Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: May 31, 2017 (w/linky) : Happy Birthday April Bear

Yes, we celebrate stuffed animals' birthdays around here. April bear is really special to Tabitha. Her big brother Steven gave April to her when she was a year old. April was made when he went on a school trip. If I am not mistaken, she is a Build-a-Bear creation. Personally, I couldn't remember when Tabitha received her, but Tabitha found the birth certificate a while ago. So, yesterday, cards were made, presents were gathered, and a cake was made. We celebrated in the evening.

The Birthday Bear:

The two older girls baked and decorated the cake almost entirely by themselves. Though I do wish they had asked me to take it out of the oven. Poor Tabitha burned her finger getting the cake out.

Yes, we sang Happy Birthday to her of course.
You didn't think we would skip that part, did you?

April cutting her cake:

April serving the cake:

Cards and presents:

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

Tots and Me

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: May 30, 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?

As I mentioned last week, I have been recuperating from surgery, so there was no official school last week, just some work with some review items. Tabitha is doing really well learning Latin with Latina Christiana, she's putting me to shame actually. Harold and Hannah have been the main learners of Spanish with our Whistlefritz curriculum. They have recently been learning colors, numbers, counting and even worked on graphing.

Here's Harold painting one of the balloons for Fritzy's birthday party. Learning the colors and the word for balloons in Spanish.

Here are Hannah and Harold working on colors and getting ready to sort and count, in Spanish of course.

Amelia and Tabitha will join in occasionally.

Amelia has been focusing on literature and grammar with Lightning Literature from Hewitt Homeschooling. We started a bit out of order, as we were finishing up Japan, so I had her read The Big Wave, which isn't supposed to be read until week 16. Now we are at the beginning of the book and she is reading Sarah Plain and Tall. Here she is learning to diagram sentences.

We are back in the swing of things this week, and will be finishing up China before moving on to Russia. That will finish up our school year actually, and we will take a break. Then I have plans to finish up My Father's World ECC (Exploring Countries and Cultures) during our summer school time. I am quite excited that we will be starting in the fall on schedule with Creation to the Greeks.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my review of Only Passionate Curiosity's online course called Homeschool Rescue. Last week, my review for Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. went live. I recently finished reading  the Christian Heroes book about David Livingstone from YWAM Publishing.  I can't wait to share my review with you. It will be posting within the next couple of days. Later this week my review of MarshMedia will go live. Also in June I will be posting the reviews for: Memoria Press Latina Christiana, which I am using with Tabitha, K5 Learning, WhistleFritz, Hewitt Homeschooling, and the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series.

Some thing I would like to share with you:

Father's Day is next month. If you are looking for ideas for gifts or cards, I would love for you to check out my Father's Day Gift and Card Round Up.

Two weeks ago I shared the Colors and Color Mixing Fun Literature and Craft Round Up which featured some of my favorite books about colors and color mixing, along with our Camouflaged Chameleons. You will also find a collection of great links to other blogs with fun color/color mixing ideas that go with different books.

And 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)

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 13 wonderful posts linked up. As there were no clicks I will be sharing two randomly selected posts this week. 

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:

Jennifer from The Jenny Evolution shared Learning to Count with Cars.

And this week's 2nd randomly selected post is:

Kelly from Typically Simple shared Alphabet Activities: Lowercase Letters Printable.

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.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- May 30, 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 Giveaways

Rock Dog Blu-ray US only Ends 6/2

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #153: May 25, 2017

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 May 25th, 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.

Last year I focused solely on review posts for the posts I wanted to share. It was fun remembering some of the review products I had forgotten about. This year I will be focusing on recipes I have shared in the past.

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 if you would like your post to qualify for the Featured Post. Most weeks I find that there is a wonderful post, but I can't feature it because it is a current post, not from the past. I love reading the current posts, if you want to share them. However, I am not able to feature them, because the spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past.
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 is my Throwback Thursday post:

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

Belinda from Live Life With Your Kids 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.

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

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