Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Littles Learning Link Up: Come and Catch 'Em Gingerbread Man Round Up


Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. 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 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.

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.

It's time for this month's Round Up

Did you know it is National Gingerbread Man Day on November 21st? I didn't until recently. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of gingerbread, but I do enjoy gingerbread man crafts and such. So, whether you would like to celebrate National Gingerbread Man Day this year, or get ready for the holiday season with fun gingerbread man crafts and activities, I hope you will keep reading to see what you can find. 



Come and Catch 'Em
Gingerbread Man Round Up

Gingerbread Man Crafts

Microwave Puffy Paint Gingerbread Men from Still Playing School
Gingerbread Paper Plate Craft from Natural Beach Living


Construction Paper Gingerbread Man Mosaic from The Pinterested Parent


Gingerbread Men Crafts from The Pinterested Parent
Gingerbread Man Paper Doll Decorations from Creative Family Fun


How to Make a No-Mess Gingerbread Ornament from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Gingerbread Pirates Craft from Adventures in Mommydom




Gingerbread Man Activities

Gingerbread Play Dough Invitation Fantastic Fun and Learning


Counting with Gingerbread Men from Powerful Mothering
Gingerbread Man Shape Matching Busy Bag from Powerful Mothering






Gingerbread Man Printables

Free Printable Gingerbread Man Puppet from Simple Everyday Mom
Gingerbread Pirates Worksheets from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Free Gingerbread Rhyming Puzzles from 123 Homeschool 4 Me


Gingerbread Subtraction Mats from A Dab of Glue Will Do
Initial Sound Gingerbread Puzzles from A Dab of Glue Will Do
My Yummy Gingerbread Man Book from A Dab of Glue Will Do


Gingerbread Recipes

Best Gingerbread Cookies Recipe from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Yummy ABC Gingerbread Man Cookies from Growing Book by Book


Oreo Gingerbread Men Cookies from In the Kids Kitchen


Gingerbread Whoopie Pies from Baking Beauty
Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf from Baking Beauty
Homemade Gingerbread Cupcakes from Baking Beauty


Gingerbread Lessons, Units, Books, and More



Gingerbread Play Date from Crafty Moms Share


Gingerbread Man Lesson for Preschool from Adventures in Mommydom
12 Gingerbread Books for Little Learners from A Dab of Glue Will Do


Do you have fun Gingerbread Man ideas? Feel free to link them up below.
Next month I will be sharing a round up of Gingerbread HOUSE ideas!

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 5 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post and 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:


Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach shared Dice, Decks, and Boards: Raccoon Rumpus

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


Dachelle from Hide the Chocolate shared Kid's Kitchen: Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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 my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, 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, if applicable. 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 Sunday 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.


I am sharing over at:

Homeschool Review Crew Weekly Link Up




Monday, November 12, 2018

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- November 13, 2018


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!

Featured Giveaways 



Featured Reviews





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

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


Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun Fiction Friday - November 9, 2018

Fun Fiction Friday
November 9, 2018

Welcome back to Fun Fiction Friday.

There is where I share the books the older girls and I are reading, and a short review of a Young Adult or Juvenile book I have finished, if applicable. I will also ask the girls to tell me something they would like to share about at least one of the books they are currently reading, also if applicable.

I have several series waiting to be read, but they have been put on hold so I can reread the Keeper of the Lost Cities series again. The last time I posted I shared that my husband bought me the boxed set of the first five books!!! So, I have finally gotten a chance to move along in the series again. This week I finished both Everblaze and Neverseen (that book we've been waiting for months to get out of the library).



Anyway, I have written reviews for the first two books (Keeper of the Lost Cities review and Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile review), and now I finally get to share my long-promised review of Everblaze, plus the review of Neverseen. First,just a reminder of what the girls are reading. It actually hasn't changed.

Obviously, Tabitha and I have been focusing on The Keeper of the Lost Cities. She is up to the second book, Exile, and I just started Lodestar.

Amelia is still reading Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. She hasn't been able to read as much as she has wanted to as she has been getting headaches while she reads. Don't worry though, we have an eye doctor appointment scheduled.


As for family read-alouds, we are still trying to make our way through the Percy Jackson book: The Titan's Curse. We are also reading The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare during our school reading time, along with our main reader, Augustus Caesar's World.

Moving on to those reviews:


Review of The Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze.

In this third book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie continues to try to find her place in the elven world. She feels at home now with her guardians, Edaline and Grady, though she still struggles to know whether she can or should call them mom and dad. She has her friends as well, friends who she had struggles with in the first two books, but who are now starting to become strong supports for her. Which is very important in this book, because she is now facing harsh criticism and hurtful whispers from fellow classmates and other citizens of the elven world. Now that the problems she was having with her abilities which she started to notice while in Exile have been fixed, she has been asked to perform a very controversial healing, a healing that ends up having tragic consequences. These are consequences she isn't really responsible for, yet she feels she is, especially when everyone except her friends seems to be against her. 

In this book we begin to learn more about the Black Swan, the rebels who created Sophie, who were once considered evil, but we have since discovered they are fighting against the real villains, the Neverseen. Slowly secrets are being brought to light, while at the same time we realize the situation is a lot more complex and dangerous than it has seemed before.

One other thing I wanted to mention is that this is the first book in the series that ends in a cliffhanger. 

The author does a wonderful job of growing the characters and their relationships. She slowly lets the reader learn just enough to entice us to want to continue reading. Plus she does a great job making the reader become emotionally attached to the characters, especially Sophie.


Review of The Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen

(If you are only just reading Everblaze, you probably don't want to read this review, as I do mention some things that happen in Everblaze.)

In this fourth book of the series, Sophie and her friends have run off to join the Black Swan. In one way or another they figured they were in trouble anyway, and seeing as Sophie had to leave because of events in Everblaze, her friends joined her. 

Joining the Black Swan wasn't all they were hoping it would be. They did welcome them and want them to be there, but they also required the children to be training and getting ready for different missions. Of course, the kids would prefer to be seeing more action and less sitting around. They want to be more impulsive, where the leaders, known as the Collective, expect them to be careful and well prepared. 

Some secrets are revealed, though some remain a mystery, while new mysteries are added. They have to figure out how to stop a plague that is threatening the gnomes. They end up going to another school and learning new skills while working on unraveling these mysteries. Secrets that have been hidden for thousands of years are revealed. And we learn of betrayals and surprise allies. 

Neverseen is action packed and continues to develop the characters and the world of the "Lost Cities." This book again ends with a cliffhanger. One that is even more devastating for Sophie than learning she had to leave her family and go into hiding with the Black Swan. 

I had a hard time putting down both of these books. The author sure does a great job of getting me to turn those pages!

Littles Learning Link Up: Pumpkin Lessons for Preschoolers


I am so sorry Littles Learning Link Up is late this week. I am trying to play catch up here on the blog as I was dealing with annoying issues this week (no electricity Monday afternoon, no internet Monday night into Tuesday, my being sick Tuesday night into Wednesday morning). I didn't want to miss a week again though.

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?

Here at home we have been continuing our studies on Ancient Rome. We have gotten up to the time of the birth of Jesus. I really have enjoyed seeing what is going on in other parts of the world during this time, and how the Roman Empire and all its advances had made circumstances "ripe" for the birth of Jesus. We are still reading Augustus Caesar's World, which has been so intriguing for me, though I do think quite a bit is going over the children's  heads (especially Harold and Hannah). We are also still trying to get through The Bronze Bow, which is a story that takes place when Jesus is already a man. 

We have continued learning about the different senses and the parts of the body that help with those senses. So far we have talked about hearing, smelling, taste, and touch. 

Let's move on to today's preschool lesson. 

Pumpkin Lessons


I am now teaching a Pre-K class at our homeschool co-op which consists of 3-5 year old children. I have them for 2 hours, which means I teach them the first hour, have a break when they go and have snack and gym with the K-3rd graders, then have them for a second hour. Having this class last week was actually a surprise, as we weren't supposed to start this until January when we come back from break. So, I threw this lesson together on the spur of the moment. 

We started our day by gathering in the corner of the room to sing songs. I plan to start every day with "Good Morning to You" the way I used to when I worked at the Montessori. 

Here is how the song goes:

Good Morning to You

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you.
Here we are in our places, 
with bright shining faces.
Good morning to you,
Good morning to you.

Then we talked a little bit about fall, leaves, and pumpkins to segue into fall songs. I found some Pumpkin Songs at the DLTK website. I used to use this website quite a lot when Tabitha and Amelia were younger. 

I wanted to focus on pumpkins without focusing on Halloween and jack o' lanterns. So, these are the songs we sang:

I'm a Little Pumpkin (sung to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot)

I'm a little pumpkin orange and round.
Here is my stem, I grew in the ground.
When I get all cut up, don't you shout!
Just open me up and scoop me out!

Have You Ever Seen a Pumpkin (sung to the tune of Have You Ever Seen a Lassie)

Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
A round one, a tall one, a fat one, a small one.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?

Then Tabitha and I came up with words for a couple of Fall Leaf songs. I have sung similar songs in the past, but these are the words we came up with.

Leaves are Falling (sung to the tune of Running Over)

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling.
Trees are bright and leaves are falling.
Leaf piles we'll make, we will rake and rake.
When trees are bright and leaves are falling.

Autumn Leaves (to the tune of London Bridge)

Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down. 
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Lots of colors!

Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Red and orange, yellow and brown,
I love Autumn!

 I then read the book The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs


As I read the story, I involved the children by having them make their own pumpkin patch picture. Each step corresponded to a page in the story.


I had taped together two half-sheets of both brown and green construction paper. 

I had the children "plant" or glue 3 real pumpkin seed in a row down in the brown soil. Then they covered it with a strip of brown. They then used a green marker to draw the growing vine and added some leaves. Then I gave them a 1/4 of a piece of orange construction paper and I had them draw a pumpkin shape and cut it out. Some of the children needed a bit more help with this step. They then glued the pumpkin onto their pumpkin patch. If we had had more time, I probably would have had them make at least one more pumpkin.


I then read The Pumpkin Prayer while preparing our own pumpkin to be carved.

This is how the prayer goes:

The Pumpkin Prayer

Dear Jesus,
As I carve my pumpkin, help me say this prayer:

Open my mind, so I can learn about you;
(Cut the top off the pumpkin.)

Take all my sin, and forgive the wrong that I do.
(Clean out the inside.)

Open my eyes, so your love I will see;
(Cut eyes shaped like hearts.)

I’m so sorry for times I’ve turned up my nose at what you’ve given to me.
(Cut a nose in the shape of the cross.)

Open my ears, so your Word I will hear;
(Cut ears shaped like the Bible.)

Open my mouth to tell others you’re near.
(Cut the mouth in the shape of a fish.)

Let your light shine in all I say and do! Amen.
(Place a candle inside, and light it.)


While reading the prayer I did carve the top and had the children take turns scooping out some of the insides (boy were they grossed out), and then for the other steps I just drew the shapes on. While the children were in their gym class I did the remainder of the carving. Then when they came back in I lit it up so they could see. 

Here is what it looks like lit up on our porch:


Prior to going to snack, the children painted pumpkins. I needed to make sure we did them early so they would dry. Unfortunately some of them still weren't dry when it was time to go home. Next time we'll just have to start with the pumpkin painting I guess. Anyway, we just used acrylic paints for this step.




When they came back from gym, we sat in the corner again and sang our songs, then I introduced them to this fun pumpkin rhyme Tabitha and I came up with.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, On the Vine


Pumpkins pumpkins on the vine,
First there were ten, now only nine

Pumpkins pumpkins by the gate,
One rolled away, then there were eight.

Pumpkins pumpkins God’s in heaven
He looked down, and there were seven

Pumpkins pumpkins one looks sick
Throw it away, then there are six

Pumpkins pumpkins take a dive.
One was cleaned, now there are five

Pumpkins pumpkins seeds no more
Say goodbye cause now there are four

Pumpkins pumpkins one for me
another sold now there are three

Pumpkins pumpkins one for you
They are disappearing, now only two

Pumpkins pumpkins we are almost done
Another was plucked, now there is one

Pumpkins pumpkins so much fun
the last one left, now there are none


We used the above pumpkin scene to "act" it out. To prepare this, I printed out pumpkins, we colored and cut them out, making sure to have one look "sick," then Tabitha drew the background onto the construction paper. I taped two sheets of green construction paper to two sheets of light blue to form the background. Then I taped it to my flannelgraph board. The pumpkins were attached with tape.

I had the children each take off a pumpkin at the end of each line of the rhyme. And they got to count the pumpkins to see how many were left. They really seemed to enjoy it, so we put the pumpkins back on and did it again. Except this time they held onto their pumpkin. Then we stood up by the wall and pretended to be the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. And yes, we recited the rhyme again with the children "rolling" out of the patch and walking over to the adjacent wall.

We then read another book:


Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson is a great story that goes through the lifecycle of a pumpkin with gorgeous photographs. I will say, I stopped at the page that ends, "We are pumpkin millionaires" as the next page shows a very scary looking jack o'lantern. The following page shows a jack o'lantern deteriorating and going back into the earth to complete the cycle.

Then we played "Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin."

I did NOT create this pumpkin. It had been used at our church's Venture Club Harvest Party the weekend before and I asked to borrow it.


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

Last week I posted my review of Math-Whizz from Whizz Education

This week I posted my review of MasterKitz from Kidzaw.

I will be sharing about Guitar360 next week. Tabitha and my husband were both thrilled to find out we were going to be learning to play guitar.

Here are a few things I would like to share with you:

Seeing as Thanksgiving is this month. . . 

Thanksgiving Round Up



Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 8 wonderful post linked up. I will be featuring the most clicked on post, plus one randomly selected post.

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:



This week's most clicked on post is:


Kelly from Our Everyday Harvest shared Autumn Craft Finds from the Dollar Store

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.



I am sharing over at

Homeschool Coffee Break




Thursday, November 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #229: November 8, 2018

Welcome back to... 


I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around November 8th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)


Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above.  The spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past. Please follow the guidelines. I would hate to have to delete your link.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here are my Throwback Thursday posts:

Originally posted November 7, 2017
Littles Learning Link Up: Scarecrow Fun Round Up


Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Kellie from Fuel Homeschool shared 


To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

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 Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.



Happy Throwback Thursday!


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