Kids’ Book Club: Creek Exploring with Minn of the Mississippi

This month’s kids’ book club book: Minn of the Mississippi This is a 5th grade reading level book.  It’s a wonderful mix of fact and fiction, but I’d say my newly turned 5 year old had a hard time focusing.  We skipped a lot.  I’d recommend this book for the 7 and up age range…

Mentoring Goals: Age 5

This is my first year being a bit more formal and organized.  I’ve started with a bare bones outline for my 5 year old, and will add as we go. In looking at what I did when I first started, I can see elements of the school system still with me.  I thought I was…

Kids’ Book Club: Oh, the Places We’ll Go with Dr. Seuss

Books for this month’s kids’ book club: Any by Dr. Seuss (I’ll link all of them at the end of the post.  We almost got to them all!) I tried to do some Wacky Wednesday things.  Balloon tree — wacky! Shoe tree – wacky! She dressed up as a wacky Daisy-Head Mayzie. That was a…

Kids’ Book Club: Berry Picking with Milly Molly Mandy

This month’s kids’ book club book: Milly Molly Mandy The book is a 5th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-8ish.  I’m a huge fan of this book.  I kept expecting the plot to include Milly Molly Mandy making bad choices and dealing with consequences, and then the moral.  But, what actually continually happened…

Book Club: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Book for this month’s adult/teen book club: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Even though this book club is for older teens and adults, sometimes, when we read kid’s classics, we’ll ask the rest of our families to join us.  This was one of those instances. Nursery Alice is a simpler version Lewis Carroll wrote for younger…

Kids’ Book Club: First Stop! China with Little Pear

  Books for this month’s kids’ book club: Little Pear Little Pear and His Friend I found some translations, as well!! Petit Tang (French Edition!)                                Petit Tang et Ses Amis (French edition!) Der Kleine Shang (German Edition!) The book is a high 4th/low 5th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-10ish.    There are two…

Squashing Boredom: Scavenger Hunt Style!

Photo Credit: Rachel Samanyi We were stuck in a rut. The “I’m bored bug” was crawling out far too often. I could suggest an activity, but rarely did it spark a creative fire in my kids. I decided that instead of waiting for them to be bored, I would send them on an adventure to…

Kids’ Book Club: All Aboard with The Boxcar Children

  This month’s kids’ book club book: The Boxcar Children The book is a 3rd/4th grade reading level and would interest kids 3-11ish. We met at a park near a train museum for most of the activities, and then headed over to the train museum.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, Travel Town…

Kids’ Book Club — Destination: Wonderland!

  This month’s kids’ book club book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland This book is about a 7th grade reading level.  I’d say it is appropriate for some 4 and 5 year old’s, but generally speaking probably 6 and up.  My four year old understood most things, but, of course, the jokes and puns were beyond…

Kids’ Classics Book Club

I started a classics book club for myself and my kids. For those who are like me and would like to start one up, but don’t have enough friends who are interested, I joined a few meetup.com groups in my area and posted each book club meeting and started a secret private Facebook group for…

Butterfly Life Cycle Party

At the end of our study of butterflies, we had a party with a few family friends.  Initially I was going to have them do tons of butterfly activities, but as I started really delving into info about butterflies, I changed it to have them go through the life cycle of a butterfly. I was…

Butterfly Life Cycle Party: Directions

Here are the directions I had at each station.  This site, Learn About Butterflies, is great for printing any images  you want to show them.  It’s also really interesting and will give you a greater understanding of the whole process. Station 1: Make antennae Here are your supplies. Make an antennae that will stay on…