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Laying Down The Rails; A Charlotte Mason Habits Handbook – Shafer, Sonya

Discover the secret to smooth and easy days!

The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days.—Charlotte Mason

Charlotte likened good habits to rails on which our children’s lives could run smoothly. It is the parent’s business to lay down those rails. Here, compiled into one volume, are all the habits Charlotte mentioned in her writings with her thoughts and suggestions for cultivating each one. This work also includes Charlotte’s help for breaking bad habits, hundreds of inspiring quotes, and lots of practical tips.

Lessons At Blackberry Inn, Adventures with the Gentle Art of Learning – Andreola, Karen

In Lessons at Blackberry Inn, life is seen through Carol’s eyes, the eyes of a frugal homemaker in the 1930s. Her busy days are spent home educating her children in the mornings and canning their bountiful harvest in the afternoons. Guests at Blackberry Inn appreciated Carol’s delicious country meals served family style on the long table. Carol is particular in the way she teaches the three “Rs”. An appreciation of paintings and of classical music – played on an old Victrola –is also important to her. She and her children take walks through the village to meet some venerable people who pass along their old-timey crafts. As the educational ideas are naturally woven into the story you might not notice just how much of a practical “how to” book Lesson of Blackberry Inn really is.

Home Art Studio First Grade to Fifth Grade Videos; Your Personal Art Teacher – Volin, Lindsey

The Home Art Studio program will enhance a child’s ability to problem-solve, think creatively, and truly see the world around them. The art projects students will complete are designed to illustrate the elements and principles of art in an age-appropriate way.

Each level has a different focus.  Level 1 focuses on art from around the world! First graders will learn about the visual arts in past and present cultures. They will master important art vocabulary and work in a variety of mediums. Together we will travel around the world, from Mexico to Australia, creating art! Every project is chosen to help develop specific art elements and principles, practice fine motor skills, and teach a little about the culture on which it is based. I know your students will love creating these original works of art!

Ruby The Foster Dog – Wayne, Jimmy

Be a star that shines for others.

Abandoned in an animal shelter, Ruby, an adorable mixed breed puppy with an underbite, wonders if a family will ever adopt her. When a goofy looking, scruffy-faced man stops by the shelter, he adopts Ruby. Mr. James is not the family she was expecting—but could he still be the answer to her prayers?

Mr. James (known as Jimmy Wayne to his country music fans) is walking halfway across America to raise awareness for the thousands of foster children who desperately need our help. Ruby realizes that she’s not so very different from these kids: she’s scared and alone. If she doesn’t have help, she can’t have hope either. But Mr. James wants to change all that, for her and for every foster kid in the United States.

On their adventure together, Mr. James teaches her about integrity, honesty, loyalty, faith, forgiveness, and trust, but mostly how love can rescue someone and forever change lives. As they walk along historic routes and locations throughout the Southeastern United States, Ruby quietly helps Mr. James overcome the issues he’s been struggling with too. By the time they get to Phoenix, both of their lives are changed for the better. But just when Ruby accepts Mr. James as her new family, an unexpected phone call challenges her to redefine family—and love—all over again.

About the Author

Jimmy Wayne is a former foster kid turned award-winning country music artist whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. Jimmy’s hits include “Stay Gone,” “Paper Angels,” “I Love You This Much,” and “Do You Believe Me Now”. In 2009 Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded “Sara Smile” with rock ’n roll Hall of Fame duo Daryl Hall and John Oates.

In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America (from Nashville to Phoenix) to raise awareness for kids aging out of the foster-care system. In 2012, Jimmy helped get legislative bills passed extending the age of foster care to twenty-one in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Ohio. In 2014, he released Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found The Way, a three-time New York Times bestselling memoir, which recently crossed the 100,000 print sales milestone.

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