Digging dinosaurs … and a giveaway!

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Although I haven’t blogged about it, preschool has been in full force in our home. Blog life might not always be happening but thank goodness real life is, amen?!

We’ve been on a Dinosaur Dig with Mother Goose Time this month and Oliver is loving it. We’ve made fossils and dino hats and even excavated our own Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dad was home during some of our lessons last week so he even got in on the fun. I’ll compile our dinosaur library finds into a post for next week so I can share the books we added in this month. It’s been a pretty fun month of preschool. But I say that about every Mother Goose Time theme, really.

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In other exciting news, I’m giving away a little something today. Each month’s box from Mother Goose Time includes a book. They’re always super great quality and I always rant and rave about how cute they are. The sad part for you guys is that, in the past, you couldn’t get your hands on these books unless you bought the entire box. Well, Mother Goose Time has decided to start offering the books by Leslie Falconer on Amazon! Now you can snag the cute little books I share with you each month!

Mother Goose Time Book Giveaway

So, to celebrate, I’m giving away the 4 Mother Goose Time books pictured here. These are 4 of my favorites so far. I hand picked these based on how well the kids interacted and responded to these stories. Does a Bear Wear a Hat in Winter? is still our all-time favorite.

Just follow the directions in the rafflecopter widget and you’re entered to win. The contest ends Monday Feb 2nd. One winner will receive all three books. Books are provided courtesy of Mother Goose Time. Contest open to residents of the U.S. only.

 

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January 26, 2015 - 10:58 am

Rebecca Xavier - Thank you for the giveaway.

January 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Jaclyn Hodnett - Thank you for the giveaway.

January 26, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Michelle Lafayette - Looks like they had lots of fun with this unit.

January 27, 2015 - 6:44 am

Erin Z - These books look great, my girls would love them.

January 27, 2015 - 10:17 am

Wehaf - It’s great that these books are now available individually!

January 27, 2015 - 10:59 am

beth - These books look adorable and I would love to win.

January 27, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Katrina - These are really cute books!

January 27, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Kristen - I love giving kids books as gifts.

January 28, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Fiona N - Awesome giveaway! I would love to win this for my son!
Thank You for the chance

January 28, 2015 - 11:05 pm

Sarah Blake - Thank you so much

January 30, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Amanda Whitley - these books are so cute, my boys would love them

January 30, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Emily Leeds - I have enjoyed reading your posts on homeschooling. I have been contemplating public vs homeschool lately. Thank you for the giveaway

All about trees with Nancy Larson Science

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We’ve wrapped our unit on trees with Nancy Larson Science so I thought I’d take you on a little photo tour of our studies over the last couple of months. We’ve explored what trees need to grow, the parts of a tree, differences in leaves and seeds from trees, how deciduous trees change throughout the year, and even what trees are used for. We’ve diagrammed and collected and explored to find out everything we could about trees. The lesson on seeds hidden inside Jack Pine cones might’ve been Owen’s favorite. And mine too. The tiny little pinecones were closed up so tightly. Then we baked them and they opened right up and revealed their delicate seeds. The hands-on stuff is always our favorite.

NLS-trees-collage-1DSC_0103leaves-NL-2-749NLS-trees-collage-2DSC_0095NLS-seeds-4-749Next up: Exploring Sunlight, Water, and Soil. We’ll be trading in our Botanist hat for our Environmental Scientist hat for the next month or so. We love all things worms and soil so this should be right up our alley. The new garden beds were just dug so we’ve already got a head start on soil life. Owen likes to try to find worms to feed the chickens while Oliver pleads their case and relocates them safely back under a bit of soil somewhere. Science is pretty easy to incorporate into busy farm life.

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“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015″

Oliver // Using daddy’s homemade can phone to chat with brother up the stairs

Owen // Nose in a book is your default state these days, and I love it

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