Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: April 25, 2017


 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning 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 enjoying our stay in India. We have been reading lots of books, as usual, both fiction and nonfiction. We haven't done any projects yet, but we will be doing an art project from ArtAchieve. There isn't one specifically for India in Level 2, but they do have one for Sri Lanka. We have been learning about mountains for our science lessons. And we got to watch The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story for our movie last Friday. The children purchased tickets using their Rupees (we have play money for each country we go to), and they purchased snacks to eat as well, mangoes along with some other goodies.

I do not have a craft to share this week. Co-op is over for the year, so I'm going to have to start getting projects prepared for Harold to go with his lessons.

I shared a more detailed look at 5 of the countries we have been to in last week's 5-Day Blog Hop with the Homeschool Review Crew.  I shared about our trips to Mexico, Canada, Norway, France, and Germany. The Crew shared lots of different topics related to homeschooling.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my review for Color My Conversation from Northern Speech Services. Last week I shared my review for Readers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries. We went from having hardly any review products, to being once again inundated (not complaining, just stating a fact). This week you can look forward to the following reviews:
Daily Bible Jigsaw app from Planet 316 and Drive Thru History: The Gospels. In May I will be sharing about ArtAchieve: Entire Level II, Only Passionate Curiosity's online course called Homeschool Rescue, and Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. Last week I received the Christian Heroes book about David Livingstone from YWAM Publishing. We recently learned a little about him in our studies of Africa, so I thought it would be an appropriate book for Tabitha and I to read. That review will be posting at the very beginning of June. As will Memoria Press: Latina Christiana, which I am using with Tabitha, and K5 Learning.

Some thing I would like to share with you:

Here are some of my past Round Ups with lots of fun crafts and activities that are appropriate for springtime.





(featuring Complementary Color Flower Craft)


It's hard to believe, but Mother's Day is next month! My first Littles Learning Link Up Round Up was the Springy Flowers and Mother's Day Round Up. There are some great ideas for crafts and cards for mom.



I am trying to line up guest posts for 2017. 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 10 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

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:



Thaleia from Something 2 Offer shared Free Anatomy and Human Body Resources.

And here are this week's top clicked on posts.


Mary from Entirely at Home shared 14 Books Your Early Readers Will Want to Read.



Mary from Entirely at Home also shared Let Your Kids Get Dirty With Spring Gardening!.

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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Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- April 25, 2017


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)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

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

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway

MARS Blu-ray US only Ends 4/28

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


Saturday, April 22, 2017

5 Days of International Studies for Young Children: Germany

Learning About Germany

Welcome back to the 5 Days of Homeschool... Blog Hop. In case you haven't heard, this is the week my fellow Homeschool Review Crew Crew Mates and I are taking the time to share different topics related to homeschooling. 


5 Days of Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017
I have been sharing some of the fun things we have been learning about in our studies of Countries and Cultures from around the world. On our last stop I talked about France. Today I will share what we did while we were in Germany.
 

I learned that Germans enjoy their afternoon coffee time, or Kaffeezeit. So, I purchased some little streusel cakes and strudels to serve to the children at our coffee table a few times during our stay in Germany.  




As I mentioned in the previous posts, most of our knowledge about the country came from the books we read:

In the Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Germany, we read only one story, Rapunzel.


With the Colors of Germany, Countries of the World: Germany, and Country Topics: Germany, we read a page or two a day.

I wanted to read a lot of different fairy tales during our stay in Germany, as so many of these beloved tales come from Germany. 


We then were able to watch the movies. We watched the Disney versions of:

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
Cinderella (live action version)
Tangled

We didn't watch the Princess and the Frog, seeing as it is set in the United States and doesn't really follow the original story. 

In my post on Norway, I mentioned our use of ArtAchieve, and how it is working so nicely with these studies on countries and cultures. There is a art project for Germany as well, The Nutcracker.






No, these are not complete. I didn't share the completed projects for the Swedish Dala Horse either. I thought I should keep the completed project pictures for the review that will be posting at the beginning of May.

Another fun craft we did was Framed Pressed Flowers. We learned, in the Global Art book, that "Germany has a long history of creating beautiful artwork with flowers." We decided to use the flowers from the baby shower we threw for our newest granddaughter. I figured it would be a lovely way to preserve the memories.











We didn't really do a End of Visit feast for Germany, though I vaguely remember making a recipe from my Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook called Saus and Cabb Skillet. The children also remember making Potato Cakes to go with the Saus and Cabb Skillet, however, I'm not finding any pictures, which is really weird as I always take pictures of my meals. I guess if I find them, I will update the post.

As with our stay in other countries, we learned some of the language. During calendar time we said the days of the week and counted in German. We learned some common phrases and the colors. 

We sang/listened to the following song with our WeeSing Around the World CD:

Alle Meine Entchen (All My Little Ducklings)

And that was what we did when we were "visiting" Germany.
I did want to mention that for all of the different countries we have learned about, we have had geography lessons. We look at the big world map, our little placemat-sized world map, and the globe, to find the countries on the map, plus the bordering countries and bodies of water. We also learn facts about all these countries using the following books:

Classroom Atlas
Children's Atlas of God's World
A Trip Around the World
and
Another Trip Around the World
I hope you have enjoyed this little look into our studies of different countries and cultures.
I am going to try very hard to post about each country we have yet to visit as a "Week in Review" post, though they will be posted every other week, as we are in each country for two weeks.
I am linking up as a part of this Blog Hop.
Don't miss the other wonderful posts!

Friday, April 21, 2017

5 Days of International Studies for Young Children: France

Learning About France

Welcome back to the 5 Days of Homeschool... Blog Hop. In case you haven't heard, this is the week my fellow Homeschool Review Crew Crew Mates and I are taking the time to share different topics related to homeschooling. 


5 Days of Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017
I have been sharing some of the fun things we have been learning about in our studies of Countries and Cultures from around the world. On our last stop I talked about Norway. Today I will share what we did while we were in France.
 

I knew what I wanted to give the children for a snack when we were in France. Croissants. The snack consisted of half a croissant with cheese and half a croissant with melted chocolate chips, plus some fruit. 



Again, most of our knowledge about France came from the books we read:


Our art project centered on the impressionist style of art. These are the books we read:


And then the children tried their hand at painting in the impressionist style.









For our End of Visit Feast we had a breakfast-for-dinner type meal. We made crepes and a crustless quiche plus had a fruit platter.

I found the recipe for the crepes at Taste of Home: Chocolate-Hazelnut Banana Crepes.












And I found a Trim Healthy Mama friendly recipe for Crustless Quiche over at Mrs. Criddle's Kitchen.



They sort of helped with the quiche, but daddy had to work that night, so I was in a rush and didn't get pictures taken.




As with our stay in other countries, we learned some of the language. During calendar time we said the days of the week and counted in French. We learned some common phrases and the colors. 

We watched three movies that are set in France:

Madeline (live action movie)
Ratatouille 
Beauty and the Beast

We sang the following songs with our WeeSing Around the World CD:

Wee Falorie Man
Coulter's Candy
Lavender's Blue
All the Ducklings
Frere Jacques

And that was what we did when we were "visiting" France.
Stay tuned for a look at our trip to Germany, coming up tonight.
I am linking up as a part of this Blog Hop.
Don't miss the other wonderful posts!
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