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Accordian book

Posted in Art, bookmaking, books on May 31, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

Made this today.  It’s pocket sized, roughly 3″x4″, and could hold lots of cheat sheets … or whatever… 🙂

Made of patterened and colored scrapbooking cardstock. One tag sticker with hole pre-punched and yarn bow.

Four accordian packets affixed to the colored cardstock.

The accordian sections have six folds which show as thirteen sides and one side attached to the green.


ATOS and Lexile Book ratings

Posted in books, Homeschooling, kids, Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

“Well, this is just too cool.” Says the sometimes over eager homeschooling mom to her cuppa tea.

At the AR Bookfinder website you can enter a book title, author and/or ISBN# to get the ATOS grade level rating.  The grade level number, like 2.5 means during the fifth month of second grade the child should be able to complete said book.  Now, I don’t think the month number is relevant and even the grade should be taken loosely but it’s a general idea and that’s what I’m after. 

Not every book is listed, which is too bad.  If you can’t find it on the AR booklist look it up, here, in the Lexile framework database. When the results come up on Lexile you get a number, like 1050.  Take that number and find it, here on this comparison chart,(page 2) to see the ATOS grade level approximation.  Again, I’m after a general idea and this list is great!

Not all books are listed in the lexile database either, so if you know of another database with this kind of information… please leave a link in the comments!

An interesting tidbit, too… books are rated differently by each country.  In the US, HP and the Sorcerer’s Stone rated 5.5 and in the UK, HP and The Philosopher’s Stone rated 6.0.  Same book, different score.

Wery wery interesting, no?

My “Gardening Compainon”

Posted in Art, bookmaking, books, gardening with tags , , , on January 19, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

So this is the little booklet I made.  I’m going to record when I plant what so next year I don’t have to re-figure everything… again.  Easy to make.  It’s got thin 20 weight paper cut to size and stapled together (three along the spine).  Then the paper packet is hot glued into the cover.  The cover is made of gift bag cardboard.  You know, the rectangular piece that comes in the bottom of the gift bag?  Yes, that’s it.  I cut it in half and glued alternating strips of yellow and green paper to the outside with a 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch space for the bind.  Then glued two sheets of paper, one to the front and one to the back inside covers.  The book measures four and a half inches by three and a half inches.  My petite project.  I alternated green and yellow pages for fun.  Here are some pics!

Planting, 20/30 and “Lawn Boy”

Posted in bookmaking, books, gardening, kids with tags , , , on January 19, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

Have figured out what plants to have in the garden this year.  I’m making a “Gardener’s Companion” booklet and I’ll post pics when I’m finished.  Today is the first round of planting.  Can you believe it?!

Fish eyes have dramatically improved.  The eye therapy really works.  He is sitting at 20/25 in one eye and 20/30 in the other.  We are all pleased with progress… especially him! He’s been playing outside a lot.  He’s taken an interest in cartography.  Must look for some good books on the subject.  When he’s in the house he’s building with Lego’s or K’nex or rearranging the books in his room.  He’s been interested in his “Daring Book For Boys” again.  I suppose that means it’s time to swap out the stored books and pack up the others.  Charles has been gifted some bookshelves.  Once we get them we won’t have to play the book shuffle anymore!  YEA!!!!

Keek has finished Warriers book 2 “Fire and Ice” by Erin Hunter.  She loved it!  She’s been playing outside since the weather has been agreeable.  The mud isn’t though!  Grr.  She’s finishing up a book called, “Lawn Boy” by Gary Paulsen.  “Its about a 12 year old boy who’s mowing lawns.  One client was Arnold the stock broker.  The lawn boy decided to invest his money but was to young so Arnold did it for him.  It turned out the Lawn Boy was sponsoring a fighter named Joey Pow.  I give it four out of five stars!”

Keeping busy

Posted in Art, books, Homeschooling, kids with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Pendant & Ring

Kids have made a star wars Lego ship, a wooden train and the most of a pirate ship recently.  I’ve kept to my resolution to be less stingy with my art supplies and let them paint the train with multiple brushes.  It went over quite well.  I think my refusal to share (for so long) has made the brushes revered objects.  Both kids gingerly applied paint in delicate strokes and rinsed the color out completely.  Then they smoothed the bristles and dried the brushes like they were ancient birds bones about to break.

We also broke out the rubber stamp collection and made stamped blocks of play dough.  Keek has made lots of little sculptures and this time she made a calligraphy pen.  I really need to find a good drying clay recipe.  If you have one can you post it here?

Just finished, “The Gunslinger.”   First in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King.  The first 80 or so pages are really boring but then things get moving and the rest of the book thunders past.  He’s got a lost boy, an ancient lonely wanton spirit, a desert to traverse,  a mountain to climb and phosphorescent zombies in an underground mine.  It’s a suck you in series starter though, and now I need to get book two!

Have had the keyboard out and the guitars too.  We are all playing something every day and the kids are learning nursery tunes on the keyboard.  Keek played the wedding march over and over and over.  She really likes it.  Fish plays the one key method… it’s got a teaching system that lights up the keys to show you where to play.  But on level one it doesn’t matter what key you touch it makes the right note.  Once fish had that nifty little trick figured out he became an over night success.  HA!  Did I mention Keek like to play the wedding march?

OK enough freezing type time for me!  I’m outta here!

Book for little nephew

Posted in Art, bookmaking, books, kids with tags , , , on December 18, 2009 by Pendant & Ring

This is the book for my little nephew.  I bought the 12×12 at a local closeout store and made the pages.  My computer was agreeable that do so I could print text which made the job 20x easier and quicker!  The illustrations are all mine, quicky sharpie renditions of animals.  The cool circle and stripy paper was gifted to me by Bugga!  Thanks Bugga!

Front Cover

F is for Frog. An orange frog. G is for Giraffe. A black giraffe. H is for Hippopotamus. A white Hippopotamus.

X is for Xiphies. A green xiphies. Y is for Yak. A purple yak. Z is for Zebra. An orange zebra.

Lots of repetition.  Good for growing boys.  U is for urson aka porcupine.  X is for xiphies aka swordfish.  We can all learn from kid books.  Who knew?


Posted in Art, books with tags on November 25, 2009 by Pendant & Ring

I think this would be a fun craft to undertake.  I’ve made one book before.  Not a masterpiece but loved but the recipient.  I’m in the process of a second.  The binding is most difficult for me.  This book has given me abundant ideas.  Maybe some will help.

The first book I made was a cardboard board book with ink jet images and one word per page.  Each of the ten pages hole punched and a sewn with yarn.  It’s lasted for more than a year in the hands of a toddler.  Sturdy but not artistic in the way I want it to be.

The current project is also ten pages long and cardboard but double the size.  It also has ink jet images and words on each page.  The binding was difficult.  I took masking tape and sandwiched the board pages together.  Then taped each page to the next on the inside.  It’s a little lopsided.  I think I’ll cover the book in fabric held in place with hot glue then deco podge (sp?)  the pages on and maybe some decorative and hold-it-together stitching. Maybe an upholstery needle will work with three strands of embroidery floss glued together for some decorative and functional, hold-it-together, stitching on the spine, too. Something fun to read and artistic too.

I’ll post pictures when the book is complete. 🙂