Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Bless the Rains Down in Africa

Anna and I ended the school year in Botswana, Africa. It was a lovely visit, and we didn't even have to leave our home. We used a Five in a Row style unit study from Home School Share based on Honey, Honey, Lion by Jan Brett. It was a great end to the school year. The highlight of the study was making papyrus paper and drawing "hieroglyphs" on it. Here are some pictures and a list of the books we read for our study.

Lions ~ Gallimard Jeunesse

Anna and I had lot of fun learning this year. It is hard to believe she will be a 4th grader. This year really reaffirmed my love of literature unit studies. I plan to continue them next year, but with chapter books. I can't wait!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spring Reading Thing 2011 ~ Conclusion

Spring is over, and so is the Spring Reading Thing challenge at Callapider Days. I did pretty well this year. I had 10 books on my list, and I read most of them, gave up on a few of them, and am still reading one of them. Here is a break down of my list and how I rated each book.

Books I completed:
Sing ~ Lisa T Bergran ~ C
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ ~ John Piper ~ A
The Shadow Women ~ Angela Hunt ~ A
Thin Places ~ Mary DeMuth ~ A
The Pirate Queen ~ C-
Life in Defiance ~ Mary DeMuth ~ A

Books I gave up on:
The Moment Between ~ Nicole Baart
Paradise Valley ~ Dale Cramer
Green Rider ~ Kristin Britain

Still reading:
Jane Eyre ~ Charlotte Bronte

I had a lot of fun and read some great books. You can check out what the other participants did here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review: Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

I recently read Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris. It is a very readable and understandable study of systematic theology. The author has an engaging writing style, and effectively uses stories from his own life to get his message across. His explanation of the basic doctrines of Christianity is easy to understand. I would recommend this book to any one who wants to know more about their faith, and why we believe what we believe. I think it would be an excellent study for youth and young adults, and I plan to have both of my teens read it.

This book was given to me free by Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.