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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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Gadanke Journal Review

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We have been playing with a really fun kid’s journal from the Gadanke handmade journal shop. I have always written in some sort of journal or notebook, not to mention all the notes I have jotted down about things the girls say or special memories. My girls are also showing an interest in journaling and [...]

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Spring Acrostic Poems

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{Updated from a post at Early Bird Homeschool, April 2010. The girls wrote these poems when they were 5 and 7 years old.} Poetry is one of our favorite ways to play and create with words. After reading Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur, we wrote our own acrostic poems to celebrate Spring. Acrostic [...]

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Simple and Fun Bookmark Crafts for Kids

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We recently had a little bookmark craft camp at our house. We were running dangerously low on bookmarks, and I was grabbing random receipts and junk mail to mark my spot. Now, we have lots of pretty bookmarks use, and some extras for gift-giving, too. I’m sharing our three favorite bookmark crafts at Simple Kids [...]

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