Archive for March 13th, 2006

Now that the Fairies Have Houses…

March 13, 2006 @ 10:34 am | Filed under:

080277487301_aa_scmzzzzzzz_…they’ll need something to eat. Beanie’s fairy house (photo to come) turned into a restaurant with seashell plates. Naturally, the girls had to run for their favorite fairy cookbook: Mud Pies and Other Recipes. I do believe it was Alice who introduced us to this book some six or seven years ago.

I’ll add some more fun fairy books later, but right now I’m off to visit the midwife.

I’m back! As promised:

072324839701_aa_scmzzzzzzz_The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies and others by Cicely Mary Barker, including this one which I haven’t seen but which looks like lots of fun: How to Host a Flower Fairy Tea Party.

Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones.
A sweet novel about a little girl who makes a fairy house out of an old tomato can.

Fairy Fun: A Child’s Fairyland of Enchanting Projects and Magical Games by Maria S. Schwartz.

Fairy Houses by Tracy L. Kane. I haven’t reviewed this one yet, but it looks charming. We’ll see if our library has it.

Ditto for this one: Fairy Island: An Enchanted Tour of the Homes of the Little Folk by Laura Martin.

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Homeschool Fire Sale

March 13, 2006 @ 6:15 am | Filed under:

Big sale today on a package of ebooks & mp3 files. Cookbooks, radio shows, science experiments, lots of other stuff. Just spreading the word.

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The Tide Is Going Out

The other day a neighbor asked me if we take a spring break. I laughed and said, “Yes—the whole spring!”

We’ve had such a pleasant time the last couple of months, immersing ourselves in some good books and other forms of study. Now the outdoors is beckoning, and our daily rhythms are shifting. Spring is calling us, urging us out of the house. We are a bunch of Mary Lennoxes, unable to resist the rustlings and chirpings, the spikes of green, the gypsy winds.

I keep finding cups of water on the counter with tiny blossoms floating like fairy lily pads: the first bluets and starry white chickweed flowers. Chickweed, so Jane tells me, is an edible plant and quite tasty. (“Like sugar snap pea pods, Mom.”) She has begged me not to uproot the vast patch of it that has taken over a stretch of our backyard mulch bed, just uphill from the strawberries. Another weed, a purple-flowered plant the children call “cow parsley,” is popping up all over the lawn, much to their delight: they suck the nectar from the itty bitty orchid-like blossoms and proclaim it better than the honeysuckle they’ll seek out later in the summer.

Jane, who had been binging on math during the past three weeks—such a Math-U-See enthusiast is she that she devoured half of her new Pre-Algebra book in a month’s time—seems to have shifted her attentions to botany. I find myself tripping over her tattered copy of All About Weeds everywhere I go, and upstairs, the microscope is much in demand for the viewing of leaf cross sections. An experiment involving scarlet runner beans has become the centerpiece on the kitchen table.

Our oregano and thyme are greening back up, and the foxglove is quite large already. Daffodils are in glorious bloom on the slope at the edge of the yard, but I don’t venture down that hill often; the walk back up wipes me out these days. Such is the ninth month of pregnancy.

DoveA mourning dove is nesting above our front porch light. I can’t imagine how she tolerates the clamor, for this is the season of constant in-and-out. Red Virginia mud is every-where. (Please don’t look at my floors.) A great vat of mud has appeared in the backyard under the white pine, and someone painted the slide. This may account for the recent destruction of several pairs of pants.

My hyacinths bloomed yesterday, beating the forsythia for the first time. The crocuses and windflowers have been flaunting their sky colors for two weeks. It’s just about time to get our peas in the ground—our tradition is to plant them on St. Patrick’s Day.

So yes, we’re on spring break already, and it’ll last until summer.

This post is part of my series on Tidal Homeschooling.

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Artist at Work

March 13, 2006 @ 3:40 am | Filed under: ,

Aspiring artists and picture book fans alike will enjoy Art and Soul, the blog of illustrator Janee Trasler. Right now she is sharing a behind-the-scenes look at her first book sale. Fun!

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