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Poppins Book Nook: Things Pirates Do

PBN Things Pirates Do

It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: Ye Old Pirates! 

Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

We focused on Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, a very silly book about what happens when pirates babysit. It is the companion book to How I Became a Pirate.

Pirates Don't Change Diapers   How I Became a Pirate

Sweetpea (age 5) and I came up with an activity that resulted in turning on her giggle button! I asked her four questions, and filled in our chart with her answers. The things little kids come up with crack me up!

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Don’t forget to download your July Lapbook to document your adventure this month.

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Take a look at what the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers are up to this month:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month we are partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate’s Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old) books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!

PBN July Giveaway

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:


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Classical Composers Collections {Weekly Homeschool Giveaways}

Classical Composers

This Week’s Featured Giveaway

Classical Composers Monthly

4 collections:
Classical Composers Collection 1 ($14.95 value): Includes Schubert, Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn, Bach, Tchaikovsky, von Weber, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bartok, Hindemith, Chopin, and Brahms.
Fine Art Pages Collection 1 ($14.95 value): A Printable collection of 25 famous paintings for you to easily and painlessly introduce fine art to your children.
Current Lesson - Classical Composer's Monthly
Jazz Composers ($14.95 value): Learn so much about the development of jazz and American music in the 20th century with this collection of 15 accomplished jazz composers! Includes Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Cab Calloway, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Fletcher Henderson, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, and Thelonious Monk.
Great Scientists ($14.95 value) Learn about 13 famous scientists: Archimedes, Bohr, Boyle, Copernicus, Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Faraday, Hippocrates, Kepler, Linnaeus, Morse, and Newton. The scientists in this collection coordinate with those studied in Classical Conversations Challenge B.
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Get a Handel composer resource, a Monet artist resource, a Duke Ellington jazz composer resource, a sample of our Fine Art Pages, and a free Archimedes scientist resource.

Birthday Sale

Their birthday sale is going on right now, so you can also get 25% off anything plus a free gift with purchase. Full details are on the home page!!

Giveaway – Enter with 1 link or Enter with ALL!

One family will receive all 4 of the collections to enhance their homeschool – Valued at $59.80


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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Theme of the Week}

Homeschooling Preschool for Free

I saved my favorite method of homeschooling preschool for last. I love seasons and holidays, so a Theme of the Week is a fun way to organize the school year.

Day 5 Theme of the Week

I use my monthly planning notes to schedule out our themes and activities for the year. (Free planning notes for the 2014-2015 school year will be available next week!) We love the routine of living by the seasons, and I usually expand the week’s theme to fit all my kids. We call it Funschool. My weekly Funschool posts have been on summer break but will be starting back up in August. I only schedule a couple of activities for the older kids, but it adds a bit of whimsy to our week.

Celebrating seasons and holidays is not the only way to plan with Theme of the Week. It is open to whatever you dream up. You could do a different animal every week. It would be fun to pair that up with Letter of the Week - A is for Alligator, B is for Bat, etc. There is no need to stick with one type theme for a whole year. Pick a topic, work through it until you are done, and then choose another.

A few ideas for non-seasonal themes:

  • animals
  • bugs
  • transportation
  • weather
  • colors
  • shapes
  • food
  • countries/cultures
  • children’s books

Get some preschool theme inspiration from these fabulous sites:

This week we’ve covered several ways to homeschool preschool for free. Most of them involve a decent mount of planning on your part. If you are not interested in creating your own plan, there are a few options on my list of Free Preschool Curriculum that already have the year planned out for you. There are also some on my Free Complete Curriculum page.

Coming next week: I actually use an eclectic method for preschool and pull a little from all of these styles. I am going to put together a post showing exactly how I planned out our preschool last year. Sign up to receive my post updates by email so you don’t miss any future Homeschool for Free posts!

Has this series given you some direction for your preschool plans?
Do you have any questions I can help answer?

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Read all of the days in this series:

Day 1: Learning Lifestyle
Day 2: Nursery Rhymes 
Day 3: Printable Packs
Day 4: Letter of the Week 
Day 5: Theme of the Week 

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5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free {Letter of the Week}

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Homeschooling Preschool for Free

Letter of the Week is one of the most common ways to homeschool  preschool. Simply choose a letter and then build your activities around it.

Day 4 Letter of the Week

There are two main views on Letter of the Week. One is to start with A and continue through the alphabet in order. The other is to work through the letters in a pattern that teaches pre-reading skills. Reading the Alphabet is an example of the second method.

The idea behind Letter of the Week is to theme everything around that letter. Here are a few of the categories you could include:

  • Writing practice
  • Letter sounds
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Bible Lessons
  • Animals/Nature Study
  • Songs
  • Poems
  • Lapbooks
  • Puppets

You can find links for all of these activities in my list of Free Alphabet Resources for Preschoolers.

Since there are only 26 letters, you will probably have a few weeks left until the end of the school year. You can use them to review the letters, or to do covers numbers 1-10. Another option is to slip in a few themed weeks throughout the year around holidays.

You can find more alphabet ideas on my ABCs and 123s Pinterest board

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Read all of the days in this series:

Day 1: Learning Lifestyle
Day 2: Nursery Rhymes 
Day 3: Printable Packs
Day 4: Letter of the Week 
Day 5: Theme of the Week 

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See all of the topics in the iHomeschool Network Summer Hopscotch Series



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