{Writing Poetry} Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

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I love the changing of the seasons, and autumn is my favorite. I’m ready for cool mornings with hot drinks, collecting colorful leaves on our walks, and tromping through the pumpkin patch with my kids. To celebrate the first day of autumn, we wrote poems about all the summery things we’ll be saying goodbye to, […]

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Playful Picks

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Each issue of Playful Picks includes links to projects and articles, and sometimes a peek at what we’re currently reading or creative products we love. I’ll also be linking to one or two past posts at Let’s Explore – after 5 years of blogging, the archives are getting deep around here! Happy playing! From the […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Hello! How are you? Are you hustling and bustling this week, or having some downtime? We are lucky enough to be taking the downtime route, along with a sprinkling of tidying, project-making, and wish-list writing. Tomorrow, we get to share a delicious meal and visit with family and the girls are quite excited for the […]

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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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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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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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I Wish… Poems

In case you didn’t know, we are big into poetry around here. The girls love to read poems, try to memorize poems, and of course, write their own poems! We very rarely attempt a rhyming poem, instead opting for a simple sentence starter or poetry frame to get us going. These simple types of poems […]

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Simple Animal Poetry

I love using simple poetry frames with my girls. Writing poems is a great way to both use language creatively and share facts and information. We recently had fun writing these simple, fill-in-the-blank animal poems during our study of animals: I am a __________ I can ___________ I can ___________ I feel ___________ I smell […]

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Gingerbread Fun!

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We are going to do a bunch of gingerbread-themed stuff this week, since two of the girls’ favorite books right now are Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett. I think it’s going to be a fun week! Here are the activities we have planned: Sewing felt gingerbread boys and girls Scavenger hunt with […]

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Turkey Pet Rocks and Thankful Poems

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Good morning! I am actually quite eager to jump into Christmas decorating, but I’m trying to hold out and savor these few days leading up to Thanksgiving. Today we are going to write Thankful Poems – basically just a fill-in-the-blank outline. This is the outline we’ll use: I’m thankful for _____ and ______ and ______. […]

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