You know me. You know I love discovering new authors.
One of my favorite things about attending the HEAV Homeschool Convention was getting the opportunity to meet people and find new outlets for my book obsession. I met Jim and Katie Brewster of J2B Publishing early on, and I just about fell in love with this amazing couple.
Jim writes books about real-life superheroes: firemen, police officers, and EMTs. And Katie? Well, she just about melted my heart. Her gorgeous books contain stories kids can relate to.
Katie’s book, Aunt Louise Comes to Visit, is based on her own real-life aunt who used to come to their house dressed to the nines in perfect matchy-matchy head-to-toe glory bearing a box of Whitman Samplers for her nieces. Told in sweet rhyme and illustrated beautifully by Mary Barrows, this is a book that littles will soon memorize with pictures they will love getting lost in. Perfect for early readers or for teaching sight words, Aunt Louise Comes to Visit is a wonderful book by a homeschooling mom.
I mean, how cool is that?
Aunt Louise Comes to Visit Activities
This fun printable allows your littles to think about the planning stages of having a guest. Then there’s a page for your little ones to write a thank you letter to their guest for the fun times they had.
Aunt Louise wears pearls in the book. This mini unit study teaches your littles a bit about where pearls come from and includes several fun activities to help them remember.
Aunt Louise’s Hat
Aunt Louise’s hat is the stuff of Kentucky Derby. This fun and simple craft allows you and your littles to get creative.
What you need:
- Lit Mama’s Hat Template
- 1 12×12 sheet brown card stock
- 1 sheet craft foam in each color: purple, dark green, light green, yellow, brown
What you do:
- Trace hat template onto card stock and cut out
- Measure length of hat band onto purple foam (you can make the band as wide or narrow as you wish)
- Cut out hat band and glue onto hat
- Cut leaf shapes from light green foam (I just did rounded triangles) and glue onto hat band
- Cut 2 thin strips from dark green foam for stems and glue into place
- Cut 8 flower petals from yellow foam
- Glue 4 petals into place on top of leaves and stems
- Glue final 4 petals atop first 4 in an alternating pattern
- Cut a circle (I traced a quarter–no lie) from brown foam and glue to center of flower
Have a little who wants to wear her hat? Poke holes in either side with a pen and insert string or elastic to go around her head. I mean, yeah yeah.
I mean, get a Whitman’s Sampler. Because chocolate.
And if you want to make it really fun, let your littles anticipate it like the nieces do in the book. Have a scavenger Hunt! Print out this simple scavenger hunt and place the clues around your house so your littles can hunt down their chocolate. How fun is that?