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Picture Books About Maps

Picture Books About Maps

We usually turn to books for research and to reinforce themes. Since the children are already familiar with maps from our travels and nature hikes, we are ready to delve deeper into cartography and study up on maps. Here are a few picture books we’ve found that work well with our study of maps. What are your favorites? As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps: This is a clever introduction to the concept … Read entire article »

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5 Picture Books About Summer

5 Picture Books About Summer

Summer Beat, by Betsy Franco, explores the rhythms of summer in onomatopoeic verse.  The kids really related to the breezy feeling of summer freedom. The sound words are fun for my beginning reader and my son loves the fireworks display at the end! Summer Is Summer, by Phillis and David Gershator, follows a group of multicultural friends as they enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations of summer. The simple, spare text paired with … Read entire article »

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Jellyfish Craft

Jellyfish Craft

We’re on the shore of the Long Island Sound so we frequent the beach and the local aquarium and draw a lot of inspiration for our learning from the sea. When I noticed a cool school craft my friend did with her friend, I asked her to guest post while I am on “maternity leave”. Jellyfish are such lovely and ethereal creatures–even though you don’t want to bump into them at the beach! Here is … Read entire article »

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7 Picture Books for Father’s Day

7 Picture Books for Father’s Day

Mama Mama/Papa Papa (0-3) is a beautifully illustrated board book for babies about why little animal babies love their parents. One side shows all the helpful and loving things dads do for their tiny offspring. Flip the book over for moms and this is really two-stories-in-one. Human children will recognize all the tender care parents give to babies throughout the animal kingdom. The rhyming text is delightfully evocative of the bond between parents and … Read entire article »

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Daffodil Craft

Daffodil Craft

We had our April Showers and then some and we’ve been waiting on our May Flowers.  We’ve had a few soggy buds but the lack of sunshine has delayed some of our blooms! We did see the crocuses and the daffodils as spring sprung and we made this pretty daffodil out of a cardboard toilet tube. Materials: toilet paper tube yellow and orange paint green chenille stem single hole punch scissors Directions: 1. Cut petals on one side of the tube, approximate three-quarters of … Read entire article »

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Memorial Day Picture Books

Memorial Day Picture Books

Memorial Day is coming up. While we’re preparing for barbecues and family time, we take a moment to think of the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Any subject involving death is a tough one to broach with young children. For most families, the idea of memorializing our soldiers is very abstract. For others, though, it is all too real as thousands of soldiers have died in … Read entire article »

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Celebrate World Turtle Day with this Craft for Preschoolers

Celebrate World Turtle Day with this Craft for Preschoolers

Happy World Turtle Day! Every year on May 23, the American Tortoise Rescue sponsors World Turtle Day. Beyond learning about turtles and tortoises, the American Tortoise Rescue wants us to take action to help these reptiles survive and thrive. Why do they need our help? There are a number of human-created risks to turtles. Our cars crush them as they try to cross the road, we have destroyed their habitats and nesting grounds, there is an active … Read entire article »

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Growing Bean Plants

Growing Bean Plants

It is that time of year when kids grow like weeds and everything is verdant, sprouting and budding. We’ve been studying the water cycle and now we are learning about the plants the grow after the early spring showers. Question: How do seeds become plants? My daughter hypothesized that they need light and water and that the roots would come out first. Materials: seeds (we planted beans since they sprout so quickly) glass jar (so you can observe the growth) potting soil … Read entire article »

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Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory over the French military at Puebla. Although the date has limited significance in Mexico, it has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage in the United States. Interest in Cinco de Mayo increased during the Chicano movement of the 1940s. We made a papel picado banner to decorate our home in preparation for Cinco de Mayo. Materials: colorful tissue paper or thin construction paper scissors, punches glue or tape cord or string Directions: 1. Fold the paper in … Read entire article »

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Earth Day Books for Kids

Earth Day Books for Kids

Many of our crafts involve re-purposed /  recycled materials and now that we are in full spring swing we are closely connected with the new growth going on outdoors.  We also enjoy picture books that address Earth Day directly or environmentalism in a more general way.  Here are a few of our favorites: The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, is the classic children’s story of the damage one person’s greed (the entrepreneurial Oncler) can do to the … Read entire article »

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