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. My favorite part of my day with my kids is reading them books before bed. Their joy at reading never ceases to amaze me, and it’s such a wonderful time to treasure.

  2. I subscribe via rss feed.

  3. Breakfast. They’re cheerful and curious and talkative. It’s a good time.

  4. I subscribe in Google Reader.

  5. My favorite part of the day is before naptime and bed time when we snuggle up and read lots of books and pray. I love that I have snugglers.
    .-= Christy@pipandsqueak´s last blog ..Carolines portraits =-.

  6. I subscribe to Simple Kids via Google Reader.
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  7. I just subscribed to Little Acorn’g blog. I am excited to have found it.
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  8. My favorite time of the day is snuggle story time.

  9. Favorite part of the day is spending time reading together!

  10. I subscribe to Simple Kids via Google Reader.
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  11. I also signed up for the Little Acorn newsletter.
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  12. i can’t say i have a specific favorite time of day with my kids, but i do have favorite moments–those sweet, quiet, unexpected snatches of time that i’ll get to spend with any one of my four boys with just me and him, talking, snuggling, reading. those are my favorites.
    .-= julia´s last blog ..home again =-.

  13. My favourite part of the day is in the evening, just before they all go to bed. For some reason they have a spurt of wild energy and most nights I end up in tears from laughter.
    .-= Melissa W´s last blog ..130610 =-.

  14. I already subscribe to Simple Kids via Google Reader.
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  15. i’m a subscriber too.
    .-= julia´s last blog ..home again =-.

  16. I have signed up to Little Acorn’s feed.
    .-= Melissa W´s last blog ..130610 =-.

  17. Reading together. Hands down. Nothing can replace the time snuggling on the couch in the middle of the day exploring new stories, new characters and artwork along revisiting already read books over and over like visiting with old friends.

  18. walking together with them from school~ we notice the changes in the seasons, we talk about big things and little things, we play “I have an animal in my brain” and we laugh and laugh and laugh.

  19. I subscribe via feedburner

  20. subscribed to Eileen’s blog (how had I not before?? it is so fantastic!)

  21. Shellie says:

    My favorite part of the day is fixing hair and talking.

  22. Shellie says:

    I’m subscribed through google reader.

  23. My favorite time is reading time–long books before bed and short ones throughout the day. We love our books.

  24. Katie R says:

    Oh my goodness! I have had my eyes on Little Acorn Learning for quite a while for my eldest–in fact, my mom and I were just talking about it the other day! My favorite part of the day with my girls is the early morning, when I come in to get them up and ready for the day and they come to me with hugs. It’s a lovely way to start the morning!

  25. I subscribe via yahoo.

  26. Katie R says:

    I am already a subscriber through Google Reader.

  27. Katie R says:

    I subscribed to Little Acorn Learning’s blog through Google Reader as well.

  28. Bridgette says:

    I really enjoy th mornings with my son because that is when we get to leave the house and do different activites around town.

  29. Tamara Chewning says:

    My favorite part of the day with my daughter is reading together and discussing our day in her bed before she falls asleep.

  30. Molly Hanson says:

    I think the favorite part of my day is reading with my children. They could listen to books all day!

  31. Danielle says:

    My favourite time with my children is first thing in the morning when they are both snuggled into bed with me and still a little dopey from waking up. My son talks about his ideas for the day and my daughter snoozes peacefully beside me. What better way to wake up?

  32. Already subscribed to Simple kids!

  33. Already subscribed to Little Acorn…big fan 🙂

  34. My favorite time of day with my child is our outdoor time…nature walk, river trip, park visit, whatever it may be, I love to experience the outdoors with her

  35. We subscribe!!!
    .-= se7en´s last blog ..This Week 28 June 2010 At Se7en… =-.

  36. Our best time of day is definitely waking up and thinking about what to do for the day and planning little details like: what’s for lunch!!! then we read a chapter or two from our chapter book and head for the day… Love it all the new opportunities.
    .-= se7en´s last blog ..This Week 28 June 2010 At Se7en… =-.

  37. My favorite time with my boys is when we get to wrestle at night and then they recite their memory verse for the week.

  38. Jessica Brammer says:

    My favorite part of the day would be in the afternoons right after nap when everyone (hopefully) is refreshed and in a good mood.

  39. My favorite part of the day is at bedtime when we all snuggle in my oldest son’s bed, read stories together, pray and sing their lullaby. The snuggles are the sweetest!!

  40. I really love reading to my kids. Lately my favorite time of day is when my busy 21-month-old takes his nap, and I’m able to cuddle with my two older children and read to them.
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Tips for Family Camping =-.

  41. Just subscribed to Simple Kids!

  42. My favorite part of the day with my 9-month-old daughter is early mornings. I nurse her when she wakes up, then we go downstairs, and while I make my cappuccino on the stove, she plays at my feet, usually with her box of kitchen things. While the coffee is making itself, we play together, then I drink my coffee while she enjoys her cheerios. We talk very little while we’re waking up, and it’s very cozy.

  43. My favourite time is bedtime, when we read a book together, and then all snuggle together to go to sleep.

  44. I’ve subscribed to Little Acorn Learning’s blog.

  45. I am a subscriber via RSS.

  46. my favourite time of the day with my 8-month-old is the mornings, when we wake up next to each other in our family bed. he makes the sweetest little noises and i love this extra cuddling time before we start with the day’s activities.

  47. here’s my extra comment letting you know that i subscribe to the simple kids blog via bloglines.
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  48. and here is my other extra comment letting you know that i just subscribed to the little acorn learning blog via bloglines as well.

  49. grayson says:

    Being outside in the yard or garden. Watching a 3yr old’s curiosity is endlessly fascinating.


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