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2020 Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Program at our local library is something we loved during the summer. It seems like yesterday we would go to the library, listen to Ms. Pam read and sing with us, and leave with a tote bag of books. Now that my kiddos are big, that is a sweet memory of the past. Like ours, perhaps your library is not fully open. Don’t let that put a damper on your summer reading. I’m here to help!

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Noticing Nature – March

This is a special edition of Noticing Nature! In a time of social distancing, practically everything is closed, and people are going stir crazy – I’ve got the perfect outdoor activity that can meet all the requirements for everyone’s new normal.

Would you believe there are millions of treasures hidden all over the world, just waiting to be found? What if I told you it’s very likely some of those treasures are right near you at any given moment? Keep reading, because I’m going to tell you about the ultimate game of hide and seek that anyone can play as well as another new extension of geocaching that we recently discovered!

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Continent Race by Byron’s Games Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I absolutely love using games to teach! Games are especially a fun way to learn geography. If I could do it all over again, I would probably plan our entire homeschool curriculum using only the Bible , maps, several science labs, and board games. You can imagine my excitement when chosen to review Continent Race by Byron’s Games!

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Buh-Bye February Blahs

Every year around this time, there’s something that may creep in slowly, or march in and stay awhile like an unwanted house guest. That unwelcome guest is known as the blahs, also known as the February Funk. Banish the blues with these tips and ideas!

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Everyone is excited to start the new school year in August or September. By October, the homeschool honeymoon beings to wear off a little. Thankfully, October is such a fun month! The weather is great to get outside and enjoy the fall season, and we carry on. The holidays in November and December get most of us off schedule, but it’s okay, it’s the holiday season after all. January brings a renewed energy and most of us welcome getting back into a routine.

Now it’s February. The shortest month that seems to last forever. Depending on where you live, you are either sick of the snow, the cold, or the dreary days. Spring break seems so very far away. It’s too cold or wet to get outside much. Cabin fever sets in, and the next thing you know, we get the blahs.

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Upcycled Tutorial

A couple of years ago, I came across a neat paper craft on Pinterest.  It was making Christmas trees from old catalogs/magazines.  I decided to try a couple, and they were so easy and fun to make!  I then used the trees for props in my craft show displays (I am an Usborne Books Consultant).   At my booth, several older ladies smiled and commented that they used to make them with Reader’s Digest magazines years ago.  I continued to use them during the holiday season in my displays. 

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Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks Review

Do teens still play with blocks? It has been a while since my two have actually sat down and made something with blocks. I’ve noticed they do still stack the little butter and jelly tubs at restaurants to pass the time, so I thought I’d give Brain Blox Wooden Building Planks from Brain Blox a try! I hoped it would be fun for them, and bring back a little nostalgia for me to the days when there were blocks strewn about the house.

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Fun Family Chess Review

I have never played Chess in my life, but have been curious for a few years now. I love incorporating games in our learning, so I was very happy to have the opportunity to review Fun Family Chess from Brain Blox.  What’s really neat is that my kids have never played either, so we started out on a level playing field.

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