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Library Book List: All Things Green

15 Gorgeous Green Books June is coming! After spending most of spring at home, indoors, I think it's time we celebrate the beauty of our earth. I've put together this list of green books that I think you'll really enjoy. There's a healthy mix of creative storytelling, nonfiction fun, and some straight-up silliness. These picture books will appeal to a wide range of ages, from 3-10. (And don't be surprised if older kids listen in, too.) I chose a few new titles and lots of older picks, in hopes that you won't have to endure long hold lines. As always, I've chosen books that have engaging text and stunning illustrations that captivate readers. I hope your library is offering curbside...

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Mother's Day 2020

Mother's Day is just one week away! I don't have any interest in expensive gifts or luxury items. All I want a letter or picture from each of my children and I want to be off-duty for meals and dishes, so that I can spend that time enjoying time with my kids. I created this fun questionnaire for each of my children--and yours!--to fill out. And, just for fun, I filled one out about my own mother. She's amazing! Everything she touches turns to gold and I feel so blessed to have her love and teach me. My Mom is Wonderful! Download or print blank PDF here. Print as many as you need. If you'd like to share, please link to...

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Drop Everything and Read

How to recapture the JOY of reading when the drudgery of schoolwork snatches it I’m grateful for the incredible feats performed by our school staff in the last month. They’ve successfully implemented a totally new teaching medium. They have been incredibly organized, communicative, and responsive. They are teaching all the same material, with the added challenge of having to come up with YouTube videos, schedule one-on-one video chats, and create means of administering work digitally. But… It has not been an easy transition at home. I feel like my kids hit a brick wall yesterday with online schooling. They’re not used to being on screens so much. They can’t ask questions easily. They don’t feel the same accountability. They’re overwhelmed by...

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Celebrating Seeds & Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, I wanted to share two of my favorite things that showcase the gifts the earth gives us.   Best Book about Seeds First, I can't get enough of the fascinating facts or stunning illustrations in A Seed Is Sleepy. Each page introduces a fact about seeds (A seed is naked! A seed is tiny!) in large font, then employs poetic text to tell how it applies to the specific seeds shown on that particular page. The illustrations are individual plant seeds portrayed accurately with vibrant colors, each labeled for reference. The illustrations bring the text to life and always lead me to ponder the greatness of God and His creations. Other books in the series...

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Snack

If your littles don't like to sit still during read-aloud time, don't worry! Kids are actually learning more when their hands are busy. One strategy you might try is reading while they're eating lunch. And if you prepare a fun snack that relates to the book, even better!   Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Makes 2   1 banana 2 kiwi 2 power balls Cut off bottom of banana and discard. Slice banana in half length-wise; place one slice on each plate, with cut side at the base. Peel kiwi. Slice length-wise in sixths (like a pie). Arrange 5 kiwi slices to look like leaves on top of each banana tree. Place power ball at base of tree to resemble coconut.  ...

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