What We Are Reading: September 2017

What are you reading in September 2017?

As you can imagine with three separate BookShark levels we do a lot of reading in our home. Not only do I love reading, but I enjoy hearing what others are reading and getting book recommendations. In my video below you can see exactly what books we are reading in September 2017 with our curriculum, plus a few personal selections. We have a bit to go before we finish all of our books, but it has been a great reading month for the Raiche clan.

Do you want to purchase some of these books for your home library?

I have linked all of the books we are reading in September 2017 below.
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Thank you for watching!

I would love to hear what all of you are reading in September 2017. Comment below or on my channel.

Want a preview of what we will be reading this year? Check out our 5th, 7th, and 9th grade curriculum selections for the full lists.

Inside Look: Curriculum

Want an inside look at our curriculum selections?

Before I purchase any curriculum I do tons of research... Part of that research consists of watching videos with sneak peaks inside the books. Today I am doing my version of an Inside Look: Curriculum. I already shared our Level 3, Level 7, and Level 100 BookShark materials with you, but I am just getting around to sharing our Timberdoodle and Amazon purchases. Check out my video below to see Kenten's science and our STEM.

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Thank you for watching!

I hope you enjoyed my little Inside Look: Curriculum. I would love to see what STEM and art materials all of you are using this year. Comment below or on my channel.

Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition…

If you have been following along you know that last week we took a break from Tea Time Tuesday because my nephew passed away. It has been a rough couple of days, but with the end of September approaching we are trying to get back into the swing of things. This week in math Jack is working on calendar activities, and has been struggling with how many days each month has. I figured it was the perfect time to bring out an old nursery rhyme for our featured poem this week. In addition to our featured poem, we also read all of our BookShark poems for this week.

Featured Poem

Thirty Days Hath September by Mother Goose

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap year, that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten helped Jack make sugar cookies. To make your own sugar cookies you will need:

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)

You can find the recipe here. This is a very easy recipe to follow. Kenten has made these cookies a few times over the last couple of weeks, and everyone loves them. I am so thankful that my sweet boy stepped in for me today so we could still have Tea Time Tuesday.

Our Table

This week we had Tea Time Tuesday in our school room. You will notice that we did the bare minimum for preparations, but it was still nice to change our setting. I definitely see us using our school room for this more often.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday End of September Edition!

Do you want to check out our past Tea Time Tuesdays? You can find them all on my Tea Time page.


Homeschooling Through Heartache

Some of you may have noticed my lack of a Tea Time Tuesday post yesterday…

And I don’t know if I even have the words to make it through this, but I want to ask for your understanding and patience as my family struggles through the next few trying days. Yesterday we received the news that my nephew who is only a few months older than Kenten took his own life. I feel like our world is crumbing down around us, but somehow we have to figure out how to continue living and homeschooling through heartache.

It is far too soon

… to discuss suicide
… to explain cremation
… and to watch my children suffer through this loss

But most of all it is far too soon for this goodbye!

To my nephew-you will be missed. I hope you have found the peace you did not have in this life.


If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help before it is too late. There are so many people and organizations out there… You are not alone!

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Homeschooling Through Heartache

I’m not sure I know how to, but in just a few short days we will have to pick up where we left off and get back into our homeschool routine. When tragedy strikes, I think it is important to remember:

  • We are in control of our own homeschool, and sometimes it is necessary to take a break (and feel no guilt).
  • It is perfectly ok to modify your curriculum and do only what is manageable at this time.
  • Everyone handles difficult experiences in their own way.
  • And most importantly, family first!

So for now I am stepping away to be with my family…
Thank you for understanding, and please know that I am always willing to listen if you are struggling.





BookShark Guest Post

I have some exciting news!

A few days ago BookShark asked me if I was interested in writing for their blog, and of course I jumped on that opportunity as quickly as possible… As of today I am a featured BookShark Guest Post writer!

Want to check out my BookShark Guest Post?

Here is a sneak peak….

How to Manage Multiple BookShark Programs in a Single School Year

This year my family will be using three BookShark programs with my three children. Yes, you read that right—three separate levels: Level 3, Level 7, and Level 100. Homeschooling multiple children all on different levels can be a daunting task, but don’t let that discourage you from starting this new and worthwhile adventure. If I can do it, so can you. Here’s how I manage multiple BookShark programs in one year.

You can read the rest of it on BookShark’s blog. Please head on over and feel free to share!

Ever wonder what three BookShark Instructor’s Guides look like?

Took a bit to get them together, but these things are amazing. I love how organized everything is.

Thank you BookShark!

I am so grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.





Tea Time Tuesday- Pumpkin Edition

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday

This week we are continuing our tradition of ALL things fall! And that tradition called for a Tea Time Tuesday Pumpkin edition. What is fall without pumpkin treats? There is just something about this time of year that we can’t resist… I am loving all the cozy family times we have been having lately, and all the homemade snacks.

Featured Poem

The Pumpkins in the Corn by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

Amber and blue, the smoke behind the hill,
Where in the glow fades out the morning star,
Curtains the autumn cornfield, sloped afar,
And strikes an acrid savour on the chill.
The hilltop fence shines saffron o’er the still
Unbending ranks of bunched and bleaching corn,
And every pallid stalk is crisp with morn,
Crisp with the silver autumn morns distil.

Purple the narrowing alleys stretched between
The spectral shocks, a purple harsh and cold,
But spotted, where the gadding pumpkins run,
With bursts of blaze that startle the serene
Like sudden voices,—globes of orange bold,
Elate to mimic the unrisen sun.

Featured Recipe

This week Julia chose to make pumpkin muffins for her Tea Time Tuesday Pumpkin theme. These muffins are one of our favorite fall snacks, especially to bring with us to partnership classes. To make your own pumpkin chocolate chip muffins you will need:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 (16 oz) can of pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 14 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

You can find the instructions here. These muffins are very easy to make. A lot of the time we will make a double batch because we just can’t get enough of them.

Our Table

As you can see we kept our fall table decor out from last week. That didn’t stop Miss Julia from rearranging things multiple times. She informed me that we need to buy some new tablecloths so she has more options in the future (ha).

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Pumpkin Edition.

Want to check out our other Tea Time Tuesdays? You can find all of them on my Tea Time page. As always, don’t forget to check out my Instagram or Facebook to see us in action!




BookShark’s Level 100 Package

Want a peak at what is included in BookShark’s Level 100 Package?

Today I am sharing a video walk-through of BookShark’s Level 100 American History & Literature kit. We are so excited to be using BookShark  for the very first time this year. Although we started school a few weeks ago we were waiting for Kenten’s science materials to arrive before starting any of our new curriculum. Thankfully the last of our core materials are here, so we can finally dig into all these amazing books from BookShark.

Check out my video…

A special thank you to my hubby for picking up lights, and helping me set up my “studio” every time I want to shoot a new video. It is a work in progress, but I think we are getting better at this whole YouTube thing.

Sidenote… I promise I know how to pronounce “Sacajawea” (bahahaha)! As you can tell I obviously didn’t realize I mispronounced it while recording. Immediately after this video I got to work putting together my Instructor’s Guide Binder, so I couldn’t redo the video and still show the items individually.

That’s it… Thank you for watching!

Don’t want to miss my future videos? Visit my channel and subscribe. You can also read about Kenten’s 9th Grade curriculum here or visit BookShark for all the details!


BookShark’s Level 7 Package

Want a peak at what BookShark’s Level 7 Full Grade Package looks like?

Today I am sharing a video walk-through of all the amazing materials included in BookShark’s Level 7 kit! This is our first year using BookShark and I am just blown away by all the great books included in their packages. I absolutely cannot wait to get started next week… Is it Monday yet?

Check out my video….

Ryan picked up some new lights for me this week, so hopefully you can see everything a little better this time around. Although I already said it in my video, I want to say thank you again to BookShark. This past week had a lot of hiccups along the way, but all the social media love I received from BookShark really made up for some of the not so good things.

Another video in the books…

Thank you for watching! Don’t want to miss my future videos? Visit my channel and hit subscribe. You can also read about Julia’s 7th Grade curriculum here or visit BookShark for all the details.

Do you have a YouTube channel? I would love to check it out. Comment below with your link.




Tea Time

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesdays from Homework and Horseplay!

You can find all of our tea time posts here. Grab a cup of tea, a book of good poetry, and join us for a cozy afternoon. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see us in action!


Strawberry Jam



End of Summer

Back to School

Apple Pie


End of September


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Halloween Party




Pink Lady




Christmas Treasury


New Years



Tea Time Tuesday- Apple Pie Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!

The weather has taken a turn here in Michigan, so we are enjoying all things “fall”… from fun fall decor to apple pie. We have lived in this house for a little over two years now, but never used our original wood burning fireplace before this week… I can’t believe we waited this long to fire it up! It has been amazing snuggling up in front of the fire with Ryan, the kids, and our two fur babies. Julia and her dog Henry even fell asleep in front of the fire the other night, which just melted my heart.
I couldn’t ask for a more amazing start to September! A girl and her dog certainly make for so many amazing memories, and I am so thankful I get to witness them.

Featured Poem

After Apple-Picking by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still,
And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn’t pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.
I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the drinking trough
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided he wanted to make apple pie with the apples he picked from our friend’s yard! (Thank you Miss Tracy for sharing the apple wealth.) To make your own apple pie you will need:

Dough and Filling:

  • Dough for a double crust 9-inch pie (homemade, frozen, or refrigerated)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cups peeled, chopped cooking apples
  • 1 (16 oz) jar applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crunch Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature

You can find the instructions for Paula Deen’s Crunch Top Apple Pie here. This is the most amazing apple pie ever!
Word of caution: if you use homemade applesauce you may need to use a little less than the recipe uses… It won’t ruin the pie to use the amount called for, but it is a bit runnier when we use my grandma’s homemade applesauce.

Our Table

This morning we broke out some of our fall decor. It is always fun changing things up a little in the house. We also rearranged our sitting room so we could all be around the fire, which meant our fern (that by some miracle I have not completely killed in over a year) had to find a new home in our dining room.
Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Apple Pie Edition!

I really hope you try out this recipe. I promise you will NEVER want to go back to another apple pie recipe again after devouring this one!

Did you miss our other Tea Time Tuesday posts? Not to worry–You can find them all on my Tea Time page, so head on over to take a peak!