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Book of the Week: Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert Why we love this book: Inspiration! Lois Ehlert’s books are full of ideas that spark learning fun. We love how Lois Ehlert combines bold, collage art with books full of simple facts for children. This week we are continuing our gardening theme with Lois Ehlert’s […]


FREE Printable 2012 Calendar

January 25, 2012

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Personalized 2012 Calendar, MacGyver, age 8 Better late than never! You’ll see that motto over and over again here at waddlee-ah-chaa because we’re just too darn busy to keep up with life. We began 2012 by planning our father’s BIG 80th Birthday Party. Now we are playing catch-up. We are finally posting our FREE printable […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Doubling Fun with Annie Ant by Vicki Churchill & Charles Fuge Why we love this book: This simple book is an early introduction to multiplication. The bright illustrations and rhyming text even make it an appropriate read aloud for preschoolers. However, since the book is focusing on multiplication it is […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino Why we love this book: Halloween is in the air and we’re ready for some fun! “Five Little Pumpkins” is a well known and loved Halloween rhyme. This board book version, with its bright bold illustrations, is perfect for all the little pumpkins in […]


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Book of the Week & Number Recognition Set GIVEAWAY Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Numbers 123 by Rainbow Books Why we love this book: This book has simple photo pictures, with easy to read text and numbers. Excellent for beginning number recognition and readers. Number & Alphabet Recognition Foam Tiles Laminated Set: Number Formation Guides […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Human Footprint: Everything You Will Eat, Use, Wear, Buy and Throw Out in Your Lifetime (National Geographic Kids) by Ellen Kirk Why we love this book: Children love facts and figures that they can actually visualize. This book uses photography of real items to capture the full picture of consumption, […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann Why we love this book: Children love this brightly colored, Caldecott Medal winner. They laugh out loud as Rabbit, who means well, stirs up trouble with his ideas. The limited text and bold, vibrant, block art illustrations allow the children to add their own […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli Why we love this book: What’s better than getting a brand-new toy as a birthday gift? Playing with the box it came in! But shh, a doggy is hiding in the box. Together toddler and doggy have many adventures with the brand-new birthday box. […]


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Random Integer Generator Here are your random numbers: 9 Timestamp: 2011-07-15 21:07:47 UTC Congratulations Tara # 9! You made it! Hope you had a nice trip. Tara July 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm Pack-rat! I hope I’m not too late; I’ve been out of town. I would love to win this!! Contact us at our […]


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GIVEAWAY of the Week: Coinstruction Set Why we love Coinstruction: Early in the summer MacGyver received a dinosaur Coinstruction set as a gift. Upon opening the set, both MacGyver and Miss Enigma were immediately engaged, snapping together the Coinstruction clips and our spare change. Anything that immediately engages and occupies both an eight and four-year-old […]


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We just can’t get enough of Gossie, her bright red boots and her friends. During this Easter and Spring season, Olivier Dunrea’s characters are among our very favorites to share with the children. Join us as we revisit one of our spring posts . . . (And if you still need an Easter Basket Stuffer […]


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This week it’s Valentines, Love, Friendship and Shapes. Yep, shapes! Backtrack to yesterday for the FREE printable book and art activity. Today it’s all about math. Our geoboard math investigation was sparked by a request from Miss Enigma, “Mommy, I want to play with the geoboards.” While Miss Enigma enjoyed her free exploration time, she […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes and Chrysanthemum . . . and more mouse mayhem Storybook Treasures DVD by Scholastic (This DVD includes 6 stories: Chrysanthemum, Owen, A Weekend with Wendell, The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, Hondo and Fabian and Mouse Around) Why we love this book: Valentines, Love […]


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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Birds by Kevin Henkes Why we love this book: The pictures and text in this book, created by the husband and wife team of Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek, are simple, colorful and engaging. We could say much more but that is what is so lovely about this book, its […]


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When I began my very own learn and play center at the ripe old age of 22, I quickly had to learn how to stretch a buck! Stretching that buck included using FREE materials. Well, using FREE materials has stuck me. One FREE math manipulative that I encourage all teachers and moms to collect is […]


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We’re GIVING AWAY a set of shapes for sorting and building patterns. *Note these pieces are small and young children must be supervised during exploration. Our math exploration started with a bag of shapes dumped into a big bowl. Miss Enigma, age three, was immediately excited by the bright colors and shapes. Initially, I left […]


Math in the Real World

August 18, 2010

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We buy very few toys for our children. We have set the expectation that they will “earn” their purchases. This summer MacGyver had a birthday and he received money with some of his gifts. This money was burning a huge hole in his pocket. He spent it over and over again in his mind on […]


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99% of what we do during our homeschool day is an adaptation of what I did as a classroom teacher. As a teacher, I learned two important things: 1. Children like to be rewarded for “good” behavior. 2. All children love to please their teacher. Now this pleasing the teacher thing is much easier for […]


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We’re starting school with a little math GIVEAWAY: Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt. Check the end of the post for GIVEAWAY details. First, Math U See has absolutely no idea who I am. Second, I have to say that I am not a big curriculum person. Having that out of the way, I use the […]


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Yesterday we introduce our FREE book of the week GIVEAWAY: The Car Washing Street by Denise Lewis Patrick. Grandson #3 and I read this fun summer book and then headed outside for a quick summer time math investigation. Step 1 –  Pose a math investigation question: How many steps long is the water hose? Look […]


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We use Math U See for the base of our mathematics curriculum. I like the hands-on, problem-solving approach to mathematics concepts.  The Math U See philosophy is that children learn math concepts in order to apply them in real life applications. I like the DVD mini-lessons that focus on one specific concept. They are short […]