life cycles

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All the credit for this post goes to my son, MacGyver! He is my science inspiration and teacher. Many of you have viewed MacGyver’s backyard science center where he cares for and observes all of his creepy critters. A key component to MacGyver’s science center are his pocket field guide books. MacGyver doesn’t just collect […]

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Spotlight on MacGyver’s Backyard Science Center. The learning that takes place in this area is exhilarating!   Meet my son MacGyver. His nickname is self explanatory and very fitting. MacGyver makes something out of nothing every single day of his life. When he’s not lost in a whirlwind of creative mess, he’s out exploring the […]

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Post image for Life Cycle of a Frog FREE printable book: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

Week at a Glance: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Growing Frogs by Vivian French word work and sentence writing FREE printable book: Life Cycle of a Frog Blank FREE printable book: Life Cycle of a Frog Illustrated FREE printable cards: Life Cycle of a Frog Illustrated FREE printable cards: Life Cycle of a Frog Blank […]

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As part of our Life Cycle Theme Study, we’re giving away the simply wonderful book First The Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. First The Egg tackles the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Ms Trisha’s class is tackling the question: What is an Oviparous Animal? (Try saying that three times!) Oviparous […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Why we love this book: Spring has sprung and new life is blossoming all around us! This book takes a fabulously simple look at life cycles. Laura Vaccaro Seeger tackles the question: Which came first the chicken or the egg? First comes the […]

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Book of the Week: Pig’s Egg by Katherine Sully, illustrated by Sam Chaffey Why we love this book: Pig’s Egg is a delightful book that immediately draws you in through it’s pen and ink with water color illustrations. Sam Chaffey’s illustrations capture each farm animal’s character as they each care for their individual eggs. Pig […]

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Post image for The Butterfly Garden: FREE printable book

Before our computer woes began we shared highlights from our field trip to the Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. We ended with a promise to post a FREE printable book on the life cycle of a butterfly. Well, then the computer needed a little attitude adjustment and our schedule got all whacky! So finally, we’re finishing our trip […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert Why we love this book: These last few weeks of school we have been reading books about life cycles, plants, gardening and trees. We’ve also been busy outside studying our environment and planting our own square foot garden and tending to our flower gardens. […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY (TWO books in one): Life Cycles: Egg to Chicken and Life Cycles: Tadpole to Frog by Camilla de la Bedoryere. Why we love these books: We are dedicating this week to life cycles and getting children up close and personal with nature. These “Flip Me Over” books are fabulous! They […]

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Post image for How to Plant and Grow Seeds: FREE Printable Following Directions Guide for Children

MacGyver and Miss Enigma both received flower seeds and flower pots from the Easter Bunny. Last week we soaked-up a little sunshine and got busy planting. We’re including a FREE printable guide for your classroom or homeschool: How to Plant and Grow Seeds. It includes simple directions for early readers to follow. Look for the […]

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Post image for FREE Book for EVERYONE!: I See a Nest

We first published this FREE printable book last spring. As we celebrate Easter this weekend, it seemed like the perfect time to revisit this mommy duck and her eggs. Happy Easter! We try to get our children “out in the world” as much as possible. As children, we spent many hours with our parents at […]

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Post image for Creating a Frog Habitat: catch and release adventures

Aunt Jennifer, my sister, calls to let the kiddos know she has a yard full of baby frogs. So they grab a bucket and we head on over to Aunt Jennifer’s house. MacGyver and Miss Enigma must have brought home 30 plus baby frogs. I stopped counting! What do 30 baby frogs need? A habitat […]

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Post image for Frog Pond Collage: Two book GIVEAWAY

Book of the week GIVEAWAY: Frogs by Nic Bishop and See How They Grow: Frog by DK (*with stickers) Why we love these books: We love all of Nic Bishop’s nonfiction books full of amazing photos and interesting facts. Children love his books. See How They Grow: Frog teaches the life cycle of a frog […]

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Post image for Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell Why we love this book: First, the collage pictures in this book featuring pond life are intricate and exquisite works of art. From the bark on the trees to the feathers on the birds, MacGyver has studied these pictures in detail. The author includes “Notes from […]

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