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  1. I should have put titles with my links — the first is to my post about Rufous Redtail, the second, to a review of I Saw Three Ships.

    Sounds like a busy week at the House of Hope. I’ve been reading a book that suggests we should think about scheduling more structured outings, etc. into our homeschool, but the last thing I want is hectic busyness. Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s best!
    I’m not meaning to suggest that your homeschool sounds overly busy… I understand a fuller week than usual now and then. But your post brings the issue before me again of scheduled activity and finding a balance.

  2. Dorie

    Great idea to focus on a specific country. We did “a trip around the world” sort of highlighting different customs. All encompassing, but definitely not detailed and specific.

  3. I just did a Christmas Around the World (or more like around Europe) with my students. I just thought I would recommend Italy where you can use Tommie dePaola’s Old Befana and then for Germany we read the book Cobweb Christmas which explains the tradition of tinsel. Then I will also recommend Jesus’ Christmas Party by Nicholas Allan (http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Christmas-Party-Nicholas-Allan/dp/1849415269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324555019&sr=8-1) because my second graders heard the French Version and even with translation they were into it and laughing so it tells me it must be a pretty good one. This is the story of Jesus birth told by the innkeeper so it wouldn’t be related to Christmas celebrated in another country. Thanks for all your great book recommendations. From your blog I’m often heading over to Amazon to add something to my wishlist for our school library here in Niger. Merry Christmas!

  4. I like your idea to focus on Christmas traditions around the world, and thanks for introducing me to some new books. I hadn’t heard of the Jan Brett story you mention in your post, but we do have a winter collection of her stories, which we love. My post this week is about the book Bounce, by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin. I’ve also teamed up with a dance teacher in New York who provides some really creative ways to incorporate movement into story time with this fun read-aloud. Happy holidays!

  5. Love the ornaments you did, so cool! The foil wrapping paper one does look lovely, too bad it’s flimsy. Hmm. I love reading Beverly Lewis… and you taught me a new word: pedantic. I’ve needed that word to describe novels before, but now I have it! Lol. Merry Christmas to you!

  6. The heart project looks really, really cool. Ideas to tuck away…. (I’m pretty sure I could do that one.)

    I’ve been looking at the Brett book wondering when you were going to talk about it! =D

    We just finished a chapter book yesterday so we’ll be back with RAT in January! =) In the meantime…………

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!!!!!!!!

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