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Story Time: Leaf Jumpers

Watch the leaves turn while doing fun math, science, language and craft activities to supplement Carole Berger's picture book Leaf Jumpers

With simple vocabulary and lush illustrations, Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber will have your littles pumped about autumn.  Maybe even as excited as I am.

Maybe not.  But it could happen.

I can’t help that all my favorite-ist things happen in autumn.  The world turns a billion shades of red and gold.  Leaves fall en masse (my favorite is when I’m driving and they fall in front of my car).  Pumpkins ripen.  Indian corn abounds.  Apple cider is available.  Pumpkin Pie or Homemade Maple Cream coffee creamer (I only take creamer in autumn.  The rest of the year I drink my coffee black).   Also, you probably need my recipe for that yummy Maple Creamer, so scroll down and I’ll add it in here.

I’m cool like that.

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Story Time: EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Language, science, crafts, and snack activities for a Story Time featuring EMT workers in EMT Morales-Clamshell Stretcher

Oh, my friends, I have a new Glad to Do It! book for you this week, and I’m excited to tell you that this one comes with a giveaway!

I’m co-hosting a giveaway of 4 Glad to Do It! books along with my friends Lisa from Homeschool Insights and Joanne from Our Unschooling Journey.  The cool part?  When you include today’s Story Time, the giveaway is for all 4 of the J2B books for which I’ve created activities.  You can read Lisa’s entire post about the books here.

Are you pumped?  I am!  Let’s get to it!
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Story Time: Leaf Man (With Amazing Free Printables!)

Story Time: Leaf Man includes 29 pages of free printables, language, science, and craft activities, and a snack recipe for Apple Cider Biscuits

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite-ist picture books ever.  Although it is an autumn book, it can be uses for leaf observation at any time of year.

The sweet story of the Leaf Man’s journey always makes me happy, and I’ve never met a kid who didn’t feel the same way.

When I worked at the library, I created a story time for the library a couple times with this book.  It lends itself so well to crafts and projects.

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Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater

Free River Printables for homeschool and classroom in Story Time: Officer Jack Underwater

When kids think of police officers, they often think of sirens, chases, and arrests.  It’s exciting stuff, but it’s not all the police do.

Lucky for us, we have James Burd Brewster and his Glad to Do It series to teach our kids about another side of police work–the real hero stuff.

Officer Jack Underwater introduces Officer Jack and his partner, Officer Kate, and follows them as they save a woman trapped in a car that is slowly sinking into the river.  The officers use brilliant team work to get the woman out of the car. Brewster uses sparse language to take the scary out of the story and build up the heroism in a non-frightening way.
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