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Fun with Eric Carle

 I have not come across one person as of yet who is not familiar with ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

As a kid I remember the magic I felt as my imagination soared while looking at those bright colorful pictures in Eric Carle’s books and the tales they spun. Our children are now experiencing the same thing. I would like to keep that magic alive!

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So, if you are looking for some fun crafts and activities to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, here are a few to get you started- I know my kids are going to love these!

Necklace craft by Buggy and Buddy

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The-Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Sight-Word-Game from Playdough to Plato

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Caterpillar to butterfly craft by Mama Smiles

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There are many, many more activities out there on the web, in fact I found this fabulous blog that already has an immense amount of Eric Carle’s ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ activities on it and would love to share it with you- The ultimate list of Eric Carle activities by Teaching Mama. Check it out for yourself!

Another book of Eric Carle’s I would like to get my hands on is ‘The very grouchy ladybug’. With summer pretty much here we see these guys frequently!

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In fact I have a great activity and learning games complete package in one easy download if your interested from Homeschool Share – grouchy_ladybug_complete package. Included in that package are learning activities, counting games, matching and science fun.

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I have a feeling you will be seeing more posts on Eric Carle’s collection over the summer time, as we have yet to read ‘The Tiny Seed’ a great book to go along with our gardening!

Enjoy the sunshine everyone, it is a beautiful day 🙂

(I thought this scripture in 2 Corinthians most fitting to go along with the theme of metamorphosis!)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Spring time free printables for kids

Finally! Spring is HERE. With April around the corner it is time to bring out the fun stuff.

I have searched the web high and low and have collected a few tried and true learning activities for the kids! Lets get right to them…

Fun on the Farm. Preschoolers practice cutting, gluing, puzzles and match ups. This package is awesome for 3-5 year olds –farmClick HERE to download your pack!

More from this website check out this link-  http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/category/free-printables/

Spring time brings Showers, here is a game called RainShowers- a consonant blend game …

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Click HERE to download this game

For more fun where this game is from check out this link-

http://filefolderfun.com/

Here is one the kids will love, maybe not the parents so much, ha! All about bugs pack!

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Click HERE to go to the website and download your bug pack.

Lets also throw in some fun play-dough mats for Spring and Easter!

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Click HERE to download these creative mats, laminate for more durability if you wish!

And some gardening Play-dough mats-

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Click HERE and HERE to download these pages.

My tots have also been really enthused with Bubble Guppies and Dora lately, so I downloaded a spring pack of coloring sheets and connect the dots of Nick Jr. you can click on this link to go directly to their website and get yours- http://www.nickjr.com/spring-activities/

I hope you all have fun with these activities and learning games as we are! Enjoy the rest of your weekend…

till next time, Amber.

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A love for literature (Book report printables too!)

Ahhh, I just love opening a new book, a new adventure always awaits. Turn a page and you are miles away from home as the author spins a tale and wraps you up in another time. I am a bookworm. I love to read. Although the laundry and cleaning is known to pile up while this thing called reading is going on, haha! Now it is my turn to teach my children a love for reading… not so easy when our oldest struggles with it. As it is I am at a cross road…

I am on the hunt for classic literature for our 2nd and 3rd graders to read. So far I have these classics picked out-

Little House on the Prairie    Where the red fern grows     The Chronicles of Narnia

The Call of the Wild     Island of the Blue Dolphins         The Boxcar Children series

along with many more… Shiloh, The Swiss Family Robinson, Where the sidewalk ends, The Indian in the Cupboard,  The Secret Garden, A little Princess, Anne of Green Gables etc. Of course a few of these we will save for next year and the year after, they are more suitable for grades 4-6. What other classics would you recommend?

The lovely thing about the oldest 2 being only 14 months apart, I am able to pull from both grades and teach my students as you would a split class, 2/3 grade. What is putting me at this cross road is that our oldest is (99% sure) dyslexic. We do not know where on the spectrum she is and have only done the online testing, and speaking with the right people but we have not had an ‘official’ diagnosis- that can take up to 2-3 years. Ugh. In the mean time we are heading straight for the solutions and what works. I am debating whether or not I should verbally read aloud the novel to them both, and have them do a book report on the novel being read verbally, or have us slowly trudge through the chapter books, reading a couple chapters a week. Keeping in mind I want to instill a love for reading, not push them from it with bad experiences. They do reading every day, so this would be on top of that.

While I ponder at this for the week (and feel free to share your opinion!) I wanted to share with ya’ll an awesome Book-Report Package I came across. It is too good not to share, There are a few different book report styles to accommodate from Kindergarten through Grade 6. As well as a bonus reading log print out too. Feel free to click on the link above, or click HERE to download your free copies. I already have ours ready to go, if I can choose a book for us to read that is! Too many good ones out there. Enjoy.

Do you have a ‘Bad Kitty’ enthusiast? Click HERE for an awesome free ‘write a story’ template or use it as a tool for book reports- it also includes a bonus ‘how to draw Bad Kitty’ page!

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Also I wanted to share a few cute pictures of our twins enjoying one of our free file folder games-  Animals… of all sorts game

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Of course moments after I was able to capture these precious photos it became a game of who could ‘throw’ the animals the farthest… Ahh- they are now laying all over the kitchen floor, while I enjoy oblivion of it all as I write this blog. My wonderful hobby on a Saturday morning- I believe I am on my second or third Americano. (thank goodness for an amazing Hubby who surprised me with my awesome espresso machine- more on this later) The 2 year olds have gone off to who-knows-where (lets hope the olders remembered to put those markers up, again). Onto the short lived photos!

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Miss H loving her animal habitat game.

 

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Miss H close up- she loves making sure they end up in their ‘right’ homes
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many animals to choose from…
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Miss S getting in on the game
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Miss S- our exuberant girly, and the culprit to the animal ‘throwing’ game… she is nowhere to be found to question at the moment…

 

 

 

 

 

 
I hope you all have enjoyed this post, and have a great weekend- Blessings to you all!

Till next time, Amber.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

‘Kiss Me’ (a little bit of Valentine fun)

Happy (Snowy? Blizzard-y?) Valentines Day.

We seem to be stuck in the middle of a snow storm. Although it is quite pretty, it has me longing for spring, and all that comes with it. However, when you live where we do, you get used to it (well, we should get used to it!). At least yesterdays weather cooperated and we were all able to get out and have a wonderful Valentines party with all our other local homeschoolers, I lost count after 34 kids and a handful of cute babies. We sure are blessed to live in such a great community.

This weather although, does not deter us from having a grand ole time being stuck at home. We have been enjoying our day with tea and coffee cake, valentines crafts, and poetry too!

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For your own Valentine poetry pack that includes the poem posted at the top of this page, all the activity pages and activity cards click on this link to download for free ValentinePoetryPack . It is a great resource geared to kids pre-k to elementary. What a fun way to celebrate Valentines day with learning in there too. Here is the end result of our Pom-Pom Valentine Monsters-

DSCF3963I hope you all have a wonderful day, with that I am signing off for the weekend and going to enjoy the flowers and chocolate my hubby just walked through the door with (what a treat!).

Till next time, Amber.

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31

 

Learning Fun (and printables too)

One of the trickier aspects of homeschooling is keeping the littles occupied. With a couple 2 year olds and a 4 year old running around the house while trying to do book work with the oldest 2, I often get asked- how do you do it?

Well, there are a few ways, personally Dora is one of my favorites (Shhh!), Nothing wrong with an educational video learning Spanish, right? Exactly. Secondly they are fond of snacks. Put #1 and #2 together and I think we have about a 20 minute window to get some serious work done! That brings us to 9am in the morning.

Jumping over to a more serious note for a minute, we are loving our new laminator.  Purchased for a steal of a deal online through Staples, I highly recommend anyone who is homeschooling or working with little people to invest in one. The web is crawling with free printable educational games including this fun  Planets-The-Game  which happens to be our 4 year olds favorite activity to play while sitting beside his big brother and sister (back to ‘how do you do it?’ #3) while they are doing school work. Just print, run through the laminator and cut out. Ready to play. This game and many others can be found over here at http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/57880/free-printable-game Free-Printable-GameThe twins have a few favorites too, including this adorable ‘Match the animals to their habitats’  game which can be found over here at this website http://filefolderfun.com/SecondGradeScience/AnimalHabitat with many more to choose from. AnimalHabitatGamePin The kids are often found sitting together doing these file folder games as a group, which always is a wonderful sight. I hope these will be of use to you, as they have been for us, we are quite enjoying them.

Sincerely, Amber

“For God made two great lights, the sun and the moon to shine down upon the earth. The greater one, the sun, presides during the day; the lesser one, the moon, presides through the night. He also made the stars”

Genesis 1:16