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5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

5 Cherries is a Celebration of Imagination

Children have an amazing gift of imagination. Have you ever listened to your children play and been completely amazed at some of the things they think up? 5 Cherries is a celebration of that imagination!  I was immediately drawn to this book because of the […]

10 Amazing Books to Read to Your Kids on Earth Day!

10 Amazing Books to Read to Your Kids on Earth Day!

  Earth Day is right around the corner! My kiddos are so excited to celebrate by heading to the beach to pick up some trash! In addition to helping clean up the beach, we will be reading a LOT of books! Whenever a holiday, special […]

My Go-To Books for Homeschooling

My Go-To Books for Homeschooling

Have you ever found an amazing shirt and you love it SO much that you have to buy it in every single color? You know that it is the perfect shirt for you and you must have all of them? Well, I am about to share a series of books that I feel the very same way about. What started as one book has spiraled into a complete obsession. Not just a little obsession…a full-on-book-hoarding-till-you-need-another-bookcase-obsession!

I was first introduced to Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Books when I was planning our homeschool unit on Florida. While researching books to buy I stumbled across a book called S is for Sunshine. It looked beautiful and the price was right…so I ordered it! Not to be dramatic…but I may have heard an angel or two singing when I opened the pages! I was completely blown away! The book was better than I had hoped for AND was the perfect addition to our unit.

WHY Alphabet Books Rock

We are extremely eclectic homeschoolers. I pick and choose and create all different types of curriculum. One thing I do a lot of is Unit Studies. I love unit studies because it gives us a chance to really dig into a topic that the kids are interested in.

One of the first things I do when creating a unit study is to select books. This is always my first step because frankly I have a book addiction and can’t help but fill our shelves with awesome books. Without fail,I will always look to see if there is an Alphabet Book available to go with the topic we are studying. Sleeping Bear Press has an amazing website with a ginormous booklist. The vast array of topics is impressive. I originally thought that the Alphabet Books were only related to U.S. States…but I quickly learned that they have books covering a multitude of subject areas. Whether you are planning a unit on Dinosaurs, Poetry, or the Ocean…they have you covered!

So, why do I love them so much! Well, here are just a few reasons! I will go into greater detail on each one later in the post!

  1. Amazing for unit planning
  2. Great for readers of all ages
  3. Gorgeous illustrations
  4. FREE Teacher Guides/Activities

Amazing for Unit Planning

Sleeping Bear Press Alphabet Books walk you through the alphabet from A to Z. Each letter represents an area related to the topic of the book. This is such an amazing resource for planning a unit. Planning a homeschool unit can be so overwhelming…there are so many ideas to cover that it is hard to narrow your focus. I take each letter of the alphabet almost like a bullet point. It helps me to visually see the areas that I want to cover! For example, when we were learning about our home state of Florida I selected S is for Sunshine as one of our main “spines” for the unit. I planned nearly everything from this one book. Throughout the book, you will find pages such as A is for Alligator…we learned that our state reptile is an alligator and learned some neat facts about alligators. E is for Everglades, we learned about the Florida Everglades and some of the inhabitants including our state animal the panther. J is for Juan Ponce de Leon…we learned all about him and how he discovered Florida for Spain.

 

Perfect for Numerous Age Groups

Second, they are wonderful for readers of all ages. The Alphabet books are a combination of verse/poetry and also non-fiction factual information. If you have a younger child who is just learning to read or doesn’t have a long attention span to be read to you can stick to just the smaller verses. The often rhyming text is appealing to even the youngest of kiddos…and their book-loving Mama! If you have an older child you can also have them read the information included on each side-bar. Each page is PACKED with tons of interesting and educational material!

Gorgeous Illustrations

Third, the illustrations are stunning. Each and every book I have read is so beautifully illustrated. The pictures are such a wonderful complement to the stories. I am a sucker for a beautifully illustrated picture book and these definitely deliver! My kiddos love to include art projects with each of our units and they love to use our Alphabet books as inspiration!

FREE Teacher Guides/Activities

Lastly, and you might want to brace yourself for this, Sleeping Bear Press’s website has an entire section of Teacher Guides/Activities. You simply click on the book you are using, say, for example, B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet, and you are taken to an amazing guide! I have used these guides on more than one occasion and they are such a time saver for a busy Mama! They would be fantastic for a school teacher as well! You will find recipes, fill in the blanks, crossword puzzles, letter writing, and so much more included in the guides. Such an amazing resource…I wish I had discovered them sooner!

To take a peek at some of the Teacher Guides click here.

For a catalog of books available from Sleeping Bear Press head on over to their online catalog here.

This is not a sponsored post at all…just a mama sharing some of her favorite books! They have been such an amazing addition to our homeschool and I think you will love them too!

 

 

 

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A DINO-RIFIC Experience Box for your Little Paleontologists!

A DINO-RIFIC Experience Box for your Little Paleontologists!

  Do you have a dinosaur obsessed kiddo? You know the one I mean…the kid who can pronounce Piatnitzkysaurus without missing a beat (totally a real dinosaur…just ask google). Well then, stay put, because this is the post for you. I have created an awesome collection of […]

Raising Readers – One Books at a Time!

Raising Readers – One Books at a Time!

  I have loved books for as long as I can remember! My Mom actually used books as bribery to potty train me when I was 2 (OK, that is moderately embarrassing!) We would walk to the store together and I would get to pick […]

Magic Awaits…A book review of The Crowns of Croswald

Magic Awaits…A book review of The Crowns of Croswald

 

If you are looking for an escape from reality then The Crowns of Croswald is the perfect book to get lost in! I was hooked from the very first pages! Author D.E. Night creates an amazing world of magic and adventure. This is a fast-paced story that keeps the reader wanting to turn the page!

The book is about a young girl named Ivy, who thought she was forever doomed to spend her life tending to the fire-breathing scaldrons at Castle Plum. Little does she know that her entire world is about to turn on its axis! Ivy finds herself at the Halls of Ivy…a school for magic…and what’s more…she discovers that she herself can do magic!

This is the perfect middle-grade fiction novel for lovers of magic, mystery, princes and princesses, and adventure. The pages are full of mystical creatures, secret rooms, and lots of twists and turns. I am thrilled that D.E. Night is working on a sequel… because I am not done with Ivy’s story! I didn’t want the book to end…there is so much more I want to know…and I think there is so much more that IVY wants to know as well!!

I really enjoyed this one…to grab your own: https://amzn.to/2G8HbZB

For more information on author D.E. Night head on over to her site: http://denight.com/

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

 

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My Top 10 Usborne Books for Homeschooling- Part 1

My Top 10 Usborne Books for Homeschooling- Part 1

  My obsession with Usborne books came long before our decision to homeschool! I fell in love with these amazing books. My home has always been filled with books…picture books, fiction books, poetry…but never non-fiction! I am not sure why I was just always drawn […]

My Top 10 Usborne Books for Homeschooling- Part 2

My Top 10 Usborne Books for Homeschooling- Part 2

  It is time for the continuation of my Top 10 Favorite Usborne Book for Homeschooling! These 5 are equally as fabulous as the first 5…and I could have added so many more into this mix! So, here they are: 6.) 365 Science Activities– This […]