Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fun Fiction Friday - November 17th, 2017

Fun Fiction Friday
November 17th, 2017

Welcome back to Fun Fiction Friday.

In my Fun Fiction Friday I share the books the older girls and I are reading, and a short review of a Young Adult or Juvenile book I have finished, if applicable. I will also ask the girls to tell me something they would like to share about at least one of the books they are currently reading.

Last week I shared a short review of the I am Number Four novella compilation, Secret Histories. I started reading Rebel Allies, but put it aside to read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This is the first book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.


I had tried watching the movie last week, but I fell asleep. We ended up watching the full movie together as a family, and then I continued reading the book, quite unwilling to put it down. I finished it this morning and am ready to start the second book, The Sea of Monsters. I have all of the books in the series ready and waiting.


Moving on...

We are continuing to make our way through Star of Light by Patricia St. John.


Tabitha finished Prince Caspian, and is now rereading some Boxcar Children books.


When she finishes these I think I have convinced her to try the Percy Jackson books.

Amelia is still trying to read The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.


However, they didn't get much reading done this week as they have been writing their stories for the Young Writers Program of NaNoWriMo.

Fun Fiction Friday
Book Review


The Lightning Thief is book one of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series. We are first introduced to Percy, a twelve year old boy, when he is attending Yancy Academy which is a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York. Not only does he have behavioral issues, but he is dyslexic and has ADHD (which is important information for later on in the book). It isn't long before he ends up being expelled, which has happened to him multiple times in the past. He ends up finding his way to Camp Half-Blood where he is to spend his summer, and learns that he is a demi-god, a potential hero, the son of a god. One of the Greek gods that is. 

It takes a short amount time for them to determine whose son he is, but when they do, it causes quite the problem, especially because something has been stolen from one of the gods, and he is suspected of stealing it. He sets out on a quest with his friend and protector, Grover, and a fellow campmate Annabeth, to retrieve the item and return it before a terrible war is started. 

During this journey across America they encounter many a monster and there are even meetings with gods. Percy learns that he has some interesting powers that help them when they are in dire circumstances. He learns who he can trust and who he shouldn't. 

All in all, their quest is quite the adventure. As we will be learning about ancient Greece in our schooling this year, I loved the chance to read a story focused on Greek gods and the part they supposedly play in our current world. I found the explanation as to why they are now in America, as opposed to Greece quite intriguing and entertaining. 

The story is told in the first person, with Percy telling us his story. So we get to know his thoughts, see his dreams and realize his powers and such with him. We see him as a young boy who is longing for a relationship with his dad whom he had never known, and who seemingly just lost his mother as well to one of the monsters who is out to kill him. We get to see him grow emotionally during their quest, and learn to fight against those who have it in for him and his friends. 

This book really drew me in and kept my attention. It was a quick read, but not too juvenile. Because of the nature of the story, with the Greek gods, there are mentions of adulterous and out-of-wedlock relationships. Though there are no details that would be inappropriate for children. I loved the memories of the greek gods coming back to me from what I have learned in school. There is a lot of adventure. I can't wait to read the second book to see what is going to be asked of our hero next. 

I'm sharing over at:

What to Read Wednesday

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Magic Stories Giveaway


A couple of weeks ago I posted my review of The Magic Stories by Allsaid & Dunn, LLC, publishers of The Reading Game and authors of the Wordly Wise series. 


Hannah and I have really been enjoying these stories, along with the activities that go along with them. Not only do they help improve vocabulary, they give us fun mommy/daughter time, and give her a chance to read to me. We also appreciate the moral lessons provided in these books. 

Now, I have been given the opportunity to offer my readers a chance to win their own PDF downloadable copies of these fun books. You can either print them out or view them on a computer or iPad. All the other components you will need are available as free resources on The Magic Stories website. 

All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter form below. 
There are only 2 simple mandatory entries, with the remainder of the entries being optional. 
Remember, you do not have to do the extra entries, but they will increase your odds of winning. 

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over. 
The giveaway runs November 16th through December 2nd.

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!




If you would like to purchase them, The Magic Stories would like to offer my readers a 25% discount.  To receive the discount, enter “raisingreaders” in the coupon box upon checkout.

Disclosure: I received a set of The Magic Stories in exchange for my honest review as a part of the Homeschool Review Crew.  No further compensation was given. This did not in any way influence my review. I only recommend products I use personally and feel will be a good products for my readers.

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #178: November 16, 2017

Welcome back to... 


I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around November 16th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Last year I focused solely on recipe posts for the posts I wanted to share, and the year before that, I shared past review posts. It was fun remembering some of the recipes and reviews I had forgotten about. This year I will be sharing random posts.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)


Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above if you would like your post to qualify for the Featured Post. Most weeks I find that there is a wonderful post, but I can't feature it because it is a current post, not from the past. I love reading the current posts, if you want to share them. However, I am not able to feature them, because the spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here are my Throwback Thursday posts:
(I couldn't decide which one to use today, so I am sharing two)

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Gypsy Road shared Make-Ahead Cheats for a Full House


To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.



Happy Throwback Thursday!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: November 15, 2017 (w/linky) : More Bills Fun

Little late this week, computer wasn't working last night or earlier today.

Went to the Bills game this past weekend. Enjoyed some time in the field house as usual. As it was Veteran's Day this past weekend they had the full field flag. Not the best game, seeing as the Bills were trampled, but we had a nice time anyway.





















Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: November 14, 2017- Paper Plate Turkeys


 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

In our homeschool we have continued our study of Ancient Egypt. We have been reading about Jacob/Israel and his children during our Bible reading time. We have fallen a bit behind in our science lessons on light. Right now we are in the middle of drawing the inner cross-section of a battery and have been learning about conservation of matter. The older girls have been spending a lot of time writing their "novels" for the Young Writers Program of NaNoWriMo. That is their main Language Arts assignment at the moment. Even Harold has been writing his own little book. 

Let's take a look at that review schedule real quick:

A couple of weeks ago I shared my review of The Magic Stories, published by the same people who developed The Reading Game which I reviewed a few years ago. Last week I shared my final Crew review of the year, the one for The Pencil Grip's Thin Stix Creativity Pack. I can't believe our Crew year is coming to a close for 2017. Speaking of which, if you are a homeschooler who also actively blogs, the Crew recently opened up applications for the 2018 Crew year. Stop by the Homeschool Review Crew blog to check it out.

Moving on to this week's craft:

In the preschool co-op class we made Paper Plate Turkeys. Amelia came up with this craft and wanted me to use it with the preschoolers. I was happy to oblige.


She used the same idea of using the smaller, sturdier paper plates and gluing them together to make it three dimensional as I used for the Paper Plate Scarecrows.


This craft was again simple and appropriate for the 3-4 year olds in the group as well as the one year old. It was also a craft they could all make at the same time, instead of two at a time as I have done with other crafts.

Here is what you will need:


2 smaller, sturdy cardboard paper plates
Brown construction paper for the head and tail feathers
Orange construction paper for the beak, legs, and tail feathers
Red construction paper for the wattle and tail feathers
Yellow construction paper for more tail feathers
White school glue
Brown crayon
Small wiggle eyes

I cut the construction paper pieces out in preparation for the craft. Older kids would be able to cut out their own pieces, especially the tail feathers and head. 

The first step for the children was to color the bottoms of both paper plates. Some of the children drew feather details on the tail feathers.


Then we flipped one of the paper plates over and applied glue to half of the rim. The children attached the tail feathers. 


When they were done with the tail feathers, we added glue for the head and legs to be attached.


Then they added the facial details. We again added the glue and had the children place the beak, wattle and one eye. Another eye was added to the reverse side of the head, so the turkey could be two-sided.


The other paper plate was then glued to the first one.



A couple of things I would like to share with you:

Thanksgiving is only a week away! If you are looking for some fun craft and/or learning activity ideas, I invite you to check out my Thanksgiving Round Up.


And last week I shared my newest round up, the Scarecrow Fun Round Up


Don't miss my giveaway for a Thin Stix Creativity Pack, featuring all of the wonderful colors available (Classic, Neon, and Metalix). We LOVE these Solid Tempera Paint Sticks.


Giveaway is open to US citizens.
Ends November 22, 2017

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 8 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on posts.  

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:


Lisa from Syncopated Mama shared Semicolons, Cupcakes, and Cucumber by Steve Newberry.

And here is this week's top clicked on post.


Katelynne from The Disguised Supermom shared Cultivating Gratitude with a Tree of Thanks.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.






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