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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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Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning

Little House on the Prairie Activities for Learning include writing prompts for diary entries, letters, essays, and research plus crafts and other lesson ideas for kids

Little House on the Prairie and its companion books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are, perhaps, some of the greatest fiction you can ever read in your homeschool.  With a firsthand account of U.S. pioneer days and descriptions of so many foods and activities to explore, you could literally plan an entire school year around just these books.

Besides all that, it’s a great story and maybe even greater introductory chapter book that can be enjoyed by all ages.  Whether you’re reading it aloud or assigning it for personal reading, Little House is easy to read and understand with plenty of adventure to keep your kids engaged.  Just a few extra learning tools will have your children learning more about pioneer days than they could anywhere else.

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Story Time: The Grumpy Easter Bunny

This Story Time picture book unit study has Easter Bunny activities that include language and science lessons, a fun Strawberry-Filled Easter Egg Cookie recipe,, and a paper Easter basket craft

Even Easter Bunnies have bad days!  The Grumpy Easter Bunny,  a sweet story about a grumpy bunny who wants to keep all his Easter treats to himself, is great for having some Easter fun while teaching your littles not to be greedy.

It also offers lots of opportunities for educational fun.  Not making it up, some of the most awesome Easter activites we’ve ever done were inspired by Justine Korman’s adorable picture book.

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12 Months of Literary Activities: Little House on the Prairie

Building a craft stick log cabin with your kids is just one of the fun Little House on the Prairie activities you can do while you read the children's book.

This book. Right, y’all?  The Little House series is a homeschooler’s dream.  There’s no better look at the States’ pioneer days and it’s even better that they’re written for kids.

If you’re stressing about just how to use literature to teach all the things, Little House is the place to start.  It practically hands you lessons on a pewter platter.  So many of the things we teach are included.  History.  Character.  Sociology.  Cooking.

Cooking, my friends.  One of the funnest ways ever to teach math.
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