Monday, August 27, 2007

Science with Crinkleroot

Jim Arnosky has many wonderful books that the children and I have enjoyed over the years. Crinkleroot's guides are a very clever way to teach children elementary science. It's enjoyable for everyone involved! Today we enjoyed his guide to Animal Habitats. The Butterfly and Moth guide is excellent, also! Just reading this book today made me want to take a walk in the woods.....maybe tomorrow.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Zinnias, stout and stiff,
Stand no nonsense: their colors
Stare, their leaves
Grow straight out, their petals
Jut like clipped cardboard,
Round, in neat flat rings.

Even cut and bunched,
Arranged to please us
In the house, in water, they
Will hardly wilt - I know
Someone like zinnias; I wish
I were like zinnias.
~Valerie Worth


The beans in this picture are Tiawan Yard Long Bean from Baker Creek Seed Co. And the blooms are from the Scarlet Runner Bean. The yardlong beans are delicious stir fried or steamed. My kids have also been known to enjoy them raw, munching along on them as they play.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Are all of Holling Clancy Holling's books just wonderful? I read Seabird aloud to the children this week and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm amazed at what can be learned by just looking at the illustrations! The copy we read was borrowed from the library but I'll be putting this book on my "wish list"!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Remembering Florida

My Children

We loved all the wildlife and new-to-us nature!

Within your heart...

Keep one still, secret spot
Where dreams may go
And, sheltered so,
May thrive and grow.
~Louise Driscoll

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Another great give away!

Biblical Womanhood
is having another drawing for some great free (to the winner) resources!!! Just send Crystal an e-mail and you'll be entered!