Sarah,Plain and Tall

So recently we have been reading the book called, Sarah, Plain and Tall off our recommended book list. Now I personally have watched the movie, it was very good by the way. I must admit, reading stories are always so much better then seeing them on film.

The story is set back, in the late 19th century. It is about a widowed Midwestern farmer with two children (Anna and Caleb ) advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb (whose mother died during childbirth) is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good. But she returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine, and to explain that, though she misses her home, “the truth of it is I would miss you more.” The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love

My children thoroughly enjoyed reading this story together, definitely can see this being not on a favorite but a repeat read.

Fourth Grade Homeschool Basics

The wonderful world of 4th graders! I’m very happy to share with you some of my experiences along the way. In the coming weeks, I will cover what your 4th should know or at least be familiar with by the end of the school year. As with all “lists”, it is important to realize that all children are unique individuals and progress at their own speed. Suggestions are general for 4th grade level.

In addition to the basic subject matter that a fourth grader should learn, there are also certain health and safety lessons that a fourth grader should know. Some of these will be common sense subjects and some will require a little effort and time to gather information. These subjects are:

* Personal and mental hygiene
* Dental health
* The body and its functions (also covered in science)
* Skeletal and muscular systems (also covered in science)
* Care and proper use of the body
* Principles of digestion (also covered in science)
* Basic food groups
* Good nutrition habits
* Diseases
* Safety
* Substance abuse

Stay tuned for the next post which will address 4th grade Language Arts, part one.