Homeschool Life, Letter of the Week, Literature-Based Curriculum

Activities and Books for the Letter D

Letter D activities, books, crafts, and ideas for homeschoolers.

Letter D activities for preschool. A fun and hands-on way for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn and practice the alphabet.

My homeschool motto is “child-led, lots of books, and lots of play! If you are looking for a similar style of homeschool, this blog post is for you! I provide a simple and easy way to implement some school work with just one book and one activity you can do with your child 3 days a week.

Our preschool “curriculum” was super simple and followed the “Letter of the Week” format.  At ages 3 and 5, we spent about 30 minutes to an hour each day doing a few sit-down activities and crafts. Most of the time they were playing together, but we also read books, went to the library, and spend time with our homeschool group. read more

Homeschool Life, Letter of the Week, Literature-Based Curriculum

Activities and Books for the Letter C

Letter C activities for preschoolersLetter C activities for preschool provide a fun and hands-on way for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn and practice the letter C. This post includes activities for caterpillar, cars, and a sensory cookie activity!

The first father-daughter day my oldest and my husband spent together was going to the movie Cars 2. And I think for that reason the letter C will always have a special place in my heart. Until the movie Frozen came out, my girls were fully aboard the Pixar train: Cars, Toy Story, and A Bug’s Life were played on repeat!

Our preschool “curriculum” was super simple and followed the “Letter of the Week” format and of course our Letter C would include Cars. It’s one of the many things I love about homeschooling, including things your child loves into everyday learning experiences. Homeschooling a preschooler doesn’t have to complicated or overly ambitious. It’s my motto that all you need is lots of books and lots of play!    read more

Book Lists, Hobbies, Self-Care, Surly's Reading List

5 Nonfiction Books for Fiction Lovers

5 nonfiction books for fiction lovers that keep the pages turning!

If you love to read fiction, but need a nonfiction book to mix things up? Check out this post for 5 nonfiction books for fiction lovers!

I love to read. During the summer of 2016, I was really able to catch up on my reading list since my kids wanted to go to the pool everyday. I literally sat in a lawn chair for almost the whole summer. It was glorious. I am an avid fiction reading. I love mysteries, novels, suspense, young adult literature, and so on and so on. But every once in a while, I need to change things up and read an awesome nonfiction book. A book with a great story, excellent point of view, and keeps the reader engaged. read more

Homeschool Life, Letter of the Week, Literature-Based Curriculum

Activities and Books for the Letter B

Letter B activities for preschool, including sensory play and letter work! 

B is for bread, bus, and bear! Check out this post for Letter B activities for preschool and Letter B crafts for your homeschool preschool.

If your style of homeschooling is similar to mine, child-led, lots of books, and lots of play, or if you are looking to get your feet wet with homeschooling this blog post is for you! I provide a simple 3 day a week plan. Each day has one activity and one corresponding book.

Homeschooling a preschooler doesn’t have to complicated or overly ambitious. A book and spending time together is all you need. Let’s get to it! read more

Book Lists, Homeschool Life, Literature-Based Curriculum

The Ultimate List of Connecticut Unit Study Books for Homeschoolers

20 unit study books about Connecticut!

Connecticut unit study books

I may lose my homeschool mother badge for this, but I have never seen an episode of Gilmore Girls. Gilmore Girls is set in the fictitious town of Stars Hallow, Connecticut. That’s my knowledge on the show. I know nothing about characters or plot but I know the name Stars Hallow and that homeschool moms are NUTS for this show. This really doesn’t go anywhere other than the fact that this blog post is all about Connecticut unit study books!

If you are starting to study Connecticut, I have a list of 20 books of various reading levels to get you started. From Webster’s dictionary, to Wild Things, this list has something for all interests and age ranges that homeschooling families may have. read more