Stone Soup by Marcia Brown was originally written in 1947; an awesome book with an amazing legacy. If you are looking for something to do some cold January (National Soup Month) day, pull this book off the shelf and give it a read.
Here are some ideas for activities to go along with your reading of Stone Soup:
1. Talk soup, what kinds you and your child enjoy. How are they prepared? (A Year of Fun Just for Five’s by Theodosia Spewock)
2. Make your own soup for dinner.
3. And if you homeschool or just want to expand on your reading with additional activities, check this site for an amazing list!
Before June 1st, I was determined to have a list of fun things to do this summer…and I made it! I typed it up in pretty colors and added a nice graphic, but since I used a random graphic I found online, I won’t show the actual list. I will however give you our summer list, the not-so-pretty version.
Do a Giant Scavenger List
See Mimi & Grandpa (my parents)
Complete a Summer Reading Program
Attend Vacation Bible School
Take swim lessons
Go to the ocean
Go to the lake
Visit a new state
Play Outside LOTS
Go to a Farmers Market
Go to movie theater
Go to a drive-in (theater and/or food)
Go to a new playground
Go on a picnic
Make homemade ice cream
Fly a kite
Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
Watch fireworks in a new city
Eat something new
Attend an outdoor concert
Play miniature golf
Have a balloon fight
Play with cousins
Build a sandcastle
Catch lightning bugs
Play in the rain
Go to a new museum
Play in mud
Go for a hike
Go to a National Park
Most Importantly, HAVE FUN…
I’m so much more productive when operating from a list. Last year, we did almost everything on our summer list. This year it is a little easier and I’m pretty sure we can tend to everything on the list.
Today I came across the new website, “Shopping with Blessed Zelie Martin“. Here is what the author, Christine Henderson, says on her “about” page: The purpose of this blog is to support Catholic run home-based businesses. As Catholics, I feel it is important for us to support businesses that hold the same values as the Church. When running a home-based business, it can be very difficult to balance the roles of being a wife, mother, friend, employer, taxi cab driver for the kids or elderly parents, etc. Most of us who run these types of businesses love creating our products, but finding a way to reach customers is challenging. Our capital for advertising and our time is very limited. So, this blog is going to try and remedy this situation. All the businesses that are featured here are run by Catholics out of their homes.
She has a nice directory of businesses started. So if you have a home-based Catholic business, please go to this website to see about being listed. What a great resource! Thank you Christine Henderson.
May 1st, 2015 found us in Church at 9AM for our May Blessed Virgin Mary crowning and Mass. Our parish school children had the privilege of crowning a small statue of Mary. The 7th grade children held lilies across the aisle as the 3rd grade children carried in the crown. It was all so beautifully done.
Our parish school is in danger of closing, so these events might be ending soon. Even though we do not send our young man to the parish school, it is nice to be able to participate in Mass occasionally with the school children. Our young man at least gets to see the school children attending Mass as a large group. Unfortunately, our normal Sunday Masses do not have many children attending. Anyway.. I digress.
May 1st was also St. Joseph the Worker. To celebrate, after Mass, our young man and I went to the pharmacy to purchase a thank you card and candy bar to give Dave at lunchtime. We’d called to see if we could meet at lunch and he could. So we found a cute card that our young man decorated and in which I wrote a nice sentiment about how hard Dave works to keep a roof over our heads. And how he is our example of St. Joseph the Worker.
All in all a wonderful day!
Today I “hid” in random locations a silver coin or two, adding up to 30 coins, in random locations for the little guy to find. He really enjoyed coming upon dimes, nickels and quarters placed in strange places throughout the house.
We also read Matthew 26:1-16. Then we spoke about Judas and how he betrayed Jesus’ confidence/friendship.