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The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

I love it when a book inspires creativity! This happens A LOT at our house! So often we will be reading a book and all of a sudden an idea pops up for a craft, art project, or recipe! Well, I have just finished reading […]

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

You may have guessed by now that I really LOVE picture books…like, a lot! They are one of my favorite types of books to read and I absolutely LOVE sharing new picture books with you! Well, today I have a new book that I think […]

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

Picture books are my go-to gift for nearly every occasion! There is something so special about giving someone a book! My favorite time to give books are at baby showers or to celebrate the arrival of a new baby! Books are such an incredible gift to give to new parents…building a library for their little one of books that they can enjoy with their child is just priceless!

I have a sweet new recommendation to add to your list of go-to books to give new parents! This Is BABY is a brand new book from Jimmy Fallon! Fallon has also authored Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything is MAMA. Both books were New York Times #1 Bestsellers and I have no doubt that This Is BABY will join them!!

This Is BABY is a sweet book that illustrates all of the parts of baby. What is the most important part of baby? Is it their nose, their toes, or is it something else? This will be such a hit with little ones! Kiddos love to learn about their body and will love the rhyming words! Parents will absolutely love reading this to their little ones. The sweet illustrations are created by Miguel Ordonez who also illustrated Everything Is MAMA and Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA.

This Is BABY was gifted to us by our friends at Macmillan in exchange for our honest review! This will definitely be added to our list of favorite books to give as gifts!

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

I will be the first to admit that STEM is not my favorite area to teach. If you were to ask me which subjects I do not excel at, I would tell you, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math…STEM! Give me all the books, grammar, art, […]

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

I am a Halloween slacker! It has never been my favorite holiday! Christmas is my jam…I go all-out! But this year, I want to add a little Halloween fun to our homeschool day! I have decided to put together a fun and easy Halloween Morning […]

Learn All About North America with Evan-Moor

Learn All About North America with Evan-Moor

It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of Evan-Moor products! They are consistently my go-to materials for homeschooling. As I planned for our geography unit this year I was so excited to stumble upon The 7 Continents series! We will be learning about countries all around the world and what better way to introduce them than by learning all about the continents they are in! First up is North America!

The 7 Continents: North America

I *just* discovered the 7 Continents series from Evan-Moor and it is wonderful! As I mentioned above, we are learning all about the countries of the world this year! I let the kids pick the countries and they decided we would start with Mexico! They didn’t have to twist my arm!

As part of learning about a country I think it is important to get a more global look at things and see where the country is located in relation to the rest of the world. Part of that is learning all about the continent it is on!

The 7 Continents: North America Grades 4-6 is packed with reproducible information pages and activities. The book is divided into the following sections:

  1. North America in the World
  2. Political Divisions of North America
  3. Physical Features of North America
  4. Valuable Resources of North America
  5. North American Culture
  6. Assessment
  7. Note Takers

The book is full of activities from crossword puzzles to map work to assessments. I am blown away by the vast amount of printable maps included…there is even a link to download several maps online. We are highly visual learners, so having access to all of the maps is so helpful.

WHY We Love This Book

One of my favorite aspects of Evan-Moor’s books is that they excel at combining multiple subjects into one. While you might think you are just getting a geography book, you are actually getting practice with reading, math, science, and more! They tie so many things together in such a seamless way!

My kids really love the reading selections that are included. They read about Central America, The Caribbean, Canada, Hydroelectricity, Fishing, Coffee, and so much more! See, I told you they cover such a wide range of topics!

Much like our other Evan-Moor books, The 7 Continents: North America is extremely user-friendly. The passages to read are short and interesting, the assignments aren’t overwhelming, and the tasks are finished in a very manageable period of time. This book has made a perfect addition to our unit. I look forward to adding the other continents as we continue our travels around the world.

Also, as a mom of 3 kids in 3 different grades, I love that this book can be used with all 3 kiddos. Even though my youngest is in 3rd grade, he has been able to do everything right along with my girls!

One last detail that I LOVE is the Note Takers section at the back of the book. This is a section full of printables and ideas to let the kiddos explore further topics of their choosing. This lends itself perfectly for my two older kiddos to pick a topic to study and begin researching on their own. I LOVE the layout of the printables and think we will use them time and again.

For More Information

For a complete flip through of The 7 Continents: North America, you can head straight to Evan-Moor’s website here.

To check out one of my other favorite Geography resources from Evan-Moor click here.

7 Continents is also available in your TeacherFileBox subscription! You can go to TeacherFileBox to get a free 30 Day Membership! We absolutely LOVE our membership and it is SO worth the yearly membership fee! Here is a post about why we love it so much!

Improve Cursive with Evan-Moor’s Daily Handwriting Practice

Improve Cursive with Evan-Moor’s Daily Handwriting Practice

I am a big fan of cursive writing! I started both of my girls with cursive writing right around third grade and they love it! This year my son will be in third and he can’t wait to start learning cursive. I wanted to have […]

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

“If the impossible is possible anywhere, it’ll be possible in Eerie-on-Sea” Welcome to the sleepy beach town of Eerie-on-Sea. It is winter, and everything is different during the winter. You see, legend has it that a monstrous creature called the Malamander prowls the shore of […]

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% Pure Magic

Circus Mirandus is 100% pure magic from beginning to end. I finished the book in two days and could not put it down. Cassie Beasley beautifully weaves a story full of magic and heart with a little mystery tied in! I can’t wait to re-read this with my kids because I know that they will absolutely adore it.

Welcome to Circus Mirandus

Micah lives with his Grandpa Ephraim and they are two peas in a pod. Micah has grown up hearing his Grandpa’s stories of Circus Mirandus, a magical circus that he visited when he was a child. Sadly, Grandpa Ephraim is dying, and Great Aunt Gertrudis has come to help take care of Micah. She is a mean and cranky woman who despises Grandpa’s stories of the circus. Micah can’t envision a world without Grandpa Ephraim in it. One day, Grandpa Ephraim confides in Micah, Circus Mirandus is real. Not only is Circus Mirandus real, but The Lightbender, a brilliant magician, owes Grandpa a miracle. Micah sets out on a quest with his new friend Jenny to track down The Lightbender and get him to save Grandpa’s life. Will The Lightbender be able to help? Will he give Grandpa Ephraim his miracle?

My Thoughts

As you may have already guessed, I LOVED this book. There are so many factors that combined together to make this an incredible read. The biggest factor for me was the magic. Author Cassie Beasley created a perfectly magical world that is Circus Mirandus. A perfect blend of possible and impossible! She writes with such beautiful detail that you feel like you are experiencing Circus Mirandus for the first time right along with Micah…and it is pure magic indeed!

Next up would be the fantastic cast of characters. There are characters that I fell in love with, characters that made me laugh, and characters that I really couldn’t stand…I’m looking at you Great Aunt Gertrudis. Also, the relationships between the characters was incredible. Micah and his Grandpa have such a beautiful and special relationship that it hurt my heart to see them both suffering so. I am so eager to see how the relationship between Micah and The Lightbender will blossom…so excited for the sequel!

The last piece for me that made this such a memorable read would be the adventure and mystery. There were so many unexpected twists and turns! Just when you thought you had something figured out, you realize that there is so much more to the story! It was a non-stop page-turner for me.

This is a book that I am going to remember for a long time. The sequel is sitting on my table waiting for me to get home from vacation and I can’t wait. I was so sad when I reached the end of the book…not because I didn’t like the ending, but because I so desperately didn’t want to say goodbye to Circus Mirandus. I am so looking forward to the next installment!

My kids are going to absolutely love Circus Mirandus and I can’t wait to share this magical world with them. I think it will be even more special to share this as a read aloud with them! The second book, The Bootlace Magician will be released on October 1st, 2019!

To order your own copy of Circus Mirandus, click here.

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base: A Beautifully Woven Story of Family, Love, and Bravery

At The Mountain’s Base is an absolutely breathtaking new picture book that celebrates love, bravery, and the unwavering support that family provides. This is a gorgeously illustrated poem that would make an incredible addition to a study on Native Americans or World War 2. At […]