Saturday, May 14, 2011

I found something wonderful on my book shelf!

When we moved from a 3,000 sq ft house to a 1,800 sq ft home two years ago, we had to give up our homeschool room. (I think I blogged about that a couple of years ago.) I love love love our cozy little "cottage". However, loosing the school room meant that I had to get creative. I had to separate book cases into 3 different rooms,  use lots of pretty wicker baskets and I like to display our current reads on the buffet with relating objects. What I have found however, is that I was having trouble finding a living history book. I thought that I had organized the shelves pretty good: Piano room: Living books, Educational reads,Science, Social Studies, Daily Books and Binders. Living Room: Chapter books, Christian devotionals, magazines. Dining Room: Reference Books, Maps, Globe and current living history books. When I went in search for a book that should of been easy to find, I found a hot mess instead. So, out came the label maker! I labeled every shelf in chronological order and order of subjects. This took me half the day and made a big mess along the way moving books from one room to the other, but now I feel so much better! I know if I am looking for a particular time in history to go with our studies, I will find it! 

 Oh, what was the wonderful find? I found three amazing books that I must have purchased some time ago at a convention or something. They are The Light and Glory for Children (1492-1789), From Sea to Shining Sea for Children (1787-1837) and Sounding Forth the Temple (1837-1860) .         Now, I think I everyone knows how much I love Story of the World and Heart of Dakota, however, I am in love with these books. I sat down to read just a chapter to see if it was a keeper or a giver awayer. lol. I ended up reading half the book. I should mention that Breanna is on a Civil Air Patrol Bivouac, so I did not feel guilty one bit. Anyway, what I feel that Story of the World series misses is right here in these books. The Gospel. I wouldn't say that SOTW is secular by any means, but certainly is not filled with God's relationships in History. We are going to continue or Ancient Histoy and Medieval History with SOTW because this series is only for American History. This series is written to capture your attention and brings history alive.!  Anyway, I wanted to share my find and encourage all of you to reorganize your shelves if you haven't done so in a while, you never know what gem you may find!!  


Can do mom said...

So true! I often find gems on my bookshelf that I had forgotten about. For awhile I was in search of an OOP book and then found it with my books. Good thing I hadn't paid big bucks to buy another!

That's another good reason to clean out the closets every so often. Whenever my children do, they always find something that had been lost to them.

Anonymous said...

I really like The Light and the Glory series also. It's neat that you found them!

I should organize my bookshelves! :)