30 November, 2010

Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival

If you ever wondered who Charlotte Mason is, and what she wrote about, check out the latest edition of the Charlotte Mason Blog Carnival here.

26 November, 2010

Handicrafts - Sewing

It's amazing what can be done with a bit of fabric, some thread, and a needle. Bethany in particular has been hand-sewing for several years now. She loves making clothes for her beanie bear and Sylvanians.
Here are some of the outfits made for "Pinky" this year:

These are some pictures from a Sylvanian wedding. Most of the outfits were hand-made by Bethany:

The girls all love to use my sewing machine too. Ainsley (8 yrs) designed and made her own apron:

Bethany has adapted a tote bag pattern we have used to make little bags of all different sizes. Here is the latest one. Beth made the tassel out of a skein of embroidery thread:

08 November, 2010

A Shakespeare Resource

One problem I had when deciding which Shakespeare play to start reading through was that I didn't know what most of the plays were about! I had studied MacBeth and King Lear in high school, but I didn't think the girls would enjoy them first up.
I found this lovely book on Trademe a few months ago, and I'm so glad I did. It has short summaries on every one of Shakespeare's plays, all written by Marchette Chute. The summaries are all around 10-12 pages in length, some shorter, so they are quickly read. Published first in 1960, my edition was published in 1979 and features a lovely dustjacket with illustrations of some of the characters from the plays.

04 November, 2010

Dixie Cook is a Winner!

We got a parcel in the mail today. Bethany won the Dr. Suess Poem Competition for her poem, Dixie Cook! She received a book of New Zealand stories called Pick 'n' Mix: Assorted Kiwi Stories. Emily also received an achievement certificate.
The winning poems have been published here: Tararua Library Dr Suess Poem Competition Winners.
I posted the girls' poems here.
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