Winter Break Bundle

I know.  Whether your kids are about to take a break from homeschool or public school, you’re probably scrambling.  A 2-week break?  In the cold?  With everybody inside?

What are you gonna DO?!
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A 12 Days of Christmas Story Time

So many crafts and educational extensions for Christmas and holiday picture books.  Great ideas for keeping kids entertained during the holiday season.

I love this time of year, don’t you?  There are so many fun things to do during the holidays.

One of my favorite holiday traditions has become collaborating with other bloggers to bring you lots of yummy good stuff to help you celebrate your holidays.  This week, I’m taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas series with Sicily’s Heart and Home, and there are already so many great ideas for you in the series.

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Story Time: The Little Drummer Mouse

The Little Drummer Mouse activities include 2 science projects involving light, a printable, a Christmas Drum Craft tutorial, and a Star Shortbread Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas songs is The Little Drummer Boy. I’m not making this up, I still choke up every time I hear it so bad that I can’t sing along with the end.

I love the idea of anyone, anywhere, being able to make a difference.  It’s magic to me that we all have that inside us.

So when I came upon Mercer Mayer’s The Little Drummer Mouse, I was sold the instant I saw the cover.  Then I opened it.  And nearly wept at the gorgeous illustrations.  The story is just what you would want it to be:  The little drummer mouse is teased about his drum by all the other animals.  The animals hear of a royal family coming through the forest so that a baby king may be born.  They don’t recognize the family as royal and give up waiting for them, but the little drummer mouse sees a bright new star in the sky and follows it to the stable where the baby is resting.  The rest is just like the song, with the baby king loving the drum more than any of his other gifts.

Le sigh.  So freaking sweet.

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Story Time: Isabella-The Cow Who Wanted to Sing

Story Time: Isabella-The Cow Who Wanted to Sing includes farm and cow activities to extend the picture book by J B Allen

Oh me. Oh my.

You guys know I love finding new authors for your littles’ reading pleasure.  It is my favorite.  And I have found you another one that is going to make you very happy.  J.B. Allen writes about the animals at Elm Grove (which happens to be a real farm–how much does that rock?!) and she does it with style.

Isabella: The Cow Who Wanted to Sing is just about the most precious thing I’ve ever read.  And I mean that in the best way.  So when I was given the chance to get my hands on it for a Story Time, I was thrilled.  Thrilled, y’all.  Because this book.  I can’t even.

And keep reading for a chance to WIN A FREE COPY!!!
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