World Cup Fee-vah!!!

 

USA soccer ball

Germany Soccer Ballbrazil soccer ball

On June 12, 2014, the World Cup kicks off (haha, get it???) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!  Living in Germany, this is a Very Big Deal.  Think Superbowl, but instead of a weekend, it goes on for a month!  This is one of the few times you will see German flags everywhere–hanging from windows and balconies, flying from cars, painted on people–it’s a great time!  When Germany plays, you can tell every time they score because the whole neighborhood erupts in cheering.  When Germany loses, it’s a giant sad, but they rally for another day!

As Americans, for the last World Cup in 2010, we were new to the whole phenemonon (de deee de de dee!) (sorry).  It was even crazier because Germany hosted the World Cup that year.  We weren’t able to attend a live game, but we loved it!  We put an American flag on one side of our car, and a German flag on the other, and have just pulled them out again for this year.  The two countries never played each other in 2010, but this year they are in the same group, so on June 26, it’s on!!!  Our group is killer this year.  Team USA has their work cut out for them for sure!

If you are looking for some summer enrichment, this is a great time to learn about geography, other countries and cultures, and of course, soccer/football!  This is a great set of FREE printables from Activity Village that include coloring pages, flags, and activities for preschool – elementary age kids.  CLICK HERE  to check it out!  (I AM NOT AFFILIATED OR COMPENSATED BY ACTIVITY VILLAGE, I AM JUST SHARING THESE PRINTABLES BECAUSE I THINK THEY ARE REALLY COOL!)

My family can’t wait to don our USA gear and cheer for the Red, White, and Blue!  We’ll show respect for our Host Nation too, and may the best team win!  Will you follow the World Cup?  Who will you be rooting for?

 

PS… I know my graphics are kind of lame, I’m still in the “learning curve” phase of things and it will only get better!

 

Great Giveaway!

A sister blogger, military wife, and homeschool mom at ONLY PASSIONATE CURIOSITY is offering a great giveaway.  Visit her site and enter to win a FREE one year curriculum package from Oak Meadow!  You can choose any year from K-8.  We used Oak Meadow in the third grade, and it is a very gentle, rhythmic program.  Lots of nature-based activities, art, and hands-on science,  and the ability to pace yourself according to your child’s progress–whether that means you add content for your accelerated learner, or slow things down if there is something your child is struggling with.  It is not strictly Waldorf, but they use a lot of Waldorf-based ideas.  It is a wonderful curriculum, and I would especially recommend it for early childhood (preK – 3rd grade).

To enter the giveaway, CLICK HERE.

***The Giveaway is now over, but I hope one of you awesome people won!  In any case, check out the blog, it’s a good one, and also give Oak Meadow a look, they are a great way to ease into homeschooling!***

For more information on Oak Meadow, CLICK HERE.

 

(Please note:  I have NOT been provided compensation in any form by either OPC or OM, and the opinions expressed here are my own.)

Welcome to the Relaunch!

Welcome to The Crazy Booklady!   Or should I say, “Welcome from the Crazy Booklady”, since that is indeed me.  I am revamping and relaunching my site because the earlier version just wasn’t “me”.  Trying to write new content felt too much like a boring school project, so I can just imagine how you must have felt reading it.  (HEY, WAKE UP!!!)  So we’re going to try this again!

Now, who is this Crazy Booklady, you may ask…  Well, to state the obvious, I am a crazy lady who loves books!  All books.  Old books, classics, new books, picture books, ebooks, fiction, nonfiction, trashy novels that you don’t have to think about, and books that make you stop and think.   I also love writing, travel, and the great outdoors.  My passion is education–specifically, bringing literacy and books to kids in this country and around the world–especially supporting women and girls in countries where they have to fight extra hard for this right.

My number one love is my family.  We have been an Army Family for over 26 years now, and have raised two sons who are now grown men, and our youngest, a girl, who is now 10.  (Do NOT ask me where the time has gone, because I couldn’t tell you!).  We homeschooled our boys in High School many years ago, and we have been homeschooling our daughter since 2013.  We are quirky, slightly geeky, and we are all very different people, but through it all, we manage to love each other, laugh with each other, and forgive each other when we need to, so it somehow seems to work.

I welcome any and all suggestions and ideas–tell me what you want to see!  Reviews, travel tips, homeschooing help, anything!  The sky’s the limit!  I want to share my stories, but I also want to make this a place you want to visit, so let me know what I can do to help make your time here worth your while.

I appreciate you stopping by!  Please follow me so you don’t miss anything as new stuff gets added, and please remember that you are amazing–God never makes mistakes!

Stay Crazy!

~Laura (a.k.a. The Crazy Booklady)