Category Archives: Books

Simple Learning Ideas for April Holidays, Units and Famous Birthdays

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April is full of fun learning opportunities such as National Poetry Month, Arbor Day, and John James Audubon’s birthday. Here are some simple and creative ideas to use this month! National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is a great time to introduce children to the world of poetry. By starting with engaging poems, there is […]

Kindergarten Classic Picture Books Reading List

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Snuggling up to read with a small child is truly one of life’s simple pleasures. Exploring a world full of adventure, kindness, courage, and truth broadens her understanding of life itself. As a former elementary school teacher and ardent picture book lover, I already had a large collection of picture books when I was ready […]

Children’s Picture Books That Teach Courage

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Stories are a powerful medium for teaching children important character traits. A well-written story brings the trait to life in a meaningful and memorable way. Here are three of my favorite children’s picture books that demonstrate the character trait of courage: The Empty Pot, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, and Brave Irene. The Empty […]

Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World – Sticker Books as Learning Tools

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I purchased Sticker Dolly Dressing Around the World probably almost a year ago. It sat on the shelf until it seemed like the “right” time to get it out and use it with Caroline. This fall was the right time and so we’ve been enjoying it! One of the things we like to do as […]

Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression – 10 Days of Learning from The Great Depression Series

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Every once in awhile you see a book somewhere that draws you in and you know you have to buy it. Potato: A Tale From The Great Depression was that way for me. It brings a complicated time down to a simple level for children, showing them what life was like for one family during […]

Fall Apple Lesson Ideas for “Apple Farmer Annie”

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The fall book Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington is the delightful story of Annie, a young woman who owns an apple farm and sells her products at the farmer’s market in the city. The book has bright, colorful illustrations that appeal to younger children as well as simple text making it an ideal read […]

Kindergarten and First Grade Scarecrow Ideas, Books, Writing Prompts, and Crafts

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Scarecrows are a fun part of fall, and kindergarten and first grade children will find a special unit featuring them along with barns and animals to be enjoyable. Primary aged children will enjoy themed read alouds and writing about the books by using creative writing prompts and other project ideas. Barn Dance Read Aloud Book […]