Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Littles Learning Link Up: September 27, 2016

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (usually toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

Well, we have been busy trying to finish My Father's World Adventures. We received our curriculum for the rest of this school year last week. We are so excited to start ECC (Exploring Countries and Cultures) from My Father's World. In fact, I will be sharing our fun Box Day pictures in this week's Wordless Wednesday post (which goes live tonight)! Of course, in order to start that, we need to finish Adventures. Last week didn't go quite as planned, as Thursday and Friday became unexpected field trip days. So we are squeezing in the remainder of Adv this week. Then we will take a week off. 

We have almost finished learning about all the states. Last week we learned about Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Oklahoma. And we started talking about some of the important inventions that were invented here in America.

We read these fun books:

We learned about McCormick's Reaper, The Sewing Machine, the Telephone, and Thomas Edison's inventions. 

We also learned that Jesus is The Word. 

In Kindergarten, we moved on to P: Penguins. Here are the books the children chose from our huge selection. I take out lots of books on our topics, but there is no way to get through all of them. One thing I have been doing lately is, I choose the books for our Adventures lessons, and the leader of the day chooses a Kindergarten book.

Now, I mentioned we took a couple of days off for unexpected field trips. I received an email from the leader of our homeschool co-op with information for a fun day at a nearby state park. We got to learn to tag Monarch butterflies. Even though we have learned so much about monarchs, I learned quite a bit at this event. Here is a little sneak peek:

You can see more pictures of our fun adventure on my Field Trip Friday post

Then I was made aware that a nearby town was hosting a Civil War Reenactment this year. Friday was the "school day" where local schools gathered and went from station to station learning about the civil war. This was perfect, seeing as we finished our unit on the civil war during the first week of school. I haven't had a chance to post about about that trip yet, so here are a few pictures. More pictures will be shared on this week's Field Trip Friday post.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

I did want to quickly remind you what reviews are coming up here on Tots and Me...Growing Up Together. My last review for September is Heirloom Audio Production's newest release, The Cat of Bubastes. I will be posting that in a couple of days. Let's just say, it didn't disappoint.

In October I will be sharing my reviews of several of Carole P. Roman's If you Were Me and Lived in. . . books, Everyday Education's Working It Out: Growing Spiritually With the Poetry of George Herbert, Middlebury Interactive Languages, and CrossTimber.

Believe it or not, our Homeschool Review Crew year is getting close to an end. We just learned about our newest review product today. Then we take a break for the holidays. I know I am hoping to be on the Crew again next year.

A few somethings I would like to share with you:

Well, it is officially Autumn, so I wanted to make sure to remind you of some of the fun fall round ups I have posted in the past.

First, there was the Apple Fun Round Up.

And then there was the Pumpkin Fun Round Up.

And this month, I shared the Fall Leaves All Around Round Up.

And finally, don't miss this month's Guest Post: Teaching U.S. Geography Through Picture Books.

I am still lining up guest posts. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 22 wonderful posts linked up! 
I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.

Please don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's Randomly Selected Post is:

Nancy from Mimi and the Grands shared Books About Autumn: Lesson Plans for Ages 3-7.

Now for this week's top clicked-on post:

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- September 27, 2016

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

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3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

My Favorite pets By Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class Children's Book {Review and Giveaway}

We had the opportunity to review this hilarious children's book called My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class. This book was written by National Book Award winner Jeanne Birdsall and illustrated by New Yorker Cartoonist Harry Bliss.

About the book:

The text of this book is the report that Gus has written for his teacher, Ms. Smolinski. He was supposed to write about his favorite pet. His family has seventeen sheep, so he chose them to star in his report. On each page, Gus is sharing little details about the sheep, some of which are hilarious by themselves, while other details become much more humorous when paired with the illustrations on the page. For instance, we learn that, " A boy sheep is a ram. He has horns."

And then on the next page it states, "The horns do not come off." Which is quite true of course. Then we add the picture:

Throughout the book, Gus is getting himself in trouble while learning things sheep do and do not like, what they can and can not do. These poor sheep and Gus's brother are at the mercy of the curiosity of a young boy who tends to take things too far and not really think through what he is doing.

What did we think of it?:

First of all, I LOVE that it is written as Gus's assignment and that we get to see the notebook lines on each page. Occasionally, the text also includes talk bubbles of what his parents are saying to him. It is a hilarious book with wonderful illustrations that really "make" the story.

I also thought it was very creative that the title page, which is like the cover of the report, is also found at the conclusion of the story, with the grade he received plus a note from the teacher.

What do the kids have to say?

Tabitha: I think it is cute and funny and a good lesson not to have sheep for pets, unless you're a farmer or very good with sheep.

Amelia: It is weird. 

Hannah: I think it was silly. I think the silliest part was that the horns don't come of boy sheep.

Harold: My favorite part was a silly part. The part when he put the scarf on the sheep. 

About the author and illustrator:

JEANNE BIRDSALL is the author of the New York Times bestselling Penderwicks series. She resides in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and an assortment of animals, including a dog named Cagney. You can find out more about Jeanne, her books, and her animal friends at JeanneBirdsall.com.

HARRY BLISS is a cartoonist for the New Yorker. His self-titled daily cartoon, Bliss, is syndicated internationally. Harry also illustrates books for children. They include A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig; Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee; Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, as well as Bailey and Luke on the Loose, both written and illustrated by Harry. Harry lives in Vermont. Learn more about him at HarryBliss.com.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books (RandomHouseKids.com).  The book retails at $16.99. Release date: July 5th, 2016. The book is suitable for young children, 3-8 years of age.

Giveaway Time!

Great news! I have been given the opportunity to offer a giveaway for one person to win their own copy of My Favorite Pets by Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class.

All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter form below. 
There are only 2 simple mandatory entries, with the remainder of the entries being optional. 
Remember, you do not have to do the extra entries, but they will increase your odds of winning. 

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over. 
The giveaway runs September 26 through October 9th.

Thanks for stopping by, and good luck!

 By entering the giveaway, you understand and agree that your contact information will be shared with the sponsor.

Disclosure: I received a hardcover copy of  My Favorite Pets by Gus W. For Ms. Smolinski's Class in exchange for my honest review. No further compensation was given. This did not in any way influence my review. I only recommend products I use personally and feel will be a good products for my readers.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Field Trip Friday: Questing For Marvelous Migrating Monarchs

Well, we finished our butterfly unit several weeks ago, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to attend this fun homeschool event. Not only did we learn more about Monarch butterflies than we had learned in our My Father's World curriculum, we also learned how to tag the butterflies. And Tabitha was thrilled to be the one in her group to actually catch a butterfly. They worked together to tag it, then she got to release it.

First some pictures of the nature center.

Crawling through the bear cave.

Learning to catch and tag a butterfly.  They practiced on plastic butterflies.

Heading outside. Harold was the first one to spot a caterpillar.

Then we spotted a chrysalis. This is the first time I have seen one out in nature.

Tabitha caught a butterfly!

Gently removing it from the net.

Writing down the identification info from the tag sticker.

Deciding whether it is male or female.

Tagged and ready to go.

Another group caught a butterfly and gave Harold a chance to hold it.

Then we found some milkweed pod.

We ended our trip with a visit to the Arch Tree.

Linking up to:

Chestnut Grove Academy Field Trip Friday Blog Hop

Also realized this went well with The Daily Post's Photo Challenge for Quest.
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