Thanksgiving is a bit of a controversial holiday. There are many, many books and resources on the market to help you teach it to your children, but by and large, those books and resources focus on a mythology rather than the actuality of the English coming to America. How much should we teach our young … Continue reading "My Favorite Thanksgiving Books for Younger Children"
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love the fall colors, the cooler temperatures, and of course, all that delicious food! We’ve all heard the story – the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they were saved by the Natives who then celebrated with … Continue reading "Unit Study: The History of Thanksgiving"
April 22nd is Earth Day, the annual celebration to inspire awareness about pollution and appreciation for protecting the health of the environment. This is a great reason to get outside, especially if you’ve had a long winter. I know you can probably all enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine today. Hopefully your weather is cooperating. This day marks the anniversary of … Continue reading "Free Earth Day Mini Unit Study"
Today is Darwin Day (February 12), a day to celebrate scientific ingenuity and bravery. Charles Darwin was just one of many scientists who strove to change the way people think about the world. Charles Robert Darwin, (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882) was an English biologist, naturalist and geologist. He was best known for … Continue reading "Happy Darwin Day!"
With the beginning of a brand new year just getting started, it’s a great time to reflect on the year that’s passed. I know I love to sit down with a notebook and remind myself of my favorite memories, goals met, funny moments with the kids I don’t want to forget and of course a … Continue reading "Ring in the New Year with a Freebie!"
Are you still scrambling to find the perfect gift for your child? Do you want to inspire a love of learning? Then you have come to the right place. I have compiled some of our favorite educational and fun gift ideas in one place! From art supplies to magnetic poetry, to board games and more … Continue reading "Build Your Library Holiday Gift Guide"
Not to alarm any of you, but there are only 50 days until Christmas! So that means there are only: – 22 days until Thanksgiving – 23 days until Black Friday – 56 days until New Years! We have been using these cool Countdown Clocks for Christmas for years. Every Christmas morning it goes off … Continue reading "Holiday Countdown!"
The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and cool, and the school year is new and fresh. It’s the season of apples and pumpkins and football. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year so I have quite the collection of fall themed picture books that I love to share with … Continue reading "Favorite Fall Reads"
This is going to be the final post in the Educational Gifts series, but if you are looking for some last minute gift ideas, there is still plenty of time to shop. I’ve had a lot of fun sharing some great ideas for holiday gifts. Thus far, I’ve shared ideas for language arts, science, math, … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – Cook Family Favorites"
We’ve been exploring ideas for educational gifts for the holidays. I’ve already shared ideas for language arts, science, history/geography and math themed gifts. Today, I’m going to share some ideas for art inspired gifts. This is actually a pretty easy category, for the most part. What kid doesn’t love getting new crayons, color pencils or … Continue reading "Educational Gift Ideas – Art Edition"