Civil War living books

I thought I would share some of Kailyn’s favorite Civil War era living books that she has enjoyed the past few weeks. She is such a voracious reader that it is hard to keep her stocked with good, quality books but I try! These books are not part of our curriculum, but she reads them in her free time or for her “free reading time” each day.

Landmark book

Landmark book

The Boys War by Jim Murphy

The Boys War by Jim Murphy

Gettysburg Landmark book
Gettysburg Landmark book
With Lee in Virginia by Henty
With Lee in Virginia by Henty

She also read about Clara Barton who was an important person during this time and lots of Lincoln books. I feel maybe I was a little Confederate heavy in book offerings but I wanted her to read about both sides of the War. Do you have any recommendations for Civil War living books that your kids loved? Share away!

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A letter from the Queen

Yes, we did receive a response from the Queen of England!!! 🙂 I should say, Louisa received a response from the Queen! Remember my post about the letter Louisa sent last year for the Queen’s 90th birthday? Well, look what came in the mail yesterday: img_5099_li img_5100
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Louisa was very excited and had a huge smile when I showed her. I was quite surprised and excited myself. I wonder how many letters she received? I think it’s quite impressive that they responded to all of them. I asked Louisa what she was going to do with it and she said she was going to keep it in her special letters box forever.  🙂

By the way, the signature E II R means Elizabeth Regina. She is the second queen Elizabeth of England and Regina means Queen in Latin.

December Happenings

Happy 2017! It’s a new year but I wanted to remember December before moving on, since so much happened! julia-nov-2016

 

And the biggest thing that happened over the season was we found out that we are expecting twins!!! in March! We are over our initial shock and now in full “get-ready-for-twins” mode. It will be very interesting to see how homeschooling works with twins in the house. I knew it would be hard with a newborn, but two newborns will be a little tricky. We plan to school as long as we can before the babies come and then thankfully, my older girls do great independent work, so I am planning to have them continue on when I don’t need their help as much. If anyone has home schooled while bringing home a newborn or twins into the family, please share your survival tips for me! I will need it!