Cricket’s reading this week

To go with Expedition Earth:

Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne – Luckily we just happened to be on this book, as we are working our way through the series. Cricket LOVES Annie and Jack. They are like friends to her like I was “friends” with Laura and Mary Wilder. I can’t ask for more from a book than that. This series has completely drawn her in and has her excited about reading. Cricket will listen to as many chapters at a time as I will sit and read.

Good Night, World by Willa Perlman – This was a really good review of terms and things in the world in a story setting. My favorite part was the end of the book which had ways to say goodnight in a variety of languages.

Pleasure Books: 
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – Cricket really enjoyed this book, to no surprise. All of Dr. Seuss’ wonderful rhyming stories have been well loved in our house.

Sea Turtle’s Clever Plan by Rebecca Johnson – This was the story of a baby sea turtles voyage from hatching to the sea. Cricket loved all the images of the baby sea turtles; they were seriously adorable by the way. She didn’t get that into the story though. I think it would be a good book for an animal study or sea study.

A Horse and a Hero (Disney Tangled) (Step into Reading)This easy reader was too advanced for Cricket, but she enjoyed hearing the story and she really enjoyed being able to read the words that she did know. This was an adaptation of the movie focusing on the roles that Flynn and Maximus played.

Bedtime Books (That we haven’t already counted):

The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster

That makes 189 books total so far for 2011. I highly recommend joining in at the Read to Me Picture Book Challenge.

You should also see what others are reading this week at Mouse Grows Mouse Learns.

The week with the 105 degree fever…

Cricket got sick at the end of the week which threw a kink in our plans, and she terrified me with a record breaking fever for her of 105 degrees. Cricket has always run high fevers, but this was a first. Luckily I was able to get the fever back to a “normal” Cricket fever of around 103 and her pediatrician’s office was fabulous!  I’m curious what other homeschool mamas do on sick days.

In school life, everything went ok on the days we were able to do school. She is really enjoying the combination of our daily board and calendar.

Once again Cricket was a BIG fan of the playdoh part of her work. 

She is progressing ok with the program, but I have also started using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. This is much more effective with Cricket for actually learning to read.

Cricket is progressing well with Horizons, and enjoying the work. Some of it is a review but other parts are new and I like the way they mix the work around each day.


As we continued on our Expedition Earth journey this week we visited Panama. Cricket is really getting into the prayer box concept, but she is making pretty much the same prayer every week. 

Another favorite now is painting the flag. 

Cricket is really in love with painting right now, and water paint is her current medium of choice. 

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Ballet study, Venezuela, and More

In preparation for starting ballet classes next week we did a mini-unit on ballet from Confessions of a Homeschooler. Cricket really loved it.

Cricket is really enjoying her reading, and is almost reading her first easy reader, fat cat. We are still using 1+1+1=1 You Can Read and she’s loving all the different learning techniques. I think the playdoh was her favorite though!

We are working our way through Horizons and Cricket is doing really well with it. This week tally marks were introduced, which I never would have thought to do on my own.

Our daily board is also helping with numbers by correlating the different ways a number is written.


Expedition Earth this week was a study of Venezuela. Crickets favorite part by far has been the discovering God’s animals supplement. In addition to this work we read and introduced more Spanish words with this book:

Cricket completed the I am an artist poster from Pineapple Paintbrush’s class. She really loved the activity and I loved her drawn answers to the different questions. I can’t wait to progress with this class. 

Cricket continued with her Gymnastics and continues to improve especially with her flexibility.
In the course of using the playdoh for reading we also just played with it and built other skills. 

Cricket’s writing grip is improving, and I just think her little hand is so adorable. 

We also used shaving cream to write letters and numbers, and play!

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What Cricket read this week…

To go with Expedition Earth:

The Rainforest Race (Ready-To-Read Go Diego Go – Level 1) – Obviously we were lacking on “Venezuela” books. This easy reader was a simple book about Diego, but at least it was set in the Rainforest. 

Living in Tropical Rain Forests (Life on the Edge) – This book was way too advanced for Cricket, but we enjoyed looking at the different pictures and talking about the general themes of the rain forest.

Pleasure Books: 
Sesame Street Abby’s First Book of Shapes –  This one was a board book, but Cricket picked it out from the library herself and I have a hard time saying no to those. It was good for reviewing some basic words and of course shapes. 

Bridget’s Beret by Tom Lichtenheld – Cricket loved all the different art work in this book, and I loved the various artists featured in the book. It was overall a really cute story. 

Three by the Sea by Mini Grey – Cricket LOVED this book about the threesome of a cat, dog, and a mouse. It was a good book about friendship, acceptance, and making things work.

Emily’s Magic Words: Please, Thank You, and More by Cindy Senning – This was a great book about all the different “magic words”. Cricket responded well to the way it was written and it helped reinforced lessons I’ve been teaching.

That makes 183 books total so far for 2011. I highly recommend joining in at the Read to Me Picture Book Challenge.

You should also see what others are reading this week at Mouse Grows Mouse Learns.