a new reading challenge, an award, and the 500th post!

First: the challenge!

I love challenges. My 2 oldest children and I are participating this month in NaNoWriMo which is a writing challenge and I also have an Art Every Day challenge going on at my create corner. When I read about the 100 books a month challenge at home-grown kids, I knew we had to participate. The challenge is to read 100 books every month. Leslie is commiting to this until the end of May 2010. I think that's a great idea and we will try to continue until the end of our school year. I will post a monthly list with our 100 books. It will be a mixture of picture books, novels, non-fiction books and probably a few graphic novels too, most from the local library.

Second: the award!

Leslie at home-grown kids has given me an award! WOW! Thank you so much Leslie. I am very honoured. It is such a nice award too...the Kreativ Blogger Award. I am very much like Leslie, in that I enjoy being able to share my homeschooling experiences with others, and I hope to be helpful as well when I am sharing ideas or projects on my blog. I am so happy that Book Sharing Monday has grown the way it has!

Leslie posted a few rules that came with accepting this award. It isn't mean to be held on to--it's to be passed along. They are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.

2. Copy and paste the award on your own blog (if I nominated you, you shoud be receiving the award in an e-mail as I have disabled the copy and paste function on my blog).

3. Link the person who nominated you.

4. Name seven things about yourself that folks may not know.

5. Nominate seven Kreativ bloggers

6. Post links to the seven bloggers you nominate

7. Leave comments on each of the blogs letting them know that you have nominated them

Here are seven things about myself that you might not know...

  1. my oldest daughter (12) is almost as tall as me, I am pretty short (about 5ft3)

  2. my kids and I love to dance around the house with the music blaring (I like pretty much any kind of music as long as it is not screaming-hard-rock-type)

  3. one of my favourite desserts is one my mother used to make: bananas cooked in butter with brown and white sugar, slowly in a non-stick pan...yummy

  4. I fall asleep with a book almost every night, right now it's the Artemis Fowl series (5th one)

  5. I start my day very early (about 5 am, not necessarily my choice, but my dog's)
  6. I have an addiction: it's called the internet, blogs, and facebook ;)
  7. I like making lists.

Now on to the 7 nominations ~ and these are in no particular order:

  1. For being a huge inspiration and giving us guidance in our nature study, Barb at Handbook of Nature Study/Harmony Art Mom . Barb hosts the Outdoor Nature Challenges that we have been taking part of for the last few weeks, using the Handbook of Nature Study as the main textbook. Each of her posts is full of information and activities to do with our children, and she also explains what to do to prepare ourselves as parents so that we can introduce nature in a fun and gentle way, that never feels like a science lesson to me. I also like to leave her blog up on my computer and put the volume up to listen to the beautiful nature sounds playing. Barb's other blog Harmony Art Mom hosts the Sketch Tuesday (another great activity).

  2. Lapaz Home Learning is another homeschooling blog that I have been reading for a while now. She has moved from Alaska to Florida not long ago, and I have enjoyed looking at her photographs from both places. Theresa has had so many great ideas on her blog, many Montessori inspired. Learning always looks fun with her!

  3. Carol at You're Not Lost, You're Here is one of my "real-life" friends (hi Carol!). She has introduced me to many wonderful free activities (especially the Journey North Mystery Class) and many many great books. She has inspired me over the years to trust my instintcs and do what I think is best for my children when it comes to home schooling. Thank you Carol :)

  4. Lisa at Living Life Without Limits is another "real-life" friend. Her family decided last year to leave it all behind and start their life on the road. They are truly living without limits! Her blog is full of gorgeous photos from the places they visited and stories from the road and their new life.

  5. Handmade Homeschool is another one of my favourites. Her regular feature "A Quote and a Question" gives me a chance to pause and think for a few minutes. She always has beautiful photographs to accompany those quotes too. I am a visual person and her sketches are absolutely gorgeous. I am planning on re-visiting her great list of handmade gift ideas very soon to get started on my Christmas gifts list.

  6. Connie at Dirty Footprints Studio is not a home schooler, but an art teacher. Her blog is one of my personal favourite as it always inspires me to include art in my day, and I also appreciate how genuine she is. I discovered her blog while I was participating in the online book club the Next Chapter and we were wrecking our journals at the same time! Her blog description is perfect : "Dirty Footprints Studio provides an inspiring, fun environment where creative expression and self discovery are cultivated and nurtured through art education that focuses on celebrating individuality, supporting community, and enhancing lifelong learning."

  7. The Well-Read-Child is a wonderful blog for reading children books reviews. I have received great suggestions from this site. Her mission is simple: getting kids to read.

I could have picked so many blogs! Most of my favourite ones are listed on the left side of my blog, listed by categories: a children books blog list, homeschooling families, nature and science blogs, an art ideas and interesting activities to do with kids.

And lastly...this is my 500th post!!!


  1. Congratulations on 500 posts!

    Congratulations on the well-deserved award. I look forward to checking out the blogs you have mentioned. I read a couple, but the others are new to me!

  2. OMGoodness!! Thank you Alex so much for this award!! It really means alot to me...and, I just want to add that years ago I used to live in Cleveland, Ohio--where every week I taught a group of homeschoolers art! Still to this day, I believe homeschoolers are the most well rounded, intelligent, interesting, compassionate young people I meet. I applaud you for taking on such a challenging, but I'm sure absolutely rewarding journey with your family. If there is ever anything I can do to support your kiddos' studies--please do not hesitate to ask. I am so honored to receive this award...and excited to check out the other Lovely bloggers included in your graces.

    Peace & Love.

    PS Congrats on hitting 500 posts!!! That's so exciting!

  3. Congrats on the 500th post - that is big!

  4. You are most welcome! Thanks for sharing so much here!!

    Also, thanks for joining in me in the reading challenge!!

    Congrats on 500 posts! awesome!

  5. Thank you for the nomination for the award. I appreciate your kind words and most certainly enjoy reading your blog as well.

    I also enjoyed searching your other nominations and their blogs too. :)

    Congrats on post 500!

    Barb-Harmony Art Mom


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