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Monday, March 25, 2019

Montessori-Inspired Frog Life Cycle 3-Part Cards


All winter long, Dragonfly (age 7) has been daydreaming of catching frogs in our yard.  It's her very favorite thing in the world!  She's even convinced that she's seen them already, even though we're still covered in snow.

Over the years, I've written quite a bit about frogs and we've studied them a few times in our homeschool, but I haven't created many printables for them.  As I was working on the ladybug life cycle cards last week, I looked over my other metamorphosis printables (scroll down to see all of them) and realized that I hadn't made a frog life cycle set.

I set out to remedy that problem immediately!  Fortunately, it was easy to find real pictures for these Montessori-inspired cards.  They match the Safari Ltd frog life cycle toys and work great with sensory bins. The cards can be used to work on reading and spelling, especially when combined with a moveable alphabet.





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Montessori-inspired frog-life cycle 3-part cards to match the Safari Ltd frog life cycle set.  Great for a spring study of frogs or an anytime look at metamorphosis.  These free printables, featuring real pictures of the life cycle, are good for homeschoolers and traditional teachers alike.











Friday, March 22, 2019

Montessori-Inspired Ladybug Life Cycle 3-Part Cards


I was going through all my 3-part matching cards for Safari Ltd products and realized that I hadn't done all the life cycle sets yet.  Since it's springtime and many homeschoolers are studying birds and bugs now, I decided I'd better get busy getting all the life cycle sets done.  We're still covered in snow, but these bright pictures of green leaves and red ladybugs are lifting my spirits.





We like to use the life cycle set in sensory bins, alongside the cards.  Kids can use the printables for simple matching activities in the traditional Montessori 3-part cards method (explained here) or can combine them with a moveable alphabet for a spelling practice.

It's also fun to get out all your Safari Ltd life cycle sets and set them up so each stage of the insect life cycle matches each other (scroll down for more matching cards), all the eggs together, all the larvae, etc.  It's a great chance to explore the similarities between all insects and compare them to non-insects bugs like spiders and worms.





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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Books about Insect for Kids


I love doing these round-up type of posts with books for every subject.  Although we still have snow on the ground, the warmer days have the kids anxiously waiting for springtime and the return/awakening of the insects.  If you're looking for some awesome, general knowledge books about insects for kids, this list is a great place to start.  I've even ordered a few for our own collection.












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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tide Pool Learning Ideas



My family is getting very excited about our upcoming Oregon Coast road trip.  One of the best parts about visiting the ocean is Oregon are the tide pools.  My kids remember them very well from our trip two year ago (read all about on my travel blog- Party Through the USA).  We're all looking forward to what we'll find this trip.

It's a great time for some special homeschooling lessons on tide pools.  I've scoured the internet and asked my friends at the Kid Blogger Network for some great printables, sensory bins, science lessons, and more.  Be sure to check out my post on the travel site about books for learning about the Oregon Coast, too.


















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Saturday, March 16, 2019

NYC Gilded Age Book Recommendations



Updated- March 16, 2019 with books that I've read.  Originally published on Feb. 9, 2017.

This is perhaps a sort of shameful confession from a mother in her thirties, but I'm quite obsessed right now with Broadway's Newsies.  Last spring, I got to see the musical on tour with my siblings.  Ever since, I have been listening to the music.  It always makes me smile to hear the perky beats and defiant lyrics.  I'm very excited this month to see the show in the movie theater, and I'm really hoping that Disney will release it on DVD this summer.



The Newsies have reawakened my interest in the Gilded Age.  The time period is fascinating because of how quickly the world was changing and what those changes meant for the next century.  Horses were being replaced by automobiles, factory workers were demanding their rights, and reformers were working for change.  This is the era of the telephone, the railway, and the lightbulb.  Immigrants were pouring into our country by the thousands, bringing with them urban problems, disease, cheap labor, and innovations.  This was the time of industrial and political giants like Boss Tammany, Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, and Joseph Pulitzer.  And, through all the changes and turmoil, the voices of the Newsies could be heard, peddling the banner.

Most books set in the late 1800's feature either the Wild West or Southern reconstruction.  I've read plenty of books set in those places, but it's harder to find books set in NYC at that time.  If you're slightly interested in the Gilded Age and/or you like to read about history, here's my recommendations of books.  Enjoy!



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