Homeschooling

Give the Gift of Poetry Tea Time

My kids love Poetry Teatime! If you have been in the homeschooling game for more than a minute you will likely have heard about the fabulosity that is Poetry Teatime! If you haven’t heard of it, never you fear…check out this wonderful description over at the Brave Writer website! Poetry Teatime is the brainchild of the amazing Julie Bogart, creator of Brave Writer!

In an effort to be more mindful with my gift giving this holiday season, I have come up with some practical but hopefully fun gifts for our kids. Since they LOVE Poetry Teatime so much I decided I would create a box of goodies that will add some fun and excitement to our Tuesdays! Let’s start with some new books…because, well…BOOKS!

BOOKS

What would Poetry Teatime be without BOOKS?? As a book hoarder…ahem…book LOVER, I am always finding ways to gift my kids with books!

When I found the first book below I knew it had to come home with us! R is for Rhyme- A Poetry Alphabet is another gem from Sleeping Bear Press. I adore the alphabet books by Sleeping Bear Press for so many reasons…they are beautiful, educational, and SO fun! R is for Rhyme is no different. Each page begins with a different letter of the alphabet that teaches about a specific type of poetry or poetry tool. For example, L is for Limerick and M is for Metaphor. Not only does each letter contain a poem but it also teaches you about the specific poetry tool or style of poem. This is a winner. Absolutely recommend this for anyone learning about poetry!

The next book we will be adding is called Sing a Song of Seasons- A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year. This book is drool-worthy. If you have been on Instagram you may have seen this book floating around. It is every bit as gorgeous as it looks. The illustrations are lovely and so are the poems. This would be a wonderful addition to Poetry TeaTime as well as any nature studies you may be learning about. Can’t wait for my kids to open this one!

We are also huge fans of silly poetry. Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky are two of our favorites! I am looking forward to adding Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face. I know it will create tons of laughter!!

Now, this next book isn’t a poetry book at all! My kids LOVE to bake, so I thought a neat addition to our Poetry Teatime gift basket would be a baking cookbook! I know they would love to start making more of our own treats and these books look like they would be awesome additions!

HANDS ON LEARNING

My kids love working with their hands. They always have their hands busy while I am reading. I use to worry that they weren’t paying attention, but I have come to realize that they just love having busy hands! Something I want to add to our Poetry Teatimes is a way for the kids to create poetry with their hands! So this year I have decided to add some magnetic poetry to our table! I found this great little Metal Easel Board by Magnetic Poetry Educational Products…isn’t this adorable??!?

To go with the board I am going to add some fun magnetic poetry kits! Superhero Magnetic Poetry…I mean, come ON! SO cool!!! Space is also going to be a huge hit…and will go along so nicely with our Outer Space Unit!

SETTING THE MOOD

One of my kids’ favorite parts of Poetry Teatime is drinking out of fancy cups with saucers! It is such a simple thing to do, but one that can completely transform teatime! Here is a set that I have my eye on! I love how small and organized it is!! Who doesn’t love tiny spoons?

Candles! Candles are such a fun addition to Poetry Teatime! It helps set the mood and makes teatime that much more special! Something that I thought would be super fun to do would be to roll your own candles! There are some amazing do-it-yourself Beeswax candle kits out there! I am going to add one as a gift for my kids this year…I know it will be a super fun activity and they will love lighting their own hand made candles!

FINAL FUN TIDBITS

Some final fun things I plan to add to our Poetry Teatime gift basket are some flavored teas and cocoas. Only one of my kids really enjoys tea, but the other two love to try different types of cocoa! I am going to add some fun flavors like raspberry and mint cocoa into the mix.

You could add a fun tablecloth that only comes out for Poetry Teatime, some cute cloth napkins, and even a pretty serving tray!

Lastly, if you don’t like the idea of a fancy tea set, you could find some fun mugs that fit each of your kiddos interests! Etsy is an amazing place to shop around for personalized gifts! I know my 12-year-old daughter would LOVE a Percy Jackson mug, my 10-year-old would love one with unicorns, and my 7- year- old would love anything superhero!

 

I am so excited to put this together for my kids…and let’s be honest…this is for me too!

 

Do your kids love Poetry Teatime?

 

 

 

 

 

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Homeschooling

Our Review of Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 4

skill sharpener science grade 4 book

I am so excited to be reviewing Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 4! As a homeschooling Mama of 3 kiddos, I am always on the lookout for lessons that I can teach as a whole group! There just aren’t enough hours in the day to create individual instruction in EVERY subject! Some subjects lend themselves much better to group instruction than others…and science just happens to be one of those!

Confession time? Science is NOT my strong suit. If I could teach History, Geography, and Reading ALL day, I would do it in a heartbeat! It’s not that I don’t love science, or find it fascinating…it just isn’t my area of expertise! SO, I am so excited to find Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners for Science! I am a HUGE fan of the Skill Sharpener books…you can find reviews for Skill Sharpeners Geography here and Critical Thinking right here!

WHAT ARE SKILL SHARPENERS?

Skill Sharpeners are educational activity books created for children in PreK – Grade 6. There are 6 different topics covered: Critical Thinking, Math, Science, Reading, Spell & Write, and Geography. Skill Sharpeners are a perfect addition to any homeschool curriculum to provide enrichment in a specific topic area, to plan grade level appropriate lessons, or as a review. Each Skill Sharpener book is aligned to grade-appropriate standards so you can easily gauge your childs grasp in a particular learning area.

A LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK

Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 4 is broken down into the following 4 units:

  • OUR BODIES AND OUR SENSES
    • Muscles and Bones
    • Skin
    • Eyesight
    • Hearing
  • SHAPING THE EARTH
    • Weathering and Erosion
    • Glaciers
    • Earthquakes
    • Volcanoes
  • WAVES
    • What is a Wave?
    • Waves in the Water
    • Sound Waves
    • Digital Waves
  • ENERGY
    • What is Energy?
    • Heat Energy
    • Electrical Energy
    • Light Energy

A LOOK INSIDE THE BOOK

As I mentioned above, Skill Sharpeners Science is broken down into 4 main units. Each of those units is then divided into 4 sections. Within the sections, you will see things like reading passages, open-ended question and answers, crossword puzzles, labeling, hands-on activities, experiments, and so much more! I want to take you on a little tour through one of the sections! As a visual learner myself it always helps me to see what is inside!

So, we are going on a little tour of the first section of the first unit: Muscles and Bones! I am just going to share a few of the pages to give you an idea of what is included…but each unit contains much more!

The first part you will come to will be a reading passage! We LOVE that it has the definitions posted above in a box as well as in bold in the reading passage. The paragraphs are short, interesting, and include a great diagram! I also love the addition of the Concepts on the side…very helpful for my kids to understand what the focus area is!

 

I am so excited to see the inclusion of these hands-on activities! How much fun is this? These are simple activities that do not require a lot of extra supplies but really bring the concept to life for the kids! I can’t wait to do this activity with my kiddos…It is going to be a big hit!

Now, this is absolutely awesome! This is the “application” section. This allows the kids to take what they have learned about and put it into practice! I love that it includes physical activity. My 7 year old loves to be able to get up and move and this is the perfect activity!

I love that there is a chance for the kids to put the vocabulary they have learned into practice! Not only are they learning new words throughout the unit but they are having a chance to test their knowledge.

HOW I PLAN TO USE THE BOOK IN OUR HOMESCHOOL

The thing I love the most about Skill Sharpeners books is how easily I can adapt them for use with all 3 of my kids. I have a second grader, a fourth grader, and a sixth grader. I plan to use the fourth-grade book with all 3 kiddos. For my second grader, I will work with him to complete the work…I know some of it will be over his head but I also know that he will absolutely be able to grasp a lot of the information because it is presented in such a kid-friendly manner. He will also adore the crossword puzzles, experiments, and hands-on activities. For my sixth grader, I will add in some additional vocabulary words and perhaps an extra writing assignment…I honestly think that she will greatly benefit from the information presented in the book even though it is geared for fourth grade. This is what I love about the books!

FOR MORE INFORMATION

I highly recommend Skill Sharpeners Science for any homeschooling family looking to add some science to their lives! I can’t say enough wonderful things about all of the Skill Sharpener books that I have had a chance to use. They are such beautiful and interesting books that are presented in such a great way for kids of all ages.

For a sneak peek inside, here is a wonderful video from Evan-Moor!

These books are an amazing value at only, $9.99! To grab your own, just click the image below!! 
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