Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kana's Beach Vacation

Federal Point, NC

The friendly alligator at the NC Cape Fear Aquarium
Carolina Beach, NC

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
Arlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC 

Wilmington, NC boardwalk with the battleship North Carolina
in the distance

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Kana's Easter Goodies (Free Printables)

Kana here.  We (the human and myself) are about to go to the beach for a week.  I've been there before, but this year, the human was too busy to make me an entire new wardrobe for the trip.  I'll have to make do with (horror of horrors) last season's dresses.

However, we have had enough time to make some cute Easter printables, with two little coloring/activity books, a bunny box, a tiny basket, and some coloring pages.  The baskets work best if you print them on cardstock.

Easter Printables

Instead of new clothes, there's all the spring themed truffles that I could possibly want.

For the record, the human is no longer allowed to play silly constraint games when packaging my candy into boxes.  It took her forever last time.  I think at the beach, we're going to make some beach themed candy for me.

And of course we made more chocolate mice.  Maybe next time we'll do chocolate frogs?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A girl and her Gundam

Every proper young lady needs a giant robot
...and an army to go with said robot


Thursday, March 19, 2015

The books are attacking

No, that's not the Pleasant Company book.

This is Samantha.  I was minding my own business and studying when the human decided that she would have me organize all the new textbooks that we got.

It's a bit of a mess.

 First in the pile was "The New England Primer", first published in 1777.  It's a little heavy on the religion and more than a little outdated, but it's still a book.  I don't think I will ever use it though.  Since this was predominately found in New England, I actually doubt that Felicity used this.  Maybe if she had lived in Boston instead of Williamsburg...

 Next up were "The American Spelling Book" by Noah Webster (good old Blue-Back), published in 1809 and "The Child's First Arithmetic", published in 1818.  I think.  The date is hard to read.  It's meant to be used an introduction to the normal math books of the day, those being books like Dilworth's, Pike's, or "The Schoolmaster's Assistant".

 Next up are these books from the 1820s.  Samuel Worcester's readers (I have the primer here) were some of the first graded readers available in the United States.  McGuffey's Eclectic Readers weren't around at this point in time, but they'll be showing up in another decade or so.  The math book is "First Lessons in Arithmetic" by Colburn, meant to be used as an introduction to his main book on Arithmetic.

 We're actually not sure when the "United States School Primer" was published, but the art suggests sometime between 1830 and 1850, probably early 1840s.  This was around the time that the math books started being published in sets with an introductory text (primer), a book focusing on mental/oral math, and a book on practical and written math.  The most well known from this period was the North American Arithmetic series.  The copy of Book 1 we have was published in 1829.  If the school district was small and underfunded, it's likely that Kirsten may have used these.

The North American Arithmetic series was still in use in the late 1840s and early 1850s before it would be displaced by more recent textbooks.  This copy of Book 2 was published in 1849.  As for readers, the human just could not find a copy of Salem Town's "Child's First Reader".  Trust me, she tried.  Instead we have the "Sander's New First Reader", published in 1853.  I'd suggest these textbooks for Cecile and Marie-Grace.

 Addy totally lucks out with three textbooks from the Civil War era, with "Sander's Union Reader Number One" (1860) (same as the Pleasant company version), "The Freedman's Speller" (1865), and "Ray's Primary Arithmetic" (1857).  The Freedman's Speller was published by the American Tract Society in Philadelphia and was specifically meant for teaching newly freed slaves how to read and write.  Ray's Arithmetic series started being in use around this time and would stay in use for another 50 years.  We have a copy of "Ray's Practical Arithmetic" as well, but I didn't take any pictures.

Finally, the infamous McGuffey Eclectic Readers make an appearance.  The Revised Edition dates from 1879, and the copy of Ray's Intellectual Arithmetic dates from 1877.  These are the books you'd want if you wanted to play "Little House on the Prairie".

Heading into the early 20th century, we have the Baldwin Primer (again, same as the Pleasant Company edition) that I would use if I was just learning to read along with Wentworth's Elementary Arithmetic.  Math books were changing again around this time and going from the three book series of primer, mental math, practical math to a more granulated and graded series where the material was divided up by year.  However, since I (nominally) attend a private school, we'd be a little behind the times in math, so I'm more likely to use an older style book.

 Finally, we reach textbooks from the 1910s and nearly at the end of what's available in the public domain.  The Baldwin-Bender Expressive First Reader was published in 1911, and would be perfect for Rebecca to use to teach Ana how to read English.  Math books haven't changed so much in the last decade, but the graded books have become more popular.  One of the series used was "Graded Work in Arithmetic" by Baird.  We have Book 4 (of 8).  We also think the human should make all 8, but she disagrees.

I never want to do this again.
And cleaning up now...