Thrifting is life! Many days along side my grandmother and parents as a child I was constantly in a thrift store or at a yard sale looking for unique items. As I got older and initiated these excursions myself I’ve gone through phases of items that I was targeting. Now that my little person is here ,and especially because I homeschool I literally get a high from the amazing learning tools we have acquired as well as the beautiful books that we get to add to Liv’s library. I spend quite a bit of time digging through shelves inspecting books for perfection. Making sure they are odor free and free of any markings or rips…. Most importantly I seek out books with educational value, special interest, meaningful content as well as characters that visually represent our family.
Each book pictured above was in pristine condition with excellent content and for the entire set I spent about $2 *pops collar and does a little dance* “In God’s Name” highlights the quest for everyone to connect to the most high, while many may call the creator a different name the book concludes with everyone acknowledging that they are all a reflection of God and each name can be applied and at that point of unity they truly had reached a place of communion not just with each other but with the most high as well.
I scored an awesome Spike Lee Joint guys! I’m pretty sure I squealed and clicked my heels right there in the aisle. “Giant Steps to Change the World” highlights the accomplishments of courages thinkers and doers of the past and present while challenging children to develop their own plan to impact the world!
The Kwanzaa book I purchased is full of history, activities and recipes. We are currently learning about animal and insect life cycles so the Caterpillar to Butterfly book was a timely addition and lastly “Just for Today” is a fun story of parental bears that abandon their stressful adult chores to simply enjoy the day with their cubs… no yelling… No shoes just fun and love.
What are you reading to your little ones?
Nature is Amazing! I am constantly learning and connected when I am at a park! This week we had the opportunity to attend a Educational puppet show and learning through artifacts session at Watkins Regional Park. This was a fun interactive way to educate your littles! If your homeschooling your child this is a golden opportunity to get a minimal cost enrichment. Here Liv is standing out at the pond with her nature center teacher holding a frog egg mass. There are many parks with amazing weekday and weekend programs that the entire family can enjoy be sure to check out your local park service.
Kids are so wonderful and it’s so exciting to help nurture their little minds. In addition to some traditional items like flash cards and work books. I also incorporate learning with our daily activities…. Does your child enjoy helping you in the kitchen? If so use this as an opportunity to discuss the shapes your using in your recipie. Count up your ingredients and introduce measurements. We use blocks to create patterns. Take a walk with your little one and discuss the change of season. This is a wonderful time to introduce Chlorophyll to them. Perhaps they can even gather some leaves along the walk to make a craft later. Daily responsibilities with pets or household chores are also very empowering for little people to feel confident about their contributions to the family.
We love ordering from China and utilizing hands on learning tools 🙂
What ways do you teach your toddler?