Block Party Giveaway: Little Acorn Learning

Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for entering!  The winner will be announced July 4.

So, neighbors, are you having a good time at the party so far? Well, stick around because we’ve got more great stuff planned for you!

Little Acorn Learning

I’m  happy to introduce today’s Block Party giveaway sponsor – Little Acorn Learning.  Those who read my personal blog know that my family loves Little Acorn!  We’ve been using their monthly guides for a few years now and they have enriched our days.

Little Acorn Learning is a resource for monthly nature-based guides for childcare providers and parents.

Eileen Straiton, a mother of four, writes the guides and runs the Little Acorn Playgarden from her home.   In addition, Eileen writes a wonderful  blog where you can see the guides “in action” at her home childcare.

The plans are all written out for you – all you have to do is pick and choose the activities you want to incorporate into your days and then follow along with the guide.

The monthly themes contain circle time ideas,  crafts, book recommendations, story time prop ideas, blackboard drawing ideas, recipes, stories, fingerplays, and more.

Eileen even provides lists of the supplies you’ll need to help you prepare for each week.

The Daily Guide gives caregivers a sample daily rhythm intended to be used along with the monthly theme.  This guide takes you through:

Morning Blessing

Circle Time

Morning Talk

Weekly Story with Puppet & Prop Ideas

Daily Activity

Nature Walk

Outdoor Play


Rest Time

Evening Routines

Bedtime Story and Blessing

The Giveaway

One lucky Simple Kids reader will win:

  • a copy of the Daily Guide
  • a copy of the September Five Day Childcare program (pdf file, 61 pages)
  • a selection of picture books to go along with the guide’s suggested reading lists :

Berries, Nuts, and Seeds by Diane Burns  (week 1)
The Family Book by Todd Parr (week 2)
Plants, Moons, and Stars by Laura Evert  (week 3)
Trees, Leaves, and Bark by Diane Burns (week 4)
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro (week 5)

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: What is your favorite part of your day with your child?

2. Subscribe to the Little Acorn Learning blog. Be sure to come back here to Simple Kids and leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

3. Subscribe to Simple Kids by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST July 1, 2010 and is open to commenters 18 years or older. We’ll use to choose winners on July 4th! I hope you win! This giveaway is now closed.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. michelle baker says:

    I subscribe to little acorn

  2. michelle baker says:

    I subscribe to you

  3. My favourite time of day with my daughter is any time that involves snuggles… morning cuddles before we get up, scootching close together whilst reading stories, hugs and kisses all the time.
    .-= wendy´s last blog ..Happy Canada Day- =-.

  4. I’m a Little Acorn follower 🙂
    .-= wendy´s last blog ..Happy Canada Day- =-.

  5. Kristie A. says:

    I love our morning read aloud time.

  6. My favorite time of day is in the morning, after the chores are done, when we can read together.

  7. Storytime, hands down. There is nothing like three little snuggly kids cuddled with me on the couch while we make our way through our stack of treasures from our local library.

  8. I subscribe via email.

  9. I love just after naptime with my girlies…they wake up in such good moods, and we have so much fun laughing and tickling and playing on the bed together. I also love outdoor time…nothing like going out to the garden to diffuse tensions that run high some days. 🙂

  10. My favorite time of day is when I am putting her to sleep. She nurses and snuggles up close to me and it is just so calm and quiet. She is not really a snuggler so I just love it!
    .-= Sara Suastez´s last blog ..Couches =-.

  11. I’m a Simple Kids subscriber!

  12. I am a Little Acorn Learning follower!
    .-= Sara Suastez´s last blog ..Couches =-.

  13. Book time, when we spend about an hour snuggling and reading, after lunch is my favorite part of the day!

  14. I subscribe. Thanks!

  15. My favorite part of the day is reading time!

  16. I subscribe via google reader

  17. I subscribe to Little Acorn now!

  18. Hello Kara,

    I just subsribed to Little Acorn Learning. What a nice give-away!

    .-= Eva´s last blog ..Happy Canada Day-Alles Gute zum Kanadatag- =-.

  19. Crystal says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite, but right now I love reading before bed time because of how amazing it is to observe my son’s verbals skills accelerate!

  20. My favourite part of the day is mid-morning when we take our very long nature walk.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Three Reasons to Start Using Paraben Free Shampoos and Cosmetics =-.

  21. Subscribed to the Little Acorn blog
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Three Reasons to Start Using Paraben Free Shampoos and Cosmetics =-.

  22. Already an e-mail subscriber
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Three Reasons to Start Using Paraben Free Shampoos and Cosmetics =-.