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A Book and a Big Idea: Rattletrap Car ~ Craft, Snacks & A Printable

A Book and a Big Idea: Rattletrap Car ~ Craft, Snacks & A Printable

Many many years ago when my now teenager was a baby, I was part of a book club called Baby’s First Book Club where we had books mailed to us each month.  One of the books from that short endeavor became a favorite of all little people (ok maybe the big people too) in our(…)

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9 Tips To Help Your Child Enjoy Reading

9 Tips To Help Your Child Enjoy Reading

When I was a child I told my mother I would never learn to read. After all, what did I need to learn to read for? I had all these people who would read to me, books on tape, and even television. There was no need to learn how to read. My younger brother was(…)

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Teach Kids About the Presidents with President Adams’ Alligator

Teach Kids About the Presidents with President Adams’ Alligator

We all know that Thomas Jefferson was our third president, but did you know that he had three very unusual pets? President Jefferson shared the White House with two pet grizzly bears and a friendly mockingbird that would sing along as the president played the violin. In their new book, President Adams’ Alligator, author/illustrator team(…)

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Balto and The Iditarod Trail Unit – Includes Free Printable Notebook Page

Balto and The Iditarod Trail Unit – Includes Free Printable Notebook Page

In 1925 the world was blessed with a dog named Balto and other sled dogs.  Below is their story and many resources to learn more about what these amazing sled dogs accomplished. In 1925, a life-or-death race to rescue the children of Nome, AK, from disease made an international hero of one sled dog —(…)

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Review: Six Sister’s Stuff Cookbook ~ Family Recipes, Fun Crafts and So Much More!

Review: Six Sister’s Stuff Cookbook ~ Family Recipes, Fun Crafts and So Much More!

If you know me even just a little, chances are you know that cooking is not high, more like way down at the bottom, of the list of things I like to do. Don’t mistake that for meaning that I do not cook, because I do. On average I would say I put a meal(…)

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Book Review: Firefly Island by Lisa Windgate

Book Review: Firefly Island by Lisa Windgate

About Firefly Island: Sometimes love takes you on an adventure completely off the map. Mallory Hale’s life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas-with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul(…)

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Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley Unit – Including Crafts

Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley Unit – Including Crafts

Wilson Bentley was born February 9, 1865, on a farm in Jericho, Vermont. From early in childhood he loved snowflakes. He learned that most crystals had six branches. Starting at age 15 he drew 100 snowflakes each winter for 3 winters. Wilson learned to use micro-photography to photograph snowflakes. When he was 66 his book(…)

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Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Chloe is reading and we are discussing Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne, (1804-1864), ranks among America’s major authors. Between about 1825 and 1850, he developed his talent by writing short fiction and the novel Fanshawe (1828). Then he gained international fame for his novel The Scarlett Letter (1850).  Here is an extensive list of his works.(…)

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The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats Unit Study ~ Including Discussion Questions, Crafts, & More

The Snowy Day by: Ezra Jack Keats Unit Study ~ Including Discussion Questions, Crafts, & More

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats opens a door to so many winter fun crafts, stories and ideas. From snowmen, to snowflakes this unit is great for the cold winter months. The Snowy Day involves a young boy’s experience on a very snowy day. The magic and wonder of a lovely snowfall, as seen(…)

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Ivy & Bean Book Club: Discussion Questions, & Craft

Ivy & Bean Book Club: Discussion Questions, & Craft

I took Ivy &  Bean out of the library months ago but Ava and I never got around to reading it. Then it became our turn to host our Mother/Daughter Book Club so I thought an Ivy & Bean Book Club would be good incentive to ensure that we would read it. I had heard(…)

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Starts At Eight: Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2012

Starts At Eight: Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2012

Last year was the first year I posted a Top Ten Most Popular Posts. I don’t often look in the analytics part of my blog, so it was fun to see where people were visiting. Since I really enjoyed it last year, I decided to do it again this year. I am including the Top(…)

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The 25 Books of Christmas

The 25 Books of Christmas

  I recently came upon a blog post entitled, “25 Christmas Books to Read With Your Child“.  This post inspired me to dig out our favorite Christmas books from home as well as to take a trip to the library and gather a stack of books to read throughout December.  I love Adrienne’s idea of(…)

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