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Parable Treasury ~ Children’s Book Review

A few years ago while browsing a bookstore with a friend, we came across a children’s book with beautiful sunflowers on the cover.  My friend picked it up and handed it to me, saying “this is a wonderful book, you should have it for your daughter!”  I did buy it and …

Early American History: Benjamin Franklin ~ Week 6 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 continue to teach your students about life in the 13 colonies, including the …

Early American History: Colonial Life ~ Week 5 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 life in the 13 colonies. Learn about daily …

Early American History: Plymouth Colony ~ Week 4 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 early colonial life in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Learn about …

God Bless Our Fall ~ Children’s Book Review

The Fall season is almost upon us!  For a long time it has been my favorite time of year – the heat and humidity of summer leave, and we can start looking forward to our annual visit to Tate Farms to pick our pumpkins! Disclosure: I was not compensated for …

Early American History: Squanto and Thanksgiving ~ Week 3 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 Squanto, the help he gave to the Pilgrims, and …

Early American History: The Mayflower ~ Week 2 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 Mayflower voyage and the pilgrims’ landing in Plymouth, …

Science With Children: Sprouting Beans and Growing Bean Plants

Sprouting bean plants requires only a few inexpensive items, some of which you may already have around your house.  Below you will find images and the steps to follow to sprout your own beans.  You can use these as talking points with your kids as you perform each step.  Have …

Make a Paper Bag Thanksgiving Book ~ Instructions and Free Printable Pages

Mini-Books From Lunch Sacks! My daughter and I really enjoyed coloring these pages and making our little paper bag books. Although this is a very inexpensive project which requires only a few tools and materials, it is open to a wide range of creative possibilities! We had so much fun …

Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 13 ~ United States (Thanksgiving 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 13 This week …

Good Night, Little Pumpkin ~ Children’s Book Review

It is starting to get a little cooler here, and although we had a great summer, I’m looking forward to the Fall season and the upcoming holidays!  Halloween is just around the corner, and if you are looking for an alternative to traditional stories this year for your little ones, …

Thanksgiving Activities and Crafts for Preschool and Kindergarten

Image source: Plimoth Plantation, by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism Seasonal crafts and activities are always fun for kids – here is a roundup of several that you can include in your lesson plans during the Thanksgiving season!  Included are a field trip, lots of arts and crafts, …

2nd Annual Apple Festival ~ Recipes and Crafts

Cotton Ridge Homeschool Welcomes You to the 2nd Annual Apple Festival! Organized by Budget Earth & A Spectacled Owl It’s that time of year again everyone – the time where we are picking apples and enjoying many yummy fall fruits and vegetables from the autumn harvest. With so many delicious …

A Traditional Fall Treat: Hot Apple Cider Recipe from Little Passports

Fall is here…time for hot apple cider!  Help your children make their own with this kid-friendly recipe, courtesy of Little Passports.  Preschoolers and kindergarteners can help tie up the spices in cheesecloth, and older children can help stir the cider while it’s cooking! If you have older children (5 – …

A Saturday at Tate Farms in Meridianville, Alabama

Today was a beautiful fall day for Cotton Pickin’ Pumpkins at Tate Farms!   A little warm when the clouds moved away from the sun, but otherwise perfect.  When I saw the sea of cars in the parking lot out front I was a little dismayed, but we paid the $10 …

Fun Fall Activities For Families

Fall is creeping up quickly and before you know it Jack Frost will be visiting your window and the leaves on your trees will start changing colors. Fall is coming so how are you going to spend it? Are you going to enjoy the crisp fall air before the snow …