Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Fun 2010

Review: Hernie & Friends: Who is in Charge Anyway? DVD

From the Publisher:

Meet the Garden gang before they grew up!

Sitting around a camp fire on a beautiful star-lit night, the garden gang is talking about their favorite memories. Antonio recounts the Garden Olympics, but admits he was a scrawny kid-ant whose parents did not think he would ever amount to much. Flo confesses she used to be shy and introverted. Turns out all Hermie and Friends’ adventures are made possible by the things that happened to them as kids. And it’s also clear that God has had a plan for all of the garden characters right from the start – as long as they had the sense to listen and follow God’s message. Includes new and previous animation.

This is my first review for BookSneeze, and I was thrilled when I could review Hermie. Hermie and his friends have always been favorites for our family and this DVD is no different. I so appreciate the reinforcement of the message that we are ALL special and purposeful in Gods eyes. No matter how small each can help Him and others.

This disc also includes a bonus section with a Trivia Quiz, Behind the Scenes feature, and two Sing A longs.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Favorite Books: July 2010

We have been reading a lot this summer. Besides it being a part of our nightly rituals, our library has an amazing summer reading program! Here are some of our favorites:

Peter & the.... by Dave Barry
We have enjoyed both Peter & the Starcatchers and Peter & the Shadow Thieves. We have listened to both on tape. Which by the way are read by the talented Jim Dale.
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Seeing the trailers for the new Beezus & Ramona movie reminded me of how wonderful these books are and it is now time to share them with G.

Multiplying menace : the revenge of Rumpelstiltskin by Pam Calvert
Rumpelstilskin is back and wants the little boy he lost out on the first time. A fun math story.

William the Curious : Knight of the Water Lilies written and illustrated by Charles Santore
Gorgeous book with a great message.

Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban
Good old fashion sweetness.

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
I am reading this for myself. I thought we might use it when we study Shakespeare. I am really enjoying it. It is the first of a set of 3.

Cheap Extras

I could not believe when I walked into Target this week and saw that school supplies are out! Ugh, with baseball finally over I just now feel like summer. I did not venture into the school zone (a big weakness) but I did check out the $1 bins at the front of the store. I was extremely excited with the selection of flash cards. I passed over the typical ABC & Math ones. I purchased the following sets: Landmarks, US Presidents, Flags of the World, and United States. All of the cards are double-sided, full color, decent stock for $1. The Landmark, States, and Presidents have a photo front and informative reverse. The Flag set is more like a path set with problems and answers on each side.


United States
Presidents (Washington- Obama plus the White House, Lincoln, Jefferson & Wahington Memorials)
Flags of the World
I also found pencils marked like rulers to the 1/4 inch.
And finally a Quick reference about the States and their flags.