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Story Time: The Valentine Bears

Story Time: The Valentine Bears - Crafts and activities to go with the picture book

You know I love the Bunting.  And this book… Oh my, I have always loved it.  Because of course bears should get to celebrate Valentine’s Day, too.  They love each other, don’t they?

Well, Mr. and Mrs. Bear do, very much, and this fun book with its beautiful illustrations by Jan Brett (Are you kidding me?  Both of them together?!) is sure to get your littles in the mood for a little V Day action.  The kind that involves glue, glitter, and sugar cookies.  Yeah yeah.

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Unit Studies for Picture Books

The Complete List of Story Time Unit Studies from Lit Mama Homeschool

When I was a children’s librarian, my favorite part of the job each week was Story Time.  I loved putting together activities to help all those littles enjoy books.  I would pick one book and come up with crafts, activities, and snacks to go with it.  It was so. much. fun.

Little did I know I was pretty much making unit studies.  Until I left the workforce to become a homeschooling mama, I didn’t even know what a unit study was.  And it took me a year of blogging to realize I could create Story Times for you, my beautiful readers, to use in your own homeschools, libraries, or classrooms.  In fact, when I started Story Time, it was just supposed to be a series to celebrate October and all the wonderful books available for that time of year.

But I crush too hard on this Story Time stuff.  And I love helping you out.  So I did one or two in November.  Then December.  And a regular thing was born.
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Story Time: Our Apple Tree


Last week during What to Read Wednesday, I told you about my favorite apple picture books and even gave you a cute craft to do.  But my very favorite apple book, Our Apple Tree by Gorel Kristina Naslund, deserves a full-on Story Time, and I can Never Resist a Story Time, and neither should you.

I mean, Come On.

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Is Your Toddler Disrupting Your Homeschool?

Is your toddler disrupting your homeschool? Tips to save the day!

It’s been a long time since I had a toddler.  9 years to be exact.

And don’t think I’m not looking forward to being a grandma.  Because I totally am.

Even though I don’t have to entertain a little bugger while trying to homeschool my boys, I’ve had plenty of people ask me what they should do to keep their toddlers from disrupting their homeschool day.  I’ve put a lot of thought into it.  Because I remember when Littlest was an infant and the family would be gathered on the bed for early-morning-wake-up-family-time, and Martin would start to tickle or wrestle with the older boys.  Littlest, not yet even able to roll over, would jerk his tiny body toward all that other testosterone like he simply Could Not Wait to jump in and be a part of it.

Yeah, I should have realized that was a deep look into his future personality.

I also remember why I sent Middle to public school for the first 3 years.  He thought the coolest thing in the world would be to get on that yellow bus with his big brother and ride off into parts unknown.  I could not deny him that.  He Had to get on the bus.  His life would not have been complete if he hadn’t gotten to try it.  I think the hour-long ride dampened his spirit pretty quickly, but at least he experienced it.

Do you see what I’m getting at?  Little brothers and sisters want to be part of things.  They don’t want to feel different from their siblings.  So if you’re toddler is disrupting your homeschool, stop fighting him.  Give in.  Let him be part of it.
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