Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: November 21, 2017

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my 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?

Last week was the final co-op meeting for the fall session. We won't be going back until the first week of January. I admit, it will be nice to have a little less stress and more time to work on our lessons on Wednesday. But, we will miss it. 

Even though it was our Harvest Dinner I did do a craft with the kids. However, it was one we have done, and I have posted about before. I like having the children make the Thankfulness Turkey Placemats. The biggest difference this year was that we used the Thin Stix to color the turkeys. 

In our homeschool last week we continued our reading of Genesis during our Bible time. We have made it up to the story of Joseph, so we watched Joseph: King of Dreams. I have never seen that movie before, and I have to say, for a Dreamworks movie, they did a pretty good job sticking to the biblical story. We also enjoyed all the songs. Speaking of songs, I also have Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat out of the library. We will be watching that soon. 

We are still learning about Ancient Egypt and light. This week we are taking off from school as it is another break week. I always make sure we have a week off for Thanksgiving. Tabitha is still working on her NaNoWriMo story though. Amelia has sort of given up as she doesn't know where she wants her story to go. I can't complain too much, though we do keep trying to encourage her to continue. However, I can't really say much as I gave up on my story last year because I wasn't sure where to go with my character. 

We have also been learning about Christmas in different countries, using a curriculum called Christmas Around the World from Awefilled Homemaker.

We have been reading a page-worth of information about each country and then the children fill out a short worksheet and complete a coloring/drawing page. 

I will be sharing my review soon, plus giving you a chance to enter to win your own copy. 

Let's take a look at that review schedule real quick:

A few weeks ago I shared my review of The Magic Stories, published by the same people who developed The Reading Game which I reviewed a few years ago. And two weeks ago I shared my final Crew review of the year, the one for The Pencil Grip's Thin Stix Creativity Pack. I can't believe our Crew year is over. However, that doesn't mean we are done with reviews. As mentioned above, we have been using the Christmas Around the World curriculum, which I will post more about this week. I also just finished a review for a book called, ¡HOLA! Let's Learn Spanish! which will be posting on The Old Schoolhouse website. I will also be receiving Bonjour! Let's Learn French soon. It does feel good not to have a whole bunch of review products as we are going into the holidays. 

Moving on to this week's craft:

As I mentioned, we made Thankfulness Turkey Placemats again this year. The past two years we made some similar. In 2015 we made Thankful Turkey Placemats and in 2016 we made what I called Improved Thankfulness Turkey Placemats.


This year's placemats were very similar to last years, except we used the Thin Stix Creativity Pack to paint the turkey hands. 

I invite you to check out my previous posts for the complete instructions for making these placemats.

A couple of things I would like to share with you:

Thanksgiving is this week! How is that possible? If you are looking for some fun craft and/or learning activity ideas, I invite you to check out my Thanksgiving Round Up.

And last week I shared my newest round up, the Scarecrow Fun Round Up

Don't miss my giveaway for a Thin Stix Creativity Pack, featuring all of the wonderful colors available (Classic, Neon, and Metalix). We LOVE these Solid Tempera Paint Sticks.

Giveaway is open to US citizens.
Ends November 22, 2017

I also have a giveaway for the Magic Stories readers that we reviewed earlier this month. You can win the set of 6 PDF downloadable stories which are appropriate for children in approximately second to third grade. 

Giveaway is open to US citizens.
Ends December 21, 2017

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 9 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:

Gale from Imaginative Homeschool shared Story of the World Ancient Times - Chap 11 - Africa.

And here is this week's top clicked on post.

Katelynne from The Disguised Supermom shared Learn About Thanksgiving Using Living Literature.

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.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.


  1. Thanks so much for featuring my post again. :-)

    Looks like your kiddos had fun with those turkeys!


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