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 the day is when one or both of my girls come in to my room in the morning and snuggle with their brother and I in the bed.

  2. I’m subscribed to Simple Kids!

  3. I’m subscribed to Little Acorn Learning!

  4. My favourite time with my children is early mornings when they come and say goodmorning, they have hot little boddies and puppy breath. My other favourite time is bedtime, lying with each child individually – laughing, reading and joking together. Its the only time where I really get to cuddle some very grown up little boys.

  5. Snuggle time! Snuggle time with books is even better.

  6. I subscribe with bloglines

  7. Charissa says:

    I’m subscribed to the feed.

  8. Charissa says:

    My favorite time of day is…hmmm…well, all day. I’m SO blessed to get to spend my days with my girls!! 🙂

  9. My favorite part of my day with my kids is when they make each other laugh. Hearing them laugh together is amazing!

  10. Danyelle says:

    I like when we read.

  11. Danyelle says:

    I subscribe to little acorn.

  12. Danyelle says:

    I subscribe via google reader.

  13. I subscribed to Simple Kids through my Google Reader!

  14. I also subscribed to Little Acorn Learning!

  15. My favorite part is being available to watch her as she pretends and includes me in her games.

  16. I sub via RSS, too.
    .-= Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker´s last blog ..July 2010 Prayer Intentions =-.

  17. I subscribe via Google reader

  18. I love the morning times with my baby – waking up to his alert litte face and body and snuggling together.

  19. my favorite part of the day with my kids is when we do art projects together. it helps us all slow down and enjoy the moment together
    .-= April Emery´s last blog ..A Peasants Feast =-.

  20. i am a little acorn subscriber
    .-= April Emery´s last blog ..A Peasants Feast =-.

  21. i am a simple kids subscriber
    .-= April Emery´s last blog ..A Peasants Feast =-.

  22. Catherine says:

    My favorite part of the day is outside playtime. We are all in such a good mood outdoors.

  23. Catherine says:

    I’m subscribed via Google Reader.

  24. i hope to get this fabulous giveaway – i’ve had my eyes on little acorn for a long time. i live on an island and cannot afford preschool here. my favorite part of my day with my son is when we lay in bed and read stories together.
    .-= anushka´s last blog ..donut holes for dinner =-.

  25. i have subscribed to little acorn’s blog
    .-= anushka´s last blog ..donut holes for dinner =-.

  26. i’ve subscribed to your blog via email
    .-= anushka´s last blog ..donut holes for dinner =-.

  27. I’m a subscriber!
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..Beach Babies =-.

  28. I really do enjoy the last few minutes before bedtime. Even though I’m often at the end of my rope, it does both of us good to read stories, say a prayer and have a little snuggle chat.
    .-= Alissa´s last blog ..Beach Babies =-.

  29. Carrie K says:

    My favorite time of day is when they wake up 🙂

  30. Carrie K says:

    I have subscribed to Little Acorn blog

  31. Carrie K says:

    I am already a follower of Simple Kids via Google Reader

  32. my favorite time with the kiddos is bedtime. they are tired and snuggily, quited in spirit and want to be with me. i love snuggling with them, reading, talking about our special day and hearing their thoughts.

  33. I honestly don’t think I could choose a favorite part of the day — it’s all good! Sitting together reading stories, playing chase and jumping on the trampoline in the backyard, having meals together, going for walks. The days are so full of different activities and each is special in its own way.

  34. Sharon M. says:

    My favorite part of the day might be watching them get so excited when they’ve done something new all by themselves.

  35. Trish White says:

    My favorite part of the day is when me and my girls cuddle up on the couch and read books!

    I am a new subscriber to Little Acorn.

    Also subsribe to Simple Kids.

  36. Kristen says:

    My favorite part of the day with my 21 month old is when he wakes up and says: little walk. As in, Momma, let’s go for a little walk right now. It’s always so fun to get outside and explore with him and I love that he’s so into it too.

  37. My favorite part of the day is watching my son play and laugh…and joining in!

  38. I am subscribed using google reader.

  39. Kristen says:

    Just signed up for the Little Acorn blog. I’ve known about their monthly guides, but somehow missed that there was a blog too. Thanks for the introduction!

  40. Kristen says:

    I’m a simple kids subscriber 🙂

  41. I like snuggling in the morning with my 4 kiddos.

  42. I already subscribe.

  43. My favorite part of the day with my eldest is when we’re doing an activity that he is engaged in, works hard to accomplish, and then is so proud when he gets it. My job is to plan the activities, and I definitely could be doing better. This would help so much.

  44. I already subscribe.

  45. Sarah W. says:

    One-on-one time. Love this giveaway!

  46. I subscribed to the Little Acorn Learning blog feed! What a great site! I’m glad to learn about it.
    .-= Carrie S.´s last blog ..For All You Non-Believers =-.

  47. I’ve been so intrigued by Little Acorn Learning since I first read about it on your blog, and I’d LOVE to win this. My favorite part of the day with my son are our mornings outside: either walking around our block or at the nearby park.
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Minute To Win It Party =-.

  48. I subscribe to Simple Kids!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Minute To Win It Party =-.

  49. I also subscribe to the Little Acorn Learning blog.
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Minute To Win It Party =-.

  50. My favorite time with my son is reading before naps and bedtime.