Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 22, 2019

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. 

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Goosebumps 2 DVD US only Ends 1/29

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Arctic Animal Fun: Arctic Fox Lesson

Arctic Animal Fun

A month-long unit of preschool ideas 
for different Arctic animals

Welcome to the second week of my Arctic Animal Fun unit. I am really enjoying teaching the Pre-K class at our homeschool co-op. Back in October I did a Pumpkin lesson which included reading books, songs, motion rhymes, and crafts. For the month of January I decided to focus on something cold. In the past I have done snowmen and penguin activities, so I decided to focus on the Arctic this time around. 

Each week there will be books I recommend to go with each topic, a craft or two, songs, motion rhymes/finger plays, and a fun game to play. 

This is the tentative schedule:

Week 2: Arctic Fox
Week 3: Walrus
Week 4: Narwhal
Week 5: Orca or Beluga Whale

As I mentioned last week, we start each class with the song "Good Morning to You" as I used to do at the Montessori. Just a song to get us focused on our day. Then I found some snowy songs/fingerplays in a book I reviewed last year called I'm a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime compiled by Jane Cobb. 

We sang: 

(to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Snowflakes whirling all around,

all around, all around

Snowflakes whirling all around,

They are covering the ground.

(The original last line was, "Until they cover all the ground," but it didn't sound quite right to me, so I changed it. We fluttered our fingers all around through the song and spread our arms out for the last line.)

We also did the following finger play:

The Snow Fell Softly

The snow fell softly all the night
flutter fingers downward

It made a blanket soft and white
spread arms out

It covered houses, flowers and ground,
make pointed house, finger flowers, flat hands

But never made a single sound

get quieter and put finger in front of mouth

Then we got into the actual lesson.
Arctic Fox Lesson

As we did last week, we started out by skimming through the book, What Lives in the Arctic?. This book gives some brief information for a handful of arctic animals. This week I only focused on the details for the arctic fox though. 

Then I wanted to connect our lesson to last week's so I read the book, Ice Bear and Little Fox by Jonathan London.

This book is told as a story but gives factual information about arctic foxes following polar bears to find food. However, in this story the arctic fox ends up helping the polar bear by warning him of danger. In real life the fox would either be picking at whatever the polar bear leaves from a kill or trying to snitch it while attempting to not become the polar bear's meal.

We also read the following non-fiction books, both of which have lovely photographs of arctic foxes:

Arctic Foxes by Emily Rose Townsend has one photograph on each double page spread, with information given in easy to read sentences, usually just one or two per page, in large font. It gives physical characteristics, plus information about where they live and what they do. The book concludes with a glossary, suggested books and websites, plus an index.

Arctic Fox: Very Cool by Stephen Person is actually more appropriate (in my opinion) for elementary school children. There is a lot of information on each page, and more detail. However, I did use the book to share some of the pictures, such as what a den would look like, what baby foxes look like, the difference between their summer fur and their winter fur, plus an encounter with a polar bear.


We then made our Textured Paper Plate and Tissue Paper Arctic Fox that I highlighted in this week's Littles Learning Link Up. This was a craft that was included in my Arctic Fun Round Up at the beginning of the month.

Science Lesson

This week we focused on how the arctic fox is designed to stay hidden in its surroundings. We talked about the big word "camouflage" which some children recognized once they heard it because of their parents wearing camouflage when going hunting. We saw how the brown fur helps the arctic fox stay hidden in the summer, and how the bushy white fur keeps it camouflaged in the winter.

Then we made a "Camouflage and the Arctic Fox" booklet.

I just folded a piece of cardstock in half. On one side I wrote "Summer" in brown, and on the other, I wrote "Winter" in blue. 

We used brown construction paper cut into a hill shape, plus brown and green markers for the summer side, and more white tissue paper squares and cotton balls for the winter side. Plus I found a fox template on Google, put it in my word processing program, shrunk it down to size and printed out enough for each child to have one brown and one white fox.

Here is my sample of what the finished books were to look like.


We sang our "Did You Ever See a Polar Bear?" song from last week, but I added a verse for the Arctic Fox.

Did You Ever See a Polar Bear?

(To the Tune of Did you Ever See a Lassie?)

by Karen Waide

Did you ever see a polar bear

a polar bear, a polar bear

Did you ever see a polar bear

Sliding on the ice?

Sliding this way and that way

Sliding this way and that way

Did you ever see a polar bear

sliding on the ice?

Motions to go with first verse.
Shrug shoulders with hands raised as in questioning for the first three lines.
Then step and slide left and right a few times.
Go back to shrugging for the last line and step to the side one last time.

Did you ever see an arctic fox

an arctic fox, an arctic fox

Did you ever see an arctic fox

following a bear?

Creeping this way and that way

Creeping this way and that way

Did you ever see an arctic fox

following a bear?

Motions to go with second verse.
Shrug shoulders with hands raised as in questioning for the first three lines.
Then put your hands in front of you and pretend to creep.
Then creep quickly left and quickly right on tiptoes.
Go back to shrugging for the last line and finish off by pretending to creep forward.

And we sang one more song I came up with

Oh Can You See the Arctic Fox

(to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man)

Oh can you see the arctic fox
Shrug shoulders and hold hands up questioning gesture

the arctic fox, the arctic fox
Continue to shrug shoulders

Oh can you see the arctic fox
Still shrugging

hiding in the snow.
Cover eyes with both hands

You can’t see the arctic fox
Shake head 

the arctic fox, the arctic fox
Continue to shake head

You can’t see the arctic fox
Still shaking head.

he’s camouflaged so well.  
Cover eyes with both hands


Then we played a game where the children had to take a beanbag (that I made with white socks and beans) and toss it onto the white snow on the top of the brown dirt so it would become camouflaged.

And then we played follow the leader to remind us that the arctic fox followed the polar bear. Each child took a turn being the leader.

We ended our class time with the following finger play, also from the book I'm a Little Teapot!: Presenting Preschool Storytime compiled by Jane Cobb.

Dressing for Winter Weather

Let’s put on our mittens
put on mittens

And button up our coat
button coat

Wrap a scarf snugly
throw scarf around neck

Around our throat.
Tug one end down

Pull on our boots now
pull on boots with both hands

Fasten the straps
fasten with fingers

And tie on tightly
Our warm winter caps
pull on cap and tie

Then open the door
turn doorknob and pull

And out we go
step through pretend door

Into the soft and feathery snow
look up and pretend to catch snow

Stop by next week for the Walrus lesson.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #239: January 17, 2019

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 January 17th, 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:

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

Jennifer from A "Peace" of Mind 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!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: January 16, 2019 (w/linky) - Teddy Bear Fun

The other day I needed a picture of "Begins With T..."
I decided to take a picture of these teddy bears that are new to our house since Christmas.

Ten Tired Teddies from Tiny to Tall

Here are some other places they have been found recently.

Yes, he is wearing Harold's coat in this picture. Not sure why Harold put it on him.

A snug little family

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

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 on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Littles Learning Link Up: January 15, 2019: Craft Highlight- Textured Paper Plate and Tissue Paper Arctic Fox

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.

Welcome to the second Littles Learning Link Up Highlight post of 2019!

A highlight post isn't the same as a feature. With the highlighted post, we will actually be making the craft(s) or participating in the activity. You will get to see how much we enjoyed it, and I will be mentioning any tweaks that I add. Of course I will be linking back to the original post. 

I don't usually do more than one highlight post a month, but there were so many great projects shared in my Arctic Fun Round Up that I have been using them with the Pre-K class. Our first project was the Cotton Ball Polar Bear that was shared by Melissa from Fireflies & Mud Pies. Then, during last week's class, I decided to focus on the Arctic Fox. I found the cutest craft over at I Heart Crafty Things, and I couldn't wait to do it with the children.

Littles Learning Link Up January Highlight:

As I mentioned, I have been focusing on Arctic animals this month in our Pre-K class at co-op. I will be sharing my Pre-K unit posts on Fridays this month. However, on Tuesdays I will be sharing the craft that we made. This week's craft is a Littles Learning Link Up Highlight post because it was one of the crafts shared in last week's Arctic Fun Round Up

Textured Paper Plate and Tissue Paper Arctic Fox

You will need:

Paper plates (one per project)
White tissue paper
School glue
White card stock
Medium googly/wiggle eyes
Black pompoms

I prepared the paper plates at home by following the video tutorial on Rachel's blog. It was quite simple actually. For each fox, I cut a paper plate in half. The one half becomes the body, the other is folded into thirds to make a three-dimensional head that is then stapled together and stapled to the body. Then I stapled on the tail. I had also cut out the rectangle legs and triangle ears in preparation.

This was a very simple craft for the children, but it took quite a while to complete as they had to fill in the entire thing with scrunched up tissue paper. Some children didn't scrunch as much, so they were done faster, others scrunched their papers quite small, so they took a while, plus used a lot more paper tissue squares. I LOVE that they all had their own technique.

We started by spreading glue on the head and having the children fill that in.

Then we did the same for the body.

They finished up with the tail and then we let their foxes dry while the kids went to have snack and gym time. Then we added the details.

As I mentioned above, I cut out the legs and ears at home. I wasn't quite sure how big the legs were meant to be, so I guesstimated 3/4 of an inch by 3 inches. I used my paper cutter to cut them out. Then I just cut some triangles out.

We put glue on the face for the eyes and nose. Then a little bit of glue on the bottom of the ears, which they placed in the middle of the back of the head (there is a gap from where it was folded together).  I did the same thing for the legs. Instead of having them glue two on the back and two on the front, as in the original, I just had them attach them to the front. It was too hard to get them to stick on securely when we tried the other way.

Don't you just love how they each have a unique look?

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

The Crew year is over, and we won't be getting any new review products until January. However, I do still have a couple of single review products we are working on (these are the ones that I don't publish on my blog, instead they are posted on the Old Schoolhouse Magazine website). We are reading a book called Animals in Time Volume 1: Historical Empires and Civilizations. This also came with an Activity Book. And the children are working on an activity box from Cooper & Kid with their dad.

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

Last week's Polar Bear Craft

Cotton Ball Polar Bears in an Icy, Arctic World

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 7 wonderful post linked up. I will be featuring two randomly selected 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:

The Schoolin' Swag Blog shared Foot Prints Across the Year

This week's most clicked on posts are:

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

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