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Look, I’m Reading! Bible Storybook ~ Review

Happy New Year!  We are relaxing this morning because the powers that be say it is a “snow” day!  So far we just have a little sprinkling on our deck.  We’ll see what happens later this afternoon! Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was given a free …

Read and Share 5 Minute Bible Stories ~ Children’s Book Review

You really want to read to your kids, but the days don’t seem long enough to fit it in sometimes. Or perhaps you are dealing with short attention spans?  If you are looking for a Bible Story book with short stories for preschoolers and kindergarteners, this one may be perfect …

Early American History: Jamestown and Pocohontas ~ Week 1 Lesson Plan for Kindergarten and First Grade

This post is part of the Early American History series.  For a suggested class schedule, an overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please see the introductory post. In this lesson you will be teaching your students about the founding of Jamestown in 1607, Pocohontas, and her …

Early American History ~ Lesson Plans and Printables (Introduction and Index)

Introduction It’s time for a new school year, and we are busy making plans for our homeschool coop classes starting at the end of August!  This Fall I am team-teaching with another mom who will be offering art and craft projects to complement my lessons in early American history (covering …

New Channing O’Banning Chapter Books For Early Readers ~ Review

This month Thomas Nelson is introducing a new chapter book series for early readers by Angela Spady, featuring a quirky 4th-grade girl, Channing O’Banning. Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was given a free book to review. I am an affiliate of Amazon, and will receive a …

Sorry I’m Not Sorry: Mean Girl Makeover ~ Tween Book Review

“An honest look at bullying from the bully” – the caption on the front of the book Sorry I’m Not Sorry had me intrigued.  I could understand writing from the perspective of the victim and the bystander (in the first two books of the series), but how would the author …

Sunflowers Lesson Plan ~ Geography, Science, Reading, and Activities For Early Learners (Plus Free Printables)

Welcome Spring!  This lesson plan was inspired by the warm weather after such a COLD winter, and by the dried sunflower head my neighbor gave to me last fall. After finding Argentina and a few other sunflower-producing countries and states on the map, my class really enjoyed hearing me read …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 28 ~ Conclusion

We made it!  In this post are several ideas on how you can wrap up your trip around the world.  Hope you and your kids enjoyed the journey!  Please comment below with any ideas you may have that will inspire the rest of us! This post is part of the …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 27 ~ United States

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 27 This week …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 26 ~ France

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 26 This week …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 25 ~ Wemmicksville

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 25 This week …

My Little Book of Blessings ~ Personalized Book Review and Giveaway (US-3/31)

A few days ago I received a wonderful personalized book from I See Me!  I was looking forward to the package because I had reviewed an I See Me! personalized book a couple of years ago, and my daughter still loves it. Disclosure: I received a personalized book at no …

Brave Girls Devotional Books Review

The third Tommy Nelson review and giveaway for March is a set of the just-published Brave Girls devotionals for girls ages 7 – 11.  Don’t miss our other two review and giveaway posts for this month: Henry Hodges Needs A Friend for ages 4 – 8 (giveaway ends March 11, …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 24 ~ Israel (Easter Lesson)

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 24 This week …

Really Woolly Nighttime Lullabies ~ Book Review

We were happy to receive another Really Woolly book from Tommy Nelson this month – my 5-year-old and I enjoy the adorable little characters from illustrator Donna Chapman! Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was given a free book to review. I am an affiliate of Amazon, …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 23 ~ Italy

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool! Introduction to Week 23 This week …