Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Littles Learning Link Up: May 22, 2018 - Our No-School Week

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

Last week was a no-school week, our last one until the end of the school year actually. We school 5 or 6 weeks on, 1 week off. Though this time we had only had 4 weeks of school and then took a break, mainly because the hubby had a week off from work and we wanted to be able to spend time with him. Of course, there was still learning happening. We listened to Under Drake's Flag from Heirloom Audio Productions (which we reviewed several years ago) while we were in the van headed up to go shopping. So, there was some history. We went to the park and the boat launch where they could play in the river, and the children were pulling up rocks, looking for bugs. Science. The children played all sorts of different board games and card games together. Math. Plus we were still doing a bit of school work with Home School Navigator. Language Arts. Even our no-school weeks are sort of relaxed school, or maybe unschooling weeks. 

Let's take a quick look. By the way, how do you like these collages I've been making to share a review of our week?

Let's take a look at that review schedule real quick:
Last week I posted my review for Kids Email. This week I will be sharing my reviews of Home School Navigator, and the book T is for Tree: A Bible ABC from Reformed Free Publishing Association

In June I will be sharing reviews of New American Cursive 2 from Memoria PressCritical Thinking Detective Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co, MaxScholar, Grammar and Writing 3 from Hake Publishing, and The Master & His Apprentices.

Here are some things I would like to share with you:

It's just starting to feel like spring, so of course, I thought I would share some summer round ups. Starting with some patriotic ideas for Memorial Day.

And, let's not forget that Father's Day will be here before we know it.

And here are some ideas for keeping your children busy this summer:

Don't miss this giveaway!

Enter to win 2 Maud the Koala books.

Open to US Residents 18 and over.
Ends May 27th, 2018

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 9 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing  one randomly selected post, plus the top clicked on post.

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:

Kelly from Our Everyday Harvest shared 7 Fun Word Books to Help build Vocabulary Skills.

This week's most clicked on post is:

Dachelle from Hide the Chocolate shared How to Survive the Summer with Your Kids Without Going Crazy.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.

I am sharing over at

Homeschool Coffee Break

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- May 22, 2018

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

Featured Giveaway

Featured Reviews

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Sunday Photo Round Up (on a Monday): May 21st, 2018

Sunday Photo Round Up

Ooops, I day late again. Just ran out of time. We went to Rock City Park with Venture Club yesterday, which was a lot of fun, but I sort of ran out of time.

Sunday Photo Round Up is where I share the pictures I have taken during the week for the photo-a-day challenges I am participating in. This month I am taking photos for the following challenges: Photo a Day from Fat Mum Slim, the challenge with the Crew, and a new one from Intentional Homeschooling.

May 13: Family

Had a wonderful Mother's Day. "Surprise" visit from part of my family: Steven, Ashley, and baby Annika. They surprised us by showing up at the special Mother's Day breakfast at church. Then we spent the day with them. Was given some lovely flowers and cards. Then went to visit hubby's mom.

May 14: Late

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date...

May 15: I wish...

I wish at least one of these many many future wishes had been in puff form. As it is, it was quite the field of future wishes over at the park yesterday.

May 16: Speed

A girl or two mowing the lawn, seeing how speedy they can be.

May 17: Kind

One little boy being kind and giving his mommy a flower. 

May 18: Doors & Windows

So, my daughter and I want to know, are these doors or windows that she is looking through in her castle made of cards? 

May 19: Breathtaking

The breathtaking beauty of new blossoms on the trees in springtime.

Then there is the challenge I am doing with the 
Homeschool Review Crew

May 13: Mom

Got to call my mom for Mother's Day, and we got to go visit hubby's mom. Was hard to get her to focus on getting a picture, but I did get a few decent shots. Here is one of our favorites.

May 14: Meal

One of my favorite meals. Trim Healthy Mama friendly S meal. Parmesan chicken, zucchini noodles fried up in butter, green beans. 

May 15: Grass

Grass with some abandoned shoes. Well, not really abandoned. They were taking their shoes off to wade in the river yesterday. 

May 16: Girl

A girl or two mowing the lawn, seeing how speedy they can be.

May 17: Boy

One little boy being kind and giving his mommy a flower. 

May 18: Keys

Had to use the hubby's car keys the other day, as I didn't want to hunt for mine. For some reason he thought he needed them back so he could get to work.

May 19: New

The breathtaking beauty of new blossoms on the trees in springtime.

This one is from Intentional Homeschooling. 
(This challenge does not have prompts for the weekend.)

May 14: Language Arts

It is technically our no-school week, but we have some review products we still need to be working with. So the children listened to/read their new stories for Home School Navigator. The girls were reading The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, one I've never heard of. 

May 15: History:

Love being able to learn about #history from fun audio dramas from @heirloomaudioofficial. I wasn't sure which one I wanted to listen to in the van yesterday, so I grabbed them all. We then decided on Under Drake's Flag, the first one we ever received, and still my favorite.

May 16: Second Language

I did not get a picture for this prompt. I realized we haven't been working on a second language at all. We have so many different materials, but just haven't been able to fit this extra subject in lately.

May 17: Science

Seeing as it is a no-school week, we haven't had any scheduled science lessons, however, we did go down to the boat launch today to wade in the river (well the kids waded) and they were picking up rocks to see what they could find. They remember doing this from past summer reading programs.

May 18: Math

So, still our no school week. But kids were playing games today. They need to use math to be able to count spaces right?

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Picture Book Saturday (on a Sunday): May 20th, 2018

Picture Book Saturday

Picture Book Saturday is where I share the picture books we have been reading as a family, focusing specifically on the books we are using for homeschooling, though sometimes I may add in some of the other fun books, especially if there is one that we really enjoyed. The chapter books the older girls and I are enjoying are shared about in my Fun Fiction Friday posts.

We didn't read very much last week as it was a no-school week. However, as we were working on Home School Navigator for a review, we did do some of our work. We read the first books for each level for the week.

Tabitha and Amelia are officially going to be staying in the Blue level, as we had to choose a level this past week. They read the hilarious book titled The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

This book contains funny versions of several different fairy tales, which fits in quite well with the fact that the girls are supposed to be writing their own "fractured fairy tale." Some of the stories are only a page long, though a couple are a little longer. 

Hannah, who is officially using the Yellow level, read Little Red Riding Hood the previous week, and now got a chance to compare it to this tale from China.

Personally I liked that LonPoPo: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China by Ed Young was quite different, with just a little bit of similarity to the well-known tale. Instead of one child, there are three who get left home alone while the mother goes to the grandmother's. The biggest similarity is the wolf who comes to trick them. I like that they aren't fooled and they are the ones who beat the wolf. I mean, I like Little Red Riding Hood, but she sure was foolish.

And Harold is going to stick with level Orange. This week he read The Three Little Pigs by Bernadette Watts.

This was a sweet retelling of the classic tale, with just a few differences. I loves the illustrations, especially the small animals that were in the straw and stick bundles who also found a home in the houses once they were made. 

Last week I told you that we had received some children's books for review. This week I did get my review posted, and I was able to offer my readers a giveaway. So, I invite you to stop by and read my review of these Maud the Koala books and enter for a chance to win. The giveaway is only open to US residents and will end on May 27th.

This coming week is a school week, so I should have more books to share next week. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #204: May 17, 2018

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around May 17th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Last year I focused solely on recipe posts for the posts I wanted to share, and the year before that, I shared past review posts. It was fun remembering some of the recipes and reviews I had forgotten about. This year I will be sharing random posts.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)

Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above. Most weeks I find that there is a wonderful post, but I can't feature it because it is a current post, not from the past. Sadly, I am going to have to say, I will be deleting posts that do not follow the rules. The spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past. Please follow the guidelines.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here are my Throwback Thursday posts:

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Stacey Pardoe shared 

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: May 16, 2018 (w/linky) : A Blessed Mother's Day

My son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter decided to surprise me with a visit for Mother's Day. In fact, they made it down bright and early in the morning for breakfast at church and then spent most of the day with us. After they left we went to visit hubby's mom. It really was a blessed day.

At church

In the nursery

Back at home. They made a little nook for her in the living room because she fell asleep in the car. However, she woke up when they walked in.

They worked on this picture together.

My poor son.

Someone is NOT amused.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

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