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Kid's Co-Op: Ready for Read Across America

I love March because it is so focused on books -- and really wish I had my Nebraska post for you, which is my contribution to Booking Across the USA, an awesome project from  Growing Book by Book. Through the project, more than 50 bloggers are sharing a book about a select U.S. state. I should be sharing about C is for Cornhusker  for Nebraska, but the bookmobile truck for my tiny town has been out of commission for several weeks now and my book is sitting there on a broken truck. I kept thinking, this week the truck will be here, but no luck yet. I am so sorry!

In the meantime, in honor of Read Across America Day on March 1st, I am sharing 6 ways to have fun with books and encourage reading with activities inspired by Kid's Co-Op posts last week. 

1. Make a book, an idea from Learning and Growing the Piwi Way, who shared this great way to excite young readers and to get in some cutting practice and drawing.


2. Go Beyond the Book with crafts and props for storytelling activities a…

{Ten for Tuesday} Things That Go! Dr. Seuss Edition (Week #9)

If you are visiting from Growing Book by Book for my post as part of Booking Across the USA, in which more than 50 bloggers are sharing a book about their state and a corresponding activity, please accept my apology. My state is Nebraska (I actually live in California, but have some Nebraska connections, and there were two bloggers already doing California, so I offered to do Nebraska). However, the book C is for Cornhusker has been on hold for me at my bookmobile for a few weeks, but the truck has had problems, so I have not been able to get the book. I am hoping  to get it soon, so I can share my cornhusker post. In the meantime, while you are here, please enjoy this Dr. Seuss post (consider it part of Massachusetts!) If you came to check out this latest Ten for Tuesday: Things That Go post, glad you are here and hope you also go check out Booking Across the USA!

This Ten for Tuesday: Dr. Seuss-edition of Things That Go was completely inspired by this wonderfully cool Tot Car Game f…

Simple Ideas for Baby Play at Home #7 (Final Edition!)

Sadly, this will be my last Baby Play post. I have been doing a monthly Baby Play post for 7 months now, and the posts have been really popular and lots of fun. However, now that Caterpillar is 18 months old and completely asserting his identity all the time (he even said his first full-blown sentence the other day: I got it, to his older brother who was trying to help him do something), I have to admit that he is no longer a baby, but a toddler. Wow! How did this happen? 

However, I did want to wrap it all up with one last post of simple baby play ideas you can do at home with things you probably already have. (Many of these activities are photos that were taken long ago when he was much younger and still really was a baby!) 



Check out the rest of the baby play posts in the series: 
Baby Play #6: Coffee Cans and Tissue Boxes Baby Play #5: Winter Sensory Play Baby Play #4: Wipes Container, Cardboard and CupsBaby Play #3: DIY Non-Shape Sorter, Treasure Basket, and Fabric WipesBaby Play #2…

{2 for 1} Weekly Kid's Co-Op + Project 101: Weekly Library Challenge

This week, I am combining two of my weekly posts into one. It worked out well since what we have been reading this week is all related to Dr. Seuss (again!) and there were some fun Dr. Seuss activities shared at the Kid's Co-Op last week. If you love Dr. Seuss, too, you can find even more wonderful Dr. Seuss activities here, the Virtual Book Club for Kids Blog Hop. 

Ten Apples On Top Counting + Number Activity from Frog and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Green Eggs and Ham Bath also from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. Plus, we also did 5 really fun Green Eggs and Ham activities and shared them on Monday

A wonderful post full of resources and fun facts about Dr. Seuss from KC Edventures, and Growing Book by Book highlights I Can Read With My Eyes Shutand all the ways the book encourages a love of reading.

Finally, The Educators' Spin On It shared 10 Ways to Explore Dr. Seuss Books.  


Now, on to what we are reading this week with Project 101: The Weekly Library Challenge where …

{Ten for Tuesday} Things That Go! In Space!! (Week 8)

I am really enjoying our Ten for Tuesday: Things That Go Series! This week we focus on outer space with rocket ships, space shuttles and much more! Enjoy! (Posting a tad on the late side this week because of a holiday weekend off the computer to focus on quality family time, but if the post ends up going live for many of you on Wednesday, well that is okay too because on February 20th in 1962 John Glenn piloted NASA's first successful orbit of an astronaut around the Earth -- he became the first American to orbit the Earth ultimately orbiting around the Earth three times).

1. Read - Two other great books that also offer learning opportunities and imaginative inspiration are: On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book by Michael Dahl and Not A Box by Antoinette Portis.

2. Learn - Solar System activities for budding rocketship/space/astronaut enthusiasts. Living Montessori Now has a great Montessor-Inspired Solar System Unit, which also includes one of my favorite Blog Hops from last year: S…

{Virtual Book Club for Kids} Move, Eat, Draw, Learn with Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

This year, we have been doing a new project, Project 101: Weekly Library Challenge in which I share 2 books each week that we are reading with 101 books shared by the end of the year. I typically share on Monday, but this week I will be sharing on Friday, as today I am excited to be posting our Virtual Book Club for Kids post for the month -- and what a wonderful and beloved author we are featuring this month: Dr. Seuss, whose book Green Eggs and Ham was the feature of Project 101 last week and is a book we have had so much fun moving, eating, drawing and learning with, as we do with each book we explore through the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Enjoy!

1. Move! I love crafts and activities that incorporate recycled materials, so when we wanted to create a Green Eggs and Ham-inspired movement activity, I pulled out the green and white buttons we used at Christmas for our button Christmas trees and some empty spice containers, and we created shakers. This activity was absolutely perfect fo…

Kid's Co-Op: 5 Simple Ways to Make Math Fun!

I recently came across an article about how important math in early childhood learning is and that obstacles to learning math and math anxiety can begin at a very young age, so I thought I would focus on the great math activities linked-up through the Weekly Kid's Co-Op last week. 


Take math outside like Laughing Kids Learn. Play games like Lessons Learnt Journal and Octavia and Vicky .Use money like Making Boys Men.   Break out the candy and snacks like Teach Beside Me and Lessons Learnt Journal.Find the perfect book like Reading ConfettiFor more great ideas, make sure you are following the Math is Fun! Pinboard created by No Time for Flash Cards.



Wordless Wednesday: Montessori-Inspired Sensory Play