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Funschool: Sunflowers

Funschool Sunflowers

Welcome to Funschool, a weekly list of FREE educational lesson plans and printables built around a seasonal theme!

This week’s theme is Sunflowers.

The Great Sunflower Project

Sunflower Forest Educator’s Guide @ Lauritzen Gardens

Sunflower Science & Fun @ Earth’s Birthday Project

{There are affiliate links in this post for books to go with the theme.}

Sunflower Art Study @ ArtEdge

Sunflower Paintings @ The Vincent Van Gogh Gallery

Science and Art: Mutant Sunflowers @ Science Buddies

Sunflower Printables & Activites @ Making Learning Fun

All About Sunflowers Printable Books @ Communication 4 All

Sunflower Synonym Match @ Teachers Pay Teachers

Sunflower Notebook Pages @ Hip Homeschool Moms

Sunflower Seed Math @ Teachers Pay Teachers

Sunflower Packet @ TeachWithMe

Sunflower Theme Activities @ Kid Activities

The Story of the Sunflower Coloring Book @ National Sunflower Association

Sunflower Card @

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Poppins Book Nook: My Little Pet Shop

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PBN What Will I Be

It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: What Will I Be When I Grow Up? Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

So, when I asked Sweetpea what she wants to be when she grows up, she enthusiastically replied, “A pet shop worker!”. Since she adores animals, this came as no surprise, though I’m pretty sure she thinks that all a pet shop employee does is play with critters all day. ;)

We have the sweetest book to go with our animal theme. When I Grow Up is a precious story about a little turtle who snuggles up next to his daddy and tells him what he wants to be when he gets older.

When I Grow Up

Sweetpea has quite a few animal toys, so I decided to make her a printable pet shop set. I left the prices blank to give her some number writing practice. If I can ever remember where I put my handy-dandy laminator, I am going to laminate all of the price tags so she can use a dry erase marker and change it up. She carefully cut out the tags, filled in the prices, and set up shop.

pet shop 1

The first set of price tags in the My Little Pet Shop set features the typical pet store animals. The next two pages include some of her favorite stuffed animals. I also added some sea creatures and buggy friends to give a silly twist. Please help yourself to a FREE set for your little animal lover!

My Little Pet Shop set


**Note: Select the borderless option for optimal printing. **

Don’t forget to download your August 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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When I Grow Up 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 When I Grow Up.  This bundle will include a copy of the storybook When I Grow Up by Mercer Mayer, one copy of Community Helpers Puzzles by Trend, and one copy of Community Helpers & Careers Pocket Flash Cards by Trend.

when i grow up giveaway

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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*NEW* Homeschooling through the Seasons FB Page

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I have a BRAND NEW Facebook group called Homeschooling through the Seasons. I will be posting seasonal and holiday educational resources every day, and I’m inviting you to join & share too! Unlike a Facebook page, where you are allowed to sometimes see only 10% of what I post, a group gives us the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another.

The Are We There Yet? page isn’t going anywhere. I will still be posting my regular stuff, but the new group allows me to share the cool links that I don’t have time to put into a blog post. Come join us and add a bit of seasonal fun to your homeschool days!


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Write from History Giveaway and McGuffey Copywork FREEBIE {Weekly Homeschool Giveaways}

Write From History

Please note: I cannot get the freebie form to work on my blog. Feel free to pop over to Homechool Survival and enter your email to access the McGuffey Copywork. You can still enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

This weeks sponsor: Brookdale House- Write from History series

In the Charlotte Mason style – children will learn to write by studying some of the “greats” – collections from famous and talented authors of the past. Who best to learn from – than the Masters themselves?

In this way – you are teaching an elementary student to write, and you’re also teaching history and handwriting – you can definitely save time with this homeschool writing curriculum and method of teaching.

It is an elementary program – intended to prepare children for middle school writing.

This writing program teaches grammar, spelling, penmanship, and history—all at once.


See more about the curriculum and get the details here.

FREE McGuffey’s Primer Copy Book

McGuffey's Primer Copy Book

All of you will get a free McGuffey’s Primer Copybook from Brookdale House. *Note: The form is not working on my blog. Please enter your email over at Homeschool Survival to receive your freebie. Sorry for the inconvenience! You can still enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Win a complete email set of the Write from History series–$160 value.

Covers of Write from History
A bit more about the Write from History series:
Based on the Charlotte Mason style of learning, students will study writings by famous and talented authors from history. They will then complete age appropriate assignments using oral dictation, writing summaries or additional writing.
In this manner – your history, spelling, reading, grammar and handwriting is combined – saving you time and money on curriculum and with terrific results!
From Brookdale House:

All Level 1 books contain historically relevant reading selections divided into four chapters: short stories, time period tales, poetry, and cultural tales. There are two writing models following each reading selection. One or both can be used for copywork. If the student is ready, the second model can be used for dictation.

In the Level 1 books, the two different writing models are presented differently for each reading selection. For the first model, children write in an area that has ruled lines below each word they copy. The second writing model is written at the top of the net page, and is followed by ruled lines in the lower half of the page. The second model requires students to write from memory.

All Level 2 books contain historically relevant reading selections divided into four chapters: short historical narratives, excerpt from primary source documents, poetry and cultural tales. In the Level 2 books, students in grades 3 to 5 are introduced in a gentle manner to interesting excerpts from primary source documents. These older students are encouraged to copy paragraph sized models written in either print or cursive. In the appendix are additional models which may be used for studied dictation.

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Those wishing to take advantage of the Back to School Sale – can purchase any of the products for 20% off HERE (with code)

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Have you tried using the Charlotte Mason Method for writing?

Which of these periods in history interests you most?


Giveaway: $160 – Write From History Series

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By entering this giveaway, you will automatically be added to the author’s email list. By confirming your subscription, you will receive a second FREE ebook – An Elementary Writing Plan: Guiding Your Students from Copying Letters to Writing Essays! If you don’t want to receive the FREE book and email updates, simply ignore the confirmation email.


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Fun Surprises for the First Day of School

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First Day of School Fun

I always plan a couple of fun surprise items for our first day of school. It adds a bit of excitement, even for the older kids. This list contains some of the things we’ve enjoyed over the years. Many of them can be found at Walmart or your local teacher supply store.

On a strict budget? Check out Dollar Tree or the Target Dollar Spot for back to school treats, or wait a few weeks until the school supplies go on clearance. A side note – school supply clearance sales are a great time to snag some inexpensive stocking stuffers. You might also try thrift stores – a couple of weeks ago I found a package of Mr. Sketch markers for only $1.00, so now we have doubles!

sculpey eraser clay

Sculpey Eraser Clay - We are trying this out on Monday so I don’t have an opinion of it yet. Our package is bigger than the one I linked to, and I got it at Hobby Lobby (I think).

crayola window crayons

Crayola Window Crayons - The vivid colors in these crayons are great for holiday decorating.  

crayola window markers

Crayola Window Markers These have a much softer look than the crayons. I use them to write scripture on the bathroom mirrors.

crayola crystal effects markers

Crayola Crystal Effects Window Markers - So cool! They look like colored frost on the window.

band in a box

Band in a Box - A favorite of every kid, we’ve almost worn it out!

mr sketch

Mr. Sketch Scented Markers - Did you use these as a kid? They still smell the same. Yummy!

hand bells

Rythym Band Hand Bells - These were on my wish list for a very long time. They have a beautiful sound and are very easy to learn. Great for Christmas carols!

smelly stickers

Scratch n Sniff Stickers - Fun to stick on schoolwork for a job well done.

dover bookmarks

Dover Bookmarks - These are under $2 and come in several styles. We all pick a few to use during our daily quiet time readings.

greatest dot to dot

The Greatest Dot to Dot Book in the World – These are a bit challenging.

How do YOU add some fun to the first day of school?



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