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…

Butterfly Study

My wonderful sister-in-law set us up with a sweet deal for a caterpillar so we could watch the transformation to a butterfly (note: this was almost a  year ago!! We’re coming up on time to get a new one and do this all over again!). We got our caterpillar in its little cup.  And almost…

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…

Historical Fiction: The Great Depression

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Angels in the Dust-Raven (4.2/0.5) The Babe and I-Adler (3.2/0.5) Born and Bred in the Great Depression-Winter (no level) Don’t Forget Winona-Peterson (2.8/0.5) The Dust Bowl-Booth (3.8/0.5) Dust for…

Letter of the Week – Letter V

Day 1 Find v stickers and put on V Color and assemble Letter V Book Go to library and get v books Put out V words (vacuum, vase…I highly recommend using masking or painting tape so nothing is ruined when  you pull it off) Video: How It’s Made: Violins Video: 3 Year Old Violinist Video:…

Letter of the Week – Letter U

Day 1 Find u stickers and put on U (She’s basically over this activity.  So, I have discontinued it.  I think maybe it was too easy, but if I made it harder, it was too hard. 🙂 ) Color and assemble Letter U Book Go to library and get u books Put out U words…

Historical Fiction: War of 1812

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-2) An American Army of Two-Greeson (2.9/0.5) The Battle for St. Michaels-McCully (3.1/0.5) The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story-Evans (3.4/0.5) Chet Chestnut-Sargent (4.2/0.5) Snow (White)-Sargent (4.5/0.5) (Description: A…

“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…

Letter of the Week – Letter S

Day 1 Find s stickers and put on S Color and assemble Letter S Book Go to library and get S books Put out S words (stove, shelf, soap, sink, stool, stairs…I highly recommend using masking or painting tape so nothing is ruined when  you pull it off) Streamer dancing: Tie streamers to wrists and…