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A Fun and Fabulous Flower Study with The Secret Garden

Do a spring or summer flower study with The Secret Garden and free printable flower checklist and notebooking pages. Fun summer learning!

The Secret Garden has always been one of my favorite stories.  In fact, my sister claims that I married my beautiful husband because I finally found my Dickon.

She may be onto something.

Another book that practically screams at you to go outside, The Secret Garden is so full of plant and wildlife it could quite literally spawn a whole semester (or year) of science lessons.

Plus, it’s a totally mysterious and uplifting story that rocks my socks off.

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How to Throw an Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party Outdoors

An Alice in Wonderland Mad Tea Party is a surefire way to keep your kids interested in reading this summer. Learn how to throw one perfectly and get a free printable!

Alice in Wonderland is a perfect summertime read.  Whimsical and action-packed, it’s a kid-pleaser that won’t feel like they’re ho-humming their way through classic literature.

There’s so much fun to be had with this book, and it’s brilliant for reading together under a shade tree.  If you struggle with Carroll’s poetry or made-up words, keep Google close by to help you translate. Our favorites are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat (because the Hatter is my Alice in Wonderland Boyfriend) and the Lobster Quadrille (because Will you Won’t you?  Will You Won’t You?  Will you join the dance?).

I’m telling you, my friends, this stuff is fun. F.U.N.  And we’re about to make it even funner.

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Story Time: Goonight Wishes!

Story Time for Goodnight Wishes! by Leea Baltes includes mouse activities and crafts, language, science, and snacks to go with the award-winning picture book

This completely adorable picture book, which won the Bronze Medal in the 2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards, stole my heart the moment I viewed its first pages.  Goodnight Wishes! is about a mouse family who has to relocate when the farmhouse they live in is torn down.  It’s a beautiful story of hope and wishes coming true.

Your littles will completely fall in to Leea Baltes‘ watercolor illustrations which reflect the author’s love of Beatrix Potter.  I can’t put into words how happy the illustrations made me as I read about Mama Mouse and her little babies.  And when you see the craft I have to go with this gem of a book, you’re totally going to swoon.

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15 Ways to Cure the Summer Blahs

15 fun activities to help your kids beat summer boredom

Want to know something that both frustrates me and amuses me mightily?  During the school year I have to wake my boysup at 7:30 to get chores done and breakfast eaten so we can be in class by 8.  And sometimes it’s HARD.

Sometimes it’s downright improbable.

They are teenagers now, after all, and their bodies are doing that weird teenager thing where they want to stay up all night and sleep F-O-R-E-V-E-R once they finally get to bed.

During the summer?  I can’t even get my first cup of coffee down without those boys rolling out of bed and bounding into the living room sometime between 6 & 7.

Talking.  Immediately. Incessantly.  Ever seen me before my 1st cup of coffee?  It’s not pretty.  And you really don’t want to talk to me at all.  Because chances are my response will be something along the lines of, “Please stop talking.  For like half an hour.”
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