Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Owl Moon #atozchallenge




 Blogging Unit Study ideas using Five in a Row Curriculum Books from A to Z

I am joining literally hundreds of other bloggers to blog through the Alphabet in the month of April (Sunday we get a break!) with a Themed month. This is my first time joining in and I am excited for the challenge.


 Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don't need words. You don't need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn't an owl, but sometimes there is.

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind's close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by award-winning John Schoenherr's soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime


Definitely the perfect time to learn about a variety of owls through library books, youtube videos, dvd's and dissecting owl pellets.

Additional topics
*Moon Phases
*Winter

Lapbooks
Owl Babies


Owl Prowl

We get our dissection kit from Home Science Tools and I have been very pleased with them!




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Killing Notion By Melissa Bourbon *Review


Title: A Killing Notion
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Author: Melissa Bourbon
Publisher: Penguin Group
Language: English
Pages: 320
Format: Ebook
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Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms….  
Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.
But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.
INCLUDES SEWING TIPS

My Thoughts:
Any Cozy that involves sewing is one I am drawn to. Add in special, magical skills from her Grandpa Butch Cassidy and you have a even better combination!
So we have Gracie dating Shane, whose father is murdered and Shane is a suspect. Gracie's Dad Will is dating Harlow (don't you just love that name!). Gracie wants Harlow to help clear her boyfriend's name. Harlow has a knack for investigating and getting folks to talk, so she casually heads out to explore more information. Her new Step Brother, the Police sheriff has his eye on her though!
I had just learned about the rage of a huge pin that the girls (and guys) wear at the Homecoming dances in Texas. The "go big' slogan holds true even with these! These are outlandish, huge and colorful. Homecoming was coming up and Harlow as the local dressmaker was helping the girls to design theirs. I thought that was neat to include in the book because many of us don't know anything about it.
The characters were fun and full of Texas love! I really enjoyed Harlow and her care for others including her quacky deceased grandmother who pops up on occasion, as a ghost of course, trying to wreck havoc!

 Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name, Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in northern California to write full-time amid horses and longhorns in north Texas. She is the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series (A Custom-Fit CrimeDeadly PatternsA Fitting End).




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N is for Night of the Moonjellies #atozchallenge




 Blogging Unit Study ideas using Five in a Row Curriculum Books from A to Z

I am joining literally hundreds of other bloggers to blog through the Alphabet in the month of April (Sunday we get a break!) with a Themed month. This is my first time joining in and I am excited for the challenge.


 Night of the Moonjellies
Mark Shasha

 On his way to help grandmother and relatives at a seaside hot dog stand, seven-year-old Mark stops on the beach to pick up a small jellylike substance that he places in a bag of seawater. A moonlight ride with Gram on a fishing boat takes them out on the ocean where thousands of moonjellies shimmer, and the boy slips his treasure back among them. Based on a childhood experience in New England, Shasha's narrative is full of small details that illuminate the story but don't impede it. His rich pastels combined with the text create a strong sense of place and time--the warmth of family relationships, the quiet companionship of the boy and his grandmother, the cheerful hard work and hustle-bustle of the concession stand, and the magic of the glowing sea. His use of light, shadows, and darkness in the luminous full-color double-page spreads invite readers right into the story. -- School Library Journal





Night of the Moonjellies lapbook from Homeschoolshare

We have worked on this book in the past with my older boys, and it is probably one of my very favorite. I love Jelly Fish anyhow, and this gave us an opportunity to really dig into learning not only about Jelly Fish, but also other sea life.



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