• Literacy,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Study with Lily Huckleberry for FREE!

    The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry The moment we laid eyes on The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry books, we instantly fell in love! If you have not heard of this amazing series, you are missing out! To date, there are 2 completed books: The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia and The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Japan. The third installment is in progress and will take place in Mexico!   The wonderful creators of these magical stories have generously designed FREE educators’ guides to go along with their books! Now, when you read an Adventure of Lily Huckleberry story, you can dive in and learn more about the country she…

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    Nature,  Resources

    Imagine Childhood…A Little Bit Of Nature

    Have you heard of Imagine Childhood? If not, let me grace you with their incredible resources!  Imagine Childhood is an incredible family-owned shop filled with so many playful and educational resources! I originally discovered them by winning a giveaway months ago on Instagram! Since then, I have completely fallen in love with what they have to offer and I am so excited to share a peek into their shop with you all! Nature Play This small shop is incredibly nature-based and super inspiring! If you want to include nature into your homeschool studies, but don’t know where to start, just hop over to their site and browse through their resources and materials.…

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    Literacy,  Resources

    New Releases For Early Readers

    I love our collection of classic and vintage children’s books. Nothing beats cuddling up on the couch and reliving the stories of my childhood with my own children. But, when choosing books for our children, we mustn’t only look to the past. There are always beautiful and engaging titles coming out that will soon become the ‘classics’ of the future generations. Today I am sharing with you 5 brand new picture books for early readers that you are going to love! (and since it’s the season of gift-giving, you might consider picking these up as presents!) The List The Rough Patch by Brian Lies A Parade Of Elephants by Kevin…

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  • Resources,  Subscriptions,  Unit Study

    Creating A Unit Study with Letters From Afar

    What Is Letters From Afar? If you haven’t heard of this incredible company, then you’re in for a real treat! Started by a wonderful woman named Shawnee, Letters From Afar is a beautiful collection of travel letters delivered to you each month! Shawnee is the author and illustrator of each letter and they are absolutely gorgeous! She writes to you as ‘Isabelle’ based on the historical world traveler Isabella Bird. Each month you get a glimpse of a new location complete with bits of geography, history and culture. As an extra cherry on top, a portion of the subscription fee is donated to Pencils Of Promise. So, supporting Shawnee and…

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    Community,  Nature,  Resources

    Global Tiger Day

    Today I want to bring awareness to something that is important. This blog post may be disheartening, but hopefully, by the end, you will leave with a sense of hope and some tools to help undo the devastating decimation of a particularly beautiful animal. The Tiger. July 29th is International Tiger Day. I know there has been a bombardment of various ‘holidays’ and dates coined by companies trying to push something or sell a product. This is different. This is concerning an issue that affects our earth and our ecosystem and our future. The Facts: According to the WWF there are only 3900 wild tigers left in the world. That’s…

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  • Literacy,  Resources

    Early Literacy

    How do you grow your child’s vocabulary and literacy skills? Do you read aloud? Do you do weekly spelling tests? Do you play Scrabble? There are so many fun ways to challenge our kids to learn and today I’m going to share one of my favorites with you! I don’t have a name for this activity, but it’s essentially learning by context clues alone. It’s a wonderful exercise and is helpful in many ways, but my kids just think its an awesome game and they always ask me to keep going! So let’s get down to it! I will include original passages I’ve wrote for free on my FREEBIES tab,…

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    Nature

    Getting Out In Nature

    There is no place on this earth that doesn’t have beauty and experience to offer. Sometimes, we get so involved in our daily responsibilities that we don’t stop and make time to go out and soak it in. As parents, it is our duty to ensure we equip our children with all the tools for them to grow into healthy adults and build a life of their own. THAT is our legacy. We live on through our children by what we’ve passed down to them. In order to do this, we must step outside. We must feel and learn and grow from nature. I know it is challenging to make…

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  • Community,  Resources,  STEM

    Libraries: Beyond The Books

    I know that everyone knows the value of checking out books from the library. Finding endless imaginative stories and information in the texts while promoting responsibility and respect when borrowing/returning products on time are important. Teaching kids how to look up a book title or author using the library’s website, searching by alphabetical order, or learning the cataloging system is a beneficial skill that will help them gain independence. But is that all the library has to offer? NO WAY! I’m not sure if this is the case with all libraries, but our local libraries have a friends of the library program. People donate their used books and media or…

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    STEM,  Unit Study

    World Ocean Day

    June 8th was World Ocean Day so we did a week-long ocean unit study. We started with turtles! We went over the life cycle of a turtle thanks to these awesome Safari LTD. models we bought from Michael’s. We read books about the ocean and learned some interesting facts about turtles from our Smithsonian Animal Encyclopedia. My youngest completed a count the turtles math worksheet and used our glass number tiles to fill in her answers. We learned that mother turtles remember which beach they hatched on and travel back to that same location to lay their eggs! One of my favorite kids’ books that we read for this unit…