Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our Library Day and the Homemaking Party

When I was a little kid, one of my favorite times of year was when the library summer reading program was running.  Things have changed over the years and I'm not super thrilled with what our local library offers in the summertime, so my Mom and I came up with a fun alternative.  One day each week, the kids and I pick up Grandma Christy and head for the library.  Me, Grandma, and the babies sit in these comfortable couches while the older kids choose their books.  Then we go back to Grandma's for snacks and sharing book reports.

 The kids spend the morning at home writing up their reports...

 ...and making illustrations to go with them.

At the library, I usually let them check out a couple of movies---they know I'll usually always say yes if it's something educational or historical---as those are the kinds I like too!  After they've chosen their stack of books, they come find me and have me look them over for approval before checking them out.

Our library is small, so I usually let even the toddlers go up and do their own checking out.  It makes them feel independent.

During our book report sharing time, each of us (even Grandma and me) takes turns talking about a book we've read and showing our illustrations.  Then Grandma lets everyone choose a prize out of her treasure bags and we have snacks.  It's a fun way to encourage the kids in public speaking and talking about the things they've learned.

Thanks for joining us for the Homemaking Party!  I love to feature some of the neat posts that are linked up---Please make sure and put my button or a text link on each blog post you link up. 

Here are a couple of my favorites from last week's party:

Lori from Hungry for God...Starving for Time is such an excellent story-teller.  This week she shared a post called, A Yankee in Watermelon Heaven.  It was just neat and you should read it!

I also really liked this great article about getting A Jump Start on Fall Planting from Let This Mind Be In You.  Thanks, Kristi!

Thanks to everyone for the great posts!

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Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Thriving Thursday @ Serving Joyfully
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Think Tank Thursday @ Saving4Six 
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home 
Create It Thursday
Open House @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Inspiration Friday @ Dear Creatives
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Family Fun Friday @ Happy and Blessed Home
Farm Girl Friday @ Let This Mind Be In You
Fit & Frugal Family Friday
Faithful Fridays
Motivate Me Monday 
Modest Monday @ The Modest Mom 
Matrimonial Monday @ A Proverbs 31 Wife 
Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill 
Inspire Me Monday @ Create With Joy 
Masterpiece Monday @ BoogieBoard Cottage 
A Round Tuit @ Creating My Way to Success 
Better Mom Mondays
Manic Monday @ Cupcake-n-Bake
Mommy Mondays
Making Your Home Sing Monday
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Wisdom Wednesdays @Simply Helping Him
Winsome Wednesday @ My Daily Walk in His Grace
Whole-Hearted Home Wednesdays 
Encourage One Another @ Deep Roots at Home
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Inspire Me Wednesday @ MamaBuzz
What's Working Wednesday @ NextGen Homeschool 
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  1. We love the library too! My kids are now teens but they grew up since babies going to the library. My son even volunteered for a year there. What a fun family time to have there. Looks like you all have as much fun as we do! Visting voa your Blog hop! I would love a visit http://www.homemaker-mom.com/2/post/2013/07/old-boxes-with-a-new-purpose.html

  2. Taking my daughter to the library was one of my favorite things to do, too.
    Looks like so much fun! Thanks for hosting.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting! You posted some very good ideas for the library books!

  4. What a wonderful moment. Great idea!...Christine

  5. Thanks so much for the feature, Sarah! I so appreciate your interest and your sharing it! :)

    Your post about the library is so reminiscent of when my adult children were young and we were homeschooling. Thanks for the reminder of how precious that time was. :)

    ~Kristi at Let This Mind Be in You

  6. Oh how fun! Looks like grandma was having fun too! I remember our library days when the kids were little. I miss our trips and seeing the joy on their faces when they found some great books.

    Thanks for hosting today!

  7. Everyone is having fun here, specially grandma and those adorable children! What a great idea, I just love it! Thanks for this fun party sweet friend.
    Big hugs,

  8. Thanks so much for hosting, Sarah!! I always enjoy seeing your wonderful family!!


  9. We have library days, too. In fact, the children are rushing around now to get there. It's the highlight of their week when we doing school. Thanks for the link-up, Sarah. I don't know where I've been, missing yours! I thought it was mostly DIY and crafting, and I don't blog about that so much with a lack of time to actually craft. :) Have a wonderful day!

  10. Hi Sarah! Thanks for hosting another great link-up! What a wonderful way to make memories with your children and teaching them a love for the written word. Your daughter is a very skilled artist.

  11. Hi Sarah,Hope your week is going good. We love the library. Pop by & enter my giveaways if you like. Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

  12. This is awesome you can do this with your children. I could never get my boys to follow a school schedule at home so, I admire those that can!

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  14. Hi,

    I love library day. I am a MeMe now and have my own 3-year-daughter. I have two grandsons, 2 and 8 months. I have a 10-year-old daughter and three grown up kids to me. They are my husband's children from his firt marriage. But I call them mine too. I really enjoyed reading about your library day. Right now, my granddaughter and daugher are writing and drawing illustrations for their own stories. We have fur babies with us too. :)

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  16. We love the library! Thanks for this great reminder and for linking at Family Fun Friday!

  17. Summer Reading Program is a highlight in our household, although this year they changed it to where it has nothing to do with reading - its all about attending their "programs". Needless to say I was NOT pleased with the change so we opted out this year but still reading tons!
    This is the first time stumbling on your blog hop, also. Can't wait to post on it!

  18. Looks like you guys have fun! Unfortunately, our library has drastically shortened its hours due to budget cuts, so we sometimes have a hard time getting up there. But when we do, it's fun! And I can't wait until my kids are a little bit older so that they can roam around and choose books as well.

  19. So nice to connect with you, Sarah!

  20. What a wonderful post and what wonderful memories are being created! Thank you so much for sharing your post on the Home Acre Hop! - Nancy http://homefront.prudentliving.com

  21. One of the best places to take a kid is the library. So much to do and learn! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. Just leaving another comment to say thanks for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party! :)

  23. I miss these fun times... love mom.


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