Valentine’s Day Book Basket

Are you ready for snuggling up with your kids on Valentine’s Day? Here are some great books to fill your Valentine’s Book Basket. Head to the library quickly – or they will all be gone!

The Story of St. Valentine ~ by Voice of the Martyrs

Saint Valentine ~ by Robert Sabuda

The Night Before Valentine’s Day ~ Natasha Wing

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch ~ Eileen Spinelli

The Valentine Bears ~ by Eve Bunting

Cranberry Valentine ~ Wende Devlin

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January Book Basket

As you can see our January Book Basket is chock full of books. The majority of the books were borrowed from the library, but some are pulled from our own shelves. I love getting new books, but I try to keep the number down since we move so often.

Here is a condensed list for when you head to the library. I did group them by call number so that you aren’t running all over the place like I am trying to keep track of which books you already have!

  • Red Fox Running ~ Y PICTURE BUNTING, E.
  • Albert the Bear ~ Y PICTURE BUTTERWORTH, N.
  • It Feels Like Snow ~ Y PICTURE COTE, N.
  • Elmer in the Snow ~ Y PICTURE MCKEE, D.
  • The Jacket I Wear in the Snow ~ Y PICTURE NEITZEL, S.
  • The Snow Princess ~ Y PICTURE SANDERSON, R.
  • Now It Is Winter ~ Y PICTURE SPINELLI, E
  • Winter on the Farm (My First Little House) ~ Y PICTURE WINTER
  • Tracks in the Snow ~ Y PICTURE YEE, W.
  • Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep ~ Y PICTURE YOLEN, J.
  • Manatee Winter (Smithsonian Oceanic)~ Y PICTURE ZOEHFELD, K.
  • The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter SolsticeY 394.261 PFEFFER
  • Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! ~Y394.26952 REYNOLDS
  • Explore Winter: 25 Great Ways to Learn About Winter (Explore Your World series) ~ Y508.2 ANDERSON
  • Snow (Ganeri, Anita, Weather Around You.) ~ Y551.5784 GANERI
  • Penguin Chick (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) ~ Y 598.47 TATHAM

Plans for Inauguration Day

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Honestly, I didn’t intend to do much for Inauguration Day. I planned maybe, and that’s a big maybe, watching it on TV with the kids. But then FIAR came out with an Inauguration Day Fold and Learn. Perfect!

It has a short biography of Barack Obama, the inaugural schedule from January 18th through Inauguration Day, some fun facts about the history of inauguration, and Barack Obama’s favorite dessert!

We are going to have a fun time re-reading If I Ran For President, which I purchased during the election. At the same time I also bought the other book by Catherine Stier,  If I Were President. These two books are really perfect at explaining the topic of the Presidency for a child. With eye-catching illustrations and wording that not only accurately explains a difficult topic, but makes it fun and exciting, these books are perfect for early elementary ages.

If you are looking for more ideas, Shauna over at Treasure Seekers has put together a wonderful list of resources to make your Inauguration Day educational and fun!

Getting it Together

Okay, so we have finished rowing our first week (and a half) of The Story About Ping. After first going through the suggestions made in Five in a Row I was ready to get off to a running start. Since I am planning on doing lapbooks with each of the stories that we row I knew that I would need a little guidance to get started. I found loads of information on HomeschoolShare.com. The folks at HSS have very generously put together tons of wonderful information based off of the same literature based model as FIAR, as well as some Unit studies. I spent quite a bit of time poking around here since they have a section dedicated to FIAR supplements – perfect for lapbooking. This was also where I learned about a couple of other wonderful websites.

Enchantedlearning.com requires a 20 dollar per year membership to access most of their resources, but I consider it money well-spent. They have a great selection of crafts, worksheets, graphics, facts, and coloring pages to supplement whatever you may be studying at the moment.

HandsofaChild.com is an excellent resource, especially for those new to lapbooking and unit studies. They offer downloadable Project Packs as well as those that are in a printed format. They have already done a lot of your work for you by gathering graphics and consolidating questions for you to review with your little one. I just love all of the movable graphics that were available to use in the Story About Ping Project Pack!

Tomorrow I will post about our first week of rowing the Story About Ping and hopefully some pictures too!