10 Books We Love to Read Together

This week’s 10 in 10 is Favorite Read Alouds.

We never get tired of reading these books together!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Owl Babies

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball

Hank the Cowdog series

Over in the Meadow

Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes

The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury

Farmer Boy

The Sign of the Beaver

What’s on your list?


{Books for Sale}

We are remodeling our gameroom and some stuff has to go! I will be adding more to the list in the coming week.

Items are in good condition unless noted. Pay by money order or non-cc Paypal (or good ol’ cash if I know you!). I am willing to make a deal for multiple items purchased. Also, see my wish list @ the end -maybe we can make a trade! Email me at  toombstown @ gmail (dot) com if you are interested.

Mystery of History Vol 1   $20 ppd  SOLD

All About Spelling Level One book only  $10 ppd (see my review hereSOLD

Simply Grammar  $8 ppd  -shelf wear on cover; pages in great condition

Family Math  $8 ppd  -shelf wear on cover; pages in great condition

Creative Hands-On Science Cards & Activities   $6 ppd

Exploring Creation with General Science  $15 ppd -older edition ©2000 – wear on edges of cover, pages in good condition

Writing Strands Level 3  $10 ppd

Over Our Heads in Wonder  $6ppd  (see my review here)

Student of the Word Year 1  $100 ppd w/delivery confirmation  -includes teacher edition, resource edition, worksheets & audio tape

Presidential Penmanship Italic Complete Program CD $15 ppd  – has title marked out on cd, but I received it like that from the publisher -used 1 time to review (see my review here)

Gymathtics  $9 ppd  (see my review here)

Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class Vol 1  $15 ppd  DVD and book  (see my review here)

Maestro Classics Tortoise and the Hare CD   $6 ppd  (see my review here)

Basic Math Word Problem Tutor DVD  $12 ppd  (see my review here)

Read and Understand Fiction   $6 ppd

Reptiles Hands-On Science Activity Pages  $4 ppd  -ink spot on top of pages but does not affect inside of book

Space Exploration Hands-On Science Activity Pages  $4 ppd

Month-by-Month Poetry: March, April, May & June  $4 ppd

Menu Math  $4 ppd

US History Maps  $4 ppd

How to Teach Spelling Without Going Crazy  $4 ppd -gr. 4-8 Monday Morning Books

~My Wish List~

Life of Fred Math: Decimals and Percents, Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology, Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1, Zoology 3, Anatomy & Physiology

Explode the Code books 2-7

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Levels 3 or 4 instructor guide and student manual

our first week

We had a great first week of school – I think we were all ready to see summer break go!

Here’s a look at what we did:

~Back to School Fun~



We’ll see how much fun is had next week when we are back to our full schedule HA HA!

You can read more Weekly Wrap-Ups HERE.

howdy pilgrim


I am really pleased with my choice of  Truthquest History this year, and I’m excited that our study of the first colonies just happens to start in November.

Here are some good resources if you are studying the same thing:

The First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving is a free site from Scholastic. You can read historical fiction letters, find grade-specific lessons, and print out activities.


A Pioneer Sampler: The Daily Life of a Pioneer Family in 1840

We are loving this book! It goes through the day-to-day life of the fictional Robertson family. The time period is a bit later, but we are reading it now while we have a little more time.


Hands-On History: Colonial America

The older girls are making a notebook using this book. It is filled with interesting activities which are great learning tools & not just a bunch of fluff.


History Pockets: Life in Plymouth Colony

The two younger will be making history pockets.


Who’s Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?

We learned all kinds of interesting things in this true story about a 13 year old boy who lived in the Jamestown settlement.

Do you have any favorites to share?

review – Guardian Angel Publishing


We received 5 e-books from Guardian Angel Publishing to review. You can also purchase the books in CD or print form. I’m really impressed with the educational books, like the bones & earthquake titles. The are full of interesting information and very enjoyable to read – not dull or dry. I would prefer to read a story book in print form, but the science books worked great for us on the computer.

Here are the titles we read:

an1No Bones About It!

There is a bunch of information packed into this little book. Each page has several facts about bones & the body, and then there is a catchy little rhyme at the bottom that teaches the names of the bones in order. The pictures might be a bit graphic for the squeamish, but my gang loves that kind of silly stuff.



This very energetic, colorful book looks at what causes earthquakes and how they are tracked & measured. A few easy activities are scattered throughout and there is quite a bit of info on being prepared in the event of an earthquake. (We don’t have much of a need for that in this area, but I hope they come out with a similar book about tornadoes!!)


Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair

Andy has some physical disabilities, but he is able to overcome some challenges with the help of his horse Spirit. We just recently attended our state fair, so this book had good timing. This was not one of my favorites, but I think a little horse lover might enjoy it.


Maybe We Are Flamingos

This book is too cute! Little Flora and Fernando are worried that they will never be pink like the other flamingos. They find out that the pink color comes from their diet and start imagining what they would look like if they ate broccoli or tacos. This would be an adorable book to read with your pre-k/k child and then do a drawing activity like they did in the book.


Rainbow Sheep

The illustrations are what make this book so sweet. All of the characters are created from felted wool and they are beautiful. A big bonus: there are four pages at the end that give instruction on felting wool and show a few felted projects.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • e-books are $5.00
  • e-book CDs and printed books start at around $10.00 + shipping

Things I Like:

  • The educational books are packed with information.
  • The pictures and writing are very appealing.
  • The e-books are affordable.
  • Even though I prefer a physical book, these were very easy to read when I chose to view them in a 2-page layout.

Value: I think the e-books are a good value. I can’t really give an opinion on the printed books without seeing one.

See what my TOS Crew Mates have to say about Guardian Angel Publishing.