To prepare for Earth Day and Arbor Day, we learned about conserving trees by recycling paper in our kitchen. Reading The Great Paper Caper, a silly mystery story, prompted this fun, hands-on science lesson.
One way my history-loving child and I love to approach science is through learning about the amazing people who have taught the world so much. In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought we’d take a look at some amazing women in STEM.
This week’s Thematic Thursday is all about space, and I’ve chosen to focus a bit more on the moon. (Yes, I realize that it is no longer Thursday, but we do what we can, right?!) We studied the moon and space about two years ago, when my son was starting his kindergarten year. His grandma sent […]
Part of the hilarity of P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? lives in the fact that the baby bird wonders if his mother is an airplane or a “Snort.” Even toddlers will be quick to giggle at the ridiculousness of that! Strawberry and I also enjoy reading this classic together because she loves to pretend […]
I don’t love planning my daughter’s homeschool kindergarten, but I love sitting and reading aloud with my kids. The first thing we do after we finish our breakfast is we sit down to read. I love planning curriculum activities around picture books. Great children’s books help make teaching homeschool science easy. Here are some of […]
I’ve been creating units for kindergarten using picture books to introduce the poetic concepts of rhythm, rhyme, and metaphor. Today I thought I’d write about another picture book that would help in teaching older children about metaphors in poetry: Red Sings from Treetops by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski.
Storm Song is a rhythmic and rhyming book about three kids in the midst of a dark and long storm. Some pages feature onomatopoeia (boom, bang, rumble, rap) and other pages feature describing words (like flash and sparkle). When I introduce onomatopoeia in my Language Arts class, we use this book.
I’ve been on a mission! I am looking for the best Martin Luther King picture book for my young readers, and since I have kids a variety of ages, I wanted to select picture books and Martin Luther King biographies for kids of varying levels. My favorite Martin Luther King picture books are listed below.
When Strawberry was more consistent at getting to the number 10 when counting on her own, and yet numbers even higher than that seem incomprehensible to her, we decided to grasp the concept of 100, a high number, by making a paper clip counting 100 train together. In the simple train book Crossing by Philip Booth, […]
My daughter has always loved to play games for learning prepositions when we read The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree. In the past, we played a “Do you dare?” preposition game years ago! When we then also read Inside, Outside, Upside Down by the same authors, I just had to add on to our “Great […]