Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wow -- io, Free Books!

A member of one of the yahoo homeschool groups I'm on share a link and I need to share, too. Wowio, free books, free minds.

It's a website that allows you to download free books. There are some great books available, especially for kiddos. You may only download five books a day. So far I've got ten. I don't know what I'll get today, but I'm extremely happy with what we've got so far:

Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself
Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself
Great World War II Projects You Can Build Yourself
Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece
Tools of Native Americans: a Kid's Guide to the History and Culture of the First Americans
Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself
Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself
Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Rome
Tools of Navigation: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Finding Your Way
Tools of Timekeeping: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Telling Time

Pretty cool, eh?

There aren't too many other children's books that I'm interested in, but the above list was a gold mine for me! I'm off to search for something for me now.

They also have this special deal that if you get ten people to sign up, you get a free ipod shuffle. (I don't even know what an ipod shuffle is!!!) I'm not really interested in that for me (maybe I should be) but just thought I'd throw that out there.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Great Homeschool eStore Giveaway

I'm on their list, so I knew about the Mother's Day special. I tried yesterday to download some of their ebooks and was proud that I actually got four. On many of the homeschool lists I'm on, there were people who couldn't get any. I think I was lucky because I loosened up my security so I didn't have to wait for a second connection.

This morning I sat down and got a couple more of their free ebooks.

The book I liked the best was Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself by Rachel Dickinson. I liked the fact that it gave information as well as projects. I liked it so much I went to Amazon and did some searching. There are a few books in their Build Yourself Series that piqued my interest.

The only thing about this book -- I would prefer it in book form as opposed to ebook. I'm not going to print the thing out, it would take too much ink and I'm cheap.

I had to try to download this book about six times. Each time I got it the file was corrupted. Finally, this morning within minutes of their promotion being over, I got it. Small victory for me.

I liked this free giveaway because it gave me a chance to see things beyond their teasing previews. It enabled me to figure out what I could use and tweak and what was just out of the question. We'll actually use two of their free ebooks. The others were nice to view.

One of the books I got was the Hands of a Child Mythological Creatures lapbook. Cute book, information provided at the beginning about creatures, but what can I say -- as cute as I think lapbooks are -- and I really do think they're cute -- we have tried to do lapbooks on three different occasions and failed. Why? Because for us, we just don't see the point. I think in the early elementary grades they're perfect and would have suited Thomas well. Thomas thought it was just a bunch of busy work. And I tend to agree -- for him. I'd far rather him write a report than cut and paste and all that.

So Thomas and I will continue to admire the photos of lapbooks that we come across on the web, but we won't partake.

I think it was great that the Homeschool eStore had this giveaway. I know it blew their servers, I know people got testy about it, but they didn't have to give them out in the first place and they are moving to a better more accommodating server in the very near future. Kudos to them. Thanks, we'll enjoy our Pioneer Projects very much.

Monday, May 14, 2007

My Perfect Mother's Day

It started out with my favorite breakfast: Two Egg McMuffins and a big fountain pop. From there, Bob and Thomas went to work.

As the day progressed, we got hungry. Thomas made chocolate chip muffins all by himself -- a double batch to boot.

We had a picnic in the yard. This kid melts my heart.

The day got hot, so Thomas decided to run through the sprinkler.

The boys finished the skeleton of the fence. All three of us put the Thompson's water sealer/stain on.

Today after work, Bob and Thomas (and me, too) set out to work again.

They got all the way done with the long fence wall. I don't have a photo because I was cooking. I had to please Bob, so I made his favorite a roast (boring) beef, mashed potatoes and gravy. We'll get the rest up Wednesday because we're busy all afternoon and evening tomorrow.

Let me just say that aside from Thomas himself, this is the BEST Mother's Day/Birthday gift I have ever received. Ever. Privacy, ahhh. The only thing that could surpass it would be if we won the lottery and bought a place in the country.