For rare treats we'll get some vanilla ice cream from the store. My ice cream of choice lately has been Breyers all natural vanilla because the ingredients are only: Milk, Cream, Sugar, Natural Tara Gum, Natural Vanilla Flavor. The vanilla flavor is a bit iffy for msg since it doesn't just say vanilla but that's the best I've found... except for Haagen Dazs and that's even more out of our budget (it turns out that H.D. isn't a great choice either). Well... something I hadn't thought about regarding ice cream was rBGH. I don't know why I didn't think about it since I'm so particular about our milk (shrug). Here is an article from the Huffington Post regarding this issue. Please read the part about WHY rBGH is not a good thing!
I am contacting Breyers right now. Won't you join me?
Here is H.Dazs' contact info:
Here is Dreyer's:
20th Century US History Spine Revisited:
Here I posted about the Bill Bennett book I wanted to get to use as a spine. Well, I got it through the library and it's really not what I need as a read-aloud for the dc or for them to read on their own. It's more of a family resource or for them to read as adults.
I got this book through inter-library loan which was also recommended on a forum. I do like how there is a written intro for most of the decades and there are specific write-up/photo sections for a few things like civil rights and each World War. I also like that the written intros are written by renown children authors like Lois Lowry or Cynthia Rylant. So... there is a lot that I like about this book. I wouldn't just leave it out for the dc to look through though because there are a few haunting photos (for example dead soldiers on a beach) that would be too intense for youngest dc, but it would make a good read-aloud-do-it-together spine. I'm strongly considering it...
Some other resources I am considering for this part of US History:
(unit study)(I saw this on currclick also - need to compare prices if using this or the next one)
More to come as I continue to peruse lapbooking resources for this study...