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Free Kindle Book for Girls Ages 7-11 (until March 24)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

FREE Kindle Edition of Mystery of the Secret Room – 5 Days Only! March 20th – 24th

This morning I downloaded a free book for girls ages 7-11. Obviously, my daughter hasn’t read it yet, but I thought I’d mention it because it is free until March 24th over at Amazon. The reviews look pretty good.

Here’s a bit about it: It’s raining so Brooke and Eva have nothing to do but play hide and seek in the castle’s attic. It’s just an ordinary game on an ordinary rainy afternoon. But then Brooke stumbles into a room everyone has forgotten for decades. A beautiful porcelain doll sits at a table set for tea for three. It’s as if she’s been waiting for Brooke and Eva to arrive.

The book is the second in a series of books designed to deliver positive messages around independence, adventure, and global awareness. We hope to engage little girls in reading through an exciting mystery and help them discover the world around them along the way.

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Encourage Independent Reading with this Cute Activity

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

ED has finished her phonics programs and is now moving into independent reading. I was chatting with my friend and she had a wonderful idea to encourage this new-found independence. She suggested creating a reading garden.

ED decided she wanted flowers, puppies and kittens in her garden.  I chose some coloring pages, reduced them to the size I wanted, and printed them out. Whenever ED finishes reading a book on her own, she cuts out one of the characters, fills in the title of the book and glues it onto her garden.

Of course, if you have a child wild about trains they could have at train track and add train cars… or add stars to a night scene… or add leaves to a tree… or add colorful raindrops under a rainbow…  You get the idea!

You could use clipart from to create a scene like this for your kids:

My older two asked why they didn’t get to do this when they were new independent readers! :) ED’s been really proud to see her progress. Pretty soon we’ll have to add another row for her.


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Cute Safety Books for Kids (ages 4-7)

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Here are two books that have made the kids laugh a lot, while covering some important safety tips… Things like…

  • Don’t take rides from strangers.
  • Never stand on a swivel chair.
  • In case of fire — Get outside as fast as possible and don’t stop to take along your favorite things.

We borrowed a book from the library that was so funny! It’s called Dinosaurs Beware! A Safety Guide by Marc Brown. It’s got those reminders that you want every child to remember… Never play with electric sockets and plugs; always put tools back where they belong; during a thunderstorm stay out of the water and away from trees, etc. but the illustrations make the book really hilarious!  The kids and I both laughed aloud quite a bit!

On a similar note, my kids really love Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. Officer Buckle is a policeman who gives safety speeches at local schools with a dog who helps. Again, this book make me (and the kids, of course) laugh pretty hard!

Two thumbs up for both these books!

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Worksheets to Accompany the Bob Books Set 2

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Earlier this summer ED switched back to the Bob Book series for a little while and I made some worksheets to go along with them.  She really liked working on these. I hope someone else finds them useful. As always, they are free to download. If you’d like to share or pin, go ahead just link back to my original post. Thanks!

If you use them I’d love to hear back from you either here or on my Homeschool Den Facebook page! Comments always make my day!

Worksheets to Accompany the Bob Books Set 2 (Advanced Beginner)

This packet is 15 pages.

Here is ED working on some of those sheets. After I printed out the pages, I put them together and stapled them in a different order than they were created.


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You might also be interested in the first set of Bob Book Worksheets I made that go with Set 1. That first packet is 20 pages.

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50+ Science Books for Kids

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

I am trying to do some general organizing this summer for the next school year.  I’ve been trying to figure out what science units we’ll do this next year and also wanted to be sure that I’m covering some fun/basic information with the kids.  My oldest loved science from very early on and we added lots and lots of books to read aloud when he was in preschool-kindergarten. At the time we lived in Australia so we had to buy a lot of our books (thank you ebay!!). The library in our remote town was pretty terrible.

Now my youngest is about that same age and I realized we hadn’t been doing much science reading with her.  I went through our books and made a list… kind of putting books together in general categories… seasons, weather, water, rain forests, natural disasters and so forth. I’ll share my long list in case anyone else is interested in books like this for their kids.  I still “plant” these books on the kitchen table for my older two kids to read to themselves.

If I had to recommend a few of our favorites to start with? Definitely top on the list are the Totally Amazing books. I only see them used on Amazon at this point… such as Totally Amazing Mummies, Totally Amazing Insects and Totally Amazing Plants. My son STILL reads these a couple times a year!

We also have loved some of Lets Read and Find Out Science books — such as What Happens to a Hamburger, Germs Make Me Sick and so forth.

We have a lot of Magic School Bus (MSB in my list below) books as well, though I think the kids tend to like the show better than the books.

Download our list of Science Book List — Early Elementary here or click on the photo below:

I’ll just be reading these aloud with my 5 year old, but I’m going to have the older kids read/use these when we go over some of the characteristics of non-fictions texts.

I’m contemplating getting some books for our upcoming Simple Machines/Gadgets/Forces unit which aren’t on the list above. They are all by Michael Dahl–Pull, Lift, Lower: A Book about Pulleys, Scoop SeeSaw and Raise: A Book about Levers, Roll Slope Slide, Tires Spokes and Sprockets, and Twist Dig and Drill.

If your child loves science, I know my son loved the Andrew Lost Books (fiction, but have some general fun science facts). The first one is Andrew Lost On the Dog… and other titles in the series include Andrew Lost in the Bathroom, Andrew Lost In the Garden, Andrew Lost in the Ice Age, Andrew Lost in the Kitchen, etc.  My son really enjoyed them back in second grade or so.  Andrew is ten and has been inventing things since he was four.  Andrew wanted to shrink himself, but he had an accident and made himself small… very small… and he goes on amazing adventures!

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