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Poppins Book Nook: The Christmas Star

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Beyond Our Planet

It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: Beyond Our Planet. Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

We didn’t really have time in our schedule this month to fit in an outer space unit, so I put my thinking cap on to figure out something that would fit the theme AND our current interests. I know it’s a bit early, but The Christmas Star fills both of those requirements. We had such a good time creating a sparkly star garland to display at Christmas time.

We chose Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story  as our companion book. It is a sweet story about all of creation looking forward to the birth of Christ. I am reminded of these song lyrics…”And Heaven and nature sing”.

 Song of the Stars

There are a couple of videos about stars that my older kids love:

The Star of Betlhehem

The Star of Bethlehem is a fascinating look at the science and history behind the star in the nativity story. Rick Larson explains what could have caused such a bright star, and how the wise men would have tracked it. So amazing!


Indescribable is full of mind-blowing photos and facts about stars and solar systems. Louie Giglio is a very engaging speaker, and he shows how the heavens declare the glory of God.

Sparkly Christmas Star Garland

Our star garland is so simple but soooo pretty. I wish I knew how to take a decent pic so you could see all the sparkle. :)

Our supplies:

star supplies

We have a giant bag of assorted buttons, so Sweetpea got busy picking out the white, ivory, and pearl ones while I was cutting out stars. I made a printable pattern of four different sizes of stars and just printed several copies out on cardstock, but you can use them as tracing patterns if you don’t want to use all of the sizes. 


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Next, I outlined the stars with white school glue and Sweetpea enthusiastically sprinkled the glitter. We gave each size of star its own design. I used a hot glue gun to add button to the centers of the stars.

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Finally, I hot glued the stars to a long piece of the baker’s twine. We are so pleased with our star garland and can’t wait to pull it back out in December.

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Don’t forget to print out your October 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 ~ My Bright Firefly ~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 ~ 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  ~ Simple Living Mama

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Beyond Our Planet Bundle 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 one lucky entrant will win a bundle of fun for the theme of Beyond Our Planet.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons and a Space & Astronauts Bucket Playset.

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Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. 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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Christopher Pop-In-Kins ~ Cuter than Elf on the Shelf

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I like the idea of having some silly make-believe elf fun (my kids are old enough to join in on the antics), but I’ve always thought the Elf on the Shelf looked a little creepy. I came across this cute Christopher Pop-In-Kins today and think I’ve finally found our elf! It has actually been around much longer than that other elf. ;) It is usually $29.99, but is on sale right now for only $13.63This price could change at any time, so grab it now and tuck it away for Christmas.

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FREE Kindle eBooks for Christmas Planning

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Christmas Planning Kindle eBooks

These ebooks were free at the time of posting but that could change at any moment.
As always, check before you click!

*Read on most devices with the FREE Kindle Reading App*

Savvy Holiday Entertaining

Homemade Christmas Gifts: 14 Gift Ideas & DIY Home Decor

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Cookies: Make Impressive Holiday Treats

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: A Magical Christmas Menu

A Christmas Carol (Enriched Classics)

All About Jesus: The Single Story from Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John

The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories

Twas the Night before Christmas A Visit from St. Nicholas

Gingerbread Houses

The Christmas Story in 40 Days

A Very Merry Christmas: Plan Your Perfect Holiday Season This Year

A Cup of Cozy

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A Christmas to Remember *FREE Printable*

We are getting into the Christmas spirit at our house – crafting, cooking, singing, and giving thanks for a Savior in a manger!

As the kids get older and the weeks get busier, I’ve learned to focus on a few meaningful activities that they enjoy. We want to remember the peace of the season, not the frantic craziness. I created a Christmas to Remember printable for my kids to fill out with their holiday favorites.

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Print it out for your kiddos and have yourself a merry little Christmas instead of a weary one!

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