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Creative Writing Project :: Letters to Santa from the Naughty List

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{This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this site!} My girls adore reading and writing fractured fairytales. Here’s a simple Christmas-time creative writing project that we had a lot of fun working on – writing letters to Santa from a character that might be on Santa’s naughty list. These letters are great practice for creating a […]

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Book Review: The Fantastic Family Whipple

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It’s Natalie’s turn to make her blog-writing debut! She is sharing her review of a book that is now on her list of favorites. She has raved about this one so much it is on my summer reading list! Here’s Natalie… {This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this site!} The Fantastic Family […]

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Book Review: The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary)

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Please welcome my nine-year-old daughter, Delaney. I’m so thrilled that she will be sharing book reviews for kids here on the blog! She has a fun book to share with you today…take it away, Delaney! {This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this site!} The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors Have you ever […]

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Spring Audio Books for Kids

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{List updated April 2013} We love listening to audio books, especially in the car. Luckily, our library has a pretty good selection of picture book/CD sets and audio chapter books. I also like purchasing audio stories and making themed audio story playlists for the girls. We can listen to them on our iPod or burn […]

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Edible Cells & Poetry Journals

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Edible Plant and Animal Cells Activity The hands-down highlight of this week’s learning activities was the creating (and eating!) of edible animal and plant cells. I saw this project at Se7en’s blog, and knew the girls would love it. Using jello as our cytoplasm, we added various fruits and candies to represent some of the […]

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All About Me Wordle for Kids

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The girls and I love starting the school year with new photos, a self-portrait project, and an interview. This year, we had fun making All About Me word clouds using Wordle. We’re totally hooked on Wordle now! Check out our finished Wordles and tips at Make and Takes today – see you there!

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Secret Codes for Mini-Detectives

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Happy mid-July! How’s your summer treating you so far? We’re getting ready for Delaney’s 8th birthday this coming weekend – she’s having a 50 states party! As I’ve mentioned before, my girls are on a secret agent/detective/super spy kick. (Remember the homemade detective kits from Christmas?) Every good detective needs a way to send secret […]

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I’m So Smart Poems

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At the end of the school year two years ago, the girls wrote “I’m so smart…” poems. It was a nice way to celebrate all the learning and growing over the past months. We’re planning to write smart poems again this year, paired with photo collages of their favorite projects, books, and activities from the […]

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Playing with Words: Poetry Projects for Kids

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In honor of National Poetry Month, I’m sharing two of our recent poetry projects at Simple Kids today. Here’s a sneak peek: From rhyming lines to haiku to free verse, I love sharing poetry with my daughters. We think of poems as paintings made with words, and they are a wonderful way for kids to […]

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Books for Giving: Spring Edition

Nearly every gift-giving occasion in our family includes specially-chosen books for our two voracious readers. With a change of season in the air, here are a few gift book ideas for celebrating spring or tucking into an Easter basket: Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton Age: Babies and up You really can’t go wrong with Sandra […]

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