mad libs
began weaving wall project
discussed friction
math worksheets, addition
homeschool playdate
walk in the woods
handmade calendar-
(months, days of week, counting, writing, drawing, seasons)
bake cookies
tinker toys
homemade sandbox
(banking, $ history, archeology, Egypt)
(pond, cattails, water bugs)
math game- number identification


rock painting
rock colecting
created story telling game
Victorian paper dolls
chipmunk observation
talked about echoes
owl pattern work sheet (sequencing)
word match game
word search
Spirit (movie)– discussed wild animals vs domesticated, Native Americans
Bug ABC book- facts about bugs
created fall word book- word recognition, reading, writing, drawing


planted apple pips- discussed seed-plant life cycle, made sign
puppet making
blueberry and apple picking
dot to dots
plant worksheets/facts
talked about giant sequioas
watched hawks
saguaro cacti facts
picked and snipped green beans
roasted pumpkin seeds
read about apples


August Bookshelf

Once a month, I’ll highlight some of the titles we read during the month.  More often than not, these will be choices borrowed from the library…it would be an impossible feat to list every book my kids read from our own library!



Reader’s Digest Our Solar System

Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up, Cynthia Rylant

Dragon of the Red Dawn, Mary Pope Osborne

Dingoes at Dinnertime, Mary Pope Osborne

Buddha Stories, Demi

Annie and Snowball and the Teacup Club, Cynthia Rylant

Big Dog and Little Dog, Dav Pilkey

Look: Seeing the Light in Art, Gillian Wolfe

Snow White: Fairy Tale Treasury

Animals in the Country, Kenneth Lilly

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams

I Once was a Monkey, Jeanne M. Lee

The Busy Body Book, Lizzy Rockwell

Sun Up Sun Down, Gail Gibbons

Peony’s Rainbow, Martha Weston

Wemberly Worried, Kevin Henkes

Owen, Kevin Henkes

A Lion Named Shirley Wiliamson, Bernard Waber

Stina, Lena Anderson

The Mommy Book, Todd Parr

The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders, Jack Prelutsky

Applemando’s Dreams, Patricia Polacco

Our Mothers’ House, Patricia Polacco

Perfect Square, Michael Hall

Have You Seen Trees, Joanne Oppenheim

Henry and Mudge The First Book, Cynthia Rylant

Stars, Mary Lyn Ray

Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas

Elephant: A book of Opposites, Pittau and Gervais

The Night Before Christmas, Clement Moore

Jack and the Beanstalk, Fairy Tale Treasury

The Tree Stump, Chris Forbes

Heads and Tails, Steven Walker

Ugly Duckling, Sarah Toast

Little Kipper’s Butterfly, Mick Inkpen

Edward in Deep Water, Rosemary Wells

Animal Sounds, Aurelius Battaglia

Play in Art, Lucy Micklethwait



Young Fredle, Cynthia Voight

Lucy Rose, The Thing About Me, Katy Kelly

Magic Tree House Vol. 1, books 1-8, Mary Pope Osborne



Blue Planet: Seas of Life





discussed Tibetan Prayer Flags
math worksheets
built cardboard “zoo”
homeschooler picnic with friends
family visit
explained chicken habit, care, routine to visiting family
county fair
campfire, melting marshmallows
“about me” poster
illustrated audio book as comic
dot to dots
washing wool (unspun)
map making, invented and real
domino games