Book review: Rhythm of Family

I was very intrigued when I was asked to review “The Rhythm of Family.”  (sigh there are just some times that Amazon widgets are more trouble than they’re worth, and tonight is one of those) I like the idea of slowing down and enjoying our families and nature.

And then I got the book, and I saw it was broken down month by month and there were snow pictures.  Immediately I thought (before reading it), “Oh no, here’s another book that I can’t use for 6 months of the year because I’ve never heard of snow.”

And then I actually read the book.

And yes, there are pictures of snow, but instead it’s suggestions of things you can do inside when you’re trapped by bad weather.  Immediately I thought, “oh I can do this in July when it’s hotter than heck and nobody in their right mind goes outside.”

I really enjoyed the author’s layout and look forward to rereading the chapters as I come up to each month. First there’s a segment from Mom’s point of view, then the Dad’s, and then a few nature-inspired craft projects that are seasonal (but not necessarily snow related) but not limited to that season, and then a recipe to try for that month

For us the rhythm of our family as it nears October is to become insanely obsessed with Halloween and costumes. Okay, maybe that’s just my boys and somewhat the girl.  They’ve been talking about it coming for MONTHS!

So, we started setting up for it this week.

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Some of you may remember this from last year, we slowly added projects to our Halloween mural as we made them.  We’ve gotten started already and made our first one yesterday.
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These are the Halloween books we plan to make projects for (with links to previous projects).

Spookley the Square Pumpkin– super cute book about how we all are helpful no matter how different we are.

Skeleton Meets Mummy- how two Halloween monsters get scared when they meet

Ten Timid Ghosts– a countdown book where the witch scares the ghosts out

Clifford’s Halloween– Clifford needs to decide on a costume.

Going on a Ghost Hunt– Kids go through the “spooky” woods to find a ghost.

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Skeleton Hiccups- we read this last year, but no project.  Skeleton is trying to get rid of his hiccups and tries all of the usual cures.

The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything- I lost our copy last year, and hope to find it again this year………

Whoooo’s Haunting Tiny Ghost- Tiny Ghost learns how to be brave at school and then has to remember what he learns when he goes home to a scary house

Halloween Hats- library book about Halloween costumes, I haven’t read it yet…….

Old Devil Wind- I loved this one for choral reading as a teacher great repetition, rather like “The House that Jack built.”

So, that’s the rhythm of our family this month.  We’re going to be planning lots of fun Halloween activities.

If anyone is interested and still reading at this point, here’s my pinterest board for Halloween.

Favorite Resource This Week

DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of Rhythm of Family for review, I was not paid for my review and other legal mumbo jumbo for me to write which I’m not remembering at this time of night.

10 thoughts on “Book review: Rhythm of Family

  1. I have heard many good things about the Rhythm of the Family book, and sounds like you're agreeing with it! Good idea to adapt the “snow” projects to the heat of July. And I loved your “legal mumbo jumbo” line at the end of your post. 🙂

  2. I am very curious about the book even though we have the same “no snow” dilemma. I love your Halloween mural – trying to get into the spirit here. Neighbors are helping – everyone is already decorating for Halloween!

  3. Rhythm of the Family does sound like a good book! And, I love all of your Halloween-y ideas 🙂 I am not very fond of Halloween. I do love fall, though!

    Thanks for linking to Favorite Resources 🙂

    btw, I've been having LOTS of problems with Amazon and Blogger lately…I've just not been linking things anymore.

  4. That sounds like an interesting book. And I love your mural. Halloween is quite a big deal here too. We have lots of Halloween books we got last year but the only one we have on your list is Skeleton Meets Mummy, which we love. I'll have to check out the other ones!

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