Friday, October 14, 2016

Helpful Supplies for Early Childhood

Below you will find many helpful supplies to have on hand when using our printable packs!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kwik Stix ~ A FAVORITE Art Supply!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

2nd Grade Book Choices

This is an ongoing list of the books my daughter has read from the summer before 2nd grade and all through. Her most recent reads will be at the top.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rain Reign ~ Book Review

Rain ReignRain Reign

By, Ann M. Martin


Personal Thoughts…

I came across this book randomly and picked it up from the library to see if I liked it for my kids. It features a girl, Rose, who has Asperger’s and is obsessed with homonyms. I really enjoy books about children who have unique qualities that make them different from my own kids which is why I was originally drawn to this book. Books are a wonderful way to bring my children into the world of a child who is differently abled.

I definitely liked this story although the meanness of Rose’s dad was a bit difficult to swallow at times. I was hoping it would resolved but it never really felt to me like it came full circle. I was also hoping for a bit of a different ending.  I like endings that make me really feel something and this story just kind of ended. It definitely closed well, just not an overwhelmingly emotional ending, which I really like.

This book is on our 5th grade reading list.


Leveled Reading Systems Explained

  • Interest Level: 4-7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L


Personally I say ages 10-12 for most kids. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Boys of Wartime: Daniel at the Siege of Boston 1776 ~ Book Review

Boys of Wartime Daniel

Daniel at the Siege of Boston 1776

By, Laurie Calkhoven



Personal Thoughts…

I picked this one up randomly from our church library and am really glad I did. Finding books for my son can be a challenge as he is not a bookworm like my daughter. I think he will enjoy this book as I read it aloud to him this coming school year {5th grade}.

This book is historical fiction centering around a particular time during the Revolutionary War. It follows the fictional character, Daniel, who is 12.

Obviously a book centered around a war has some pretty intense subject matter and I will be reading this one aloud to my 10 year old so we can discuss these things together. There were only a couple of scenes that I can remember {one where Daniel witnesses a hanging} that would be a bit too intense and descriptive for some kids. Overall the topic of war is handled vividly and really takes you back to what it must have felt like to be a child in Boston at this time.


Leveled Reading Systems Explained

  • Interest Level: 4-8
  • Grade Level Equivalent: 4.4
  • Lexile Measure: 710L


Personally I say ages 10-12 for most kids and reading with a parent is recommended both so deeper war related issues can be discussed, and also for some historical references that may need to be explained to some kids.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Dog Called Homeless ~ Book Review

A Dog Called HomelessA Dog Called Homeless

By, Sarah Lean


Personal Thoughts…

I was drawn in by the cover, and honestly thought it was a simple story about a girl and her dog.  It was so much more. The little girl on the front is Cally {5th grader}, and in the first pages we learn that her mother recently died, and her Dad is not handling it well at all. Things are intense emotionally right from the beginning, also revealing that Cally can “see” her dead mother. Cally goes on to befriend a boy who cannot see and is mostly deaf, a homeless man, and a homeless dog. Cally does not speak for about 30 days in the story and much of the story centers around this also.

The end is a tear jerker and leaves you with a smile, tying the whole story together. Personally due to some of the issues discussed in this book, I think 5th grade is about right for my kids. I may read it aloud to Ladybug {currently 2nd grade} earlier than that, but not this year as I had planned. It will be on Krash’s 5th grade reading list if he chooses to read it.


Leveled Reading Systems Explained

  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Grade Level Equivalent: 3.8
  • Lexile Measure: 660L
  • DRA Level: 40
  • Guided Reading Level: Q

Personally I say ages 10-12 for most kids and even then reading with a parent might be best so some of the heavier issues {death, seeing her dead mom, Cally not speaking, etc.} can be discussed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

9th Grade Book List

Sunday, July 17, 2016

5th Grade Reading List

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Some Favorite Middle School Books

Saturday, May 14, 2016

8th Grade Reading List

4th Grade Reading List

We based our choices mostly off of the books my older son had read in 4th grade {Robinson Crusoe, Mighty Men, Island of the Blue Dolphins} and added some in based on interest and library finds.

These are the books he actually read…

These are the books that were on my original list that he did not read yet but we still might get to. I want to keep this list for myself so I can refer back to it for my younger daughter who will be ready for these very soon!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Library Favorites

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tot School Printables A to Z Supply List

Below you will find many helpful supplies to have on hand when using Tot School Printables A to Z!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

USA Geography and History Resources

Early Learning Toys ~ Shapes and Colors

Early Learning Toys ~ Numbers