First Day 2016-17

Our first day of school was last week and this is our picture to memorialize.

Julia absolutely did not want to be left out of the picture and I thought it rather appropriate to include her🙂

first day school
Kailyn, 5th grade Louisa, 3rd grade






Shakespeare Around Here

Shakespeare can be slightly intimidating for those who are trying to teach their children… or a lot intimidating! Last year we simply read retellings of Shakespeare with the Lamb’s Book of Shakespeare.










It was great! My kids loved the stories and got excited about Shakespeare. It was a good way to dip our feet in as it was our first year.

This year we are doing the real deal. We will be reading through Twelfth Night, As You Like It and one other one (haven’t decided yet) throughout the year- basically one play each term.

I was overwhelmed at all the book sales I went to this summer and didn’t really get a chance to look through the cheap copies of Shakespeare. But, I did manage to find cheap copies on Amazon with Dover Thrift editions. These are basic, no frills copies which is what I wanted since we are going to be reading these plays outloud. I wanted each of us to have our own copy and not have to rely on the iPad for reading (there are quite a few cheap or free Kindle downloads).  Here are links to the ones I purchased:

These were $1 with Amazon Prime


These were $2.25 with Amazon Prime


















Great Finds

I really hit up the library book sales last month. There were a few big sales and some small ones too! Thought I’d share with you my great finds!!books













Goodbye Mr. Chips, James Hilton
Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Dog of Discovery, Laurence Pringle
The Saturdays, Elizabeth Enright
Follow my Leader, James Garfield
Magical Melons, Carol Ryrie Brink
The Pushcart War, Jean Merrill
Sacagawea, Judith St. George
Thomas Jefferson, Father of Democracy (Landmark)
Lincoln and Douglas, The Years of Decision (Landmark)
Sam Houston, The Tallest Texan (Landmark)
Joan of Arc (Landmark)

{Those Landmark books were $1 each. Wow. }

And look what I got for FREE today:books 2

Henry and the Clubhouse, Beverly Cleary
Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby, Peggy Parish
Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
The First Four Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Penrod Jashber, Booth Tarkington
Best Friends for Frances, Russell Hoban

I can’t even handle it that these Little House books are basically getting tossed. Do kids not read these any more? I have a bad habit of rescuing them though I do try to restrain myself. I am saving them for my grandchildren.

And don’t you love the Frances books?!  They crack me up.

Have any of you found anything awesome at book sales this summer?