Conserving Trees and Recycling Paper: A Picture Book Lesson

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,

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Women in STEM Picture Book Biographies

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

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Top 10 Moon Picture Books and Educational Activities

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,

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Are You My Mother? Mother-Baby Matching Activities

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

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Homeschool Kindergarten: Science and Math Learning with Children’s Books

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

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A Picture Book Lesson to Teach Metaphors in Poetry

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

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Onomatopoeia Picture Book Lesson: Tell a Story with Sounds

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)

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Best Picture Books About Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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Count to 100 with a Paper Clip 100 Train Activity

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

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Playing Preschool: Gross Motor Skills Preschool Prepositions Game

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

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Easy Skeleton Hiccups Activity with a Q-Tip Skeleton Craft

My little preschooler loved hands-on activities, and it if included glue, it was even better. After reading the very silly Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler, we learned a

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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb Drumming Rhythm Activity

Strawberry loves to make a musical band in our play room. Reading Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins prompted her to create her own drum as well.

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