it is documented history. You have to read on, as Moss is compelled to return to the Tower, which she spent the previous book escaping from. The baddies are bad, the scary parts are scary… the funny parts hilarious and basically a fantastic read. Right from the first few pages you are on a breathless adventure of the historical and very exciting kind… I sat on the couch to peruse it and read it through in a sitting, in a word: compelling. As I said some parts would be pretty scary for a younger reader, but not overwhelming for the 12 and up set, at which it is aimed.
We were given a copy of River Daughter, by Penguin Random South Africa for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed are as usual entirely our own.
Folktales from Africa, Retold by Dianne Stewart and illustrated by Marjorie Van Heerden: We reviewed this book last week and I loved reading through the comments about the books the kids of our readers are reading and loving right now.
All the entries muddled up…
And the winner is:
Marcia Mar 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm Mine read the Bible (we have 3 – 4 versions; they are finally into the one I picked about a month after they were born – I remember because that visit to the bookshop was our “date” while the grannies babysat) and then another book. Every single night they ask for “Naughty Amelia Jane” so D popped by Readers Warehouse yesterday to buy another Amelia Jane. Connor is obsessed with Naughty Amelia Jane.
Congratulations to: Marcia expect an email from us shortly so that we can get your prizes to you as soon as possible.
We would like to thank Random Penguin Books South Africa who supplied us with the GiveAway books. We were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed in it are as usual, entirely our own.
That’s us… Hope your weekend has been a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all… not to mention a GiveAway or Two…