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It’s a new year, time for this week’s menu plan!
Tuesday- Chicken & Dumplings
Thursday- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Friday- BBQ Pulled Pork
What is on your plate for the week?
The school year is winding down for everyone, including us. We are excited about a break, how about you?! Summertime can lead to a lull in learning – here are awesome resources to stave off summer brain drain!
Mini Frank Lloyd Wrights of the world unite! This interactive, 3-part series provides the early fundamentals of structures, home design, and even zoo design! The sky is the limit, and this series provides a strong foundation, putting the FUN in fundamentals with a truly engaging program. Summer is a perfect time to give this comprehensive online course a try – you’ll be grabbing marshmallows for camping, anyway. Why not do s’mores after you complete a project?
Every season is a great time to teach your little ones, but the summertime is a special opportunity to learn about cleaning! Kids often have a little more time on their hands – and do a little more outdoor activity that brings in the dirt! Zone Cleaning comes with a DVD that explains cleaning step-by-step by room using visuals and includes a dry erase flipbook with checkboxes for each task to be completed. Kids learn from professionals and get a sense of accomplishment when they cross off their tasks.
Best of all, it teaches a more thorough approach to clean each zone, so the area doesn’t need extra attention afterward! Time well spent – and time saved for years to come!
Check out this blogger review for more insights: Zone Cleaning is What Every Mom Needs! Right now it’s 20% off. Stock up for summer!
These are the coolest! Remember geometric blocks from your own early school days? I used to have Haba brand and they’re no longer being made. But fear not! The Tegu blocks take the concept and run with it. These handcrafted geometric blocks have a beautiful color palette and more importantly – magnets! The possibilities are endless with hands-on play-learning about magnetic fields and chemistry while creating something unique. It comes with a handy carry pouch, too – perfect for road trips and easy-to-pack-up activities when you reach your destination.
Summer star gazing has always been a favorite activity. With clear skies and warmer nights, kids can simply look up and discover the universe! This reusable wall decal set brings it all back to learning (and hands-on fun) – in turn making the sky a boundless source of wonder and education. I love that these are made of non-toxic, reusable fabric that can be easily cleaned. A discussion about constellations during the day leads to discovery in the evening and vice versa, creating a fun, virtuous cycle of activity and learning. The solar system mini-set is perfect for summer trips, and you can expand the knowledge at home with the larger set.
Both are on sale at Educents now.
Summer time often means time on the road visiting relatives. I love the idea of incorporating learning about the states with all of this travel! This mini-set of non-toxic, BPA-free decals of the United States is a great way to avoid brain drain and boredom with relevant learning. And since it’s small, you can pack it up during a road trip and prepare for a 4th of July Quiz! How about a timely treat for those who can name all the states? The beauty of this set is that it’s great for many aged learners.
The set can also be used as a tool to keep track of the states you and your little ones have visited so far, and learn about what’s to come with visual and hands-on activities.
Time to face the music – but in a good way! SUMMER is coming and kids tend to want to flex their creative muscles a bit more than the rest of the year. This quarter-sized guitar is a great fit to kick-off a lifelong love of music.
Designed to keep kids engaged and learning, the comprehensive set includes software with 60 guitar sessions that use videos, songs, and specialized interactive music games. Maybe my favorite part is that you don’t need to know guitar for your learner become a rock star – instead, animated Gary the Guitar will lead the way, and guitarist and instructor (with a Ph.D.!) demonstrates the skills your little one will learn. Music to my ears.
The set is on sale now at Educents for $79.95 down from $119.95.
Stave off summer brain drain with worksheets! This tried-and-true method is more creative with the Evan Moor set. There are tons of worksheets to choose from, with age-appropriate challenges in subjects ranging from math to creative writing. How about a summertime creative writing challenge? Or working up to a sought after summer toy with math sheets? These are great for road-schooling during trips and making sure that your little ones are building on learnings from previous months. I really like the “How to Write a Story” for grades 1-3. Step-by-step guidance and writing prompts like “retell a fairytale” make learning doable and inspired.
Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th! Want to celebrate in your homeschool or classroom? Check out these easy & creative ideas to get in the spirit! Pirate Treasure Hunt – This is a great activity for pirate fun at home over the weekend! Make your own map, hide pirate treasure, and watch your little ones follow directions to search for the Pirates’ Gold! Island Adventures Reading Program – Join Pete Pirate and his crew with instruction and practice in advanced phonics skills, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension! 75 lessons teach fundamental reading skills for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Recommended ages 6 to 9. Treasure Map Pizza – Decorate your homemade pizza with olives, peppers, and a tiny red pepper for the pirate ship! Meet the McKaws – This is such a fun pirate-themed book for Kindergarteners! Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything. Pirates’ Treasure & Crafts
Pirate Math and Literacy Activities – The pirate literacy activities include wall words, syllable sort, picture bingo, and more! The pirate math activities include four math activities that would deb a great addition to any pirate-themed unit. Pirate Crafts and Treasure Chest – Make a pirate hat, homemade pirate hook, spyglass, treasure chest, gold coins and more! Paper Plate Pirate Craft – Use household items to craft a happy pirate face! This is an easy activity for kids and parents to complete together at home. Exploding Treasure Chests Pirate Science – Dive into some pirate science with Exploding Treasure Chests!! It’s a great sensory experience as the solid, freezing cold chests turn to mush and expose treasures hidden within. Pirate Theme Classroom Mega Bundle – Want to set your classroom in a pirate theme? This package includes pirate-themed word wall cards, calendars, customizable name tags, classroom jobs poster, time telling posters set, and more!
Are you ready for some back-to-school fun? Well, look no further! Check out these science experiments, science freebies, and science books that will make back-to-school fun for everyone.
Perfect for beginners, this Violin Starter Set contains everything your child needs to play the violin. What’s more, it includes a great teacher, the award-winning eMedia My Violin interactive Win/Mac CD-ROM. Available in three sizes so kids as young as 5 can learn to play! Here’s what Kole, age 11, has to say about the Violin Starter Set for Kids. Kole has a point – what is the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Do you know?? Leave your answer in the comments!! Here are more ideas on how you can incorporate music to your lessons:
- Easy ways to add music to your lessons
- How to teach economics to elementary kids with music
- Adding musical instruments to your lessons
- 9 ways to bring music into your homeschool
- 5 ways to “teach” music to your preschooler
Big thanks to Kole for his wonderful review of the Violin Starter Set!!
I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news! Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN!
If you haven’t heard of Educents, you are really missing out! We’ve all seen the Daily Deals websites, where you can find great deals on often high-priced products for a limited time. Well, that’s what Educents is, but it’s a site for homeschoolers and educators! Everyone loves a great deal, and you’re gonna love this for sure! If you are new to Educents, you can sign up and receive a $10 toward your purchase! There are so many great deals, that you could easily pay less than $5 for a great product for your homeschool. This promotion is for new members only. Be sure to pass it along to your friends!
Little Passports has a wonderful new program for preschoolers, called Early Explorers. Children ages 3 to 5 can experience the joy of learning about new cultures.
Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler’s Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:
- An activity book introducing new characters Max, Mia, and their dog Toby.
- A wall-sized world map
- Stickers and a wall decal
- A luggage tag
After the first month, a monthly World Theme Kit arrives, which contains:
- An activity booklet
- Flashlight Adventures
- Stickers and wall decals
Early Explorers makes a unique holiday gift for children ages 3 to 5. Learn more about Early Explorers from Little Passports. We love our Little Passports, so if you have a preschooler, be sure to check the new kit out!