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The Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth

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Winter is right around the corner and during the month of December for school, the children and I have been reading The Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth. The like-life illustrations in this book are wondrous to gaze upon! The book features fold out pages which are always fun to open up to see what’s inside! A few of the animals covered in this book are beavers, otters, killer whales, penguins, moose, and many more. The vast number of animals from land to sea  has made this book a  great choice to in-cooperate into unit studies for our family. 

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Summer Field Trip: Graham Oaks Nature Park

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This month we took a field trip to a local Nature Park during a special event! At this event, the kids got to build mason bee boxes,  learn about many different plants growing in the park, take part in a scavenger hunt, learn about recycling, practice their nature journaling, enjoy a free slice of berry pie, and so much more! It was a wonderful day out and even Grandma and Grandpa Lowmaster came to take in the fun festivities with us. 

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Books for Beach Combers, Knitters, and Healthy Treat Loving Moms!

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I am one that prefers practical gifts. I feel these sort of gifts are better because the use last far longer than something like cut flowers or edible treats. One of my favorite practical gift suggestions are books that cater toward ones interests and hobbies. Chances are if you go down this route for a gift, you can’t go wrong. Choosing the right book shows you have taken notice to the things your mom loves!  I’m featuring a few books today that likely cater toward many mothers. 

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Weird And Wonderful Creations {Book Review}

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Weird and Wonderful Creations is a 4 books in 1 collaboration from the Made By God series! This engaging non-fiction children’s book gives a up close and personal look at many different types of insects, animals, and plant life! My nearly four year old son and my six year old daughter really like this collection! I do too, knowing they are learning about science, nature, and creator God of all living things through fascinating facts and information. I’ve found this collection to be a great assest in our homeschooling and plan on incorporating it into many different unit studies for both of the kids.

Weird and Wonderful Creations includes:

  • Spiders, Snakes, Bees and Bats
  • Big Bugs, Little Bugs
  • Sea Creatures
  • Poisonous, Smelly, and Amazing Plants

There are well over 200 facts throughout the book! I learned a few new things myself. My kids have been going around mentioning things they’ve learned like how Spiders aren’t actually insects! That’s one that even I wasn’t aware of. Each featured animal, plant, or insect has about 6-7 pages dedicated to it solely. The layout is done well with facts and information on every page. The book is very colorful and the photos are excellent in detail offering lots of up close views!

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There are many creatures to learn about in this book such as snakes, spiders, butterflies, Bats, Bee, Butterfly,Venus Fly Traps, Lightening Bugs, Ocra Whales, Redwoods, and more! I asked my children if they had a favorite creature from this book but they said they enjoyed learning about them all. This one has been looked at a lot since it’s arrived.

The reading level for this book is geared toward children in first and second grade. My daughter whom is currently doing first grade work had no problem reading this book. In fact, when we first got it, she picked it up and started reading it all on her own! My son age four had enjoyed having this book read to him and looking at all the pictures. Overall, this is an excellent nature study book and I would highly recommend it to boys and girls!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary copy of this book from Zonderkidz. I was not financially compensated for this post.

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Photogenic Friday: Dandelions

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I think Dandelions are beautiful . They are very resilient and provide many benefits!  Some people drink these flowers as tea others use the greens for salad. If you don’t believe me just put in benefits of Dandelions in a search engine and you’ll wonder why many people haven’t taken advantage of the wonders this flower (though many call it a weed) can do.  I’m becoming bold enough to even give the Dandelion Fritter recipe I’ve seen around the internet a try. 

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