Category: Homeschooling

Number Construction by Learning Resources {Review & Giveaway!}

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The Number Construction set by Learning Resources makes number know how a blast! My children age 5 and 3 have always learned brand new concepts quite well with a hands-on approach. Sets like this one are usually a must have in our home and I am sure a must for any classroom!

My son age 3 and well into learning many preschool concepts has benefited quite a bit from the Number Construction set. There were no issues snapping the pieces together or detaching them once I separated them from each stack. I let my son have his own way with the pieces and he happily all on his own started building numbers. He also learned he could make more than just that! He was making swords, alphabetic letters, and more. I say a product like this is great for imaginative play and developing those fine motor skills as well as the
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Melody’s First Apple Pie

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Melody helped assist me in baking an apple pie for her home school (though I’m more likely to call what we do un-schooling) home economics class this month! I found a recipe by Martha Stewart for an Old-Fashioned Apple Pie but adjusted the recipe to our liking (I basically left out the lemon juice).  Though she probably could have, I personally shaved and cut the apples. Next time I’ll let Melody do that since shortly after baking the pie, I invested in a Apple Mate 3 which cores, peels, and pares apples which makes that whole process easy and fun.

Baking with Melody was great because she got to read a recipe, learn about measurements, and  baking times. Our verdict is that kitchen chemistry is pretty tasty when following the direction correctly. She did a good job with everything and the pie was extremely delicious! In all honesty, it didn’t last long! We didn’t make a pie crust from scratch this time but perhaps we will next time.

Inviting my daughter into the kitchen has built her confidence, allowed her independence,  and it’s teaching her a skill that will be relevant in her life.

When did you first introduce your child(ren) into the kitchen? Is there something special they love to prepare for the family & friends? 

Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping {Children’s Book Review}

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If you want to give children a look into some if not all the things a librarian does, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping by Patracia Hubbel and illustrated by Nancy Speir. This delightful hardcover title features bright and cheerful full page spread illustrations that appealed to my children ages 3 & 5 years old quite a bit. The book is written in rhyming way which makes the flow go along quite well whether if you are reading or listening!

What are some things covered that librarian is known to do that is mentioned in this book? Well, for one you’ll see her helping children locate books, fixing the books with glue and tape, helping children check out books of all kinds, planning parties, researching books in the news, reading books to the children, and more! There’s really never a dull moment! Exciting, engaging, and a lot of fun to read!

I loved this title and think it would be great story to pull out when teaching social studies in school or at home. Who knows maybe it will inspire a child to want to grow up and be a librarian themselves!

Interested in Purchasing? Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping can be purchased on Kindle or Hardcover format on Amazon.com. E-reader price is $3.99 and hardcover for $9.61 as of this posting.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.