kirchara: "Tell me what you see." "I think it's called a map." -- The Demon Lexicon ("I think it's called a map.")
Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards


American colonists did not want taxes on their tea, which was a very popular drink, because they were not represented in British parliament. They longed for freedom from the British government. General George Washington led the Continental Army against the British. Even though the army didn't have enough food and equipment, they eventually won against the British soldiers because they were fighting on home turf. More importantly, they wanted independence so badly that they were willing to die for it.

Boxcar Children: A Horse Named Dragon

The awesome Alden children catches a horse thief at Old Ranch trying to steal a bunch of horses. The horse thieves disguise the horses with hoof polish so people won't recognize the horses. The Alden children put together facts to solve the mystery. The thief steals a trailer covered with stickers to bring back two horses. One of the thieves, Vet, is arrested. Slim, who was making someone look bad, is given a second chance because he was the owner's best friend.



Extra that J typed on notepad (re: current U.S. spending on the military):

[Half a page of "!!!"]
The Americans are unbeatable since they pay A LOT for...defenses!
[Half a page of "!!!"]

It's night and day from the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
kirchara: Fingers on page (Fingers on page)
Who Was George Washington? by Roberta Edwards

George Washington, who was the first president of the United States, had two older brothers. When his oldest brother sadly died, he became an officer in the militia and fought for the British colonies. After the French and Indian War, he was tired of war and decided to quit, get married and live a happy life at Mount Vernon. He was a farmer with a lot of slaves. His wife's daughter and lazy son later sadly died.

Boxcar Children: The Seattle Puzzle

The Alden children are on vacation in Seattle, and they find random notes/riddles appearing at random places. They think up answers to each riddle, and the answer is the next place that they need to go to. The last riddle is "Where it all began, in the heart of the city, where there are fans." They proceed to the Hungry Heart Diner, where the mystery began. Waiting at the diner are their fans: their family and friends, the people that they're visiting, the hotel manager, etc. Someone has made sure that they followed the riddles to the diner, the store, the Space Needle, the troll bridge then back to the diner.
kirchara: Kirchara orchid by me (Kirchara)
Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Lucy, Edmund and Caspian are on an island called World's End. Three sleeping bearded lords, who have been sleeping for seven years at Aslan's Table, are under an enchantment after one of them stupidly touched a knife that the White Witch used to kill Aslan. They need to break the enchantment. The girl they met on the island says her father can teach Caspian how to do that.

Boxcar Children: The Mystery of the Soccer Snitch

At the Alden children's soccer practice, a girl named Kayla receives a mean message that says she should not be an international mascot because she isn't a team player, she is a show-off, etc. The Alden children investigates and find out who wrote the mean message and who broke the window (extreme temperature difference). Kayla intentionally did those things and sent the letter to herself because she didn't want to be a mascot and she doesn't like soccer. Her parents let her quit soccer and sign up for an art program instead. She likes drawing and being an artist.



I was going to teach J quality adjectives (IEW), when I realized that he seldom uses adjectives in both his daily speech and writing. So for now I’m focusing on having him add one extra adjective to his writing.

I gave him the cue "The girl they met on the island," thinking that he would go with the predictable "beautiful girl" or "pretty girl." Instead, he went for "bearded."

He is an eight-year-old boy after all *g*

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