Saturday, December 31, 2016

Reflecting Back on 2016...

As we prepare to watch the ball drop in TImes Square, Riley requested a year in review blog post with pictures.  So here's to our beautiful daughter...













May you be blessed in the New Year,

Friday, December 30, 2016

Weekly Reflections - Week Fifteen and Sixteen...

At Home

Christmas has come and gone here on Drywood Creek, as has weeks fifteen and sixteen of the 2016-2017 school year.  We've had some light days as far as scheduling, but deep conversations and many fabulous books were and are still being read.  I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend to usher in the New Year.

Around the Web

Lisa Ripperton, founder of the Baldwin Project and Yesterday's Classics has started A Culture of Reading, a new blog.  I love Yesterday's Classics reprints!  We own and have read several.  They are so tastefully done with larger print and ample white space on the page, they are appealing to the eye. I look forward to reading Lisa's blog posts.

In Classical Education Does not Permit Students to be Uniformed, Mystie shares some thoughts from a reading of Plutarch.  I recently purchased The Great Tradition and look forward to digging deeper in the new year.

Back at the Blog

Here were the top posts at Reflections from Drywood Creek in 2016....

My Love Hate Relationship with Life of Fred - This post went viral rather quickly.

Schole Sisters: How I Started a Group - I love my Schole Sisters and look forward to gathering again in the new year.

Planning Your Homeschool Year - I'm a planner by nature so writing this post was right up my alley :)

Friday Findings: Homeschool Audit, Homeschool Planning, The Reading Promise and Glue... - The popularity of this post surprised me.  

Sunburn Hack - This one surprised me as well.  The best part is the stats have grown the most very recently in the month of December, which is winter here in WI, and we wouldn't even think of baring any part of our body for possible sun exposure because we would instead contract hypothermia. 

Thanks so much for logging on and taking the time to read!  This blog has grown tremendously over the past five years.  I truly appreciate your consideration and look forward to some blog updates in early 2017, hopefully, improving Reflections from Drywood Creek for upcoming years. 

Monday, December 26, 2016

2016 Back to the Classics Challenge Wrap-Up....

I finished the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge, reading books in six of the twelve categories. The books in each category that I read were...

A classic in translation - Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

An adventure classic - Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe

A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic - The Hobbit by J.R R. Tolkien

A classic which includes the name of a place in the title - Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

A classic which has been banned or censored - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Re-read a classic you read for school (high school or college) - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The 2017 Challenge is just around the corner. I see there are a few new categories this time.  I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I'll participate.  Last year, I was able to read nine of the twelve categories.  I didn't do quite as well this year. I find myself reading so much to the kids that I don't always have time for my own reading...ahem!

Did you complete the challenge?  I'd love to hear about it.  Please free free to comment below.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Reflections from Consider This - Chapter Three...

Continuing on from Chapter Two, assuming my view of man affects the way I educate my children, should that education be separated from moral development? This idea of whether or not to separate education from moral development is the premise of Chapter Three in Consider This, Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass.

Again, as in the Introduction, we see Glass hearken back to why vs. how.  She reiterates as we continue to look at what the "superior intellects of the past" did, we need to ask why they did what they did.
When we understand what motivated their educational efforts, we will see that there is a sharp difference between the historical, classical approach to education and our modern one. (p. 18)
Therefore, we should seek not only their method (how) but also their purpose (why).  So next one must ask, what was the purpose for classical education?

Based on considerations of Norms and Nobility written by David Hicks, Glass asserts that virtue was the goal of the classical educators.
Both Plato and Aristotle, who give us the oldest writings on education that we have, linked knowledge to action or behavior.  It was their desire to teach children not only to know what was right, but to love what was good, true and beautiful so that their conduct would reflect their wise understanding. (p. 18) 
Charlotte Mason was familiar with the thinking of both Aristotle and Plato, and reiterates their idea as part of her own philosophy. (p. 19) 
knowledge + action = virtue

The problem today is this idea that education is a process of developing character and virtue rather than developing intellect.  It is a paradigm shift for many modern day educators who have divorced education from moral development. Classical educators did not separate character training from the teaching of school subjects such as grammar and mathematics.
The classical educators did not make such a distinction.  All areas of education  were brought into service for this single goal - to teach children to think and act rightly. (p.19)
What the educators of history have to tell us is that education is about developing a vision of goodness and virtue, and then - most importantly - bringing that knowledge to bear on actual conduct.  Right thinking is an important step toward that end, but knowledge alone without conscience or virtue was never an object. (p. 20)
The development of intellect was meant to serve in formation of character.
We learn to know in order that we many know how to act rightly, not merely to take tests...The classical education of history, as well as Charlotte Mason, consistently link intellectual and moral development. (p.21)
[Charlotte] "brings a distinctly Christian understanding to what it means to make virtue or character the aim of education." (p.22) 
On the other hand, one could argue that right thinking does not always lead to right action.  However, Glass states, "it was the guiding motivation for the classical educators."  After reading Chapter Three of Consider This, I'm chewing on the assertion that classical educators sought virtue as their guiding motivation. That they did not separate character training from academics. and that they brought all areas of education into service. Therefore, I am under the assumption that if I view my children as born persons then my desire to educate should not be separated from their moral development.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 KJV)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Weekly Reflections - Week Fourteen...

At Home

Well, we started the week with a nasty stomach bug, which meant someone threw up everyday four days in a row!  We did get a few day break and now the third child is down. On the bright side, hopefully it will all be done before the Christmas gatherings begin. I also spent a day with family at a funeral for my uncle this week. It was good to see everyone, but so unfortunate that we only see some of these people in times of tragedy. All this to say, I didn't get much accomplished this week.

But, take heart!  'Tis the weekend to catch up because yesterday and today is another blizzard. We received approx. 5-6 inches of snow overnight.  It is still snowing now and the wind is ramping up. Temps are expected to be a high of -6 tomorrow, with windchills -40 degrees.  Yes, those are negative signs in front of the numbers.  The kids were supposed to perform in the Christmas play tomorrow at church, but all festivities have been canceled including the church service due to the weather.  So for now, we are hunkering down in these here parts.

In and around the cold snaps, over the past couple of weeks, the kids set up the Christmas tree, strung lights outside, and have been busy making other Christmas preparations.  Riley and Levi made the centerpiece above as well as a couple of wreaths they hung out of doors. I found and made a yummy new recipe for these Loaded Crunchy Brownie Bars...

Throughout the holidays, we will continue with our four day a week academics for the most part. The load has been somewhat lightened and will include a variety of Christmas activities, books, and movies. We don't travel for Christmas as our family is all in the area.  As mentioned, our church activities were canceled for now due to the inclement weather. We are set to Christmas carol around town next week if weather permits. We will bake intermittently as needed. The cards are sent. Most of the shopping is done. We will most likely be watching The Nativity Story over the next week.  I blogged earlier in the week about the stacks of Christmas picture books we have added this season for our reading pleasure. Since the weather outside is frightful this time of year, I enjoy staying indoors, reading and spending leisurely time together for the holidays.

Around the Web

Have you been wondering about Math-U-See and Saxon?  In Why I Love Math-U-See, Mystie Winckler gives a fabulous comparison and overview of how she uses MUS in her home.

Karen at Books and Chocolate posted the categories for the 2017 Back to the Classics Challenge as well as her proposed book list for the year.  I'll be posting my 2016 completed list over the next couple of weeks. I'm still contemplating participation in 2017 as I'm not sure if I would read books from some of the categories. I haven't given a lot of thought to next year's reading yet...but I should get on it since it's only a couple of weeks away, ahem!

On My Reading Table

I currently have a ton of books I want to read and checked out from the library.  The cold weather does that to me ;-)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - Our January Middle School Book Club read so I'm beginning to prep.

Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson - I'm currently reading this aloud to Ruben as part of his Heart of Dakota Creation to Christ academics.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant - This book was recommended by Sonya Shafer of Simply Charlotte Mason.  I'm only a couple of chapters in, but it's definitely giving me some insight and perspective on one of our kids.

The Delight Gluten-Free Cookbook: 150 Delicious Recipes by Vanessa Weisbrod - I tried some cookies from this book last weekend and they were actually good.  I've been dabbling in gluten free cooking for a while, but not whole hog yet. 

Cure Tooth Decay: Heal & Prevent Cavities with Nutrition by Ramiel Nagel - This book was recommended by a friend when she found out I had a child with tooth issues.  There is some interesting information here. 

A Landscape with Dragons: The Battle for Your Child's Mind by Michael O'Brien -  This, along with Vigen Guroian's Tending the Heart of Virtue, was recommended by Andrew Pudewa in IEW's Virtual Winter Retreat that I attended last weekend.

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—and What We Can Do About It by Tony Wagner - I can't remember where I heard about this book.  I picked it up from the library yesterday and haven't gotten a chance to look through it yet. 

How to Tutor by Samuel Blumenfeld - I was intrigued by the math portion of this book. You can read it online free here.

What's on your reading table?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Books for Christmas....

We are in a Christmas book frenzy here.  I've been pulling off the shelf and currently have around thirty more Christmas books on hold at the library. Levi is the perfect age for snuggling up with picture books and it never fails as soon as I crack a spine, the big kids come too. A few we're reading from the shelf this year are...

The Animals' Christmas Carol by Helen Ward
Cranberry Christmas by Wende and Harry Devlin
An Early American Christmas by Tomie dePaola
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
The Christmas Miracle by Jonathan Tommey
Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett
Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve? by Jan Brett

Something new that I'm looking forward to reading this year is The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean. I've seen it listed on a few blogs and book lists, but have never read it.

The following titles are from our library list...

The Remarkable Christmas of the Cobbler's Son by Ruth Sawyer
The Christmas Bird by Bernadett Watts
A Small Miracle by Peter Collington
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden
Becky's Christmas by Tasha Tudor
Christmas in the Stable by Astrid Lindgren
The Gift from Saint Nicholas by Dorthea Lachner
The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale retold by Aaron Shepard
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck 
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Silver Packages  An Appalachian Christmas Story by Cynthia Rylant
The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween by Ruth Sawyer
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston
Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard H. Schneider 
Shoemaker Martin based on a story by Leo Tolstoy
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry
Christmas Eve by Edith Thatcher Hurd
The Last Straw by Frederick H. Thury
The Little Drummer Boy Ezra Jack Keats
Mary Engelbreit's Nutcracker by Mary Engelbreit
The Donkey's Dream by Barbara Helen Berger
The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado
Children of the Forest by Elsa Beskow
Ollie's Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow
Inventing the Christmas Tree by Bernd Brunner
Amahl and the Night Visitors Roger Duvoisin
Annika's Secret Wish by Bevery Lewis
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Laurel Long
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Brian Wildsmith

Some Christmas books that we've enjoyed in the past are...

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Jotham's Journey by Arnold Ytreeide
A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy 
The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz
Lion in the Box by Marguerite De Angeli

What are your favorite Christmas books? Feel free to share in the comments below. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Weekly Reflections - Week Thirteen....

At Home

Fall sure does provide us with some unique and beautiful sunsets!  The weather has since turned frightful. We are bracing for 4-7 inches of snow by morning. I was thankful to be snug inside today participating in IEW's Virtual Winter Retreat.  Andrew Pudewa was great as usual and overall the retreat was fabulous!

Riley and Ruben finished this semester of choir this week.  They put on a delightful concert Thursday evening.  Their hard work paid off. We now have a couple of months off before spring semester begins.

My CM Study Group met last night to discuss more of Consider This by Karen Glass. There were six of us in attendance and the conversation was great.  Earlier this week, I posted some thoughts on Chapter Two. I did get a bit behind on posting so coming soon, I have five more chapters read to share.

This week, Ruben said to me, "Mom, I'm doing a lot more reading and writing this year." He was proud and it was good for me to be reminded that even though we may not be on grade according to certain standards, he is right on track for where he is supposed to be.  Something I wrote in my notes during the retreat today was, "do not compare with other students of the same age - instead focus on progress they're making - no such thing as being behind unless you view education as a conveyor belt"....WOW, no conveyor belt thinking here, ahem, nothing like a good slap in the face to bring perspective!

Around the Web

Would an educational philosophy by any other name smell as sweet? by Brandy Vencel was an interesting read, which sparked some debate in the comments.  I happen to agree with Brandy in the fact that I would not limit myself to any one particular method/philosophy.  As Lisa A mentioned in the comments, "I don't like being put in a box". I'm too much of thinker for this, which ultimately is something I believe Charlotte would have agreed.

I do indeed hold a great respect for Charlotte Mason and her philosophy.  However, I am not Charlotte Mason and my circumstances are no where near hers. For one thing, I live 100 years later and the times are much different. For another, I am a homeschooling mother, balancing many roles within our family, not a single teacher.

With that said, I do practice many of Charlotte's methods in my homeschool.  I have read and studied her Volume 6, A Philosophy of Education, and agree with much of what she said.  However, I do not limit myself as I also study and read about other philosophies.  As was mentioned, mimicking Charlotte Mason alone is limiting.  Because Charlotte was progressive, I believe she would encourage us to continue moving forward, taking the best and making the rest better.

In A Study of Charlotte Mason's Books, Lisa Kelly shares thoughts on some of the books Charlotte used in her school for geography, history, and science. I used Charlotte's geography when the kids were young.  I was now particularly intrigued by the history books mentioned, most likely because it is a favorite subject of mine. I was able to find both history books mentioned free online as well as the zoology mentioned for science in order to take a peek.  I love the conversational tone, illustrations and margin notes in each book. I think Kelly brings up a good point about teacher prep and book choice.
With the exception of the book choices for history for the lower years, Charlotte Mason's history books are textbooks, but of another kind. In the end, it seems that the emphasis is on what the book offers over what category we place it. If we are preparing the readings and providing the student with a book that promotes interest and allows for narration, then we are meeting more of CM's educational principles than perhaps with other book choices.
We need not be afraid of textbooks, but rather diligent in our search for just the right textbook.

It's lovely to live on a raft.  We had the sky, up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened - Jim he allowed they was make but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many.  Jim said the moon could a laid them; well, that looked kind of reasonable, so I didn't say nothing against it, because I've seen a frog lay most as many, so of course it could be done.  We used to watch the stars that fell, too, and see them streak down. Jim allowed they'd got spoiled and was hove out of the nest. (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Ch 19)
 But the worst of imagining things is that the time comes when you have to stop and that hurts. (Anne of Greene Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Ch 4)
Why must people kneel down to pray?  If I really wanted to pray I'll tell you what I'd do.  I'd go out into a great big field all alone or into the deep, deep woods, and I'd look up into the sky - up - up - up - into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness and then I'd just feel a prayer.  (Anne of Greene Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Ch 7)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anne of Green Gables...

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery was our November 2016 Middle School Socratic Book Club read.  It is a fabulous read that draws on the life of the author, L. M. Montgomery.  Shortly after its publication in 1908, Montgomery received praise from Mark Twain, which was a bit ironic since Twain authored The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, our first book of this Middle School Socratic Book Club season.

Anne Shirley is an 11-year old orphan girl adopted by siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, owners of Green Gables. The Cuthberts originally write for a male orphan to stay with them to help with farm chores.  Therefore, Matthew is quite shocked when he arrives at the train station to pick up his orphan and it's a girl. Eventually, Anne Shirley wins the heart of Matthew and Marilla and it's decided she will stay at Green Gables rather than being sent back in exchange for a boy.

Anne is a lively character with a big imagination.  Her exuberance for life and strong opinions push the story forward.  Her childish antics keep the reader entertained and longing for more.  Of course, Anne's imagination and romanticized ideas of what life should be like versus the real life world is a major conflict in the story.  Some folks, including Marilla, found Anne strange and wanted her to stop imagining in order to conform to their world and the expectations of their community Avonlea. In the end, Anne shows real maturity and responsibility in the sacrifice of her life's dream.  She gives up the Avery scholarship she worked so hard to achieve in order to stay at Green Gables and care for Marilla and the farm after tragedy strikes. Her decision leads to that man vs. society conflict resolution.

The major theme of Anne of Green Gables is belonging.  Anne longs to find a place to belong. She wants to be loved in spite of her idealistic dreams, thin frame and red hair. She eventually strikes a balance between her imagination and social respectability giving her a home and family at Green Gables.

Riley, Ruben and I thoroughly enjoyed Anne of Green Gables.  Ruben initially asked for more and now both he and Riley want to continue with L. M. Montgomery's classic series.  Ironically, on Thanksgiving evening, the Anne of Green Gables movie played on our local PBS station.  It was a wonderful and warm way to end our day of giving thanks, but in no way a suitable replacement for Montgomery's original work.  I am using Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery as my 2016 Back to the Classics Name of Place in Title book.  Whether young or old, I highly encourage you to consider reading it!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reflections from Consider This - Chapter Two

Chapter Two of Consider This, Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass brought two questions to mind:

1. What is my view of man?

2. How does my view of man affect the way I educate my children?

Right off the bat, Glass asserts,
No educational philosophy can be consistent or valid unless it is underpinned by a just and comprehensive view of man. (p. 12)
I immediately thought of Charlotte Mason's Principles One and Two:

1. Children are born persons. 

2. Children are not born either good or bad, but with possibilities for good and evil. 

As I've noted in the past, Charlotte lived in England at the same time as Charles Darwin.  She would have been about seventeen years old when he published On the Origin of Species, his theory of evolution. No doubt, this among other scientific views of hereditary determinism, prompted these two first principles, where Charlotte refuted the notion that infants needed to evolve a bit more before coming into full personhood and that a child was born either good or bad in so that education could not change their disposition.

In relation to Consider This, Glass states that our view of man affects the way we choose to educate.
If you believe that a child is born "bad," and no education will change his nature, you might very well leave him alone to reap the consequences as they come, and the sooner he is out of the way the better.. If a child is born "good," that good nature may be riled upon, and no special effort to inculcate good principles or character is particularly necessary....
In other words, if you assume that character (whether good or bad) is "born" into children, then formation of character and virtue will not play a vital role in your educational program. (p. 15-16)
Charlotte believed quite the contrary. She felt that both good and bad were possible. Therefore, she taught to nurture the good and to help the child see and hopefully correct their bad character. I believe, as did Charlotte, that children are complete and whole persons at birth. Their souls are formed at the time of conception and their minds are brought to fruition in the womb. This means that all possibilities are present and possible from day one.  Glass sums up by stating,
...educators throughout history have made wisdom and virtue a primary goal for education, and Charlotte Mason shared their vision. (p. 16)
As a mother, I know best each of my child's strengths and weaknesses.  Because I love and value them as born persons, I am their best teacher.  Now, this does not mean that I am the fountain head of all knowledge. It simply means that it is my job to find the best possible resources to strengthen their good possibilities, build character, and nourish each of my children's minds. My view of man definitely affects the way I choose to educate. I want stories with good morals and virtuous characters to lay down a model before my children.  I am of the mind that if we surround ourselves with truth, beauty, and goodness, then we will become true, beautiful, and good.

In summary, I wanted to mention one other point Glass made in Chapter Two.  She cited the fact that popular literature from Charlotte's general era is filled with examples of genetic determinism.  Interestingly, I recently found two instances of this quite naturally.  The first being in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, which was published in 1884. In Chapter 31, Huck is trying to decide whether or not to write Miss Watson and tell her the whereabouts of her "nigger" Jim, whom he had run away with.  Eventually, Huck thinks better of it and rips up the letter he was considering sending to Miss Watson and he says,
'All right, then, I'll go to hell' - and tore it up. 
It was awful thoughts, and awful words, but they was said.  And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming.  I shoved the whole thing out of my head and said I would take up wickedness again, which was in my line, begin brung up to it, and that other warn't. And for a starter, I would go to work and steal Jim out of slavery again; and if I could think up anything worse, I would do that too; because as long as I was in, and in for good, I might as well go the whole hog. (Chapter 31 - Huck Finn)
Here we see Huck thinking it was in his line and that he was "brung up" or born wicked so he may as well play the part.  There are other additional references to this type of thinking throughout the story.

A second example I found was in Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, in which Anne believes it's her destiny to be horrible because of her red hair.  She says something to the effect that red hair makes it easier to be bad than good.  She further states that anyone who doesn't have red hair could never know how horrible it is.  Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. Before reading Consider This, I hadn't noticed these significant references to hereditary determinism.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekly Reflections - Week Twelve...

At Home

In wrapping up our twelfth week of this 2016-2017 school year, we took a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see the Martin Luther Art and the Reformation exhibit.  WOW!  If you have the opportunity to travel within the U.S. before January 15, 2017, I would highly encourage you to check it out, as 2017 is the 500th Anniversary of Luther's posting of the Ninety-five Thesis.  We won't actually be revisiting that time period in our studies until 2017-2018, but seeing the exhibit is an opportunity of a life time since this is the first time these artifacts have ever left Germany.

It was amazing to see relics from Luther's childhood through adult life. There were several artifacts that intrigued me including marbles and leather letter "D" (presumed to be from a sash of one of Luther's sisters), pulled from a burn-pit near Luther's home; a hunting knife set of Elector Frederick the Wise; several vestments and Emperor Maximillian I's pilgrim's garment; as well as an indulgence chest.  But the one thing that really stuck out was the pulpit from which Luther gave his last sermon three days before he died. The museum note stated...
Standing on this pulpit on February 15, 1546, Luther closed his final sermon with the words, "....I am too weak, so we want to leave it at that." Three days later, he passed away. For centuries pilgrims have traveled to stand before this pulpit, a monument of Protestantism in St. Andrew's Church in Eisleben. 
During recent repair work a chalk inscription came to light, revealing the date of the pulpit's construction: 1518. It can now be identified as one of the first pulpits installed during the time when Luther elevated the role of sermons in church services...
Being a lover of history, standing near these iconic items about and around 500 years old was so fascinating and almost surreal. We read about these historic events that seem so far away, but the realization of it is the effect that they have on us in the here and now.

Around the Web

In Nature Study or Science? Barb McCoy makes a wonderful case for nature study, particularly in the elementary grades. She didn't quote Charlotte Mason, but the quotes she did use were very much in line with Charlotte's thinking.

Are you signed up for IEW's Virtual Winter Retreat?  It's FREE!  Even if you are unable to attend on December 10th, by signing up, you will receive the recordings to watch anytime at your convenience.

This morning, I listened to Schole Sisters Episode #16, Don't Be the White Witch.  I'm still processing it and may go back and listen again. The kids have been begging, literally, to set up the tree since before Thanksgiving because of our culture's materialistic portrayal of Christmas.  Sale flyers, Black Friday beginning on Thursday of Thanksgiving, TV commercials, Christmas play parts being assigned at church, etc. have all had an effect on them. I'm not saying they're materialistic, but that seeing the material side of Christmas so early has put ideas in their head. Part of it is just the excitement of being a kid during the holiday season.  But to be perfectly honest, it's driving me nuts!!  I mean to point of hating the season and me wanting to minimize it all.  However, the Schole Sisters bring up an excellent point in their podcast.  Mystie even said something in regard to thinking about whether or not we are consumer driven or joy of living driven.

I finally gave in and let them set up the tree today. But as they were fighting over which lights to put on and how to decorate it, I blew up...ahem :(  Now, I'm rethinking the season. I want to be joy driven, which is going to take a ton of hard work in this world I live, but I do believe it's attainable because the coming of our Savior is definitely a reason to celebrate. Therefore, I shall carry on.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Updated Book Sale Lists with Black Friday/Cyber Monday Offer....

I've been working through book sale list updates over the last couple of days.  There have been many new treasures added to history, literature, Five in a Row titles, poetry, art, and more. Some previous prices have also been reduced. There are many fabulous titles from Ambleside Online, Beautiful Feet, Sonlight, Truthquest History, and Visual American History Timeline of Books, as well as many other great picture and chapter books.

Below is an index by subject for easy access.  I would love to add photos of each book, but the sheer volume of books listed here paired with my time constraints have not allowed me to to do that.  However, if you have questions about a particular title or condition, please do ask.  Send book lists, comments, and inquiries via the contact form on the right side bar. I accept PayPal and ship media mail anywhere in the U.S.

Also, as part of the Black Friday - Cyber Monday hype, I'm offering FREE shipping on any book order totaling $50 or greater today through November 30, 2016. 

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

History, Geography, Government, and Economics Book Sale....

November 22, 2016

Below you will find our latest list of living history books. The books are arranged chronologically and coded when related to a particular history program that I know of. Some of the books are ex-library and some are from a private collection. Many are duplicate copies from our own personal library. Several are out of print and getting harder to find.  Let me know if you need recommendations or have any questions.

The prices do not reflect shipping. I accept PayPal and ship media mail within the U.S. Please use the contact form on the right side bar to send inquires and desired list. There is also a list of misc. history resources toward the bottom as well as books used for geography, government, economics, and social studies.

Thanks so much for your consideration,

History – Arranged Chronologically

SL – Sonlight
TQ – TruthQuest
AO – Ambleside Online
SCM – Simply Charlotte Mason
BF – Beautiful Feet
WP – Winter Promise
VP – Veritas Press
MFW – My Father’s World
CoF – Cornerstones of Freedom
VT – A Visual American History Timeline of Books

Ancient Civilizations/Cultures 

Ancient Civilizations Unit Study $20 set includes:
-       Discovering Ancient Mysteries by Michael Gibson (hardcover)
-       Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt
-       The Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of Rome
-       Scholastic 25 Mini-Plays World History by Erin Fry (grades 4-8)
-       Classical Kids, An Activity Guide to Life in Ancient Greece and Rome by Laurie Carlson
-       Selections from National Geographic Death on the Nile
-       National Geographic January 3003 (Inside Egypt’s Secret Vaults)
-       Kids Discover Mummies
-       Kids Discover Ancient Egypt
-       Life in Ancient Egypt Study Prints
-       Life in Ancient Greece Study Prints
-       Life in Ancient Rome Study Prints
-       Other Misc. Articles and Arts Newsletter

Usborne The Time Traveller Book of Pharaohs & Pyramids by Tony Allan (hardcover) SL 1/B VP TQ $4

Egypt (Insiders) by Joyce Tyldesley $4

The Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann TQ $4

Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole $3

The Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt by Cyndy Shearer $5

Teacher Created Materials Thematic Guide Ancient Egypt $10 set
-       Pyramid by David Macaulay
-       The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (hardcover)

See Inside An Ancient Egyptian Town by R. J. Unstead (hardcover) $5 each

Mummies A Very Peculiar History by Nathaniel Harris $3

The Mummy of Ramose, The Life and Death of an Ancient Egyptian Nobleman by Shirley Glubok and Alfred Tamarin (hardcover ex-library) TQ Author $5

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (hardcover ex-library) $5

Look Inside A Greek Theater by Peter Chrisp (hardcover) $4

Early Civilizations Ancient Greece by Kim Covert (hardcover) $4

The Iliad retold by Nick McCarty, illustrated by Victor Ambrus $4

Favorite Greek Myths retold by Mary Pope Osborne $4

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths (hardcover ex-library) TQ BF SL $6 each

The Trojan Horse, How the Greeks Won the War by Emily Little SL $3

The Secrets of Vesuvius by Sara C. Bisel TQ $3 each

The Master by John Pollock $4

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (hardcover, ex-library) TQ SL BF $4

See Inside An Ancient Chinese Town by R. J. Unstead (hardcover) $5

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

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (hardcover) SL 5/F $3

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

The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads SL 3/C $3

Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation 

The White Stag by Kate Seredy TQ $3

The Vikings by Robert Nicholson & Claire Watts $3

History Explorers Viking Raiders by Fiona Macdonald $4

Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky by Barbara Schiller SL 1/B TQ $4 each

The Story of Roland by James Baldwin (1930 Hardcover) TQ $10

Fact or Fiction Knights by Stewart Ross (hardcover) $4

Saint George and the Dragon retold by Margaret Hodges AO1 TQ VP $3

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle TQ AO5 $4

See Inside a Castle by R. J. Unstead (hardcover, ex-library) $5 each

The Great and Terrible Quest by Margaret Lovett SL $4

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

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

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by Scott O’Dell (1975 hardcover) BF TQ $5

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman SL 2/C TQ BF $3 each

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman (hardcover) $3

Dove and Sword, A Novel of Joan of Arc by Nancy Garden $3

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood SL $3

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (hardcover) TQ SL VP $4

Martin Luther, A Man Who Changed the World by Paul L. Maier (hardcover) TQ VP $5

Trailblazer Books Spy for the Night Riders by Dave & Neta Jackson (Martin Luther) $4

Milliken History of Civilization The Middle Ages Grades 7-12 $3

Wings of an Eagle, The Story of Michelangelo by Anne Merriman Peck TQ $4

Exploration/Native Americans

The Landmark History of the American People, from Plymouth to the Moon by Daniel J. Boorstin SL $12

North American Indian Sign Language by Karen Liptak $3

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

Pathki Nana, Kootenai Girl Solves a Mystery by Kenneth Thomasma $2

Om-kas-toe, Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog by Kenneth Thomasma SL $2

Indians by Edwin Tunis (hardcover w/Mylar dust jacket) TQ $15

Follow the Dream, The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sis (hardcover) $4

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

Christopher Columbus by David Goodnough $2

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

Christopher Columbus by Ann McGovern $3

Columbus by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (small paperback black & white reprint) TQ BF $2

I Sailed with Columbus by Miriam Schlein $2

Magellan, Voyager with a Dream by William Jay Jacobs (hardcover) $3

Ferdinand Magellan by Ruth Harley $3

Around the World in a Hundred Years from Henry the Navigator to Magellan by Jean Fritz SCM SL $4

Life in Tudor England by Penry Williams (hardcover) $4

Sower Johannes Kepler by John Hudson Tiner TQ $4

Sower Robert Boyle by John Hudson Tiner TQ $4

Colonization/American Revolution 

The Old World and America by Rev. Philip J. Furlong, Ph.D w/answer key $10 set

America in the Time of Pocahontas, The Story of Our Nation from Coast to Coast, from 1590 to 1754 by Sally Senzell Isaacs (hardcover) $4

Rewriting of America’s History by Catherine Millard VT $4

And Long Remember by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1959 hardocover) $4

Life in America Series
            Life Establishing a Nation 1790-1849 $5
            Life in a New World 1000-1763 $5

The Discovery of the Americas by Betsy and Giulio Maestro (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $4

The New Americans, Colonial Times 1620-1689 by Betsy and Giulio Maestro (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $4

Blue Feather’s Vision, The Dawn of Colonial America by James E. Knight TQ $3 each

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

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

The Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz TQ VT $3 each

Pocahontas and the Strangers by Clyde Robert Bulla SL 3/D TQ VT $4 each

Landmark Pocahontas and Captain John Smith by Marie Lawson (hardcover) TQ $5

Landmark The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty SL BF VP TQ $5

If you Sailed on the Mayflower by Ann McGovern TQ VT $3 each

The Shipbuilders by Leonard Everett Fisher (1971 hardcover) TQ $5

The Pilgrims by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) TQ CoF $4

Down Ryton Water by E. R. Gaggin SL 7/H $4

The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall BF TQ VT $4 each

N. C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims text by Robert San Souci TQ VT $3

Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters VP TQ VT $4 each

Samuel Eaton’s Day by Kate Waters VP TQ VT $4 each

The First Thanksgiving by Jean Craighead George TQ VT $2

Pilgrim Voices edited by Connie and Peter Roop (hardcover w/Mylar dust jacket) TQ VT $5

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgeliesh TQ VT SL $4

Thanksgiving Feast and Festival by Mildren Corell Luckhardt (hardcover) $10

Thanksgiving Unit Study by Amanda Bennett $3

Turkeys, Pilgrims, and Indian Corn, The Story of the Thanksgiving Symbols by Edna Barth (hardcover, ex-library) $4

Margaret Pumphrey’s Pilgrim Stories by Elvajean Hall TQ VT $3

Historic Communities – Tools and Gadgets by Bobbie Kalman $3

Eastern Trails, From Footprints to Turnpikes by Kathy Pelta (hardcover) $2

Dear America Standing in the Light, The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, 1763 (hardcover) $3

The Unredeemed Captive by John Demos VT $4 each

American Heritage Junior Library The French and Indian Wars (hardcover) TQ $5

Calico Bush by Rachel Field SL TQ $4 each

Colonial Living by Edwin Tunis TQ $10

Boys and Girls of Colonial Days by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey BF $3

If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern TQ $3 each

The Farm, Life in Colonial Pennsylvania by James E. Knight TQ $3

Emma’s Journal, The Story of a Colonial Girl by Marissa Moss (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper TQ Author $4

The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper (hardcover, ex-library) TQ Author $4

Landmark The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson (hardcover) TQ $5 each

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare SL $3 each

Our Great Heritage….from the Beginning – The Revolutionary Years 1763-1783 (hardcover) $4

Stowaway by Karen Hesse SL TQ $3 each

American Heritage Junior Library The Many Worlds of Benjamin Franklin (hardcover) $5

Benjamin Franklin, A Man with Many Jobs by Carol Greene (hardcover Rookie Biography) TQ $3

Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (hardcover, ex-library) SL TQ $4

The Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770 by Alice Dickinson (hardcover) $5

Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson (hardcover, ex-library) SL TQ $4

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz (hardcover) TQ SL $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Paul Revere by Augusta Stevenson (ex-library) TQ $3

Midnight Alarm, The Story of Paul Revere’s Ride by Mary Kay Phelen (hardcover, ex-library) $3

Paul Revere & the World He Lived In by Esther Forbes (hardcover) TQ $5

Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz TQ $3 each

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (hardcover w/dust jacket) SL 3/4/D/E TQ BF VP AO VT $5

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes SL 3/4/D/E TQ BF VP AO VT $3

My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier & Collier TQ $3

Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit TQ VT $3

General Washington’s Christmas Farewell by Stanley Weintraub $2

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

The Adventures of George Washington by Margaret Davidson TQ $3

Buttons for General Washington by Peter & Connie Roop (hardcover) TQ VT $3

The Battle of Lexington and Concord by Neil Johnson (hardcover) TQ VT $4

Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley (hardcover) TQ $3

Phoebe the Spy by Judith Berry Griffin SL 3/4/D/E TQ $3 each

1776 by David McCullough (hardcover w/jacket) TQ $5

John Adams by David McCullough TQ AO9 $5

Childhood of Famous Americans Molly Pitcher by Augusta Stevenson (ex-library) TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Crispus Attucks by Dharathula H. Millender (ex-library) TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Tom Jefferson by Helen Albee Monsell (ex-library) TQ $3

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

Journey to Monticello, Traveling in Colonial Times by James E. Knight $3

Give me Liberty! – The Story of the Declaration of Independence by Russell Freedman TQ VT $5

The Story of the Declaration of Independence by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) TQ CoF $4

Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz TQ $4 each

The First Book of the Constitution by Richard B. Morris (hardcover w/Mylar) TQ VT $4

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy SL 3/D TQ VT $3

We the People, The Constitution of the United States of America by Peter Spier (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

Betsy Ross by Alexandra Wallner TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Betsy Ross by Ann Weil (ex-library) TQ $3

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

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson WP $2 each

An American Plague by Jim Murphy (hardcover) $5

America’s First Elephant by Robert M. McClung (hardcover) VT $3

1800’s/Westward Expansion 

The Broken Blade by William Durbin SL 7/H $3

The Wintering by William Durbin $3

The Prairie by James Fenimore Cooper TQ $4

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

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

Childhood of Famous Americans Sacajawea by Flora Warren Seymour TQ $3

The Incredible Journey of Lewis & Clark by Rhoda Blumberg (hardcover) VT $5

The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

Abigail’s Drum by John A. Minahan TQ VT $3 each

The First Book of the War of 1812 by Richard B. Morris (hardcover) TQ $4

The Star-Spangled by Peter Spier (hardcover) TQ $10

Sower - Artist with a Message, Samuel F. B. Morse by John Hudon Tiner TQ VT $4

Johnny Appleseed – A Tall Tale Retold and Illustrated by Steven Kellogg TQ $3

Johnny Appleseed – A Poem by Reeve Lindbergh TQ $4 each

Johnny Appleseed by Carol Beach York (hardcover) $2

John Chapman, The Man Who Was Johnny Appleseed by Carol Greene (hardcover Rookie Biography) $3

Sequoyah, Cherokee Hero by Joanne Oppenheim TQ $4

The Defenders by Ann McGovern $2 each

The Cherokee by Emilie U. Lepthien – A New True Book TQ $3

If You Lived With the Cherokee by Peter and Connie Roop TQ $3

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

Quit Pulling my Leg!, A Story of Davy Crockett by Robert Quackenbush (hardcover) TQ $3

Signature Book The Story of Davy Crockett by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft (hardcover) TQ $4

Landmark Sam Houston The Tallest Texan by William Johnson (hardcover) TQ $5

American Heritage Junior Library Andrew Jackson, Soldier and Statesman (hardcover) TQ $5

American Heritage Junior Library The Erie Canal (hardcover) TQ $5

Susanna of the Alamo, A True Story by John Jakes (hardcover) $4 each

American Heritage Junior Library Texas and the War with Mexico (hardcover) TQ $5

American Girl Secrets in the Hills – A Josefina Mystery $3

The Wild West by Mike Stotter $3

The Seasons Sewn, A Year in Patchwork by Ann Whitford Paul (hardcover w/Mylar, ex-library) TQ $4

The Oregon Trail by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) CoF TQ VT $4 each

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine TQ VT $3

The Oregon Trail by Francis Parkman (hardcover) TQ $3

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

Wagon Train by Sydelle Kramer TQ $2

Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner SL 2/C TQ $3

Trails to the West, Beyond the Mississippi by Kathy Pelta (hardcover) $3

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

Rachel’s Journal, The Story of a Pioneer Girl by Marissa Moss TQ VT $3

Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson & Nancy Carpenter TQ $3

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall TQ VT $4

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

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr TQ VT $3 each

A Pioneer Sampler by Barbara Greenwood TQ VP VT $5

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

Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi BF TQ $4 each

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Young Composer by Louis Sabin $3 each

The Young Brahms by Sybil Deucher (1949 hardcover) $10

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

American Heritage Junior Library Commodore Perry in Japan (hardcover) $5

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr SL 5/F $3 each

Revenge of the Whale by Nathaniel Philbrick $3

Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson TQ VT $2 each

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (hardcover) TQ $4 each

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field TQ $3

All Sail Set by Armstrong Sperry SL 4/E TQ $4

Pony Express by Steven Kroll (hardcover) TQ VT $4 each

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Eleanor Coerr TQ $3

Louis Braille, The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind by Margaret Davidson SL 5/F TQ $3 each

Childhood of Famous Americans Elizabeth Blackwell by Joanne Landers Henry TQ $3

YWAM George Muller by Janet and Geoff Benge MFW SL TQ $4

Underground RailRoad/Slavery/Civil War 1865

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

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates SL BF TQ $4 each

The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Barbara Greenwood TQ $4

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine TQ $3

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler TQ $3 each

Runaway Slave, The Story of Harriet Tubman by Ann McGovern TQ VT $4 each

Freedom Train, The Story of Harriet Tubman by Dorothy Sterling SL TQ $3

A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth by David Adler TQ $3

Daily Life on a Southern Plantation by Paul Erickson VT TQ $4

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt SL 4/E TQ BF VT $4 each

True Stories about Abraham Lincoln by Ruth Belov Gross $2

The Death of Lincoln by Leroy Hayman TQ BF $3

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

Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah TQ $3 each

Lincoln’s Birthday by Clyde Robert Bulla (hardcover) TQ $3

Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Turner TQ $3

Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary (Step-Up Books – hardcover) TQ $4

Me and Willie and Pa, the Story of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad by F. N. Monjo (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $4 each

Childhood of Famous Americans Abraham Lincoln by Augusta Stevenson (ex-library) TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Mary Todd Lincoln by Katharine E. Wilkie (ex-library) TQ $3

The Story of the Battle of Shiloh by Zachary Kent (hardcover) CoF TQ VT $4

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

The Story of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Maureen Ash CoF $3

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

Frederick Douglass Fights for Freedom by Margaret Davidson TQ $2

Carver, A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (hardcover) BF $4

Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty TQ $3

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (hardcover) SL TQ BF $4

The Civil War by Fletcher Pratt (hardcover) TQ $4

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

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman TQ $3 each

The How & Why Wonder Book of Civil War by Earl Schenck Miers $2

Paper Soldiers of the Civil War by Alan Archambault $3

American Heritage Junior Library The Battle of Gettysburg (hardcover) $5

Unconditional Surrender, US Grand and the Civil War by Albert Marrin (hardcover) TQ BF VT $5

Robert E. Lee, Brave Leader by Rae Bains $3

Stonewall by Jean Fritz (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

Old Abe: The Eagle Hero by Patrick Young (hardcover) VT $5

Cry of Courage by Lee Roddy (large print) $3

1865 to 20th Century 

Life in Victorian England by W. J. Reader (hardcover) $4

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

Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen SL $3

Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen TQ $3

Turn Homeward Hannalee by Patricia Beatty TQ $3

Be Ever Hopeful Hannalee by Patricia Beatty TQ $3

Pioneer Sisters $2

A Little House Christmas, Holiday Stories from the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (hardcover w/Mylar, ex-library) $4

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (hardcover) TQ AO $3

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (hardcover) TQ AO $3

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO $3 each

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO $3 each

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ AO $3

On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder TQ $3

On the Other Side of the Hill by Roger Lea MacBride $3

Little Farm in the Ozarks by Roger Lea MacBride $3

Bachelor Girl by Roger Lea MacBride $3

Little Town at the Crossroads by Maria D. Wilkes $3

Little House in the Highlands by Melissa Wiley $3

Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson VT $3

Sixteen and Away from Home by Arleta Richardson $3

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

Willow Wind Farm: Betsy’s Story by Anne Pellowski (hardcover) $10

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink SL 4/E TQ BF VT $3 each

A Pioneer Farm Girl, The Diary of Sarah Gillespie, 1877-1878 (hardcover) $3 each

A One-Room School by Bobbie Kalman (Historic Communities – hardcover) $3

Writer of the Plains, A Story about Willa Cather by Tom Streissguth (hardcover) $3

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan TQ SL $3

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

The Sioux Indians by Sonia Bleeker (hardcover) TQ $5

The Chippewa Indians by Sonia Bleeker (hardcover) TQ $5

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline TQ $3

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

The Story of Wounded Knee by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) TQ CoF $4

Buffalo Bill by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (small black & white reprint) TQ BF $2

Signature Books The Story of Geronimo by Jim Kjelgaard (hardcover) TQ $5

Landmark Custer’s Last Stand by Quentin Reynolds (hardcover – loose spine) TQ VT $4

Custer and Crazy Horse by Jim Razzi $3 each

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

Pecos Bill by James Cloyd Bowman (hardcover) $4

American Tall Tales by Adrien Stoutenburg SL P4/5 AO $3 each

My Antonia by Willa Cather SL Core 400 AO 10 $2

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

Squirrel and John Muir by Emily Arnold McCully (hardcover) $3

Childhood of Famous Americans John Muir by Montrew Dunham TQ $3

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

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

An Indian Winter by Russell Freedman TQ $5 each

Indian Chiefs by Russell Freedman TQ $5

Presidential Elections by Miles Harvey CoF TQ $3

A History of US, An Age of Extremes by Joy Hakim (hardcover) SL $5

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

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy TQ VT $5

The Story of the Chicago Fire by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

The Chicago Fire, 1871 by Corinne J. Naden (hardcover) $5 each

Early Loggers and the Sawmill by Peter Adams (The Early Settler Life Series) $4

The Story of the Sinking of the Battleship Maine by Zachary Kent (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

The Terrible Wave by Marden Dahlstedt SL $4

Blizzard! by Jim Murphy (hardcover) TQ $5

Addie’s Dakota Winter by Laurie Lawlor TQ VT $3

Dakota Dugout by Ann Turner VT TQ $3

The Children Who Stayed Alone (original title: Sod House Adventure) by Bonnie Bess Worline TQ $3

Lumber Camp Library by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (hardcover, ex-library) TQ SL $3

American Girl Kirsten’s Cook Book $4

American Girl Kirsten’s Craft Book $4

Landmark Disaster at Johnstown The Great Flood by Hildegarde Dolson (hardcover) TQ $5

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

Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! by Jean Fritz (hardcover w/Mylar, ex-library) BF TQ $4

Theodore Roosevelt, The Great Adventure and the Rise of Modern America by Albert Marrin (hardcover w/dust jacket) $5

Childhood of Famous Americans Teddy Roosevelt, Young Rough Rider by Edd Winfield Parks (hardcover) TQ $3

If You Lived at the Time of the Great San Francisco Earthquake by Ellen Levine SL 4/E TQ $3 each

Landmark The Story of Scotland Yard by Laurence Thompson $5

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque SL VP TQ $4

The Titanic Lost…and Found by Judy Donnelly (hardcover) SL 2/C TQ $3           

The Wizard of Sound, A Story about Thomas Edison by Barbara Mitchell (hardcover) TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Thomas A. Edison by Sue Guthridge (ex-library) TQ $3

Landmark The Story of Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Cousins TQ BF $5

The Mayo Brothers by Helen Clapesattle (hardcover) TQ $5

Childhood of Famous Americans Albert Einstein by Marie Hammontree TQ $3

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

The Spirit of the St. Louis by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ $4 each

The Spirit of St. Louis by Charles A. Lindbergh BF $4

The Wright Brothers by Charles Graves (hardcover) TQ VT $3

Landmark The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds SL 3/4/D/E VP TQ VT $4

The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk by Donald J. Sobol TQ $3 each

First Flight, The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers by George Shea TQ $3

Up in the Air: Bessie Coleman by Philip S. Hart TQ $4

Childhood of Famous Americans Henry Ford by Hazel B. Aird and Catherine Ruddiman TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Mark Twain by Miriam E. Mason TQ $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Eleanor Roosevelt by Ann Weil TQ $3

Homesick by Jean Fritz SL 5/F $2

Profiles in Science for Young People Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium by Ann E. Steinke TQ $3

Sower Billy Sunday, Home Run to Heaven by Robert Allen $4

The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Penner $2

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

Ellis Island by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ $4

Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes TQ $4

Milliken History of Civilization The Industrial Revolution Grades 7-12 $3

All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor SL 4/E $3

The Great Depression by R. Conrad Stein CoF TQ $4

Dust for Dinner by Ann Turner TQ $3 each

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse SL Core 100 TQ $3 each

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor SL 4/E BF TQ VT $3 each

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor $3

Blue Willow by Doris Gates SL Core 100 AO BF TQ $4 each

A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon TQ VT $3

In Grandma’s day by Paul Humphrey VT $2 each

American Girl Meet Kit TQ $2 each

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter $2

The Hindenburg Disaster by R. Conrad Stein (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

Kids at Work, Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor by Russell Freedman $5

Robert Louis Stevenson, Young Storyteller by Francene Sabin $3 each

Holocaust/ WWII

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn SL VP $3 each

Dear America The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, A World War II Soldier 1944 (hardcover) $3

Anne Frank, the Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank TQ BF VP $4 each

Anne Frank Beyond the Diary: A Photographic Remembrance by Ruud van der Rol and Rian Verhoeven (hardcover) $4

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr (hardcover) SL TQ $4

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom SL TQ BF $4

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry TQ SL BF $4

So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (hardcover) BF $4

Schindlers’ List by Thomas Keneally $4

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan SL AO TQ $3

Hiroshima by John Hersey BF TQ $4

Landmark Air Raid-Pearl Harbor by Theodore Taylor BF TQ $5 each

Landmark The Flying Tigers by John Toland (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $5

Landmark the Commandos of World War II by Hodding Carter (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $5

American Girl Molly’s Craft Book (hardcover, ex-library) $4

Modern Times

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry SL 5/F BF $2 each

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry (hardcover) SL 5/F BF $4

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

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls TQ VP AO 6 $3

Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Myul Choi SL 5/F BF $3 each

The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck SL 5/F $2

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White SL 1/B VP $3 each

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White $3 each

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson SL Core 300 $2

Swift Rivers by Cornelia Meigs SL 3/D $3

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson SL Core 400 $2 each

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

Babe Ruth, Home Run Hero by Keith Brandt (hardcover) TQ $3

Our First Pony by Marguerite Henry $1

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry SL 2/C TQ BF VP $3 each

Sea Star, Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry $3

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

Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL $3

Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry BF TQ SL $3

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery AO TQ VP $4 each

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

Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery (hardcover, ex-library) TQ AO $3

Sounder by William H. Armstrong SL Core 100 $3 each

Rascal by Sterling North TQ SL $3

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Miegs TQ $3 each

Childhood of Famous Americans Louisa May Alcott by Beatrice Gormley TQ $3

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott AO VP VT $4

Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott AO $3

An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott AO $3

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott (hardcover) $4

A Picture Book of Helen Keller by David A. Adler TQ $3

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

Helen Keller – The Story of My Life by Helen Keller VT TQ $4

Helen Keller’s Teacher by Mickie Davidson TQ VT $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Helen Keller by Katharine E. Wilkie TQ $3

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska SL 6/G $3 each

Childhood of Famous Americans Knute Rockne, Young Athlete by Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Jim Thorpe by Guernsey Van Riper Jr. TQ $3

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

Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (hardcover) $3

The Story of the Vietnam Memorial by David K. Wright (hardcover) CoF $4

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

Young Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Heroine by Anne Benjamin (Troll First Start Biography) TQ $3

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

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges $3

Childhood of Famous Americans Thurgood Marshall by Montrew Dunham $3

The Day We Walked on the Moon, A Photo History of Space Exploration by George Sullivan VT $4 each

Childhood of Famous Americans Neil Armstrong by Montrew Dunham (hardcover, ex-library) TQ $3

The White House by Deborah Kent (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

The Story of the White House by Kate Waters $4 each

First Ladies by Susan Maloney Clinton (hardcover) CoF TQ $4

Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents - Gerald R. Ford by Mike Venezia TQ $3

Misc. History Resources

The Colony Series by Dennis Brindell Fradin – set of 12 hardcover books TQ $35
-       The Connecticut Colony
-       The Delaware Colony
-       The Georgia Colony
-       The Maryland Colony
-       The New Hampshire Colony
-       The New Jersey Colony
-       The New York Colony
-       The North Carolina Colony
-       The Pennsylvania Colony
-       The Rhode Island Colony
-       The South Carolina Colony
-       The Virginia Colony

The American Patriot’s Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb (hardcover) $5

TruthQuest History, American History for Young Students I by Michelle Miller $15

A Child’s Story of America by McHugh and Morris VP $4

The Handy History Answer Book by Rebecca Nelson $4

A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen VP $5

Don’t Know Much About American History by Kenneth C. Davis $2

Anno’s U.S.A. by Mitsumasa Anno (hardcover) $3

DEAR AMERICA  (16 books for $25)

A Journey to the New World, Mayflower 1620
Standing in the Light, Pennsylvania, 1763
Love Thy Neighbor, Massachusetts, 1774
A Picture of Freedom, Virginia, 1859
A Light in the Storm, Delaware, 1861
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow, New Mexico, 1864
When will this Cruel War be Over?, Virginia, 1864
I Thought My Soul Would Rise & Fly, South Carolina, 1865
The Great Railroad Race, Utah Territory, 1868
Land of the Buffalo Bones, Minnesota, 1874
Dreams in the Golden Country, New York City, 1903
Hear My Sorrow, New York City, 1909
A Time for Courage, Washington, D.C., 1917
Color Me Dark, Chicago, 1919
My Secret War, Long Island, NY, 1942
Early Sunday Morning, Hawaii, 1941

MY NAME IS AMERICA (14 books for $20)

The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, Plymouth, 1620
The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, Massachusetts, 1774
The Journal of Jedidiah Barstow, Oregon Trail, 1845
The Journal of Douglas Allen Deeds, Donner Party, 1846
The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, California, 1852
The Journal of Sean Sullivan, Transcontinental Railroad, 1867
The Journal of Joshua Loper, Chisholm Trail, 1871
The Journal of Brian Doyle, Whaling Ship, 1874
The Journal of James Edmond Pease, Virginia, 1863
The Journal of Finn Reardon, New York City, 1899
The Journal of Otto Peltonen, Minnesota, 1905
The Journal of Ben Uchida, California, 1942
The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins, Normandy, France, 1944
The Journal of Biddy Owens, Birmingham, Alabama, 1958

Geography, Government, Economics, & Social Studies  

Hammond New Headline World Atlas $2

The Complete Children’s Atlas by Malcom Porter $2

Geography from A to Z, A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton (hardcover) MFW $4

Maps & Globes by Jack Knowlton MFW $4

Steck-Vaughn Portraits of America series $10 set includes:

- Wisconsin
- Pacific Islands
- Alabama
- Deleware
- Idaho
- Indiana
- New York
- North Dakota
- Utah
- Massachusetts
- Virginia
- West Virginia
- California

Homeschool Ponies Volume 1: Patriotic Patches by Brenda Krames new w/iron on patches $10

Government by the People by Burns, Peltason, Cronin, and Magleby – student book w/CD Rom $2

Basic American Government by Clarence Carson (hardcover) SL Core 300 $15

DK Children Just Like Me (hardcover) $5

The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller $4

Everything You Need to Know About Geography Homework by Zeman and Kelly $2

The Kingfisher Young People’s Pocket Atlas $2

American Girl Girls of Many Lands (hardcover with dust jackets) $25 set
-       Leyla The Black Tulip
-       Kathleen The Celtic Knot
-       Minuk Ashes in the Pathway
-       Cecile Gates of Gold
-       Saba Under the Hyena’s Foot
-       Neela Victory Song
-       Spring Pearl The Last Flower
-       Isabel Taking Wing

American Girl Portraits of American Girlhood by Cindy Sotelo for Grades 2-5 $30

American Girl The American Girls Party Book (hardcover, ex-library) $3