Friday, July 30, 2010

8 Things: Family Cabin

What makes your family get-away iconic?  Whether it’s a favorite camp spot, Camp Wanatakee, or something in between; give us your  *8Things: Family Cabin list and take a walk down memory lane.  Grab a button and play along. If you put your list on your blog, give us the permalink in the Mr. Linkybelow. Thanks for playing!

Our little red house in the NC Mountains...
1...The mountains of my childhood

2...the horses who greet us each day

3...the old apple trees

4...the cows in the road to town

5...the old tackroom

6...the Ents who guard the cabin

7...the close proximity to The Blue Ridge Parkway

8...everyone's favorite hang-out

{this moment} Feet of a giant

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  Following the suggestion of SouleMama at

Friday, July 23, 2010

{this moment} Little Hiker

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  Following the suggestion of SouleMama at

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The School Plan

Sweet summer is slipping away...I have spent most of this entire week finalizing plans and making schedules for our schoolwork in the fall...well actually one month from today. The plan looks way more ambitious on paper than it did in the happy halls of my imagination...we'll see how it goes. Now on with the last few weeks of unscheduled bliss...

The Discovery School
2010-2011 Curriculum Plans

Brice (Preschool)
The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading (Reading Readiness Section) (no pressure, but he’s interested in letters so we’ll do what makes him happy)
Nature Study with the family
Lots & lots of library books!!!
Lots & lots of playing!!!
Gym & Swim?
KEEN Arts Co-op, Concerts, Plays, and Art Exhibits on GC campus, Museum trips

Embree (6th Grade) & Reeves (3rd/4th)

·         Embree - Teaching Textbooks 5 & 6
·         Reeves – Teaching Textbooks 4 & 5
·         Embree - History Odyssey/Early Modern/ Level II
·         Reeves – Story of the World III
·         Embree - Analytical Grammar Season One
·         Reeves – First Language Lessons 3
·         Embree & Reeves - Mango
Vocabulary/Phonics Review
·         Embree - Spectrum Word Study and Phonics Gr 6
·         Reeves – Spectrum Word Study and Phonics Gr 4
·         Embree & Reeves - On the Mark Spelling Gr 4 (to review spelling rules for Embree, full program for Reeves)
US Studies
·         Embree & Reeves - US Mint State Quarters Program
·         Embree & Reeves - The Lab of Mr Q Earth Science( Grading Periods 1-5) and The Elements (Final Grading Period)
Nature Study/Sketch
·         Embree, Reeves, & Mom - Handbook of Nature Study Book & Blog
·         Reeves – Handwriting Without Tears/Cursive
·         Embree & Reeves - Gross & Fine Motor Skills Ages 6-12,  Parks & Rec Gym & Swim
·         Embree & Reeves - Meet the Masters
·         Embree & Reeves - THE 407 Creative Dramatics Workshop, Stage Left Productions
Other Arts
·         Embree  & Reeves- KEEN Arts Co-op, Concerts, Plays, and Art Exhibits on GC campus, Museum trips
·         Embree - Horseback Riding (?)
·         Reeves – Guitar Lessons

We are doing History, Reading, and Writing as a combined subject this year.
The kids’ reading lists accompany their History lessons.

Embree’s Reading List (Full editions except for Oliver Twist, as indicated in History Curriculum, 1-2 books per grading period, plus The Story of Mankind over the course of the year)
·         The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon
·         I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
·         Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
·         The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
·         The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
·         Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (abridged by Puffin Classics)
·         Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
·         Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
·         Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
·         The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven, Jr.
·         Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
·         The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith
·         The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
·         Other choices for free reading

Reeves’ Reading List (Some full and abridged editions, 1 chapter book or 2-3 picture books per week)
·         Don Quixote and the Windmills / retold and adapted by Eric A. Kimmel
·         Great Heroes / [adapted by Seymour Reit ; art by Ernie Colón].
·         Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote / retold and illustrated by Marcia Williams.
·         The Wheel on the School/ De Jong
·         Pocahontas and the Strangers/Bulla, Clyde Robert
·         Pocahontas : Princess of the New World / by Kathleen Krull ; illustrations by David Diaz
·         The Broken Blade/William Durbin
·         Under a Prairie Sky/Anne Laurel Carter
·         The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn / Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler.
·         The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce, a pilgrim boy, Plimoth Plantation, 1620 / by Ann Rinaldi.
·         The Village that Vanished / Ann Grifalconi ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
·         Amistad : the story of a slave ship / by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by Sanna Stanley.
·         One riddle, One Answer / by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Linda S. Wingerter.
·         A Treasury of Turkish Folktales for Children – B. Walker
·         Grimm’s Fairy Tales
·         The Cat Who Went to Heaven. Illustrated by Lynd Ward.
·         The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas ; adapted by Malvina G. Vogel ; illustrations by Pablo Marcos Studio.
·         If You Lived with the Iroquois/Levine
·         Farmer Boy/Laura Ingalls Wilder
·         The Jungle Book / Rudyard Kipling ; illustrated by Scott McKowen ; afterword by Arthur Pober.
·         A Thousand Peaks : poems from China / Siyu Liu and Orel Protopopescu ; illustrated by Siyu Liu.
·         The Last of the Mohicans / James Fenimore Cooper ; illustrated by N.C. Wyeth.
·         One Life to Lose for My Country : the arrest and execution of Nathan Hale / Holly Cefrey.
·         Ben and Me : a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos / lately discovered, edited & illustrated by Robert Lawson.
·         The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty / William Bligh ; adapted by Deborah Kestel ; illustrations by Brendan Lynch.
·         Working Cotton / written by Sherley Anne Williams ; illustrated by Carole Byard.
·         Songs of Innocence and Experience/Blake
·         I, Crocodile / Fred Marcellino.
·         Oliver Twist / by Charles Dickens.
·         Johnny Appleseed / Marianne Johnston.
·         Lewis and Clark and Me : a dog's tale / Laurie Myers ; illustrations by Michael Dooling.
·         Frankenstein – Mary Shelley (Great Illustrated Classics)
·         The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / introductory remarks by Stanley T. Williams.
·         Abiyoyo : based on a South African lullaby and folk story / text by Pete Seeger ; illustrations by Michael Hays.
·         The Journal of Jesse Smoke : a Cherokee boy / by Joseph Bruchac.
·         The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes/ The Man with the Twisted Lip/Doyle
·         Tucket's Ride / Gary Paulsen.
·         Tucket's Gold / Gary Paulsen.
·         Westward to Home : Joshua's journal / by Patricia Hermes.
·         Other choices for free reading
·         The Scarlet Pimpernel
·         A Tale of Two Cities
·         Les Miserables
·         Oliver
·         Big River (Soundtrack or Movie)
·         Whale Rider

Monday, July 19, 2010


When taking photographs one uses a lens to block out or heighten properties of light. 

A lens can be used to change light so that it appears differently than without that lens. 

People use metaphorical lenses all the time. The way we view the world is skewed by our attitudes, expectations, and experiences. 

My question is...does using a lens on a camera automatically make that photograph less real? 

Do the lenses we place on our own view of the world make our experiences less authentic?

Sometimes the use of a lens in a bright setting helps control the light so that images become more clear. Sometimes, however, lenses can change the color completely... making a cloudy day appear sunny and vice versa. 

Personal lenses can help us see the 
best in others. 
They also can help us hide from the truth.

Are all lenses attachments? 
In order to free ourselves from suffering 
by severing attachments, 
are we to rid our eyes from all lenses? 

Or is it enough to acknowledge the feeling these attachments bring...stop fighting them violently and just acknowledge and move on...try to see it differently next time?