Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Littles Learning Link Up: July 26, 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?

All the children are now home from camp and I have been busy lesson planning for our Summer School session, which started yesterday. I have to say, if feels to good to get back into a routine, though the children aren't that thrilled to be having school. The current plan is for Summer School to last 4 weeks and then we will take 2 weeks off before starting our 2016-2017 school session.

We are reviewing one state a day, plus learning one new state. The reason for the review of the states is mainly because I have a new review product called Fifty States Under God For Young Learners by Joy Dean that is giving Hannah the opportunity to do her own state book. I figured the review would be good for the older girls as well. We are also making our way through the history of America, learning about important events, people, and inventions as we finish up My Father's World Adventures. As it stands now, we will have to finish during the first month of our new school year, which means we won't be starting Exploring Countries and Cultures (ECC) until October. Fortunately, we can be flexible in homeschooling, so I have realized this is not the end of the world.

Next week we will start MFW Kindergarten's B:Butterfly unit, even though that unit is not scheduled until later. I just received another review product, a cute book/DVD set called The Story of Chester which is about monarch butterflies. This review is for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine website (as is the 50 States book mentioned above). 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 Heirloom Audio Production's newest release Beric the Briton last week.

Our Summer Session is full of review products, in addition to MFW Adventures, we will be using CTC Math, Talking Fingers: Talking Shapes, Foreign Languages for Kids By Kids, Jolly Literacy's Phonics and Grammar, and Jolly Literacy's Can Do Cubes, Homeschool Scholastics: WAY Comes Home Kit, Apologia Astronomy, Getting Started With French from Armfield Academic Press, and Christian Homeschool Hub's Download Club. These reviews will be posting in August and September. We are also taking turns solving the Statue of Liberty FlipStir puzzle from Enlivenze LCC.

Yep, still keeping quite busy.

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 15 wonderful posts linked up! 
There were no clicks last week, so I will be choosing two randomly selected posts to share with you.

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 1st Randomly Selected Post is:

Imaginative Homeschool shared Curriculum for FREE.

This week's 2nd Randomly Selected Post is:

Lisa from Syncopated Mama shared Fantastic FREE Books You Can Download Right Now.

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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