Friday Finds and Favorites #55 The Leviner Family Christmas Wish List (Mommy, Daddy, and the Fur babies!)

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Today, I'm sharing our wish lists for me, John, and our fur babies. If you are interested in seeing D's list---You can check it out here! Please note that all of the items listed are either for fun and or have already been purchased. ;) Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. <3

John

Play Station subscription– I hope this is a good link. I enjoy playing the old school games, but I know next to nothing about this newer stuff. 😉

Forza Horizon 3– What can I say? The husband loves these racing games. Declan enjoys watching the crashes, so it’s a win for both of my guys. 😉

Me

Leggings- I absolutely loved the pair of leggings I got from this website. They are crazy comfortable and incredible for my chronic pain. No more jeans! (The only reason I’m not sharing a pic is because I wore them in my Christmas pics and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.) I’ll be sharing our Christmas pics on the blog very soon! <3

A pair of black boots. I have a brown pair in this style, but would love to have this black pair I found at Kohls and my mom gave us a Kohls gift card, so I’m hoping to spend it soon! 🙂

We also both are very excited about our family Christmas and Christmas with our extended family in VA!

Sophie

Sophie loves to get special treats in her stocking! 🙂

She will be happy to see these treats and some balls for exercise!

Sasha

Sasha needs a new scratching post.

She will also enjoy some kitty treats in her stocking as well. 😉

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So that’s it for the Leviner family!  What fun item is on your Christmas list?

<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 9: R is for Rock (David & Goliath)

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We are very excited about the Christmas season and have so many fun activities planned!!! (You can check out all of our adventures on our IG account.) We will continue to do our lessons each week and then take a break for Christmas. So be sure to grab your favorite beverage and stay tuned each Wednesday for our HH posts! 🙂  I didn’t get pics this week…whoops! :/

This week we focused on:

Theme: R is for Rock (David and Goliath)

Letter: r

Number: 4

Day 1

We read the story of David and Goliath.

We made a paper plate face of Goliath and stood on step stool to get an idea of how tall Goliath was.

We learned the letter sound for R.

We looked for the #4.

We learned how to sort silverware.

Day 2

We re-read the story of David and Goliath.

We gathered pom poms for the pouch.

We learned how to play rock, paper, scissors.

We add the #4 to the number line.

D reviewed how to unload dishwasher.

Day 3

We reviewed the story and used the pom poms and pouch to illustrate the story.

We learned to count by 5s and 10s. (This will be some that we continue to work on.)

We highlighted the letter “r” in a newspaper clipping.

Day 4

We added the R map piece to our map.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook.

We didn’t get to the library this week, but I will return with our library picks once we fit in our next visit!

Resources from these lessons:

Homeschooling Curriculum

What are you and your kiddo(s) working on this week? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna

The Leviner Family Christmas Wish List (Declan)

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Today, I thought it would be fun to share what is on our family Christmas list this year. I’ll start with our kiddo.

This post contains affiliate links from Amazon Associates. This means that if you click one of the links, I may receive a small compensation. This means you are helping to keep this blog running, helping fund my son's music class, or helping me to get a tube of lipstick. ;) As always, thoughts shared here are my honest opinions. :)

Declan:

We try to stick to the model: Want, Need, Wear, Read, and Share. I go through D’s toys before and after his birthday. We throw away broken toys and he chooses which toys he would like to donate to other children. This helps in a big way to declutter and reminds D to always remember to give back to others. <3

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Declan has decided that he wants to play the trumpet. (Thank you, Music Class and Little Einstein’s  new obsession!) I’m super excited about this trumpet because I looked through several and this one appears to have the ability to blow and press buttons to create music. Some of the other options only had the music and you couldn’t blow the trumpet, which stinks. I can’t wait to see his face light up on Christmas morning!

This is the Melissa and Doug Pediatrician uniform. (I didn’t know this was a thing!) Anyway, D has the doctor’s uniform now. He enjoys playing dress up and doesn’t have many costumes other than the Batman one he got for his bday, Spider man (on Halloween clearance from Nana!) and old Halloween costumes. He really enjoys playing pretend, so I thought this would be a fun new addition to his play.

I also ordered him a musical play mat from LTD Commodities. I’m sure you can find more on Amazon or even your local toy store. 😉

His daddy also insisted on getting him a new set of Legos. Apparently, his feet are more protected than mine. 😉

Need

Declan needed a new car seat. So he now has a new ride! 🙂

Wear

He has a new pair of pjs and bedroom slippers for Christmas morning. 🙂 (We open this gift on Christmas Eve.) We also got him a pack of socks because socks are always getting eaten around here!

Read

I think I’m the most excited about this one! Big shocker…right! We purchased two new Usborne titles and also got some books about body autonomy and from the Anholt Artist collection!

Share

This year I added the category “Something to Share.” We decided to get a couple of movies to add to our collection. 🙂

 

What is on your kiddo(s) wish list?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #54 (December Goals)

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I can’t believe we are at the end of the year. It seems time continues to fly! I’m happy to report that most of my goals were accomplished for the month of November. Let’s check out my progress first and then it’s on to December goals!

Last Month's

1) Finish purchasing gifts for GA Christmas.

Check!

We celebrated Christmas with our GA family over the long Thanksgiving weekend. All presents were accounted for! 😉

2) Get Christmas pics done.

Check!

We also took care of this over the Thanksgiving break.

3) Get Cards ordered and sent out by the first week of December.

My plan was to get these pics done and have cards ordered. (I’m writing this on November 22.) So I know the pics will be done, but I’m not sure what we have worked out for the cards yet.

Half Credit! 😉

4) Plan Thanksgiving menu.

Check!

I decided to have a White Lazy Day Lasagna on Thanksgiving Eve. 😉 D and I had a baking day earlier that day and made apple pie, pumpkin pie, and gingerbread cookies. Yum!

5) Develop and implement self care plans.

Check!

I don’t always stick to everything on the list, but I’m using it as a guide and learning to take better care of myself. 🙂

December Goals

1) I’m hoping to finish my Christmas shopping by December 11. (The sooner the better!)

I truly want to just enjoy the holiday season and be able to remember what the true meaning is behind it.

2) Read The Mistletoe Promise

I started a tradition back in 2015 of choosing a fun Christmasy read for December. I like to find a warm fuzzy cheesy read or a lovely Christmas mystery. I’m looking forward to diving into this book. <3

 3) Complete and Share Christmas Countdown list!

You can follow our journey on Instagram

Day 1 Make cards for Grandparents.

Day 2 Gather food to donate to Food Bank at Church.

Day 3 Put $$ in Salvation Army Bucket.

Day 4 Free hugs!

Dec 5 Make Christmas Centerpiece(s). (I’m not sure we will do this exact thing, but great link for inspiration.)

Dec 6 Learn about St. Nicholas

Dec 7 Make colored ice sculptures.

Dec 8 Make gifts for church friends.

Dec 9 Donate meals to No Kid Hungry.

Dec 10 Gather and donate books to the library.

Dec 11 Gather clothes for donation to those in need.

Dec 12 Buy socks, beanies, mittens for the homeless.

Dec 13 Make blessing bags for the homeless.

Dec 14 Buy new coloring books and crayons for doctor’s waiting room area.

Dec 15 Make gingerbread house.

Dec 16 Make salt dough ornaments.

Dec 17 Pick up litter in neighborhood.

Dec 18 Leave $1 bills in Dollar Tree toy section.

Dec 19 Make cookies for neighbors and mailmen.

Dec 20 Make bags for people who work on Christmas.

Dec 21 Go see Christmas lights.

Dec 22 Have a dinner picnic next to the Christmas tree.

Dec 23 Gather and donate toys.

Dec 24 Let’s shop for homeless puppies and kitties.

*Bonus* Bake cookies and read Twas the Night Before Christmas.

4) Plan Christmas menu and items to bring to VA Christmas.

I’m super excited about Christmas food planning. I’m a total foodie, so I enjoy watching the Food Network and scrolling Pinterest for great recipes. This will be fun! 🙂

So what are you working on this month? How does the holidays effect your goal setting? Don’t forget to grab a button (optional) and link up below!

 


 

 



<3 Anna

Giving Thanks 2016 and Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 8: Thanksgiving Unit!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was such a fun weekend for us. I’ll be sharing more on that later in this post, but first, our Thanksgiving unit!

This week we focused on:

Theme: Teaching Thankfulness

Day 1

We read about Jesus cleansing 10 Lepers.

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We made Thanksgiving meals with paper plates and food cut out from sales paper.

We worked on tracing and counting with Thanksgiving inspired worksheets from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

We discussed visiting relatives and appropriate greetings. I encouraged him to remember body autonomy and that he doesn’t have to give hugs or kisses. He can give high fives, fist bumps, wave, etc.

Day 2

We discussed the Psalms of David.

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We made hand turkeys.

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We worked on counting with a graph and matched colors with pies. 😉

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We also worked on patterns.

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Day 3

We read about Paul’s Thanksgiving for his Friends.

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We made Thanksgiving finger puppets.

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We made a turkey and did a few coloring sheets.

D helped mommy bake and prep for Turkey Day!

What did you and your kiddo(s) do for Thanksgiving week?

So Thanksgiving was craziness, but so much fun! We headed down to GA Thanksgiving day to enjoy a wonderful meal with our Ga family at my great-grandmother’s house.

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Sweet babies watching the 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade!

I didn’t get a lot of pictures this year. My family has tagged me in a ton on my FB page if you are curious. 😉 It was nice to just be in the moment, though I’ll admit it wasn’t an intentional decision. 😉

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My boys <3

On Friday, we had Christmas breakfast and exchanged gifts with my Great Grandmother and Grandmother. Later that day, we dropped D off with his Aunt Jessica and he, Karson, and Miya had a sleepover there. John and I got most of D’s Christmas shopping done. I had to order his toy trumpet and books online for Cyber Monday. It feels great to almost be done with my Christmas shopping! 🙂

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On Saturday, we went to pick up Miya and Declan from Jessi’s and then had pizza for lunch before getting read to go to a nearby park for our Christmas pics. We had so much getting our pictures done. I’m excited to get our CD in the mail. My eyeballs will be on the mailbox for whole week. 😉 After we finished up at the park, we headed to Matt and Danielle’s house (great friends who live in the area) and enjoyed visiting with them and their sweet boy. I can’t believe their little guy, Levi, is crawling now! We then met up with my mom and sisters at Cracker Barrel  for our family Christmas dinner and then dessert and gift swap followed. We played games late into the night until the kiddos got restless. It was a great night. It ended too quickly!

On Sunday, we got up early and left around 9ish. We made a pit stop in Greenville to have lunch with our besties. It was great catching up with them and stretching our legs for a bit. We then made the long trek home and were reunited with Sasha.

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***Update*** Karlee is the winner of our Where Jesus Slept Book giveaway! Congrats, girl! 🙂

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! What was your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Sound off in the comments below! I always love getting comments. 🙂

<3 Anna

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly (November Edition)

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I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I’ll be sharing my post on Wednesday, so be sure to stay tuned! This year has gone by so quickly, I feel like I had my surgery in October and I’ve been struggling to keep up ever since. :/ It’s a good lesson in letting things go and making the most of your time. <3

The Good

We have a new addition to our family!

Meet Sasha!
Meet Sasha!

Sasha followed us home just before Halloween. Declan and I were going on our daily walk around the neighborhood and I heard this little mew. She followed us all the way home and we searched for her owners. No one claimed her and we didn’t have the heart to turn her away. So she is now ours. I tell people when sharing her story that she found us. Cat hair is usually a problem for me, but benadryl and keeping the floor vacuumed seems to be keeping that issue down.

Declan absolutely loves Sasha. He loves having a little sister to boss around. ;)
Declan absolutely loves Sasha. He loves having a little sister to boss around. 😉
Sasha misses her daddy while he is away, so she loves to snuggle with his slippers and socks.
Sasha misses her daddy while he is away, so she loves to snuggle with his slippers and socks.
Caught mid-meow!
Caught mid-meow!
We've been busy with our God's Little Explorers Curriculum!
We’ve been busy with our God’s Little Explorers Curriculum!
Playing on the computer at the library.
Playing on the computer at the library.
He made me a heart. <3
He made me a heart. <3
Washing windows
Washing windows
He was sad because he couldn't take his toys to Nana's house.
He was sad because he couldn’t take his toys to Nana’s house.
D helped mommy clean his play space.
D helped mommy clean his play space.
D watching tv with mommy.
D watching tv with mommy.
She knows she isn't allowed on the table. I caught her bird watching. ;)
She knows she isn’t allowed on the table. I caught her bird watching. 😉

The Bad

As I said before, time is a sneaky thing! I’m still playing catch up!

I also haven’t been reading as much. I’m currently actively trying to get back on track. I enjoy reading too much to slack on that!

The Ugly

The surgery hasn’t helped much at all. I’ll be heading back to the doctor for a check up soon. I hope that she will have some better suggestions for me. :/

Share your Good, Bad, and Ugly moments from this month! Sound off below!

<3 Anna

My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2016

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This post contains affiliate links from Amazon Associates. This means that if you click one of the links, I may receive a small compensation. This means you are helping to keep this blog running, helping fund my son's music class, or helping me to get a tube of lipstick. ;) As always, thoughts shared here are my honest opinions. :)

Today I want to share with you my top 10 favorite reads of 2016. This year, I’m proud to say that I’ve read more non-fiction this year than in years past and I definitely want to continue that habit for 2017.  So without further adieu, in no particular order:

 

1) Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin

Birth Matters is such a wonderful read! I would recommend this book to anyone because whether you are expecting, thinking about ttc, etc. You are human and I think that everyone should have a better understanding of the birthing process. Knowledge is power and there is so much misinformation floating around. This book will give you a realistic and empowering look at what you should expect. I can’t recommend it enough!

2) The Better Bladder Book: A Holistic Approach to Healing Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain by Wendy L. Cohan

The Better Bladder Book was like a life preserver for me pre and post diagnosis. It is overflowing with information and ideas to heal your bladder. It’s definitely a book that you can and will need to refer back to. There is no way to absorb all of it in one sitting, but it is so helpful and encouraging!

3) Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Responses for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia

This book is similar to The Better Bladder in that you won’t be able to absorb all of the information in one sitting. It’s a great reference book for parenting. I let my sister borrow it and I’m now feeling the need to pick it up again and review.

 

4) Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

This book is a much more light hearted read. I didn’t agree with everything that it suggests, but I enjoyed learning the differences in parenting styles. I enjoyed the suggestions for diet and the way that many French mamas do not stress over mama guilt like us American mamas.

5) No One Knows by J. T. Ellison

This book is pure craziness! It is one of those books where—try as you might, you just can’t figure out what is happening until the end. You follow that up by sitting there wondering if you really just read that…?!! I won’t give away too many details just that the main character in this book is trying to figure out how and why her husband disappeared and why her mother-in-law is so eager to declare him dead? If you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll love this book!

 

6) Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

It’s hard to take the plunge into comic book reading when you are a newbie, but this would be a great recommendation! Kamala Khan is a Pakistani American who grew up in Jersey City. She is a nerdy teenager who is trying to figure out her place in this world. This volume shares her journey into becoming Ms. Marvel and how she accepts her new role. This comic is very witty and challenges stereotypes. I look forward to reading more in this series!

7) Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup

This book isn’t your typical decluttering book. It gives great practical tips for cleaning out your spaces, but it also covers topics such as: cleaning out your inbox, dealing with toxic friendships, and much more! Two of my favorite takeaways from the book are: I try to have an Operation Clean up! at the end of each day. This is just a quick pick up of the living room and anything I can get done in 15 minutes and you can get a good bit done! The other is to have a place for everything and to keep everything in it’s place. This is my current work-in-progress as I declutter our home. I’m downsizing to a great degree and that takes time!

 

8) The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The best way to describe this book is “Rich People Problems.” This is the story of four siblings and their quest to cope until they receive “the nest.” The nest is the money they will inherit once the youngest daughter turns 40. It’s interesting how you can connect with characters who are all deeply flawed and even though you are not quite rooting for them, you still want them to have a good life in the end.

 

9) The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

I’m so glad that I read this book. I think I’ve always been passionate about women’s rights, but I haven’t been as vocal about it until these past couple of years. Many feminsists forget that this isn’t a battle just for white women. This is a battle for women of all colors and nationalities. We need to fight for rights for all women. This book really opened my eyes even more so to the many misconceptions about black women. For example, one misconception of black women is that they are supernaturally strong and need help from no one. The truth is black women are incredibly strong, but they like anyone need to practice self care and need help just like anyone else. We all get burnt out and we all need to work together to make a difference in this world. I highly recommend this book!

 

10) Incarceration Nations by Baz Dreisinger

I am currently reading this book and was “mind blown in the prologue” so that should tell you something! Baz Dreisinger really challenges you to think about the idea of prisons and what this says about our society as a whole. Are prisons really the best way to deal with more minor offenses? Where is the line on offenses? Should we have prisons at all? It’s a fascinating read and I’m eager to see the whole picture to completion.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’ll be back next Monday with new posts! Stay tuned! <3

So those are my picks for 2016. What did you read this year? Do you have any recommendations?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #53

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Today, I want to share with you all a few links to some of my favorite finds this week!

One of my favorite Facebook pages is A Mighty Girl. It excites me to learn about all the amazing women who made history and who are making history! This week , A Mighty Girl shared this wonderful post about love, hope, and support from many children’s book illustrators. These images are so beautiful and very worthy of being shared. <3 You can learn more about this awesome Safety Pin movement here!

If you need a good laugh, go check out this album. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is… You will love these! 😉

Now it’s your turn! Share your favorite memories and finds this week! Leave a comment below. Add your blog to our linky and don’t forget to visit my amazing co-host, Camille! Feel free to grab a button it’s optional! 😉


 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!!!

<3 Anna

Where Jesus Slept Review and Giveaway!!!

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Today, I’m excited to share this beautiful read with you and your family. It’s perfect to get your kiddo(s) excited for this wonderful season!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

This book is well written and beautifully illustrated. D really enjoyed it and I was surprised that it held his attention throughout the whole story from beginning to end. This is no small feat! It’s very hard to get this child to sit still for more than a few minutes at a time. 😉 He asked if we could read it again today, so it definitely gets two thumbs up from this guy! <3

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D loved pointing out the different letters he knows.

 

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About the book:

“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so- young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.

Format: jacketed hardcover

Trim size: 10×10

Page count: 32

Retail price: $16.99

Reading age: 4-7

About the author:

Norma Lewis is the author of ten books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.

Illustrated by Katy Hudson.

If you would like an opportunity to win a FREE copy of this book, please enter the giveaway below! I will announce the winner on November 30!!!

 

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<3 Anna

Homeschooling Happenings! Lesson 7: Q is for Quail (Moses, Manna, and Quail-God Provides

Hello Friends!

This post contains affiliate links from Amazon Associates. This means that if you click one of the links, I may receive a small compensation. This means you are helping to keep this blog running, helping fund my son's music class, or helping me to get a tube of lipstick. ;) As always, thoughts shared here are my honest opinions. :)

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! We are excited to celebrate with our GA family. We have so much to be thankful for! 🙂 I’m planning to do a brief Thanksgiving unit with D on Monday and Tuesday and we will take the rest of the week off for holiday prep and planning. It should be a fun week!

This week we focused on:

Theme: “q” is for Quail (Moses, Manna, and Quail-God Provides

Letter: q

Day 1

We read about Moses and the Red Sea.

We read a few books about birds.

We talked about the letter “q” and what sound the letter q makes.

We looked for the number 3.

We practiced hanging up coats and jackets.

Day 2

We read about God providing quail and manna for the Israelites.

We discussed which shape would make a better nest for an egg? A bowl or a plate

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We added the number 3 to our number line.

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D washed windows.

Day 3

We used the last two days of this unit to read through to David and Goliath.

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We did an eat like a bird experiment.

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We drew a quail and practiced writing q’s.

Day 4

We finished up reading through to David and Goliath.

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We practiced writing q’s for our alphabet notebook.

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We made a piece to add to our treasure map.

The curriculum that we use only goes through Thursday, so Friday is more of a laid back day. We usually read through a Highlights magazine and do some pages in our Brain Quest Workbook. 🙂

Our Library picks of the week:

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We read this one for Election Day!

Mommy’s pick for Mommies:

D’s picks-

 

 

Resources from these lessons:

Homeschooling Curriculum

What are you and your kiddo(s) working on this week? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna