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Monday, August 25, 2014

When I Grow Up


This month's Poppins Book Nook Theme is When I Grow Up.  We chose to use the book When I Grow Up by Colin McNaughton.  It is a fun book where a class of children put on a play entitled When I Grow Up.  Each child shares what they would like to be from mermaid to rock star to queen of England! C thought it was cute.

To supplement our learning, we also grabbed a couple of non-fiction books from the library.  We chose Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathrynn Heling & Deborah Hembrook and When I Grow Up by Jessica Loy.




Clothesline Clues has cute little rhymes using the uniform for an occupation and that end with "What job does she do?"  When I Grow Up by Jessica Loy was really interesting for C because it highlighted unusual occupations like master cheese maker and pet photographer.  It was nice to learn about more than the standard community helper jobs!



C has been really interested in drawing lately so I pulled out our What Shall I Draw book and let her choose a few pictures that went along with our theme.  She chose to draw a rocket in outerspace for an astronaut and a tow truck!  She did a great job!  I am so happy to see her enjoying drawing because last year she gave up on a lot of her projects because they weren't perfect.




Be sure to check out the other participating bloggers below and see what they were up  to this month!


Be sure to check out the other participating bloggers to see what they were up to this month. 

Make sure to visit the main Poppins Book Nook page at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!  For more literacy fun follow along on Facebook and Pinterest!  If you didn't already grab the free lapbook for this month's theme, click on the image below to check it out.
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Be sure to check out the other participating bloggers to see what they were up to this month. 

Make sure to visit the main Poppins Book Nook page at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!  For more literacy fun follow along on Facebook and Pinterest!  If you didn't already grab the free lapbook for this month's theme, click on the image below to check it out.
- See more at: http://www.joyfocusedlearning.com/2014/06/outdoor-fun-with-step-gently-out-by.html#sthash.t9EyPG6h.dpuf
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Make sure to visit the main Poppins Book Nook page at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!  For more literacy fun follow along on Facebook and Pinterest! - See more at: http://www.joyfocusedlearning.com/2014/06/outdoor-fun-with-step-gently-out-by.html#sthash.t9EyPG6h.dpuf
 Don't forget to check out the main Poppins Book Nook page at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom!



When I Grow Up Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of When I Grow Up.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybookWhen I Grow Up by Mercer Mayer, one copy of Community Helpers Puzzles by Trend, and one copy of Community Helpers & Careers Pocket Flash Cards by Trend.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:


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If you have a post that goes along with this month's theme, please link it up below! 
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Square by Square Review






I love having fun educational games to incorporate into our school time.  It is an excellent way to break up the book work.  If you haven't seen the games from Thinkfun, you are missing out!  We already loved the game, Zingo, so when I got the opportunity to review Square by Square, I was thrilled!  Square by Square is a fun way to build spacial awareness.  The game consists of 14 pieces, 60 challenge cards and the orange base to build on.  It also comes with a mesh bag to hold everything when the game is not in use.



C quickly got to work choosing a card to build.  This is probably her favorite part! There are several designs she got really excited to build.  In the pictures here, she chose to build the dragon.  The first time she tried the game, she thought it was too hard.  However, after working on it for awhile she started seeing how the pieces fit together.  On the back of the challenge cards they have two hint pictures to help kids out when they get stuck.  Some days she relies a lot on those hints but she has completed a few challenges without them.





The game itself is well made.  I love that the orange base has a space to hold the cards.  There is only one thing I would change.  Instead of the bag, I would prefer a hinged lid.  I think C would find it more inviting on the shelf if she could see the game instead of a blue bag.  Overall, we all enjoy Square by Square!  If you are looking for a fun way to build spacial reasoning, Square by Square is a good option.  What are your family's favorite games?  I would love to hear in the comments below!

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Thank you so much for visiting Joy Focused Learning! 




~Angela


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Win $500 in Zulily's Back To School Giveaway!!!!

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Homeschoolers need fall clothes and supplies at back to school time too!  There is nothing better than getting all of your back-to-school shopping done in one place…unless you can get it done AND paid for! Enter to win the Zulily Back To School Giveway where both you and I can each win $500 in Zulily credits!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

2014 Back To Homeschool Giveaway!







This is huge!  We all know that homeschool can be quite an expensive venture.  The amazing prizes in this giveaway will go a long way in relieving the cost for 14 of you!  Yep, you heard me right: 14.  Enter using the widget at the bottom of this page.  Be sure to stop by The Christian Home School Hub to thank them for being the host of this amazing giveaway!

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