Wednesday, September 30, 2009

My turn to tell

Okay - so first of all I am currently reading 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (with J. while my son reads 7 Habits of Happy Kids).  Fun!  And I'm reading The Art of Teaching writing by Lucy Calkins.  Loving it!  I wish I'd read it when my oldest was TWO!  I also just finished a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.  I'm in a non-fiction mood, if you can't tell.  However, I am going to start the 39 Clues series because my son has been telling me all week, "This is the best book ever"!  Gotta find out for myself.  :-)

With that said, Their Finest Hour FINALLY came in at the library, so I'm hoping to start/finish that before it's due again.  :-) I just put Hurried Child on hold at the library and I've already read Stay at Home moms. 

Kelly, I loved The Wheel on the School a lot better than Sixty Fathers.  Maybe it's the timing or order in which they are read?  But I do love that book!

And I am waiting for two books to come in:  the sequel to The Hunger Games!  Agh!!  I can't wait!  And the sequel to The Red Necklace  by Sally Gardner.  Again, can't wait!!! 

Has anyone read the Golden Compass?  It's been sitting by my bed for awhile, but I just can't get in the mood to read it.

Well, happy reading.

P.S. My son John just started a GoodReads account.  If your kids have emails send 'em to me so he can invite them.  Right now he has no "friends" and I would like him to have more to choose from than just what "Mom" says is cool!  :-)

What I'm Reading

Hello Everyone,

I am not finishing the Colombia book right away because I could only get it on library loan and I didn't finish it fast enough. I'm going to try and get it from Weber State.

In the meantime, for October we're supposed to read I Am the Clay, but I find that uninspiring. INSTEAD, I'll be reading two books. Feel free to read them with me, or not. I'm just switching two months and reading

1) The Hurried Child (because my Dad looked down his nose at me when I said I hadn't read it--apparently it is one of his fav education books)

2) the Praise of Stay At Home moms.

Really, I'm just SO TIRED all the time and Potok takes so much out of you emotionally. I'm just not up for it this month. So, switching Oct and Nov books. If you want to you can read along with me.

PS--I'll also be reading Alexander's biography of Wilford Woodruff, if you want to read that too!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hi Folks!

Are you all still working on the Columbia book?

I've been reading "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. I've also just finished "Lighting Their Fires" by Rafe Esquith. It was pretty good, but I liked his first book, "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire" better. Oh! And I read "The Wheel on the School" by Meindert DeJong (who wrote Sixty Fathers). It's on my daughter's reading list for her current history study. Nice children's book - not nearly as intense as Sixty Fathers.

My baby has been sick 2.5 of the last three weeks. First a cold, then a flu virus. Feel sorry for me, please. :-) I have been too tired to stay up late reading.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Become a Movie Critic

Hey Friends!

I just got back from Education Week at BYU and while there I went to an amazing class entitled "Great Cinema for Families." It was so inspiring and made me want to watch movies all the time. :-) Anyway, if you got to you can take an online course on becoming a movie critic and learn what really makes a great movie. There you can also find a list of about 50 movies or so that the "team" on campus has deemed "great movies." Pay in mind that they also publicize for ClearPlay (a movie editing system), so don't be too shocked by some of the movies you might see on there. And one more thing is that you can write movie reviews. I thought this would be a great resource or "class" for older students. I may even have John do some this year, he would love any excuse to watch movies!

So, any GREAT movies you would recommend??? Share!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What we're reading response

I have the Colombia book right now and I'm working on that.

So--for September the Colombia book.

For October, I Am the Clay.

Yes, the list is current and correct.

What Are we Reading?

Hi All!
What are we reading now? Is the current list up to date? I'm ready to have some more discussion/essays going on! :-)