Children are naturally drawn to picture books.  Some enjoy simply looking at photographs or artwork, while others are more interested in cuddling and reading about the pictures.  Almost all kids enjoy picture books that revolve around concrete objects in their own life; family, community, and day to day life. There are several options for creating...

As many of you know, I am very passionate about incorporating children’s storybook into learning activities. If you take that same love and passion for books and tie it in with my daughter’s love of animals and my son’s love of space then you will have a perfect fit worthy of a Cinderella glass slipper moment. When we were at the library recently we stumbled...

Is your child or student struggling with or need some reinforcement for learning the math skill of place values? Then let me introduce you to my FREE Place Value Practice Card Set! This hands-on card set will help your child learn their place values from the ones to the hundred thousands place values. This interactive card set can be used once or over-and-over as...

I am proud to present this wonderful learning pack that has been created exclusively for the E.H.M. Member’s Only Website by This Sweet Life. Today we have teamed up to bring your learning to life using woodland animals. This learning pack is designed to teach your child or students in grades 2nd through 4th.  Included in this E.H.M. Member’s Only educational...

Have you ever been working with your children or students and they have had to put down the workbooks or notebooks? Then, they all go to get their materials and grab each other’s instead? We do a lot of outside learning on our rural property and there are more times than I can count that I would have to break up the arguments over this is mine, no its mine, and...

Did you know that the US Census Bureau estimates that the 2013 population for the midwest State of Kansas was approximately 2.9 million people? With a land mass of 81,759 square miles that means that the state has roughly 35 people per square mile.  Would you have guessed that the windiest city in the United States is Chicago or Dodge City, Kansas? Well, even...

Are you a Wiggle fan, or have one in your family? Then why not settle in for some early Christmas fun with the latest Wiggles DVD from NCircle Entertainment titled The Wiggles Go Santa Go! This DVD is so new it is being released on October 28, 2014!  Before I get much further into this review, giveaway, and craft, I would like to say that I was given a free...

We all love to read storybooks to our children, but there comes a point where they expand their knowledge and skills and branch out into their own reading. This starts with smaller books and grows into Chapter Books. When my children first got into chapter books, they sometimes had a few issues with not thinking they read enough or that the book was just too long...

No matter how old my kids get they just cannot read or listen to I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson without chuckling and laughing as the story progresses, especially around Thanksgiving. This year I wanted to create a fun hands-on learning tool to bring our lessons to life that was inspired by this storybook.  If you are not familiar with...

Welcome back to another edition of the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We are so happy to see you here! Just in case you missed the blog hop last week make sure to check out the 195+ posts that were shared with all of us last week. The Thoughtful Spot is a place to gather every week to share your family friendly posts, crafts, educational ideas, recipes, and...

Hello and welcome back to my meal planning for the 26th installment of my monthly meal planners. This installment covers the entire month of November 2014, including Thanksgiving!  This FREE monthly budgeted meal planner covers the whole month at once. With fall here, this meal planner includes more oven and crock pot recipes for variety, flavor, and time savings....

Any Disney fan will know that the theme parks are always divided up into groupings of rides and attractions based on a common thread. Some of the best roller coasters in Disneyland can be found in Tomorrowland. To top it up some rides at Disneyland and a variety of attractions too, are getting their own stories told in feature motion pictures.  On the horizon...

We all own a vacuum and run it in our households once or more a week. Many of us however, myself included, take for granted flipping that switch to do our daily or weekly household chores. For our son this simple act of running our vacuum would have neighbors running to the door if we didn’t live out in the country without any neighbors close by. When we vacuum...

Howdy, pardner! When you think of the Wild West, what comes to mind? Cowboys? Cowgirls? Stagecoaches? Indians? Bandits? I’m sure we can all come up with great images in our minds, and I know I have always enjoyed reading about things that happened in the Old West. Our theme for this month of Poppins Book Nook was the Wild West and our contributors sure had a...

It is truly amazing how time flies and how quickly children grow. It seems like just yesterday that our family was entering into the unknown world of homeschooling with our 3 ½ year old son. Fast forward to this school year and I now have a 5th and a 3rd grader. While we will still continue to do group work together each school day such as our History Rocks lesson...

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