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Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

Learning Activities for Books

We love book-based activities. With most of the kids’ units, I plan activities on a theme based on two to five books. The kids love learning about a topic through a book, then completing a few activities right after to help cement that knowledge. Learning Activities for Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard

At The Library Adventure today, my book-based post is linked up with The Poppins Book Nook, a link-up filled with book-based activities.

Join me at The Library Adventure today for learning activities to accompany Look Up! Bird-Watching In Your Own Backyard.

 

Tree Learning Activities for preschool and elementary, featuring the picture book, A Tree is NIce by Janice May Udry - also includes other tree learning activities from around the web and a book list! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Tree Learning Activities {Accompanying A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry}

Thankfully, most of us have access to a variety of trees in our communities. You may have to travel to a city park or a few miles away to get up close, but they’re accessible. Because of that accessibility and their varied functions, preschoolers love to learn about trees.

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont (HarperCollins, 1956) is a classic picture book exploring the many uses of trees. The book takes the reader through many activities held underneath, around, and because of trees (playhouses out of leaves, climbing trees, picking apples, planting trees, and more). In a simple manner, it causes the reader to realize how many uses a single tree can offer.

Tree Learning Activities for preschool and elementary, featuring the picture book, A Tree is NIce by Janice May Udry - also includes other tree learning activities from around the web and a book list! {undergodsmightyhand.com}

Tree Learning Activities

We love to read books, then do a few learning activities to gain hands-on knowledge and apply what we’ve learned to the environment around us.

An easy activity with this book is to pick a few of the actions within the book and either act them out in pretend play or actually do them!

A few more tree-focused activities (for preschool and early elementary ages) from around the web:

Other recommended tree books:

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Beach Lane Books, 2013)

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Illustrated by Robbin Gourley (Clarion Books, 2013)

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)

A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla, Illustrated by Stacey Schuett (HarperCollins, 2001)

Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2014)

What trees grow in your area? What are your family’s favorite activities to do around trees?

This post is participating in the Poppins Book Nook series this month.

Poppins Book Nook

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

I Can Teach My Child's Show and Share Saturday link-up

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Learning Nutrition Label Comparison

Your kids come running in after enjoying some nature study time outside, and they’re ready for a snack.

You offer oranges or carrot sticks.

One child pipes up saying he wants cookies!

How do you help them really understand what healthy food options are and why we should eat healthy most of the time? Learning Nutrition Labels

Join me over at The Homeschool Scientist today with a (free printable!) nutrition label comparison activity, plus an active game you can play with those labels.

These activities foster thinking about:

  • What’s in nutrition labels?
  • Why is this information important?
  • What do you do with that information?
  • How do nutrition labels help you and your kids make healthier choices?

Let me know how your family reads nutrition labels over at The Homeschool Scientist!

This post is also linked up with Homeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten CornerTuesday TotsToddler and Preschool Moms Pinning Party, the Weekly Kids Co-opShow and Share SaturdayFree Homeschool Deals’ Ultimate Pinterest Party, and Link & Learn.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op

I Can Teach My Child's Show and Share Saturday link-up

Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Signing Time. If you click on a Signing Time link and then make a purchase, I receive a small commission. This does not affect your final cost at all. Thank you for supporting this blog and my family!

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20 Outdoor and Indoor Family Fitness Ideas for Spring at SimpleKids

Spring Family Fitness Ideas

Spring brings beautiful and somewhat moody weather. One day is 70 degrees and sunny, the next day 40 degrees and rainy, another day is 90 degrees and sweltering (and for some, a recent day here in May brought snow!). So when the troops need exercise, you need an arsenal of indoor and outdoor ideas.

20 Outdoor and Indoor Family Fitness Ideas for Spring at SimpleKidsJoin me over at Simple Kids today for 20 outdoor and indoor family fitness ideas for spring. You’ll find ideas and resources for activities that use around-the-house equipment and some just need a little space and energy.

Also, can I just say? I’ve read the Simple Living Media blogs for a couple of years now (The Art of Simple (formerly Simple Mom), Simple Kids, Simple Homeschool, and more). I’m extremely honored to be guest posting at Simple Kids for Kara today. (Thanks, Kara, for the fun opportunity!)

Share your favorite family fitness ideas with me over at Simple Kids today!

Discerning Nutrition Advertisements {plus, a project idea!}

Understanding Nutrition Advertising + a Project Idea

Discerning Nutrition Advertisements {plus, a project idea!}Whether we make the choices regularly or not, we all know we need to eat healthfully. Our kids usually learn early on some of what’s healthy or not from adults’ reactions around them.

But, in this media-infused age, we are often bombarded with advertisements of all kinds. How can we help our children pick out what’s true within a nutrition advertisement and make healthy choices?

Check out my guest post over at The Homeschool Scientist for questions to ask when examining nutrition advertisements, plus a project idea to expand your kids’ use of advertisement and nutrition awareness.

How do you help your kids discern truth in advertisements, particularly in health? Share your ideas in the comments at The Homeschool Scientist!