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…

Letter of the Week – Letter W

Day 1 Find w stickers and put on W Color and assemble Letter W Book Go to library and get w books Put out W words (wall, washer, washcloth, window…I highly recommend using masking or painting tape so nothing is ruined when  you pull it off) Activity Sheet 1 Video: Olive and the Rhyme Rescue…

“T” Party

During our Letter T week, we had a “T” party…get it, T like tea. 🙂 We initially were going for Tuesday the twenty-first at ten. But, then decided to have it while we had some Chinese foreign exchange students over.  So, it turned into a party for the kids followed with dinner for the adults…

Letter of the Week – Letter T

This week we started day 1 on a Wednesday, skipped the weekend and ended with day 5 on a Tuesday.  Because, really, you can’t have a T Party on any other day. 🙂 Day 1 Find t stickers and put on T Color and assemble Letter T Book Go to library and get t books…

South African Safari Photos (Pilanesberg National Park)

Here are a photos from the spring in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Find a list of historical fiction set in Africa here. These photos are published under a creative commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). If it seems like the photo isn’t downloading at a res you’d like, please leave a comment with the number of…

Tot School: Airplane Dramatic Play Party

This was such a fun activity!  In preparation for a flight we were planning on taking in a few weeks, I thought it might be good to show my daughter what it meant to go to the airport and fly on a plane beforehand.  So we did an airplane unit (coming soon), that culminated in…

Tot School: Community Worker Dramatic Play Party

At the end of our community worker theme, we had a little get together.  It was a great party.  It would have been a lot better if I’d had a few more older kids to show the little ones how to do things, but they did a great job on their own.  There was one…

Tot School: Nursery Rhyme Party

My daughter loves nursery rhymes.  Once she learned them, she would say them  non-stop.  So, of course, since I’m working on interest led/child directed activities, we had to do a theme for nursery rhymes.  In searching for activities, I came across a ton of really fun activities that she and her friends would enjoy, so…

California History Field Trip: Native Americans and Exploring

My  sister-in-law is homeschooling her 4th and 2nd grader.  She is not a fan of California history (crazy!), so I offered to try and put together some field trips for the kids.  We live in the general LA/San Gabriel Valley area, so you won’t be finding us taking any Sacramento trips. I love my niece…

Tot School: Fall Party

At the end of our Fall Theme, we had a fall party! We invited a few friends and had a great time. This one cost a little more than the Bear Hunt Party, mainly because I bought pumpkins, apples, squashes, cider and some sensory bin items.  But, using a lot of supplies I already had,…