Monday, September 29, 2014

A Boy and His Frog....

Levi LOVES frogs!  It seems every time he goes outside, he finds one...

I recently found an old series of Mercer Mayer books about a boy and his frog.  I bought them.  I couldn't resist!  They are so cute and reminded me of Levi.  They have pictures only, no words, and are just the right size for little hands.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saying Good Bye to the Flock...

It's been two weeks since that foggy morn when we loaded our small flock of nine into the back of a black Chevy pick-up truck.  After ten years, it was hard to say good-bye.  Riley struggled the most since they were her babies since she was a baby.  I remember her escaping the house in footie pajamas only to wander down by the pen.  We'd watch her climb the board fence.  First looking over, then slowly climbing down into the sheep pen.  There, she would talk and sing.  The sheep, in a trance like state, would gather round her.  She has always had a great love for the living. 

Now, the Farmer wants to use the pasture for a new project.  So with bittersweet tears, we waved good-bye to Wobbles, Sugar, Posy, Pansy, Pearl, Popcorn, Peanut, Uno, and Dos, but not before Riley captured an SD card full of memories...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Charlotte Mason on Habits...


At our last CM Study Group, we watched the SCM Learning and Living DVD titled, Laying Down the Rails: The Power of Good Habits.  In researching Charlotte's writings, I found many references to the power of good habits, including....

Habit, the Instrument by which Parents Work. - 'Habit is TEN natures!'  If I could but make others see with my eyes how much this saying should mean to the educator!  How habit, in the hands of the mother, is as his wheel to the potter, his knife to the caver, - the instrument by means of which she turns out the design she has already conceived in her brain.  - Charlotte Mason (Vol 1, Home Education, p 97)

The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children. - Charlotte Mason (Vol 1, Home Education, p 136)

The mother devotes herself to the formation of one habit at a time, doing no more than keep watch over those already formed.  If she be appalled by the thought of overmuch labour, let her limit the number of good habits she will lay herself out to form.  The child who starts in life with, say, twenty good habits, begins with a certain capital which he will lay out to endless profit as the years go on.  - Charlotte Mason (Vol 1, Home Education, p 136)

This notion of instilling good habits was critical to Charlotte's philosophy.  It seems quite common sense to me and yet I find it very difficult to cultivate the habits I desire, not only in my children, but in myself.  I appreciate Charlotte's direction of "one habit at a time".  Habit training is definitely lifelong work. Rome wasn't built in a day! ....and so we keep plugging away :)

For further thoughts on habit training, you may consider this post at Simply Convivial.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Back to School Book Sale...

I am a homeschooling mother of 5 with a real passion for books.  It's my mission to rescue great living books and get them in the hands of families that cherish books as much as we do.   Many of the living books I have for sale are duplicate copies of books in our personal library.   Many of these books are no longer in print, have disappeared from the public libraries, and are getting harder and harder to find.  Some of the books are new, most are used, and some are ex-library copies with the usual markings.  We are a smoke and pet free home. 

The books are listed two ways for ease of browsing.  First, anything history related is listed chronologically.  So if you know the time period you’d like to study, you can scroll to that section. Second, the books are divided into categories, alphabetical by popular publishers and curricula companies, and then, by subject.  I have tried to list recommended grades or ages where appropriate. 

There is no minimum order.  I accept PayPal.  I use media mail shipping and ship anywhere in the U.S.   Actual shipping is figured by weight.  Please send questions or desired book list to for a shipping quote.  

Thanks for looking,


SL - Sonlight
TQ - TruthQuest
AO - Ambleside Online
BF - Beautiful Feet
MFW - My Father's World
CoF - Cornerstones of Freedom
WP - Winter Promise
VP - Veritas Press

Chronological History

Subject and Publisher

All items in red are 50% off through Sept 30, 2014!!

Back to School Book Sale - Chronological History

Ancient Civilizations/Cultures

DK Africa (hardcover) $2

Work and Play in the Philippines – New World Neighbors Series (1944 hardcover) $4

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth Core 5/F $2 each

Footprints in Time: The Greeks by Sally Hewitt $2

The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum TQ $4

Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation

Usborne The Adventures of King Arthur retold by Angela Wilkes $3

The Apostle Paul – A Life of Paul by John Pollock $4

The Life of Saint Paul by Harry Emerson Fosdick (1962 hardcover) Landmark TQ $5

The Apple and the Arrow: The Legend of William Tell by Mary and Conrad Buff Core K/A $3 each

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman Core 6/G $2 each

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Isabel (hardcover) $3

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Isabel $3 each

The Challenge by Poul E. Knudsen (1960 hardcover) $3

Crispin – The Cross of Lead by Avi (hardcover) TQ $3

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli SL 1/2/B/C TQ $3

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle SL 6/7/H/W TQ $5

Exploration/Native Americans

Indian Summer by F.N. Monjo (hardcover) $3

North American Indian Sign Language by Karen Liptak $3

Trade, Transportation, and Warfare – American Indian Contributions to the World by Keoke & Porterfield (hardcover) $3

North American Indians by Marie and Douglas Gorsline Core 3/D $3

Did Columbus Really Discover America? By Peter and Connie Roop $2 each

Christopher Columbus by David Goodnough $2

I, Columbus – My Journal edited by Peter and Connie Roop TQ $3

Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay (Landmark edition) TQ $3

Christopher Columbus by Ann McGovern $3

Colonization/American Revolution

The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy & Giulio Maestro TQ $3

From Sea to Shining Sea by Peter Marshall /David Manuel (hardcover) TQ BF $3

The First Book of Early Settlers by Louise Dickinson Rich (hardcover) TQ $5

Land of the Free by Enid La Monte Meadowcroft (1961 hardcover) $6

A Beka Our America grade 2 student text $3

Life in America Series
            Life Establishing a Nation 1790-1849 $8
            Life in a New World 1000-1763 $8

America’s Pioneers & Patriots published by Christian Liberty MFW $3 set
-       Student Text
-       Answer Key
-       Tests

A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla Core 3/D TQ $3

My America Season of Promise – Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary by Patricia Hermes $3

The Story of Jamestown by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) $4

The Paradox of Jamestown 1585 – 1700 by Collier & Collier (hardover) $4

The Pilgrims First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern $2

Boy on the Mayflower by Iris Vinton TQ $3

On the Mayflower by Kate Waters TQ $4

Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters TQ $4

Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters TQ $4

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George TQ $2

Eating the Plates by Lucille Recht Penner TQ $5

John Billington Friend of Squanto by Clyde Robert Bulla (1956 hardcover) TQ $6

The Colonial Wars by Alden R. Carter TQ $4

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare SL 3/D TQ $4

Daniel Boone - Taming the Wild by Katharine E. Wilkie TQ $3

Trouble at Otter Creek by Wilma Pitchford Hays (hardcover) TQ $5

The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds SL 3/4/D/E TQ $4

The Story of the Boston Tea Party by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) $4

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson Core 2/C TQ (hardcover) $3

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin TQ BF $3

A Book About Benjamin Franklin by Ruth Belov Gross TQ $3

And Then What Happened Paul Revere? By Jean Fritz Core 3/D $3 each

General Washington’s Christmas Farewell by Stanley Weintraub $2

George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz BF $5

A Picture Book of George Washington by David A. Adler TQ $3

The Adventures of George Washington by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin TQ $4

Buttons for General Washington by Peter & Connie Roop (hardcover) TQ $4

George Washington’s Mother by Jean Fritz TQ $2

Journey to Monticello by James E. Knight TQ $3

Meet Thomas Jefferson by Marvin Barrett (Step Up Books edition – hardcover) TQ $4

The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Norman Richards (hardcover) CoF $4

The Story of the Constitution by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) CoF $4 each

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Cecile – Versailles, France, 1711 $3

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Leyla – Istanbul, Turkey, 1720 $3

The Story of Bonhomme Richard by Norman Richards (hardcover) $4

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson WP $2

Charlie’s House by Clyde Robert Bulla (1983 hardcover) TQ $8

1800’s/Westward Expansion

Dolly Madison by Jane Mayer (Landmark - 1954 hardcover) TQ $5

A Picture Book of Sacagawea by David A. Adler TQ $3 each

Sacajawea, Guide to Lewis and Clark by Della Rowland BF $4

The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis & Clark Tribe by Roland Smith (hardcover) TQ $5

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-32 by Joan W. Blos Core 100 $3 each

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall TQ $3

Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne $2

The Royal Diaries: Elisabeth - The Princess Bride; Austria-Hungary, 1853 (hardcover) $3

Wagons West: Off to Oregon by Catherine E. Chambers $2

Meet the Wards on the Oregon Trail by John J. Loeper $3

The Story of the Women Who Shaped the West by Mary Virginia Fox CoF $3

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul (hardcover) TQ $6

The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul TQ $4

Troubles for Lucy by Carla Stevens (hardcover) TQ $3

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (hardcover) Core 5/F BF TQ $3 each

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell Core 5/F BF TQ $2

Commodore Perry in the Land of Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg (hardcover) Core 5/F $6

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson TQ $2 each

Stephen Decatur – Fighting Sailor – A Discovery Book by Wyatt Blassingame (hardcover) TQ $4

When Mountain Men Trapped Beaver by Richard Glendinning (hardcover) TQ $6

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Spring Pearl – Canton, China, 1857 $3 each

Sounding Forth the Trumpet for Children by Peter Marshall, Manuel & Fishel TQ 1837-1860 $3

Sam Houston – The Tallest Texan by William Johnson (1953 hardcover – loose spine) TQ $4

Underground RailRoad/Slavery/Civil War 1865

A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War by Ina Chang $2 each

American Girl Addy’s Little Brother (hardcover) $1

Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark TQ $2

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Rae Bains TQ $3

True Stories about Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross $2

The Death of Lincoln by Leroy Hayman TQ $3

Abraham’s Battle – A Novel of Gettysburg by Sara Harrell Banks TQ $2

Abraham Lincoln by Anne Colver TQ (Discovery Biography) $3 each

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah TQ $3

Abraham Lincoln: An Initial Biography by Genevieve Foster (1950 hardcover) TQ $12

Sower Series God’s Leader for a Nation – Abraham Lincoln by David Collins (loose pages) TQ $3

The Battle of Gettysburg by Neil Johnson (hardcover w/Mylar) TQ $5

The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Kenneth Richards (hardcover) CoF $4

The Story of the Lincoln Memorial by Natalie Miller (hardcover) CoF $4

The Perilous Road by William O. Steele Core 4/E TQ $3

Frederick Douglass: Portrait of a Freedom Fighter by Sheila Keenan $2

Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

Nettie’s Trip South by Ann Turner TQ $2

Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder Core 3/4/D/E TQ $3

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith TQ BF $4 each

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane SL Core 100 BF TQ $4

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe BF TQ $4

1865 to 20th Century

A Picture Book of Florence Nightingale by David Adler TQ $3

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman Core 7/H $3 each

Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents: Andrew Johnson by Mike Venezia TQ $5

American Girl Molly Takes Flight (hardcover) $1

American Girl Chrissa Stands Strong $3

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Minuk – Yup’ik, Alaska, 1890 $3

Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen TQ $3 each

A Prairie Alphabet by Yvette Moore & Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet $3

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ $3

The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ $3

These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ $3

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ $3

The Long Way to a New Land by Joan Sandin TQ $3

Let the Hurricane Roar by Rose Wilder Lane (AKA Young Pioneers) $3

My First Little House Books – Going to Town (hardcover) $4

A Little House Christmas by Laura Ingalls Wilder $3 each

Winding Valley Farm: Annie’s Story by Anne Pellowski (hardcover) $10

Betsy’s Up-and-Down Year by Anne Pellowski $10

Kunu Winnebago Boy Escapes by Kenneth Thomasma – autographed copy $3

If you Lived with the Sioux Indians by Ann McGovern TQ $3 each

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline TQ $3

American Heritage Junior Library Cowboys and Cattle Country (hardcover) $5 each

American Heritage Junior Library Theodore Roosevelt: The Strenuous Life (hardcover) $5

The Conquest of the West – A Sourcebook of the American West edited by Carter Smith $3

Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg $2

John Henry: An American Legend by Ezra Jack Keats TQ $2

American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg Core P4/5 $2 each

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlin Core 3/D $2

My Antonia by Willa Cather Core 400 $2

Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault TQ $2 each

Children of the Wild West by Russell Freedman TQ $5 each

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman TQ $5

An Indian Winter by Russell Freedman TQ $5

How They Built the Statue of Liberty by Mary J. Shapiro (hardcover) $5 each

Presidential Elections by Miles Harvey CoF $3

Ellis Island – Gateway to the New World by Leonard Everett Fisher (hardcover) TQ $5

The Story of Ellis Island by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) CoF $4

Dear America Dreams in the Golden Country – New York City 1903 by Kathryn Lasky (hardcover) $2

The Story of the Supreme Court by Kenneth Richards (hardcover) CoF $4

The Story of the Capitol by Marilyn Prolman (hardcover) CoF $4

Sky Pioneer: A Photobiography of Amelia Earhart by Corinne Szabo $4

American Girl Girls of Many Lands Neela – Bengal, India, 1939 $3

The Path Between the Seas – The Creation of the Panama Canal 1870-1914 by David McCullough $5

Holocaust/ WWII

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr Core 300 TQ $3

Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop Core K/A TQ VP $3

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom Core 300 TQ $3

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry SL 6/7/H/W TQ $3

Modern Times

Farewell to Manzanar Core 100 BF $2 each

Homesick by Jean Fritz Core 5/F $2 each

Greg’s Microscope by Millicent E. Selsam Core 2/3 B/C $2

The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr Core 1/B $2

Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell Core 4/D $2

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry Core 5/F $2

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (hardcover) Core 5/F $10

The Call of the Wild by Jack London Core 100 $2 each

Rascal by Sterling North Core 5/F $2

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyui Choi Core 7/H $2

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis Core 5/F $3

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White Core 1/B $2

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton Core 300 $4

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (hardcover) Core 3/4 D/E $5

The Story of the Great Depression by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) TQ $4

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse Core 100 $3

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson Core 300 $2

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs Core 3/D $3

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson Core 400 $2

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord Core 3/4 D/E $2

Shadow of the Bull by Maia Wojciechowska Core 6/7 G/H $3

Sounder by William H. Armstrong Core 100 $3

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry Core 2/C BF $3 each

King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL 5/F $3

Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry $3

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley BF $3

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (hardcover) BF $3

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Miegs TQ $3

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott $4

Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott $3

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott $3

Kate Shelley Bound for Legend by Robert D San Souci TQ $2 each          

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter TQ $2 each

We Were There at the Opening of the Atomic Ear by James Munves (hardcover) TQ $6

Prairie School by Lois Lenski $5

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery TQ $4

Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery TQ $2

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon TQ $3 each

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy TQ $5

The Chicago Fire by Corinne J. Naden (hardcover) $5 each

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life by Helen Keller - Illustrated Classics comic format $4

Helen Keller’s Teacher by Mickie Davidson TQ $3

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson Core 5/F $2

The Story of George Washington Carver by Eva Moore TQ $2

Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone TQ $3

20th Century – 1910-1919 – Teacher Created Materials $3

20th Century – The Fifties – Teacher Created Materials $3

If you Lived at the Time or Martin Luther King by Ellen Levine TQ $3 each

Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse TQ $3

Buried in Ice: The Mystery of a Lost Arctic Expedition by Owen Beattie and John Geiger $3

The Here & Now Reproducible Book of George W. Bush $2

Mandie and the Medicine Man by Lois Gladys - Book 6 Leppard $2

Mandie and the Washington Nightmare by Lois Gladys - Book 12 Leppard $2

Mandie and the Jumping Juniper by Lois Gladys Leppard - Book 18 $2

Mandie and the Dangerous Imposters by Lois Gladys Leppard - Book 23 $2

Mandie and the Invisible Troublemaker by Lois Gladys Leppard - Book 24 $2

Mandie and her Missing Kin by Lois Gladys Leppard - Book 25 $2

East Timor – Island in Turmoil by Taro McGuinn (hardcover) $2

The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) $4

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls TQ $3

Horse of a Different Color by Ralph Moody (1968 hardcover w/jacket) TQ $8