McConnells Tractor Show

Back in May, Jason and I participated as Vendors with our Handmade Crafts by AJ items at the annual McConnells Tractor Show. Honestly, we didn’t have very many sales, but it was so worth it for Hulk. He spent the entire day wandering around where all the tractors were set up as well as riding on and then eventually driving by himself a 70 year old tractor! He was absolutely in heaven that whole day!

Here are a few pictures from our day:

This is our area:

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Books I’m reading this Summer

My kids and I are very excited about the summer reading program at our library. We participate every summer and enjoy the shows they put on each week, it is a highlight for us every summer. The kids also love it when I am doing the reading program with them, as our library has summer programs for every age.  I always try to choose 3 books to read during our summer break. So here are the 3 books I have chosen to read this summer:


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Popstar’s 13th Birthday Slumber Party

Back at the end of February we celebrated Popstar’s 13th Birthday. For her special day, she wanted to have her first Slumber Party. I thought I would share with you all of the fun activities that she and her friends did. I had a blast planning her party with her. We found some neat crafts, games and activities for them to do.

For the first activity, she had them each answer a few questions about themselves on a piece of paper. They did not put their name on it and she had them fold it up and put it in a hat. Then they took turns pulling out the papers and tried to figure out whose each one was. It was fun and a neat way for them to learn new things about each other.

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Five in a Row Volume 4 Chapter Book Go-Along List

Hi everyone! I want to share with you a list that I have come up with for go-along chapter books to use with Five in a Row Volume 4. I have seen a really good list on this website for all of the volumes and I have used it a lot and I highly recommend you check it out: School of Good Books Blog.

My list is a little bit different from that one. I use the reading curriculum from Heart of Dakota called Drawn Into The Heart of Reading. I love this program so much! The way this program is laid out is that there are 9 different genres of books and there is a student workbook to go along with it. There are wonderful activities to go along with each different genre and I love the way the program allows you to explore each different type of book.

I used this program the other year with my oldest while we were rowing half of Five in a Row Volume 4. With Volume 4 books I like to take our time and space out each book for a month. This allowed me to do one book per month and it worked out so well with the reading program that there were 9 different genres and half of Volume 4 was 9 books. So I spent a lot of time researching and finding just the right chapter books to go along with each FIAR book that we were doing, but also one for each of the different genres. I’m going to be doing the other half of the books in Volume 4 soon and so I went ahead and planned out the rest of them with go along chapter books that would once again fit the FIAR books.

So what I have is a list of wonderful go-along chapter books that not only go along with FIAR Volume 4, but also cover 2 books of each of the different genres of books to go along with Drawn Into The Heart of Reading. I really hope this will make sense after you read the list! If not and you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Some people may think I’m a little crazy…but I love books and love my Five in a Row so much, that I actually had a blast doing this! I just couldn’t keep it to myself, I thought it may be helpful to someone out there so I figured I’d share it!

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Field Trip to Comporium Telephone Museum

Back in April one morning we decided we needed to get out of the house and so for school we decided to go on a small field trip instead of doing our regular book work.

We chose a local museum called the Comporium Telephone Museum. It is right in town and free. It is a really neat museum, they have displays showing the history of telephones. They even have working telephones and switchboards that kids can play around with. They were able to talk to each other on old telephones, even a phone booth where they could call my cell phone from. I love finding places like this where we can get out of the house and still learn a lot. The kids all had a great time!

If you live in the Rock Hill area, you should definitely check out this place. It’s near downtown, just off of Main Street. It would be awesome if you are studying the history of telephones as well!

Here are a few pictures from our trip:


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