Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Littles Learning Link Up: July 19, 2016

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (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?

We have been having a relaxing summer. Hannah went to camp last week for a few days. The camp has what they call "Mini Camp" where a new camper can go for just 2 nights if they aren't ready to be away for the whole week. She had a marvelous time. Tabitha and Amelia are away at Friendship Camp this week. While they had a little rain to deal with yesterday, the remainder of the week looks to be hot and sunny (good for camp, not so good for everything else around here as we have had no decent rain).

I am gearing up to start our "Summer School" next week, which will last 3-4 weeks, depending upon what we get accomplished. We are still behind in our My Father's World Adventures, so I am planning to zing through at least the history portion to get us ready to start the next level in September: ECC or Exploring Countries and Cultures. We will also be doing MFW Kindergarten's B:Butterfly unit, even though that unit is not scheduled until later. The reason for this is because we are going to get to review a cute book/DVD set called The Story of Chester which is about monarch butterflies. This review is for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine website. I have done several reviews that have been slated to post there. Speaking of reviews, let's take a look at the other reviews I have coming up, because there are some products that have been keeping us at least a little bit busy this summer.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

I posted the review for Laurelwood Books a week and a half ago. Last week the reviews for ArtAchieve and ABeCeDarian went live.  This week I will be posting the review for Heirloom Audio Production's newest release Beric the Briton.

We have been keeping our math skills sharp with CTC Math, that review will post the first week of August. Other reviews that will be posting in August are: Talking Fingers: Talking Shapes, Foreign Languages for Kids By Kids, Enlivenze LCC: FlipStir Puzzle, Jolly Literacy's Phonics and Grammar, and Jolly Literacy's Can Do Cubes, and Homeschool Scholastics: WAY Comes Home Kit. The Apologia Astronomy review will post in September. Some of these products we are just receiving and will be fully starting in on next week as a part of our summer school.

Yes, we are keeping busy this summer, even though we are not having what we call "school days" where we have Bible time, and Story Time and Calendar time. That will start again next week.

A few somethings I would like to share with you:

It is officially summer, so I would like to invite you to check out a few of my summery round ups.

If you are looking for fun ideas to keep your kids busy this summer, you might want to peruse my Summer of Fun Round Up.

Of course, summer is a time to think about the beach, so I also have a round up for ideas for having fun at the beach, or having beach fun at home. It's the Beach Fun Round Up.

Last week I posted my newest round up: Camping Fun, for anyone looking for kid-friendly ideas for camping. It also includes some fun ways to pretend to go camping at home. 

And finally, don't miss last month's Guest Post: Early Elementary Lighthouse Unit Study.

I am lining up my guest posts for the new year. 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.

Don't miss my review and giveaway for this lovely children's book:

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 20 wonderful posts linked up! 
I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on posts

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:

Ayelet from Strength in Words shared DIY "Lift-the-Flap for Language" Book.

Now for this week's top clicked-on posts. There are 4 this week:

Michelle from Homeschool-Your-Boys.com shared Stealth Summer Learning.

Lauren from Heart of Deborah shared Importance of Self-Talk in Kids

Anuradha from Creative of Rainy shared Windmill A Science Model.

Anuradha from Creative of Rainy also shared Froggy.

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.


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