Thinking Outside of the Box: Springtime Learning Ideas

These last two weeks can be defined as thinking outside of the box. To be honest, I don’t usually think it is my style. I like to go

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Practice Spelling and Vocabulary with Word Ladders

I’ve fallen in love with word links (also called word ladders, word golf, or doublets): games that change just one letter at a time to get to a

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Rain Water Cycle Activity

I have always been fascinated by how marvelously the water cycle works for us on earth. Even the Lord recycles! He takes water that has rained on to

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Woodland Animals and Temperate Forests Habitats Unit Study

After our participation in the Chicago Wildlife Watch project, I decided to use woodland animals as our nonfiction topic for my story times at our homeschool co-op this

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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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Whole Body Butterfly Life Cycle

Strawberry simply loves butterflies right now! As we prepared a report about butterflies for our recent project fair, we took the chance to act out the parts of

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Flower-Themed Word Family Picture Sort

Now that Strawberry is becoming more and more aware of words and sounds and even starting to sound out consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words, she was very excited to try a

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A Spring-Time Kindness Picture Book Lesson from Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine

Everything about the book Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche and pictures by Patrice Barton is Spring-y, from the names of the children to the plants the

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Go, Cubs, Go! Early Reader Freebie

I have a one track mind this week: Cubs baseball! My maternal grandparents lived most of their lives in Chicagoland. Grandpa always expected a Cubs World Series victory

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Vegetables Learning Activities

My daughter has fallen in love with VeggieTales, which is now on Netflix! She loves that each episode ends with a reminder of God’s love for each of

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Review Area and Perimeter with a Flower Garden Plan

We are working on multiplication a little bit each week these days. I also discovered this week that my son could not remember the difference between area and

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Make Your Own Book: Lift-the-Flap Spring Colors

This month’s Story Corner Blog Hop is about Spring, and while I have a huge number of favorite spring books I could share about (I may in the

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